Today, Mr Freddy Sim drives a half-million-dollar Maserati GranTurismo, however the 55-year-old monetary planner nonetheless remembers his humble background properly.
His late dad and mom held a number of jobs – typically concurrently – to make ends meet. His father labored as a bus conductor, safety guard, deliveryman and petrol-kiosk attendant, whereas his mom was a fish stall assistant, manufacturing unit employee, laundry lady and building employee.
To assist the household, Mr Sim began working at 15. Even again then, he liked vehicles and fantasised about Jaguars.
He purchased his first automotive, a Hyundai Excel 1.three, when he turned an insurance coverage agent in 1988. In 1992, he switched to a Nissan Sunny 1.5 and, two years later, a BMW 318i.
By then, his profession had began to take off and he purchased a Mercedes-Benz E200in 1996.
He lastly fulfilled his childhood dream in 2003 when he purchased a Jaguar S-Type. Four years later, it was again to Mercedes – a CLK Cabriolet.
When sport utility automobiles turned the craze right here, the daddy of 4 purchased a Porsche Cayenne in 2012. But two years later, he realised he prefers sports activities vehicles and went for the Maserati GranTurismo.
Mr Sim says the experience matches his life-style and that he likes to “arrive in style” within the large Italian coupe.
“I love its stunning, muscular design, V8 sound, speed and power,” he says, however admits that he’s moved much more by the automotive’s design. “It reminds me of a shark, with its aggressive front grille and gill-like openings on its flanks.”
He provides that it’s a pretty sensible two-door automobile, with satisfactory house for 4. Even his oldest son, a 22-year-old, has house to “stretch his legs” on the again.
He has three different sons, aged 16, 15 and two, together with his second spouse Viviena, who can also be his business companion.
He retains a busy schedule, splitting his time amongst work, the fitness center, church and household. But he units apart time to get pleasure from his Maserati. For occasion, he drives to Malaysia with fellow sports activities automotive fanatics.
Apart from the Maserati GT, which he describes as a sports activities automotive and a household automotive, he additionally has a Toyota Estima eight-seater.
Hence, the Maserati GT, which has been trouble-free, has clocked solely 29,000km since 2014. He says: “I know next to nothing at all about car maintenance. So, I send it for servicing promptly. Although fuel consumption is on the high side, it is immaterial because the car gives me great joy.”
Asked about his subsequent dream experience, he names the Lamborghini Aventador for its “extreme styling, power and speed” and the Bentley Continental GT for its pomp and practicality.
Then, all too rapidly, he factors again to his Maserati, including: “I’m in no rush to change because I still love this one.”
• The author contributes to Torque, a motoring month-to-month revealed by SPH Magazines.
What’s within the boot?
• Briefcase with laptop computer and vital paperwork