What has been your most memorable trip?
Benjamin Kheng (BJ): “A mission aid trip to East Timor in 2010. We spent two weeks in a rural, mountain-top village, running sports days for children, and providing basic healthcare and medicine. We had simple lodging and a bucket for a shower. At night we’d creep out and lay on our backs, catching the most ridiculously star-lit sky and the Milky Way.”
What song best encapsulates this particular experience?
BJ: “I remember having Sigur Ros on high iPod rotation, and particularly, “Meo suo i eyrum vio spilum endalaust” (loosely translated as “with a buzz in our ears we play endlessly”). It was the ultimate soundtrack to the six-hour uphill drives. Pairing post-rock instrumentals with miles and miles of Mother Nature was a really smart move.”
What is the best music event you’ve performed at?
BJ: “SXSW 2013 in Austin, Texas, stands out the most because it was our first and craziest overseas festival experience. The food, the multitude of bands, crazy 3am street parties, Dave Grohl’s keynote speech… We also did a ton of flyer runs and busking on the street to lead up to our performance. It was tough, but such a good experience.”
How often do you travel?
BJ: “I’m out of town at least eight to 12 times a year. Most of these are work trips, but when I get to cut loose, I’m pretty spontaneous and adventurous. I’m definitely more of a suburban guy; I love heading out of the city to explore a little bit. And I’m such a sucker for treks.”
How would you describe your jet-set style?
Three words that describe your ultimate holiday.
BJ: “Food, randomness and wifi. All essential elements. I think the cardinal sin in travelling is over-planning; you’ve got to dare to go with the flow!”
What’s your favourite time of the day?
BJ: “Unpopular opinion maybe, but mornings are when it’s at. You know how good a city is for you if they do breakfast right. Starting your day well is so important. Waking up at 2pm just ruins things in my opinion.”
What songs are on your current holiday playlist?
BJ: ““Bad 4 Us” by Superfruit, “Minimum” by Charlie Cunningham, “Paris 12” by Linying and “Looking Too Closely” by Fink.”
Benjamin’s Travel Essentials
#1: Boots, Givenchy
#2: Jacket, Greg Lauren X Moncler
#3: Uomo, Salvatore Ferragamo
#4: In-ear monitor headphones, Audio-Technica
#5: Beret, Prada
#6: Sunglasses, Ray-ban
#7: Bag, Prada
This story first appeared on www.harpersbazaar.com.sg
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