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Looking Back on Golden Days

Jul 16, 2018 | No Comments
Looking Back on Golden Days

As one steps out of the glossy malls dominating Singapore’s retail landscape and into the streets of its smaller shopping belts, a series of familiar sights begins to emerge: provision shops, pawnbrokers, dried goods sellers – and goldsmiths. Particularly common in areas such as Little India, Chinatown and Geylang, small, family-run goldsmith shops, like the […]

The Making of a Leather Craftsman

Jul 9, 2018 | No Comments
The Making of a Leather Craftsman

Though there seems to be a recent increase in the number of craftsmen and makers setting up shop in Singapore, not many veteran artisans remain in business. We spoke with longtime leather craftsman Soh Jin Kheng, who fell in love with leathercraft as a young man and has spent the last 30 years dedicated to […]

A Sailor’s Life

Jul 2, 2018 | No Comments
A Sailor’s Life

The Police Coast Guard of Singapore, formerly known as the Marine Police, is responsible for maintaining law and order in Singapore’s waters, including its surrounding islands. Tony Tan, who served with the Marine Police for over two decades, told us a bit about his adventures on the high seas. Laid-back and jovial, retiree Tony Tan, […]

A Farewell to Charm

Jun 25, 2018 | No Comments
A Farewell to Charm

Provision shop owners Tay Beng Yap, 76, and his wife Lim Hui Zhen, 72, have been in the trade for as long as they can remember. The couple shared with us their memories of the provision shop, and their thoughts on the once-ubiquitous business being reduced to a dwindling statistic with the predominance of supermarkets […]

Inking History

Jun 18, 2018 | No Comments
Inking History

Once associated with gangsters and secret society members in Singapore, tattoos are slowing shedding much of the social stigma and their association with sleaze and the underworld. Attitudes and perceptions towards the art of tattoo have changed in recent years. Not only have tattoos become more acceptable and mainstream – made all the more popular […]

#RedDotStories: Dancing From Her Heart

Jun 11, 2018 | No Comments
#RedDotStories: Dancing From Her Heart

For more than half her life, Mdm Som Said has dedicated herself to the art of Malay dance as a performer, choreographer, and now the Founder-Director of Sri Warisan, a Malay performing arts company in Singapore. Find out more about how she has been helping the Malay dance scene to thrive in Singapore for the […]