Johann Wijesinghe

In conversation with Ruwandi Perera

Alma mater
S. Thomas’ College

Family members
Wife and twin sons, parents and two brothers

Favourite day of the week
Every day is great

Worst day of the week
None as such

Three must-haves
A cup of morning tea; Levi, my golden retriever and BFF; and a home with a garden

Three ‘would like to haves’
A beach house would be great – also, a bungalow in the tea country and Thor’s hammer

Mantra to unwind
Catching up with friends and family

Favourite colour
Definitely blue because I live in denim

A jeep

Would like to drive
A newer jeep

Happy place
Anywhere – as long as it is with positive and like-minded folk

Favourite chill out
The beautiful hill country of Sri Lanka

Cook or foodie

Favourite food

Favourite drink
Thambili – a.k.a. king coconut water 

Three hobbies
Reading, travelling and exploring various cuisines – given that I’m a foodie 

Three peeves
Obviously this would include litter, undisciplined driving on the roads and wastage

Likes to play
Cricket, rugby and badminton

Likes to watch
Cricket, rugby and mixed martial arts

The glass is half full or half empty
Always full

Pending achievements
I’ve achieved everything I have wanted to

Most unforgettable event
Definitely the day I set eyes on my twin sons

Most forgettable event

Favourite local destination
Sri Lanka’s hill country

Favourite overseas destination

Ideal romantic date
Having dinner on the river Seine

Three items on the bucket list for the next six months
I’d love to do more travelling, dine out a lot and then travel more

Three items on the bucket list following retirement
I’d love to take a train ride to Ella, climb the Andes mountain range in South America and perhaps buy a beach house

Quality or quantity

Work or play after retirement

Likely retirement destination
For me, it will be Sri Lanka – the best place in the world

Obsessed with

Purpose in life
Live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment

Happiness in a few words
To be content with life

Favourite song
Losing My Religion (by R.E.M.) – because I didn’t lose mine

Favourite movie
The Godfather 

Best actor
Denzel Washington

Best singer
Luther Vandross

Favourite author
Robert Ludlum

Favourite local sportsperson
Former Sri Lanka captain Michael Tissera – a brilliant cricketer, and a gentleman both on and off the field

Favourite international sportsperson
Sir Vivian Richards – for his fearless approach to the game of cricket

Favourite local government servant
Deshamanya Bradman Weerakoon

Colombo in a few words
A place where the corridors whisper

Sri Lanka in a few words
A country with nature at its best, verdant greenery, rolling hills, amazing wildlife, golden sandy beaches, timeless history, and simple and welcoming islanders

The world in one or two words

Role model
John Fleming – my mentor at Air Lanka

Most used word or phrase
Putha (son) – not in Spain or Spanish speaking countries though

Yourself in a few words
I’m told that I am ethical to a fault 

Motto in life
Live life to the fullest as though there is no tomorrow

Johann is the Managing Director of Hayleys Aviation & Projects