Hongkonger and Singaporean land ‘world’s coolest job’

Andy Lau and Danielle Lin to spend an expenses-paid month shopping and hitting the piste at Niseko ski resort in Japan

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 January, 2016, 6:16am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 January, 2016, 6:15am

Andy Lau from Hong Kong and Danielle Lin from Singapore, both 24, are the winners of Honestbee’s “World’s Coolest Job” campaign, by getting the highest number of likes (1,916 and 338 respectively) for their video applications and impressing the panel of judges with their enthusiasm.

“I have always been someone who’s very eager to try new things,” says Lau, a former policeman. “The comfort zone stops you from realising your true potential. Two things motivate me more than anything – working hard and being brave. This competition is the perfect opportunity to do both of those things.”

Honestbee spokesman Nicholas Lim says the total number of applicants was “substantial” and that they came from countries around the world including Singapore, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, the US, Canada and Africa. Lin, according to her Instagram profile, was the 4th runner up of Miss Universe Singapore 2014.

Lau found out about the campaign from a local newspaper app and had to take part. When he received the email informing that he was a winner, “I was in shock and super excited. I never would have thought that I would get it, but I did,” he says.

Watch Andy Lau’s video entry

”I definitely felt the pressure as there were other equally creative and quality individuals in the competition. But I was also confident in myself and tried my best without worrying too much what the final outcome would be.”

‘World’s coolest job’: Singaporean start-up seeks shoppers for month in Japan on US$10,000 salary

In November, the Singapore-based start-up advertised the “world’s coolest job” looking for two candidates to go food shopping in Japan for a month on a US$10,000 salary and all expenses paid.

The job will involve shopping and delivering for users of honestbee, an on-demand grocery concierge and delivery service that launched in Singapore in July and more recently in Hong Kong. The two winners will look after tourists in the northern ski-resort town of Niseko, Hokkaido prefecture, from January 4 to 31. The two “shopping bees” will be buying and delivering groceries, but are also expected to share their experiences on social media.