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Old Ways in the New Age

Nov 18, 2018 | No Comments
Old Ways in the New Age

Mr and Mrs Ong are owners of Guan Ann Chan Ginseng Supplier, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) hall that has been around for more than two generations. Their daughter, Mevis, is pursuing studies in TCM in hopes of continuing her father’s legacy by taking over the business in the future. The earthy smell of ginseng […]

Room in Her Heart

Nov 11, 2018 | No Comments
Room in Her Heart

As of September 2017, there have been about 470 children and 440 foster parents in the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s (MSF) fostering scheme. Though a temporary arrangement, these altruistic families open their doors to children who are victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment. One such family is Mdm Asiah Binte Mohamed Salleh, 58, […]

#RedDotStories: The World Record Rangoli Artist

Nov 4, 2018 | No Comments
#RedDotStories: The World Record Rangoli Artist

Rangolis – intricate, brightly coloured Indian floor drawings traditionally made with dyed rice powder –  are created to mark special occasions such as festivals, weddings and births. World-renowned rangoli artist Vijaya Mohan shares with us how she learned to draw rangolis as a child, and later adapted the traditional art into a contemporary, inclusive art […]

The Carpenter King

Oct 28, 2018 | No Comments
The Carpenter King

The intoxicating scent of sweat and varnish engulfed our senses the moment we entered the workshop. Wood shavings lay scattered all over the floor, amid raw blocks of wood that were patiently waiting to be carved into ornate pieces of elegant furniture, just like the ones that sat demurely in the corner. This is Wah […]

Fuelling the Nation, One Kopi at a Time

Oct 21, 2018 | No Comments
Fuelling the Nation, One Kopi at a Time

In 1935, James Sai’s father began brewing coffee for Singapore Harbour Board workers in a coffee shop called San Hai Yuan at the Tanjong Pagar pier. At just 26 years old, James had taken over the business and was working tirelessly to keep it alive. Now, at 65, his three children have expanded the business […]

Finding Fulfilment in a Farmer’s Life

Oct 14, 2018 | No Comments
Finding Fulfilment in a Farmer’s Life

For many Singaporeans, the prospect of leaving a stable job to work on a farm might seem inconceivable. Not so for Mr Rajagopal Balakrishnan, who gave up his old job as a prison officer to work at his father-in-law’s dairy farm 8 years ago. He now runs it full time, from milking the cows to […]