My name is Faz Abdul Gaffa and I have been born and bred in Singapore. Even though I’m much taller than the average Singaporean, I’d like to think I’m as Singaporean as it gets really. I’m born to an Indian Muslim family, my second language is Malay even though my IC says I’m Tamil and I resort to cursing and swearing in a fluent mix of Hokkien and Spanish when I’m pissed off. I’ve been working in the media industry in Singapore for ten years now, and I have bylines all over the world. I’m Sassy Singapore’s Acting Editor till December before I head off to sunnier shores.
What do you like to do for fun?
My fiancé and I spend our money on travel. In fact, I think we’ve planned our ridiculous round-the-world honeymoon better than we’ve planned our wedding. Some of my best travel escapades include me hitchhiking a boulder truck in rural China, having a famous classical pianist play for me in her haunting, art nouveau era apartment in Berlin and hanging out at the back of the tour bus of one of my favourite musical acts in the world during SXSW in Austin. I have dreams of putting together my experiences in a book one day… I don’t kiss and tell after all; I just write about it for the whole world to read. When I have no choice but to stay put in Singapore, I spend my time working out at Ritual, a high intensity interval gym in Boat Quay, getting up to no good with my partner-in-crime or obsessively catching up on my favourite American TV shows. (My new favourite is How To Get Away With Murder. Have you watched that yet?!) I also have an unhealthy addiction to beauty products, so I love spending time in Sephora, or reading up generally on what goes into beauty products. I have a theory that if Chemistry was taught to me through beauty products, I would’ve aced the subject in school.
Since you’re Singaporean, you must have very strong opinions on food…?
Obviously. My superhuman ability is to be able to tell the hottest hot sauce there is available in a supermarket anywhere in Asia. My spicy food tolerance is higher than average and I’m pretty sure I have burnt my stomach lining devouring spicy food in my lifetime.
One of my favourite spicy hawker dishes in Singapore? Beauty World Centre’s Mala Mee that was recommended to me by my friend Amanda. I was very close to hugging the auntie who sold me this. It deserves to be in a museum.
What are your current holy grail beauty products?
Until a few years ago, I found it impossible to find foundation my colour in Singapore. While it’s improved now, the drugstore range ranges from yellow to beige and brown girls like me have to resort to higher end beauty products for our canvas. I loved Face Atelier’s Ultra Foundation for a really really long time until I fell in love with Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation. It’s lightweight and long-lasting, even in the humidity bubble disguised as a country that we live in. I never leave my house without sunscreen and my favourite at the moment is Nivea’s Light Texture Perfect Protect Face & Body SPF50. This product is a complete change around from how traditional sunscreens used to be. It’s not greasy and thick, giving you a whitewash – this one is light, with a gel texture and goes perfect under makeup.
What can I say? I’m an absolute @narsissist. #nars #narscosmetics A photo posted by Faz Abdul Gaffa (@fazabdulgaffa) on
And something that will always, always remain my favourite? NARS Multiple. You really can’t go wrong with it.
Lastly, what can you bring to Sassy Singapore?
I’m not going to tell you what you already know in Singapore. Yes, we all know where the famous chicken rice stalls with the long queues are, and we know about the hipster coffee shop with sh*t coffee but a really good blue backdrop that people snap their OOTDs is. Think of me, and my team at Sassy Singapore as the best girlfriends you’ll spill your secrets to – we will fill you in on the latest facial that will give you baby skin to spend your dough on, but you have to let us know when you devour a divine Bara Chirashi bowl that can rival Hanare’s! Holla at me at firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Instagram at @sassysingapore. I’m Sassy Singapore’s Acting Editor till December, so get in touch with leads!