Out of office – Simran Bains on skydiving and exploring new places

skydivingSimran Bains talks about skydiving, exploring new places and hiking the Shropshire hills in this weeks out of office.

Please introduce yourself

I currently work in both NHS and private practices as well as a senior house officer in the oral and maxillofacial department. I am one of the editorial board members of Young Dentist magazine as well as a board member of the BACD Young Membership Committee.

What do you get up to in your spare time away from dentistry?

Outside of dentistry I’m definitely an adrenaline junkie. I enjoy travelling and exploring new places, meeting people and sharing experiences. Every destination has something unique to offer. It broadens your mind, you develop skills you didn’t know you had and it also gives you an abundance of stories to tell.

During lockdown I’ve also enjoyed going on some lovely scenic hikes in the Shropshire hills.

I love baking and definitely made the most of it during lockdown. It’s a good thing my family all have a sweet tooth! If anyone has any great recipes feel free to send me a message on Instagram – @drsimranbains.

Where is your favourite place to travel and do your hobbies take you anywhere in particular?

I love destinations where there’s plenty to do, but you also have time to relax – it’s the best of both worlds.

My mum is from Singapore so ever since I’ve been little I would spend a few months every year over there with family. It has amazing weather, incredible food and everyone is so friendly. There’s so much to do, so it definitely has a special place in my heart.

In Europe, I love visiting Italy. It’s so picturesque and full of culture. Skydiving over the Palm in Dubai was also incredible…it’s so hard to pick a favourite!

Are you a foodie? Why and what particular food do you go for?

Oh yes, I think my passion for travelling to new places and being a foodie definitely goes hand in hand! I’m always looking for new restaurants to try and I love learning about how dishes are prepared and what ingredients are used so I can experiment and create my own recipes.

My favourite cuisine is a tie between Japanese and Malaysian/Singaporean. Ever since doing Japanese for GCSE, I’ve been fascinated with the culture and I just love the simplicity of dishes. But I also love the bursting of flavours in a Singaporean cuisine.

What do you do to help you relax?

Recently I’ve really enjoyed hiking. It’s a chance to reflect, recharge and reconnect with yourself. I’ve found it helps clear my mind, each route is different and it’s just so peaceful immersing in nature. You learn to live in the moment.

What type of television/movies do you like – any guilty pleasures?

I’ll watch anything, just not horror movies…but even then I cant stop watching.

Guilty pleasure has to be Made in Chelsea.

Why is it important to have hobbies away from dentistry?

Although I have a passion for dentistry, it’s nice to do things that takes my mind off teeth! It’s so easy to get caught up in the stresses of every day life and some people may find it hard to ‘get out of the box they’re in’.

Hobbies give us a chance to learn something new and explore hidden talents. They help refocus your mind or even improve your self-confidence. There’s something about feeling good when you’ve accomplished a task.

Someone once told me you should have three hobbies: one to keep you creative, one to keep you in shape and one to make you money.


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