Kishon Chong

Kishon views life as a continuous video game. Currently, he is playing it at “Hard” mode – a level that is a lot more challenging, but more rewarding when the obstacles are cleared – and he is playing it remarkably. 

Kishon’s loss of mobility from Spinal Infarction was not just a drastic change in his lifestyle, but also the end of him being a chef, a job he had loved and had been doing for nearly a third of his life. However, with the support of family and friends, as well as an “all fight, always adapt” attitude, Kishon fought through all the mental and physical toil, and completed rehab as a man ready for life’s opportunities again. 

Where he once served comfort through warming the stomachs of his patrons, Kishon now provides comfort through the warmth of service and advice to ease minds. Greatly resonating to the daunting and anxiety-inducing experience many people with disability feel when boarding the public transport, he takes pride in a course he now conducts: “The Public Bus Confidence” course, to help those who require assistance, guidance and/or confidence in taking public buses. It is knowing that people can now find support for their worries – a situation unlike what he faced at the start – that makes Kishon happy. 

Other than an advocator for the disabled community, Kishon is also a loving son and brother, a great friend to many, and an avid explorer who takes every chance to experience new things or deepen his learning in areas of interest. He finds pure joy in both his job and passion; being continually inspired in the culinary arts, all while inspiring others with his work at Tower Transit Singapore. In his bouts of skepticism for romance, Kishon also found someone he now happily calls his partner. 

Crediting his fulfilling life and genuine connections with people to having a progressive mindset and honest conversations, Kishon shares the motto that got him through his transition to becoming disabled, “If life was like a deck of cards, you are dealt with a certain hand. While there is not much you can do to change your cards, you are able to change the way you play it.” 



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