Identical twins Jun and Wen have been each other’s go-to for the last 31 years. They talk about what it’s like to never be alone.
*left to right* Wen-Jun
Can you sense each other?
Jun (J): No, but we’ve been asked that a million times!
Wen (W): I usually just say, “Don’t hit me ’cos she won’t feel a thing.”
Did you ever feel different to other kids when you were growing up?
J: Yes, definitely. Because I had someone who looked exactly like me, everywhere I went.
W: Of course, I’ll never really know what it’s like growing up alone. Thinking back, I realise I never really felt independent until we were in university in Melbourne, and Jun went back to Singapore to study architecture for a year while I stayed to study psychology. This was the first time we were ever really apart, and it made me evaluate how co-dependent we were.
How different are you?
J: I’m more artistic. I used to do all of Wen’s art homework in primary school, so she could sleep at 8pm while I could only go to bed at 9.30pm!
W: She’s definitely more artistic. I like to tell people that she talks to buildings for a living while I talk to people.
What’s the worst thing about being twins?
J: Not getting to do something because your twin doesn’t want to. For example, I was on the tennis team in secondary school but I had to stop because Wen didn’t want to go for lessons anymore.
W: I think if you have twins, it’s better to raise them as [individuals] – so they always have a companion but also develop their own sense of what they like and don’t like.
Were you ever competitive with each other?
J: No... I always knew I was smarter (laughs uncontrollably).
W: It was more like we could gang up on people together so we weren’t competitive.
What’s the weirdest thing about being twins?
W: We actually have the same taste in men. My husband and her boyfriend actually have quite similar personalities.
J: Yeah, I have to agree!
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