It’s getting hot in here, and we’re sure it has something to do with the start of CLEO Most Eligible Bachelors 2017. Have a tall glass of water ready, because we trawled the island for the crème de la crème of the male species, and the next few pages are guaranteed to make you thirsty.
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Oh, and there will be chances for you to meet these super eligible guys IRL too! Flip to p92 for details. Most importantly, you have a say in who’ll be Singapore’s Most Eligible Bachelor this year, so remember to vote for your favourite boy on our website.
25, Post-graduate Student
1 Clarence Lee
1. He’s a Ted Mosby
The architect-in-training says he used to play with LEGO blocks a lot when he was younger, and it naturally developed into a love for building things. And just like Ted from How I Met Your Mother, he can talk endlessly about his favourite buildings. “My friends who are doing other degrees would have no idea what I’m talking about when I talk about architecture,” he says. “If I want to put a person to sleep, I will talk about architecture.”
2. He has a very excitable Golden Retriever who will be pleased to meet you
We told the boys they were allowed to bring their pets for this photoshoot, but Clarence decided not to bring his dog because it’s not very wellbehaved. “He gets very… excited (read: humps everything) when he sees people."
3. He has a lightsaber collection
Clarence shyly confessed he’s a huge fan of Star Wars, and currently has seven lightsabers in his collection.
27, Flight Steward
2 Raiz Razak
1. He’s into extreme sports
Raiz does motocross, but ironically, his worst injury was a broken collarbone from a football game. The injury was so bad that he took half a year to recover from it, and had to go for physiotherapy because he had lost mobility in his right arm. Ouch.
2. He’s a well-travelled guy
When you’ve been a ﬂight steward for ﬁve years, you clock up some serious mileage. Some of his favourite places includes Christchurch in New Zealand, and Isle of Skye in Scotland. South America is next on his list.
3. Unsurprisingly, his ideal girl is…
Someone he can go on adventures or road trips with. Makes perfect sense for someone who’s been bitten by the travel bug, doesn’t it?
“A lot of us are very
in the world. But when
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have to ﬁght for respect.
It’s not where you're
from, but who you are.”
36, Corporate Lawyer
3 Derrick Khoo
1. He has worked in Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai and Yangon
Derrick packed his bags and left Singapore 11 years ago to work overseas. “It’s part of my hunger to get an international experience; to get out of my comfort zone and force myself to grow. And that keeps me going.” He's currently the head of legal for an investment ﬁrm.
2. He gets mistaken as a Mainland Chinese sometimes, even in Singapore
“I’ve been in China for four years now, so I sometimes have a PRC accent. Cab drivers ask me, ‘Are you Singaporean? You sound like you’re from the Mainland.’"
3. He wanted to go into politics when he was 11
While most 11-year-olds are unsure of their ambitions, Derrick always knew he wanted to be in politics. “I looked at the politicians then and had a lot of respect for what they were doing. I listened to my family tell me about the roles they played, and I felt like it was very fulﬁlling. It's very challenging [and] requires a lot of leadership.” He reveals that he still has plans to go into politics, even now.
“My friends call me Uber because
I’m always the designated driver.”
28, Cadet Pilot
4 Lincoln Yeo
1. Flying is his ﬁrst love
“It’s been a dream of mine since I was young. I used to travel a lot when I was a kid, and I’d be more excited about the plane ride than the actual holiday.”
2. He’s one-half of DJ duo Bounce Squad
His partner-in-crime is DJ Inquisitive, and besides producing remixes and original songs, they also have a penchant for sampling the most random sounds. Their highest-viewed video on Facebook so far, with close to two million views, is when they surprised a friend who was, um, in the midst of having sex.
3. He’s actually quite a lousy drinker
Apparently, Lincoln gets tipsy after just one pint. It all works out, though, because he drives often so he has to stay sober.
34, Marketing Director
5 Richard Que
1. He’s got a lot on his plate
On top of his full-time job, this Chinese-Filipino bachelor lectures part-time at SIM, represents NUS in swimming competitions in the more “mature” segments, and is also a freelance model.
2. He loves travelling solo
“It’s troublesome to travel in a group. Travelling alone allows you to do your own thing, and is a good time to reﬂect.” He also speaks ﬁve languages.
3. He’s, uh, very virile
He once visited a waterfall in Cambodia that’s believed to help men become more virile. He also once ate a tiger’s penis, which is believed by some Asian cultures to help one's sexual performance. “It tasted like a hot dog!”
