Mr Koh Hong Kai

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Hong Kai is a fourth-year undergraduate majoring in History. Unsure of exactly which area of history he is interested in (be it era or geographical region), he is clearer about the areas of history he is not interested in. He is always up for any open conversation on matters relating to history, heritage, local issues and life in general. Hoping to enter the teaching service in the next stage of his life, Hong Kai strongly believes in the value of education, and as a side effect, loves giving (hopefully) constructive feedback for essays to help his friends and brush up his own writing skills as well.

In his three years in Tembusu and counting, Hong Kai has picked up a new sport (join Tchoukball!), poured numerous blobs of latte art (yay Tembusu Coffeehouse!), organised and scrambled for countless house events during his 2 terms in the Ora House Committee. Amidst these new experiences gained in Tembusu, he hopes to continue serving and giving back to the Tembusu community as a residential assistant.

In the spare time that he ends up having for himself, Hong Kai decompresses by lazing around and doing absolutely nothing in bed. K-dramas on Netflix or a good book over a cup of coffee are also activities he does to relax and chill. He has a never-ending stack of books to read, simply because he is more addicted to buying new books than actually finishing them. He hopes to reverse this process in the coming semester by juggling both his module readings and his causal reads.

Chances are, you will see Hong Kai lumbering around Tembusu overcaffeinated. Feel free to hit him up for a good cuppa at a local cafe anytime. Even if you don’t like coffee, you are always welcome to approach him with your drink of choice over a nice chat about any topic.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.