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The Long and Short of a Barber’s Life

May 20, 2018 | No Comments
The Long and Short of a Barber’s Life

Tanglin Halt resident Mr Kamsari Gari has been working as a barber for close to 50 years, and is showing no signs of stopping. While there are many big, modern shops with computerised catalogs in shopping malls, small shops like Jali Jali Malay Barber, which Mr Kamsari runs with a partner, still hold a special […]

The Tale of Three Sisters

May 15, 2018 | No Comments
The Tale of Three Sisters

Although Florence Tan, Farida Omar and Ellen Keng have different surnames, they are in fact biological sisters. Separated at birth in Singapore, the three sisters went on to lead vastly different lives. Adoption and lost families reunited may sound like something out of a soap opera, but back in the 1950s and ’60s, this was […]

From Rags to Refurbishments

Apr 29, 2018 | No Comments
From Rags to Refurbishments

This is the story of Mr Toh Chin Siong, a second-generation rag-and-bone man who has turned his humble karang guni business into an Instagram hit for home inspiration. Aided by his family, Mr Toh has managed to transform his business dramatically over the past 40 years. The karang guni  man used to be a common […]

Rugby’s Road to Recognition

Apr 22, 2018 | No Comments
Rugby’s Road to Recognition

A member of the first local women’s rugby team, Ennie Toh, 41, is a pioneer of women’s rugby in Singapore. From being looked down on to being looked up to, Ennie’s journey as a female athlete in Singapore has undoubtedly paved the way for many other rugby enthusiasts. “Such a silly game.” That was Ennie’s […]

When Art Finds a Way

Apr 15, 2018 | No Comments
When Art Finds a Way

From a young age, Arthur P. Y. Ting’s (71) love for art was never in doubt. We spoke with him as he shared with us the eventful journey he has undertaken to becoming the mixed-media artist he is today. “Artists are usually poor.” That was the word of caution from Arthur’s mother when he informed […]

A Life in Technicolour

Apr 2, 2018 | No Comments
A Life in Technicolour

Rangoli – intricate, brightly coloured Indian floor drawings traditionally made with dyed rice powder –  are created to mark special occasions such as festivals, weddings and births. We dropped in for a chat with Vijaya Mohan, a world-renowned rangoli artist who learned to draw rangoli as a child, and adapted the traditional art from her […]