Curwen Chai

Dentist & Co-Founder, Pudu Dental Clinic

What is your philosophy in life?

You have to work hard to achieve your goals in life. At this point of my life, it’s important that I achieve success in my career, and eventually, impact other people’s lives by creating more jobs for the younger generation in the dentistry industry through this little business I have.

How do you think your current lifestyle defines you? 

I’m a workaholic. When I was attached to a governmental hospital a little over a year back, I worked five days a week, and during the weekend, I was at a private practice. Today, at my own practice, I work six days a week. A rather lifeless lifestyle, to be honest (laughs)!

What are the things you are passionate about?

My job bounds me to merely the office space, and besides my patients, I seldom get to meet new people outside of work. Whenever I can get off work, I’d spend time doing outdoor activities like white water rafting and hiking. I do hit the gym for workouts as well; it’s a form of stress relief for me. However, due to the heavy workload as of late, I’ve fallen behind on that.

August Man Malaysia is for the discerning gentleman. Personally, what do you think makes a gentleman in this modern era?

I suppose, someone who is kindhearted and emphatic, as well as someone who is open-minded and does not fuss over the little things.

The A-List is about experiences. Tell us about your ultimate life experience so far. 

I enjoy backpack travelling a lot, and in the near future, I hope to travel through the Middle East and Europe. So far, I’ve gone to countries around Asia, most particularly Southeast Asia; when I was studying, I used to go backpacking for up to four weeks. Bali is my favourite destination so far.