Florante Lopez Gonzales
Technical Trainer, Diagnostic Technician
Suburb: Mount Louisa
AKA: Poland (it used to be POLAN but they keep on pronouncing it wrong e.g. ROLAND, BOLLARD, POLLARD etc.), I told them like the country Poland, that’s when they start calling me Poland.
I’m renowned for: Automotive Master Technician (VW, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Peugeot).
Only a local would know: Townsville is not Brownsville anymore after the rain. It’s one of the best places to live with lovely people and very nice weather. I love the tropics!
My most memorable holiday was: Hawaii and Singapore holiday with my sisters and niblings.
Right now I wish I was: On a cruise ship with my family.
My favourite day is: Saturday and Sunday, spending time with my family or playing with my favourite toys (tools) in the garage.
The biggest influence in my life was/is: My Mom and Dad, my very own teachers in life who taught me some of the things that I didn’t learn in the four corners of a classroom e.g. how to be responsible, optimistic and how to deal with real life problems. An ordinary couple, not the best, not perfect but well respected by those who know them. The whole neighbourhood in a community where they lived used to call them Mom and Dad as well. (I reckon, I’ve got the biggest family in the world). Thank God they didn’t enter into a world of dirty politics.
The funniest thing that ever happened to me was: On my job card way back in 2006, Customer complaint: Car is missing. I went to my foreman and asked to report to the police that the car is missing… found out that ‘missing’ is the word to describe an engine misfire. I said; “Sorry. Me no speak English.”
Someone famous I met was: Jonathan Thurston, one of the best examples of a leader.
My motto is: Go ahead and do it now, no matter what the outcomes, it was an experience to learn.
SONG Tell the World of His Love by Jamie Rivera
SHOP Hooper Place, Singapore
EAT Stir fry noodles and veggies
DRINK Rum and Coke