Ms Anastasia Tahir

Resident Assistant Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Anastasia, or Tasha as she is often nicknamed, is a third-year undergraduate student at the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies who dreams to specialize in midwifery or pediatrics someday. A previous Gaja House Committee member in her first year, she loves being a part of the Gaja community and is excited to give back to it as a Residential Assistant!

She can often be found in the MPH playing tchoukball, of which she used to co-head and would love to introduce anyone to the sport! She also plays dodgeball and sometimes netball in the MPH, but you can alternatively find her in her room mulling over her school work, or in Fairprice contemplating her next supper.

Tasha's interests range from playing sports (evidently) to eating good food, studying up on skincare, reading about unsolved mysteries, playing video games (especially Pokémon!), writing, and watching shows. True to the stereotype, she is always available to help with any wound-related injuries or answer questions about them. However, she is also always down for a good chat, or better yet, a good meal at any time of the day. You can talk to her about anything from the weather, to Pokémon fan theories, to existential crises.

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.