There is nothing better than hearing someone tell you about their wedding plans and having a smile from ear to ear while doing it.

Eloise Fardon, member at Pherform is preparing for the next big adventure of her life and we couldn’t be happier for her. Community Manager Maria met up with her and stated “it was an absolute pleasure to spend time with her to learn more about her life, what brought her to Hong Kong (and Pherform) and her future plans”

We are so excited for Eloise and wanted to find out more!

Using 3 words, how would you describe yourself?
Organised, sociable, a do-er.

What career background do you have?
Have always been in law.  Currently working in private practice specialising in insolvency & restructuring and general commercial litigation.

If you could quit your job and live anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
Somewhere in Japan.  I am trying to learn Japanese at the moment and it is very slow going.  If I didn’t have to work and could immerse myself fully in the language hopefully I could learn it much quicker.  And of course eat a lot of delicious food along the way!

Do you believe in fate? Have you ever experienced it?
Yes.  Every time I bump into a familiar face or a connection of a friend in an unexpected part of the world I think that’s a kind of fate.  It reminds me how small our world is and to never say anything mean about anybody.  You never know who and where you might see that person.

For 2018, what do you want to accomplish? Personal, health and professional.
I’m getting married in October this year so that’s the biggest thing on the cards for 2018. I want to plan an amazing, different and fun wedding but make sure I keep everything else in life (health, work, friendships, relationship) in balance along the way.   I don’t think its necessary to do anything too rash diet or exercise wise in the lead up to the big day.  Instead I am hoping to maintain a healthy balance for 2018.

Have you ever volunteered for a charity and if so which one? Tell me more….
Yes.  During my university and post university years in Perth I spent a lot of time volunteering for two charities called Uni Camp for Kids and LYF (Leading Youth Forward) which provided camps and mentoring opportunities for children and teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds.  As well as seeing a real difference in those kids lives I built fantastic relationships with the other volunteers and gained an extra appreciation for how lucky and privileged my upbringing was.

I have done some small volunteering through CSR activities offered at my work in Hong Kong (recently with Room to Read HK).  I am always interested to hear about other opportunities.   I definitely need to set aside more time for this!  Hands On Hong Kong has a great website and calendar with opportunities for volunteering.

What do you feel is your best asset?
Go-getter attitude.

What brought you to Pherform?
Friends I had made during my time at Bikini Fit who were members at Pherform.  I made some amazing lifelong friends during my time at Bikini Fit.   During 2016-2017 I spent 1 year on secondment at my firm’s office in London.  During the time I was away from Hong Kong Bikini Fit ended and Pherform grew as a gym.   While I was in London I tried a few different places for working-out: 1Rebel, Frame and Basefit to name a few.  It was great that they all had really flexible offerings (membership wise) so I could sample different places, but I did miss (i) the coaches didn’t get to know you on a personal level and (ii) having a supportive consistent group of work out buddies.  When I moved back to Hong Kong I tried out a bunch of different gyms; Pherform seemed like the right fit due to the location, quality of coaches, the coaches knowledge of the members, range of classes and friends who were there.   I also loved boxing classes at 1Rebel in London so was excited that Pherform was offering Rumble classes!

What inspires you? What gets you up in the morning?
I have a pretty busy schedule with work and plenty of extra-curricular activities.  I need to get to the gym in the morning before work otherwise it won’t happen.  Getting out of bed never gets easier, but it is always worth it after a workout.