<b>6</b>:26, Co-founder and CEO of Visual Mass and 5:5 @edegreat
<b>7</b>:25, Co-founder and CEO
of Visual Mass and 5:5
6 Eddie Tan
1. He and fellow CLEO Bachelor Jerial are often mistaken for brothers
He gets it, though, because they both look alike and have the same surname. And really, seeing that they’re old friends from polytechnic, business partners, and have been housemates for three years and counting, who can blame us for assuming?
2. He’s a party boy
His love for partying led him and Jerial to start up their ﬁrst business partnership. “When we were in polytechnic, we launched an events company to organise parties, so we’d hold parties and then we’d go to school in the morning.” Today, you can usually spot him at Zouk or Cherry Discotheque on weekends.
3. He’s ﬂuent in Korean.
Eddie is able to speak and write in Korean, partly because he travels to Korea very often for business.
“Every time we go to a new city, we always think about what we can bring back to Singapore.”
7 Jerial Tan
1. He loves Korean style
One of the reasons why Jerial visits South Korea so often is because he fancies Korea's fashion-forwardness. “When I’m shopping in Singapore, I couldn’t ﬁnd the style I like.” His mustgo places? “To unwind, CoffeeSmith at Garosugil, and for nightlife, Arena.”
2. He always talks about work, but he wouldn’t call himself a workaholic
“My group of friends all have their own businesses, so the topics we talk about are always about work or the places we want to travel to.”
3. He’s not exactly your typical organised traveller
“I’m the kind who goes there without a plan and books my tickets at the last minute.”
26, Creative Producer at SPH Radio and
Executive Producer at YAAAS TV
8 Leon Koh
1. He can sing and dance
He joined a Taiwanese singing competition and was one of the last two Singaporean contestants left standing. He’s also into urban dance.
2. If you date him, he’ll always send you home
“If I’m chasing after someone, I’ll get to know her ﬁrst and ﬁnd out what she likes. I’ll always send her home after a date. I’d also make her a three-course meal at some point.”
3. He can make a mean steak
Apparently, he swears by Gordon Ramsay’s recipe. This bachelor can make your mouth water in more ways than one, it seems.
26, Sales Operations Executive
9 Jordan Telfer
1. He loves the great outdoors
Jordan is from a New Zealand town where there’s a lot of lakes so naturally, he’s into water sports and ﬁshing. “My family lives by the sea, so we would go out and dive for crayﬁsh and scallops.”
2. He has an extensive travel bucket list
It includes the African plains, Mongolia and Nepal, and it's not surprising that most of the destinations he listed are known for their wildlife and nature!
3. He’s trying not to be “that guy who talks about Crossﬁt all the time”
“I wouldn’t say I’m a ﬁtness junkie, I just enjoy working out. I tried Crossﬁt about six months ago and I haven’t stopped since. It’s very competitive, and there’s a community built around it, so it’s quite fun.”
“I really enjoy experiencing new cultures. That’s kind of the reason why I moved here.”
26, Commis Chef
10 Nicholas Eugenius Lim
1. He’s a “mummy’s boy”
And by that, he's referring to his side baking business, Mummy’s Boy. He studied pastry and baking, and loves making tarts and cupcakes.
2. He has a famous sister
He’s the older brother of blogger Eunice Annabel. When asked if his friends often ask him for her number, he says that they do, but he always just tells them to shut up. “I’m just really proud of her. She’s very independent and has done a lot for herself.”
3. He’s not the partying type
He would rather focus on his dream of opening a pastry shop, and prefers wholesome fun. “Of course, partying once in a while is OK, but for me, not all the time.”
“I love baking 'cos there is a lot of science to it. If you put too much salt when cooking, you can add more sugar, but not with baking.”
22, Diving Instructor
11 Peter Ang Nielsen
1. He is the world’s youngest Doing It Right (DIR) diving instructor
Peter started diving when he was in the Naval Diving Unit during his National Service days, but it was a trip to Bali that inspired him to become a diving instructor. “My ﬁrst commercial dive was in Bali. I saw this big shipwreck underwater, and the way to get to the wreck was to put on a tank and walk into the clear blue water. It amazed me.”
2. He swears by the motto, “grow where you are planted”
Peter recalled seeing the motto on a banner at his secondary school. “I learnt this quote when I was in Secondary One. I started secondary school without my friends from primary school, and I was the only ang moh kid there. It was very nerve-wracking.”
3. His most memorable date involved books
“I went out on a date once, and I told the girl we would be eating the best bak chor mee. We went to Kovan, but the stall was closed.” Thankfully, his creativity made the date end on a happy note. “I took her to a bookstore. I looked at her and said: 'In ﬁve minutes, we’ll meet back here but [before that], go and ﬁnd a book that represents you.' We both scoured the library and met up. Then, we just shared our characteristics [based on our book choices].”
