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Monday, April 4, 2016

Exclusive Interview: RYAN CHRISTOPHER SY | Century Tuna Superbods 2016 Finalist

 Ryan Christopher Sy 
Century Tuna Superbods 2016
Exclusive Interview

 A. 
How would you describe yourself? I play hard, but I work harder. :)

Full Name: Ryan Christopher Dizon Sy

Nickname: Ryan Christopher

Birthday: November 5, 1986

Birthplace: Makati, Philippines

City/ Country you grew up in: Chicago, Manila, Scotland, Atlanta, LA (in that order).

Nationality: Filipino

Family Lineage & Blood Line: Father is a quarter Chinese, the rest is all Filipino.

Religion: Roman Catholic

Languages: English, Filipino/Tagalog, Mandarin


 B. 
Profession:
RS (Ryan Sy): Recording Artist, Professional Songwriter, and Commercial/Print model

Company or organization you work for, and your designation/ position:
RS: Apex Mining (Family Business), Mercator Models, Ivory/Sony Music

School/ College/ University + (city, region):
RS: University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, GA

Year & course in college:
RS: BA in International Business and BBA in Corporate Finance and Real Estate

Graduate School & Course (if applicable):
RS: Corporate Finance and Real Estate

What's your dream job?
RS: The one I’m doing now. I’ve always wanted to bag a record deal; last year, I achieved one of my lifetime goals. I also want to someday set up a restaurant offering various takes on the grilled cheese sandwich. It’ll be called the Melting Point; it’s already registered with the SEC hehe.


 C. 
Why did you join Century Tuna Superbods?
RS: I heard about it and figured I’d give it a shot. I was comparatively unfit at the time and didn’t have much motivation to change that, after suffering from a serious muscle tear on my chest. I thought that joining a fitness competition be the shot in the arm I needed to kickstart my return to form. :)

Who/What inspired/motivated you to getting fit and sexy?
RS: Honestly, I had to look to myself for motivation. I don’t really get “inspired” or “motivated” unless I make a conscious decision to stay focused on a specific goal. If I had to pick someone who motivates me, I’d say it’s my girlfriend; she’s very fit, and is actually doing Bb. Pilipinas this year. So I guess we’ve both got our eyes on the prize, in a sense.

Who/What inspired/motivated you to join a competition such as Century Tuna Superbods?
RS: As I said earlier, I just figured I’d give it a shot. I got the message from my handler at Mercator, and it was more of a split-second decision. I didn’t realize I’d make it this far, and I’m very grateful to be one of the finalists being interviewed today. :)

What are your hobbies?
RS: I love boxing. In Uni, I was a competetive boxer, and my team placed 2nd in the UK. When I moved to the US where boxing isn’t officially a College sport, I joined amateur leagues and had a great time. Other than that, I am blessed to be in a position where I can essentially make a living out of doing my hobby: writing music. It doesn’t feel like work :)

What are your sports?
RS: I was the captain of my swimteam throughout high school, and in College, I boxed nationally in University Leagues.

How often do you workout in the gym? How many times do you workout in a week? in a month?
RS: I try to work out at least 5 times a week.

How many hours do you spend in the gym?
RS: Always less than an hour. I like to be as efficient as I can at the gym so that I can enjoy and make the most out of my day.

What are your favorite workout exercises?
RS: I have a love/hate relationship withg leg days. I dread them every time, but I’m always happiest after I’ve completed a good leg workout.

On the average, how long do you spend time in the shower?
RS: About 20-30 minutes. I watch the news while I’m in the shower, so I sort of take my time in there hehe.

What do you consider your most difficult challenge in getting fit, healthy and fab?
RS: Diet! And more specifically, staying away from alcohol! I was in a fraternity in College, and I guess I learned to love beer… all types of beer.

What preparations did you do before joining Century Tuna Superbods?
RS: None whatsoever. Unfortunately, I was very unfit before joining Century Tuna Superbods. However throughout the competition, I have been training hard, and following my fitness and nutrition regimen to a tee. :)

What are the other competitions have you joined so far (both local and international)? 
RS: I don’t do pageants haha. I don’t consider Superbods to be a pageant either - although my friends tease me about it every now and then. I was in the Voice Korea a few years ago, but not as a contestant. I was part of the 2-part finale episode where I gave the season winner some songwriting tips. We also performed a duet together; it was a great experience.


 D. 
What do you consider the sexiest part of your body and/or face? Why?
RS: My hands. I use them to play and write music. Sometimes I think they have a life of their own, because I can be playing the keys while having a conversation or just letting my mind wander.

