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Banana Chat - meet Kiu Sum

by Banana Crumble | Jan 23, 2018

My name is Kiu Sum and currently a research postgraduate at Imperial College London in Human Nutrition, having previously embarked my journey at University of Westminster. I have (and am!) somewhat been involved in a number of things (or I so call them, “Projects”) alongside my study, and you would find me here and there mainly in student engagement and science ventures. Aside from projecting, I am excited for future opportunities to see where my career takes me!

What is your favourite joke?
Well…I remember one time when I was in a conversation about beetroots at university. And things got out of hand when the food puns slowly crept in “beet-fore” we even got to get our samples… What is the most untrustworthy veggie? The beet around the bush!

But then again, it is all about bananas at Banana Crumble and the tune to Beethoven’s 5th symphony always comes to mind!…!…!

What makes you smile?
When seeing other people smiling and reaching their own milestones.

What is your favourite good news story?
Anything is a good news story! Those moments when you bump into someone you don’t know but somehow they know you, and they come and share how something since then has changed and motivated them.

What inspires you?
Can be anything and or anyone! But I enjoy the most when I get to hear other people sharing about their experiences – it inspires and motivate me to write my stories. But in an educational setting, got to say my teachers (using this word loosely here and not merely on your educational study who teaches you year on year. Is everyone who teaches you anything, no matter how big or small that thing is…). They are not just teachers or lecturers who teach you the knowledge you need, but are the ones who shapes you to see the bigger picture. How and what you know to pass each step is just a very very tiny milestone. Is all about your own identity and I am sure like everyone else, we are very grateful for those who shares their knowledge and radiates their passion on the topic that we feel their energy buzzing inside us. That is what gets us excited. In the end we are all just stories, is how we make each chapter a good one!

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
The world to be free of health diseases.

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
I would have the power to be multilingual, able to speak and understand every language there are. Reason is simple – for me to connect with people no matter their cultures and or backgrounds, and bringing them together.

What is your favourite food?
No favourite food – happy to have anything that is edible. (within reasons that is!)

What is your favourite drink?
Water all the way. But if coffee is an option and I can smell it…

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
A mobile phone? Think it encapsulate everything you need. From taking a snap to capture those potential once in a life time moments, creating memories, or connecting with everyone, to whipping out the map when you find yourself lost. But on the downside, this means you would need to carry a back up battery or charger…

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
I think more should be done to help students – more so after graduation. The increase in tuition fees does not help and getting a degree is no longer a ticket into the door. A few years at university and stepping into the real world is a reality. You either know what you are doing and successfully being accepted into your first new job and slowly working towards your aspiration, but for others they are still trying to see which path is worth taking. Job competitions are high, and I think tuition fees and student loans should be lowered for the next generation to survive in today’s society.

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?
Being part of the UK Youth Parliament opened many opportunities thereafter! What good few years it was and I loved every minute.

What is your favourite phrase or saying?
The word “standardisation” has somewhat crept into my vocabulary a lot since finding myself in research projects a few years ago.

What cause, project or event would you like to promote?
Have a fair few things to promote but doubt there are enough spaces on here so selected two recent things:

Recently I have been involved with STEM Learning (, an initiative which was developed with the government to raise young people’s engagement in subjects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These could be involving in activities and schools promoting these subjects and engaging with the next generation, to sharing experiences with the students. It is a great initiative to stimulate those minds who are eager to find out what is really out there in the big wide world!

Lambeth GP Food Co-Op ( was a group I was involved with. They are a cooperative working in and for the NHS, collaborating with local GP surgeries in Lambeth with patients building gardens and growing food. It is a way for those patients to get together improving their health and wellbeing but at the same time learning something new! They also regularly sell what they grow back to the local communities. Lambeth GP Food Co-Op is also venturing out into other sub project working on health, hunger and with food banks.

Who is your favourite music artist?
You probably have guessed by now that I don’t like having “favourites” in things. But if I need to be calm and or getting my thinking hat on then classical music all the way.

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
Tough question. No one single person I would say – there are a lot of people. A long list and can list them out with reasons all day long! Everyone whom I have met and worked with has shaped my life somehow – am grateful for everyone!

PJ’s or Not?

Hot or cold? Lukewarm? If that is even an option…, if not cold.

Cat or dog? Neither to be honest, but guess dogs as they can understand you better.

Blue or pink? Either – don’t mind which. But just not hot pink!

Tea or coffee? Coffee – but then again, tea if coffee is not available!

Glass half-empty or glass half-full? Leaning towards half-full. All depends on how you pour it and what goes in.

Pyjamas or not? Not

Night out or night in? Depends on the night and what is happening – and not me projecting!

Pizza or pasta? Yikes…when it comes to food, decision is hard. As one lecturer says, pizza can be healthy too! Is what you put on there and how you make it…

Biscuits or cake? Munching on the biscuits…as I look at the cake. Typical eh?

Wine or beer? Neither…

Football or rugby? Badminton is not an option??

Cinema or theatre? Cinema

Gym or TV? Both at the same time? – saves time

Naughty or nice? Nice

Silver or gold? As much as I want gold, sometimes, you just have to settle for silver.

Tent or hotel? Hotel, though if one wants an adventure then tent!

Bath or shower? Shower

Starter or pudding? Starter

Sheets or duvet? Duvet

Love Island or Game of Thrones? Neither? But if I have to choose then Games of Thrones

Finally, apple or banana? Well, I am “split” between the two. But “be-core-se” this is Banana Crumble, is banana all the way!!

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