In the beautiful anime Your Name, two Japanese teenagers find themselves involuntarily swapping bodies at random and having to live each other’s lives when it happens – which is diffcult when one’s a boy and the other’s a girl. Being able to live someone else’s life is everyone’s fantasy, especially when their lives are better than yours!

So we take a closer look at some awesome Singaporeans that we’d like to trade places with. Were it not for these five fabulous personalities, our country would not have gotten to where it is today. And wouldn’t it be cool to walk the shoes of an actress, a billionaire, or even a Minister for a day?

1. Khaw Boon Wan, Minister of Transport

Khaw Boon Wan. Credit: Ministry of Transport

Khaw Boon Wan. Credit: Ministry of Transport

Regardless of your political affiliation, you can’t deny that Khaw Boon Wan’s taken some of the most difficult portfolios in the government at some of the worst times (Minister of Health during SARS, Minister of National Development during the inflation of property prices, and now Minister of Transport during SMRT’s potential privatisation). So it’d be interesting to see what it’d be like to spend a day in his shoes and deal with problems on a state level, where every decision affects millions of people.

But to be honest, the first thing I’d do if I swapped bodies with Khaw Boon Wan would be to abolish ERPs. There would be much rejoicing across the land. Begone, foul gantries!

2. Zoe Tay, Queen of Caldecott Hill

Zoe Tay. Credit: Toggle

Zoe Tay. Credit: Toggle

What’s it like to be the actress that every actress looks up to in the hallowed halls of Mediacorp? That’s what swapping bodies with Zoe Tay will show us. Since there won’t be a Caldecott Hill for long (since Mediacorp is moving to Buona Vista), if we want to swap bodies, we’d better hurry! Still, the Ah Jie will always be the Ah Jie to us, so no matter where Channel 8 moves, Zoe Tay will stay put in our hearts.

The next best thing would be to go to Madam Tussaud’s and check out her wax figure – it’s as close to swapping bodies as we’ll ever get to in real life!

3. Peter Lim, Remisier King

Peter Lim. Credit: Vulcan Post

Peter Lim. Credit: Vulcan Post

One of the richest men in Singapore, Peter Lim isn’t a millionaire – he’s a billionaire. A self-made man with humble roots as a fishmonger’s son, the former Rafflesian worked hard and invested wisely to get to where he is today. He’s also famous for his easygoing attitude, having once commented, after dropping out of the Singapore billionaire’s list in 2008, “What’s the problem! Dropped out not dropped dead.”

But don’t take that to mean that you can take advantage of him! He values his reputation highly, and in a libel suit he won the highest amount awarded to a non-public leader in Singapore.

4. Stefanie Sun, Singaporean Mandopop Queen

Sun Yanzi. Credit: Mothership

Sun Yanzi. Credit: Mothership

Swapping bodies with Stefanie Sun would be both stressful but exciting, since you have to keep up the pretense of being a fabulous star while going incognito everytime you want to head into public. And since she’s based in Taiwan now, you would have to navigate unfamiliar territory while hiding the body swap from everyone you know!

5. Mr Popcorn

Mr Popcorn. Credit: Golden Village Mr Popcorn Facebook Page

Mr Popcorn. Credit: Golden Village Mr Popcorn Facebook Page

What’s it like to live the life of an animated character? Swapping bodies with Mr Popcorn will show us! It’s a life of delicious buttery goodness (I mean, you’ll constantly be slathered in golden liquid butter) and you get free movies to boot! Plus children will always love you, and you’ll be welcome in anyone’s seat. You’ll be popular, tasty, and you get to make corny jokes all day.

After all, don’t we all love corn-suming Mr Popcorn?

Your Name. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Your Name. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

But how about swapping bodies with a complete stranger, like in Your Name? Although it might not sound as glamorous as a body switch with someone famous, there’s something poignant about living another person’s life and trying to better it. That’s exactly what happens in Your Name, with a twist – the pair can’t remember each other’s names once they return to their own bodies.

Will they solve this mystery, or will it turn out to be just a dream to them? Wouldn’t you be heartbroken if you swapped bodies with someone regularly, but they don’t even remember Your Name?

 

Credits: Ministry of Transport, Toggle, Golden Village Mr Popcorn Facebook Page, Vulcan Post, Mothership, Golden Village Cinemas