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Actor Benjamin Tan's first Big Walk

Local actor Benjamin Tan, who was once a guest relations officer at the Zoo, looks forward to returning there for the Big Walk

Long before actor Benjamin Tan became Lim Ah Hee in the movie, Long Long Time Ago, he worked part-time as a guest relations officer at the Singapore Zoo.

So going to The New Paper Courts Big Walk on Nov 26, which will be held at the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, will be sort of a homecoming for him.

In a telephone interview, Tan recounted how he started work at the Zoo in 2013 during the three -month break after graduating from the National University of Singapore.

Then 24, he worked for a month before he headed to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles.

Tan, 27, said: "I had always wanted to work with animals when I was younger.

"I was also interested in doing something different and not so boring like handing out fliers or work at a call centre.

"Working in the zoo was something that interested me and was not the norm."

Tan described himself as someone who "would just go for it" when he wanted something.

"Just like how after I graduated with a business finance major from NUS and went into acting, which was a really different path," he said.

Tan signed up with Ahundred Ants, an upcoming talent management agency, in September.

He said: "The reason why I signed up with Soo Ann (from Ahundred Ants) is because we have a good rapport since we first met earlier this year.

"Also, we are on the same page and have a mutual understanding when it comes to the creative direction of my career.

"There is a strong level of trust in this relationship, which is something I value very much."

After taking a short break from Jack Neo's two-parter Long Long Time Ago, Tan is currently working on four projects - two television series, a Channel 8 variety show and an Indie short film.

Tan is happy that he can make it for the Big Walk despite his schedule.


FIRST TIME

"This is my first time taking part even though it has been around for a long time. I expect to see a lot of people there and a lot of families and kids," he said.

"But I expect it to be a really fun day, taking time to walk and relax. It would be a great way to walk off stress and it would be a really healthy Saturday not just physically, but mentally as well, because everyone can relax."

Tan added: "The animals will be roaming around us and we will be allowed to walk in the Night Safari, I think that is really cool and exciting."

Intead of seeing the animals in the Night Safari from a tram, participants will be allowed to walk through the park.

He said: "I hope there are new animals to check out and I hope to be lucky enough to witness an animal give birth. I love watching new lives being born."

THE NEW PAPER COURTS BIG WALK @ SINGAPORE ZOO

WHEN

Saturday, Nov 26, 2pm

WHERE

Singapore Zoo & Night Safari

HOW

Register online at www.tnpbigwalk.sg

ON-SITE SIGN-UP

Nov 18 (Fri) to Nov 20 (Sun)

12pm to 8pm

Register and collect your goodie bag at:

  • Courts Orchard

228, Orchard Road

  • Courts Megastore

50, Tampines North Drive 2

REGISTRATION FEE

$35

BONUS

Discounted tickets to the River Safari at $8 each with every registration (maximum of four tickets per participant).

WIN

  • A Harley-Davidson Street 750 bike worth $17,000.
  • A total of $28,000 worth of lucky draw prizes.

MORE

  • Courts Megastore 10th Anniversary logos will be planted along the route of The New Paper Courts Big Walk.
  • Count the total number of logos you spot, go to Courts Megastore and answer the question correctly to redeem a FREE goodie bag.
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