What is your best asset? Why?
RS: I believe that everyone’s best asset is their mind. It has the power to create and alter the world around them. With a positive mindset, anything can be accomnplished.

If you're given a chance, which part of your body (or face) would you like to improve on? Why?
RS: I guess… My mind as well. More specifically, I want to overcome that little voice inside that says “no, it can’t be done”. That little dude pops up every now and then, and sometimes, I believe him.

Brief or boxer shorts? 
RS: Boxer Briefs ;)

What are your romantic ideas about love?
RS: I’ve already found it. Nothing left to say.

What is the craziest thing you have done in your life?
RS: Skipped school and booked a ticket to Prague with my best friends in uni. We literally saw a random promo online and decided that morning that we should go. We were on our way there by lunchtime. ;)

If you can look back, what are the things you will never do/be again?
RS: So many things… Too many things… But if I could single out one thing, I’d have to say I’ll never doubt myself again. At least, I’ll try my hardest not to.

When did you realize that you need to be fit & healthy? What was the first thing that you did then?
RS: When I wasn’t getting any girls in high school haha. First thing I did was join the swimteam and get on the Atkins diet. Over the summer between freshman and sophomore year, I lost about 20 lbs. A few months later, I had my first kiss.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
RS: So far, I think It’s being alive. I’m 29 now and can honestly tell you that I’ve lived enough for three or four lifetimes. In other words, I got into trouble a lot, and have found myself caught up in many crazy situations. Almost resigned myself to the whole “live fast, die young” mentality, but moving back to the Philippines put a lot of things into perspective. I was able to change many things about myself, and ultimately I think that’s why I’m still here. That in itself is an achievement for me :)



 E. 
Countries you have visited: 
RS: Oh man… China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, the United Kingdom (Ireland, Scotland, and England), France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the UAE, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Chile, Jamaica, Colombia, Belize, Mexico, the US, among others.

Countries you'd like to see in the future: 
RS: Russia, South Africa, Antartica, Norway

Favorite city or province: 
RS: Tokyo, Japan

Which section/s in the newspaper do you like reading? Why? 
RS: The international section. I was sort of trained by my family and throughout college to read the news every morning; it gave me good talking points, and made small talk a lot less awkward. At home, we’re subscribed to the New York Times… As far as Philstar/Manila Bulletin/etc, the interntional section has the most relevant and least depressing news in my opinion. 

What's your greatest dream?
RS: My greatest dream is being 75, looking back at my life, and being happy with what I’ve accomplished and with what I am leaving behind.

What do you do to keep yourself busy?
RS: I write songs, and I take care of my dog and rabbit. I also spend a lot of time with my girlfriend, and close friends.

What makes you happy?
RS: Having a goal and knowing I’m coming closer and closer to reaching it. :)

If you're not at work/school, where can we find you?
RS: Probably out somewhere having brunch/dinner or drinks with friends. I go to Niner Ichi Nana often, and my favorite place to eat is Kikufuji at Little Tokyo.

 F.  FAVORITES

Food:
Sinigang, or Chirashi Sushi

Color/s: Dark blue and Black

Fruit/s: Blueberries and Cherries

Vegetable/s: Spinach

Books: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Magazines: Time

TV series: Breaking Bad, One Punch Man, Entourage

Movies: Pan’s Labyrinth, Limitless, Deadpool

Hangout place: Niner Ichi Nana, Gramercy, Bank Bar

Clothes: Superdry, Diesel

Actors: Bradley Cooper, Tom Hanks

Actress: Krysten Ritter, Natalie Portman

Music: Adult Contemporary, Coffeehouse, Folk, Country, Hip Hop, Deep House

Singers: Ingrid Michaelson, Kina Grannis, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, Sia, Enya, Rachel Platten


 G. 
Rank the following words from the most important (#1) to the least important (#5):
LOVE FAMILY GOD MONEY SEX 

1. Love
2. Family
3. God
4. Money
5. Sex

 H. 
What is your favorite motto or quotation?
RS: Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.

What qualities of a person that stand out for you?
RS: Self confidence.

What qualities of a person that disappoint you?
RS: Deceptiveness, arrogance.

If you were a thing, what would you be and why?
RS: A documentary. That would be the closest I’d get to living a real life :)

If you are given superpowers, what would it be and why?
RS: Precognition. If I knew things before they happened, I’d save myself the headache and never leave things up to chance ;)

What are the items you always bring in your bag?
RS: I don’t walk around with a bag :p

If you could meet one person (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
RS: Nelson Mandela - he’s done so much to further the world’s view on equality, I admire him a lot.

If you could be invisible, what are the things you will do? 
RS: I’d pick my dog up and freak people out - they’d have a flying Chowchow coming at them.


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