Time And Space: Lin Chi-lingWritten by Alvin Wong
Longines ambassador on what was, what is, and what might have been.
In the first part of our 'Time And Space' series, in which we get brand ambassadors and celebrities to ruminate on all things existential, we had the pleasure of engaging Taiwanese multi-hyphenate Lin Chi-ling.
The statuesque model-slash-actress-slash-singer-slash-television host is a showbiz veteran, having burst into the scene in the early 2000s. The ageless celebrity, who once ignited an industry-wide craze for Taiwanese supermodels, has been a Longines ambassador since 2006.
Describe your current state of mind.
My current state of mind is contentment. I am at a stage where I appreciate what life has given me. My past has made me the person I am today, and I think I'm having the best time of my life now.
Tell us a favourite memory.
Probably the first time my parents visited me in Canada when I studied abroad in the fifth year of my school days.
Which part of the day are you at your most productive?
The moment my alarm rings! Every day is a productive day, unless I decide intentionally for it not to be one.
What is your idea of a perfect moment?
Being with loved ones, laughing, warmth in the air.
If you were to travel back in time, which moment or era would you choose?
My childhood, back when I was in elementary school. Then, the entire family would gather with all our relatives during Chinese New Year. My parents were healthy then, and their kids, worry-free.
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Stay true to your heart. I would also advise her to learn the right values, keep an open mind, explore all possibilities, and know that her friends will be her assets in the future.
If you could choose to be reborn as a person or thing, what would it be?
I wouldn't change anything. I would want to be me. Or at least, a better version of Chi-ling.
Longines president Walter von Kanel and brand ambassador Lin Chi-ling
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