Scorpion's simple life

Scorpion's simple life

Mandopop singer William Scorpion may already have a retirement residence in the north of Thailand but home, in the meantime, is still a two-room flat in Tanglin Halt.

Of his cosy, minimalist and white-based apartment, the flamboyant performer, 52, says: "I call this my transition home.

"Most of my furniture from my previous home have been shipped to Thailand. I didn't put so much thought into the design of this place because I always came back late from the club," says the former executive director of nightclub Shanghai Dolly in Clarke Quay. He is also an equestrian instructor in the day.

But for a man who made his name with a larger-than-life stage personality, Scorpion wanted "nothing drama" for his current abode. "The concept I was going for was something that was simple and liveable."

Scorpion, who recently released his biography Sanuk Jing Jing Na!, has a riding stable and bed- and-breakfast in Phayao, Thailand, both of which are under construction.

He goes to Phayao, which is about three hours from Chiang Mai by road, twice a year for a fortnight each time. He has a business partner to help look after the business when he is back in Singapore.

Scorpion, who is divorced, used to live in an HDB point block in Holland Drive, but scaled down to this two-bedroom unit six years ago.

While his daughter Zsa Zsa, 27, lives in an apartment in River Valley with friends, his son Nicholas, 24, shares his flat.

Nicholas, a bachelor and a chef at Tippling Club, moved in with his dad three months ago because it was more convenient - his kitchen duties has him coming home late. Previously, he lived with his aunt.

Father and son have different tastes in interior decor. Scorpion says: "Nicholas is very Western and likes the New York cosmopolitan feel... not these antiques."

The singer did not engage an interior designer and decided on the look of his home alone. He created 3m-long floor-to-ceiling white storage cupboards to keep knick-knacks out of sight. An aquarium, housed in a rectangular cut-out in the cupboard, contains a lone arowana.

While Scorpion loves the design, which hides unsightly wires and filters, he says his son is less keen on it.

"Nicholas says that it's like a zi char stall, where the hawker keeps the fishes in the big tanks to sell," he says with a laugh.

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