“It was very difﬁcult when I ﬁrst started diving. I had to use muscles in my butt I haven't used before."
31, Founder of The Jock Shop
12 Gabriel Lu
1. He originally worked in ﬁnance until his boss “stole all my money”
After that, he got out of the cutthroat corporate world and found himself in the underwear business. The most popular type is the kind with “lifts” in them.
2. He doesn’t do “simple dates
Gabriel loves grand gestures and would totally ask a girl to meet him at the airport... and then whisk her away to Japan for a weekend of “hot springs and ramen”.
3. He’s lived on his own since he was 14 years old, which makes him super independent
He can even cook chicken rice from scratch with a recipe he got from his mum.
“I said to myself, everyone needs underwear, so the business is bound to do well!”
24, General Manager of GuavaPass
13 Rhyce Lein
1. He does yoga
When asked why he enjoys doing yoga, Rhyce admits: “It comes down to the therapeutic and meditation side. When I’m in the yoga studio for an hour, my mind is focused there and then on that class... Being in a yoga studio allows me to sit back and reﬂect about myself and the day.”
2. He left a cushy corporate job to set up his own business
“I moved to Singapore when I was 20. I was in a high position for my age and had a lot of responsibilities. I did have a passion for the work I was doing, but I wasn’t getting what I wanted out of it. I wanted to be in a start-up. I wanted to see something grow and to start from the bottom.”
3. He has an RBF
“If I meet someone new or when I’m in a situation, I tend to have a "resting b**ch face", as my friends like to call it. It’s not because I’m an unfriendly person but because my facial expressions come out a lot when I’m thinking. My thinking face isn't friendly (laughs).”
"Yoga was one thing I picked up that I quite enjoyed. Now, I can touch my toes and jump into all sorts of positions.”
14 Marcus Bay
1. He was scouted by a modelling agency when he was bartending at Zouk at the age of 20
Since then, he has used modelling to put himself through school and is in the process of making plans to head to Melbourne to further his studies.
2. He really believes in true love, “you know, the stuff Nicholas Sparks’ novels are made of…even though hardly anyone else does anymore”
But he’s also never been on a date! “Nonetheless, I’m hoping to meet the right woman someday.”
3. You may ﬁnd him familiar because…
He’s a model, so that means his face and body have been on posters and plastered across cabs.
“It’s still weird to see myself half-naked in publications. I’m still not used to it.”
<b>15</b>:26, Insurance Agent @oxymoboron
15 Boris Tan
1. He joined Channel U’s Superband before
"There was this guy in our band who was extremely good-looking. After we went for the audition, he got published on iWeekly a few days later for being the youngest and most good-looking contestant, so I think we got in because of him, and not because we made good music (laughs)."
2. He learns everything from YouTube
Boris knows boxing, barbering, how to make a website and how to do bodyweight exercises – and he picked up all of these skills just by watching YouTube videos.
3. He thinks a good conversation is the key to an ideal date
The 26-year-old is quite the talker, so we were hardly surprised. “I think intelligence is a very sexy thing... For a nice date, conversation has to happen. It should be a two-way thing.”
16 Johan Sabri
1. He’s quite the adventurous traveller
Johan admits that he likes to go for backpacking trips, and his most memorable one was to India.
2. A lot of people think he’s arrogant – they’re wrong
The undergraduate reckons that one of the biggest misconception people have about him is that he has a big ego. “Maybe because I don’t [seem like] a person who talks much, so they think I’m arrogant; a little snobbish.”
3. He once planned a picnic for his girlfriend...
but didn’t quite succeed While he joked he could be a romantic if he just put in more effort, a date he planned in secondary school proves he’s a pretty thoughtful guy. “I planned to bake a cake for the girl, prepare ﬂowers and have a picnic, but I messed up the cake, so we just went out to have a picnic and a normal meal... It was quite romantic when the delivery guy came.”
17 Leon Markcus
1. He reads up on quantum physics in his spare time
Bet you can’t tell that he's a space geek. One of his favourite YouTube channels is Vsauce, an educational channel that covers topics like physics, space, human behaviour, and more. “I’m constantly hungry for information,” he admits. FYI, he also has a favourite species of dolphins – the Baiji, which is found only in the Yangtze River in China. Why? “Their eyesight is not very good and they look so silly.”
2. His alt-pop music may sound radio-friendly, but he sings about pretty heavy stuff
Themes this singer-songwriter covers include body image issues and childhood trauma. When asked why, Leon says he wants to create a safe space and let listeners know they can feel free to be themselves.
