19 Nov '11, 9pm

Seeing possibilities to build on

As a strapping 21-year-old fresh out of the army, Mr Yeo Siew Haip turned up for his admissions interview to study architecture at the National University of Singapore dressed in a T-shirt, jeans and sandals. That was after the former Gan Eng Seng School boy - who calls himself a "miracle" product of a low-income neighbourhood for making it to university - decided on the course by elimination because he "didn't want to do science". "It was quite a harrowing experience: There were three other people in front of me, they went in and, within 15 minutes, they were out, and they were all dressed like that," says the 48-year-old, pointing to the Zara suit and Louis Vuitton tie he wears with professional panache as we chat at The St Regis Singapore's Astor Bar. "Before I could sit down, I was scolded by the course coordinator. 'You march into my room in T-shirt and jeans. You hav...

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