Melbourne, Australia
Ammar, 29
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a bit about Ammar

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm in I.T(and yes, most things can be fixed if you just turn your device off and on again). I've always had a passion for technology and just naturally aspired to be in that industry in the future. Technology has become sucha big part of our lives and the possibilities we can achieve with it, it's amazing how far it has come and I'm happy to be apart of it.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I used to be an intern writer for a tech website when I was in uni. It was bad because the company was located in USA so I was working remotely writing articles. The time difference was a major issue because the stories that I would have wanted to write about would have already been taken and also because we had to meet a minimum number of articles to write out, I couldn't really balance that and my uni work so it just wasn't a good time all around.

Were you born and raised in Melbourne? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Melbourne?

I am originally from a small island called Singapore but decided to live and study in Melbourne, and not necessarily in that order. It started as a decision to move just because of the different seasons but eventually I just fell in love with the country after frequent visits. From the people, the places and the food.

What’s your current hood in Melbourne and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

Caulfield North. Best thing? Express train to the city. Worst thing? The walk to the train station.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

Muse, Gorillaz, The National, Deftones and Run The Jewels are my favourite. I also like a couple of instrumental bands like MONO, Mogwai, 65daysofstatic, for when I just want an atmosphere rather than a sing-a-long. I don't like mainstream music all that much, although I do have a guilty pleasure of listening and singing horribly to songs from the backstreet boys and nsync era

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Why Did You Do It - Stretch, Demons - The National, Angel - Massive Attack, How Did I Get Here - Odesza, Hayling - FC Kahuna

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Silicon Valley! It's​ consistently well written even up in its fourth season. If you haven't seen it, change that!

Name some spots in Melbourne that are good for a Tinder date.

Krimper is a nice place for a date. It's a cafe along Guilford lane which has a cosy atmosphere and isn't terribly crowded so you won't have trouble having a conversation with your date. Plus, since it's off of the busy streets, you might impress your date by showing that you know some hidden gems!

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Kim Jong Un. Although I think halfway through the first joke, the nukes might come flying in or everyone in the room will be sent off for re-education. Whoops!

Who’s your hero and where in Melbourne would you take them out for a serious hang?

Kimi Raikkonen. He's a world champion F1 driver and looks like a really chill dude to hang out with. I'd probably take him to St Kilda to hang out. Plenty of good food and drinks to keep us occupied.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

ASOS. They're always sending emails about a sale going on so it's really difficult to argue with their deals

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

The clubs. I'm not one for loud noises and crowded places, I prefer a more mellow and chilled out places.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Walking to my girlfriend's place because she lives just 2 streets away from me.

Where do you go in Melbourne for a casual night out?

Somewhere for dinner in Windsor followed by dessert.

Where would you go in Melbourne to celebrate some freaking good news?

Fancy Hank's to get my barbeque on!

What’s your choice of transportation in Melbourne and why?

On a nice sunny day, definitely a bicycle. Other than that, the train. I'll only take the tram if I've got lots of time to kill and I don't feel like walking too much.

What are the Melbourne spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

NGV. The free exhibitions is a good place to explore different types of art. And you can always go on to the paid exhibitions which are there for a limited time. If you're in during F1 or footie season, then try and get tickets to go for one of these events, doesn't matter if you don't know what's going on, just enjoy the atmosphere and cheer for the winning team!

What are the Melbourne spots tourists should run from screaming?

Queen Victoria Market. It's just a madhouse.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Melbourne. How do you spend it?

Crying. hahaha! But really, I'd go enjoy myself by visiting all my favourite places to eat one last time.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I haven't traveled to many cities but from my experience, Langkawi, Malaysia. It's a small beach town where everything seems to move at a much slower pace but you never feel like you need to rush from one spot to another.

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