3. He’s talks about his battles to help others
He hopes that by talking about battling anorexia nervosa, he can help to raise awareness about eating disorders and inspire others who are battling it to stay strong. “Back then, I didn’t understand what it was all about, but now I know it’s not always about vanity. It stems from emotional health and how you’re coping mentally... I’ve learnt there are people who have a bigger capacity when it comes to dealing with emotions, and there are also people with a smaller capacity when it comes to this. But that doesn’t make them inferior.”
"I want to start a foundation that helps the prevention of teen suicide and youths at risk. That’s what inspires me to do music."
24, Barista and Owner of Tolido’s Espresso Nook
18 Douglas Tan
1. Douglas is the owner of Tolido’s Espresso Nook
He took over the cafe from his mum and transformed it into what it is today.
2. In addition to studying part-time for a degree and running the cafe, Douglas can also play the piano, clarinet, saxophone and guitar
However, he doesn’t like reading music and can actually play music by ear if someone hums the tune for him.
3. He enjoys free-diving and has gone diving in exotic places like the Maldives
While there, he made friends with a sea turtle the locals call “Parsley”. He wants to travel to more exotic destinations like Machu Picchu and Hawaii.
“We have an area in [my cafe] called the Espresso Nook that is usually booked by couples. A couple that spent a lot of time at the cafe even used it for their wedding shoot! It’s a pretty great place for a date.”
19 Jax Lin Jiawei
1. His parents sent him to Singapore because he was a naughty kid
The NUS ﬁnance student is originally from China. The self-confessed “ADHD, high-energy” bachelor says his parents “exiled” him here when he was 15, as they felt he was out of control back home.
2. He’s not one to shy away from hard work
He hasn’t been taking money from his parents since he was 17, and tutors JC students in physics to support himself. He’s also involved with a parttime internship and runs an events consulting platform with some friends.
3. He has a cool tattoo
It’s an hourglass on his left arm to remind him that time is running out.
“I take on a lot of commitments because I don’t want to look back and feel like I didn’t do much. Life is short.”
24, Sales Coach
20 Carter Huff
1. He loves cooking and his signature dish is Jambalaya
To Carter, the best thing about cooking is cooking for other people. His mum loves Asian food so he cooks Malay food sometimes, but he personally loves cooking Western dishes.
2. He also bakes
He has a signature brownie dish that his friends often request on their birthdays. “The only way to ﬁnd out how it tastes is to just eat it for yourself. It’s delicious.”
3. He loves dancing
He recently started learning hip-hop dance, and used to do West Coast swing. To him, the only thing more fun than dancing is dancing with someone else.
“I don’t really like wearing clothes.”
21 Maung Han Zaw Oo
1. Watch out, he’s a smooth-talker
Zaw Oo studied civil engineering in school but didn’t enjoy it. He now runs a clothing business but also does a bit of sales on the side.
2. He’s a romantic
This “emotional” bachelor says he “cares too much for his own good”. The most romantic thing he’s ever done for a girl was make her a scrapbook of memories.
3. He’s got big dreams
He wants to own a hotel one day and is looking to join his father in the property ﬁeld.
<b>22</b>:24, Financial Consultant @shawnischongmin
<b>23</b>:25, Co-founder of Prestige Wear @amosngeow
22 Shawn Wong
1. He’s an outdoors enthusiast
He dislikes the conventional nineto-ﬁve job and prefers interacting with people. He also loves sports, especially football, handball and basketball.
2. He loves performing
He is part of the Urban Drum Crew, which he joined eight years ago when he was 16. He has performed both here and abroad.
3. He loves fast food His favourite?
Long John Silver’s. He has a theory about fast food: “Once it’s fried, it’s always right.”
23 Amos Ngeow
1) He is a partner in a successful men’s suit venture called Prestige Wear, as well as a Chinese and English emcee
He credits his time organising camps in polytechnic for teaching him how to work a crowd.
2) Dinner dates are a “classic move”
Amos believes a dinner date is a great way to show a girl your character. To him, little things like pulling out a chair or making her feel safe are important.
3) While he’s a ﬁrm believer in working out and eating well, he admits his favourite dish is KFC chicken…
but he only eats it once every two months.
“I think doing the little things for a girl on a date shows her how dedicated you can be to the bigger things.” - Amos
24 Muhamad Hasli Bin Hanaﬁ
1) He’s been making coffee for 13 years
He worked at Starbucks as a teenager because he thought it was cool to wear the green apron. His favourite type of coffee is a ﬂat white, and he’s in the midst of opening his own coffeehouse, The Wired Monkeys, at The Concourse.
2) He’s a Jack of many trades
He has modelled for Apple and Beijing 101. He can also sing, and calls himself an “excellent” photographer.
3) He’s a “marathon addict”
He loves running and covers 10km every other day.
“The best way to train for a marathon is to go out without an EZ Link card and cash. You’ve just got to run your way home.”
25 Gary Lim
1. He wants to meet everyone
When it comes to extroversion, it seems Gary is on another level. The Business Administration undergraduate says, “I really like to socialise and meet new people. Some even call me a social butterﬂy. I just want to see what the world has to offer.”
2. His dating advice for guys?
Don’t procrastinate Gary admits to being a procrastinator, but claims he’s trying to break the habit. “When you’re late for a date with your girlfriend, you don’t want to get her angry, so it’s better not to procrastinate in doing things like showering. [I'm guilty of this but] I’m ﬁxing it (laughs).”
3. His most memorable date involved catching
Pokémon A romantic date doesn’t always have to involve a candlelit dinner. Gary recalled that one of the most memorable dates he's had happened when Pokémon GO ﬁrst came out. “We spent the whole day walking around different places catching Pokémon. It was very simple and didn’t cost a lot, but we spent quality time together.”
“I used to take a cautious approach, but after being in the army, you’ll realise that people won’t judge you as much as you thought, so you should just be yourself.”
31, Creative Manager and Personal Trainer
26 Syaﬁq Kamal
1. He works full-time for a PR agency and also part-time as a personal trainer
He’s also in the process of picking up a new sport – mixed martial arts – which he thinks is a great way to workout and learn selfdefence at the same time.
2. Syaﬁq can do a perfect rendition of the MRT’s “please stand clear of the doors” announcement (seriously, you need to hear this)
Not only can he do it in the ofﬁcial four languages, he’s added Tagalog and Japanese to the mix! He says he loves learning languages and taught himself Chinese.
3. He thinks a girl’s most attractive quality is her laugh
But most importantly, it’s what the laugh means. “I think it feels good to know we’ve connected."
26, Marketing and Communications Manager
27 Alfred Tan
1. Alfred studied Molecular Biotechnology for his diploma, but it didn’t take him long to realise that a life in science wasn’t for him
He had always been interested in fashion and so decided to do a degree in PR and mass communication before landing a job in the skincare industry as a marketing and communications manager.
2. He claims he’s an “ahjumma at heart”, and has been cooking since he was nine years old
He makes a mean double-boiled chicken soup. He also speaks seven languages.
3. His ideal date revolves around spending time to really get to know a person, because “communication is really lacking in the world today”
But just FYI, he thinks dinner-and-a-movie dates are boring.
27, Bank Analyst
28 Muhammad Badruddin Bin Ramle
1. He’s a professional dancer
He dances at bars, clubs and hen parties “in the style of Magic Mike”. His love for dance started with hip-hop, but he gradually ventured into other genres and started doing this type of performance dancing last year.
2. It’s hard for him to date because of his side job
Girls get insecure about his Magic Mike-type job, but he understands because clients sometimes not only hit on him, but touch him inappropriately.
3. He also works at Universal Studios Singapore
He's a stilt-walker at the theme park. He bares his body a lot and frequently has women rubbing their hands all over him. “I just keep cool and stay in character. No choice!”
<b>29</b>:27, Dance Instructor and
29 Benjamin Zhong
1. He started dancing 11 years ago
His passion for dancing started when he was 16 and watching MTV. He's into b-boying and hip-hop, as well as some popping and locking. He’s been a dance instructor for about six years.
2. He started his YouTube career three years ago
He used to post dance videos on YouTube, before he “got lazy”. Now, he’s part of the Wah!Banana family.
3. He’s not looking for a perfect girl
To him, looks are only a small part of what he looks for in an ideal girlfriend. Rather, he’s looking for someone who is understanding, mature and able to get his sense of humour.
30 Kishan. J
1. Kishan has made a name for himself on Channel 5, Toggle and YouTube
As a testament to his dedication, he learnt Chinese in just ﬁve days for a role! He also recently performed his ﬁrst stand-up gig in March in front of a live audience.
2. He’s currently learning to play the Indian sitar… from a Chinese teacher
He loves classical Indian music, which he says keeps him in touch with his roots.
3. His favourite movie is Jurassic Park because it embodies the magic of movies
Kishan would also be open to Bollywood and Hollywood if they ever came calling. But for now, he’s focused on connecting with people through his acting here.
“I got hate mail for playing the villain on Tanglin and that got me very excited! It showed people really reacted to the character, which is awesome.” - Kishan
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