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Extinguishing Stereotypes

May 5, 2019 | No Comments
Extinguishing Stereotypes

Senior instructor and firefighter Rennysa Ithnin, 39, has been with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) for over 16 years, yet when she reveals her occupation to new acquaintances, it is almost always met with a mix of surprise and curiosity. “They’ll ask me, ‘You can carry the hose?’” Rennysa said with a laugh. Rennysa […]

A Career Beyond His Wildest Dreams

Apr 7, 2019 | No Comments
A Career Beyond His Wildest Dreams

As one of the nation’s star attractions, the Singapore Zoo draws close to two million visitors a year. When we paid a visit, we resisted joining the throng of visitors at the Fragile Forest or Splash Safari and sat down instead with the zoo’s primate specialist, Sam, who joined the zoo as a young man […]

A Story to Tell

Apr 2, 2019 | No Comments
A Story to Tell

For R. Chandran, the growing theatre scene these days is a heartening sight. When he first co-founded Act 3 Theatrics in 1984 to create performances for children, there was no other professional theatre company around. Now, after over 30 years in the theatre industry, he continues to contribute to the drama scene by reaching out […]

A Telling Odyssey

Mar 25, 2019 | No Comments
A Telling Odyssey

In today’s media saturated world, videos, websites, apps and social media are all constantly vying for our attention. Is there a place for oral storytelling in the midst of this? Is there still a place for myths and legends? Kamini Ramachandran, 50, director of MoonShadow Stories and full-time storyteller, certainly thinks so and has been […]

#RedDotStories: The Root of Oral Health

Mar 18, 2019 | No Comments
#RedDotStories: The Root of Oral Health

When Professor Loh Hong Sai began his dentistry degree in the 1960s, he was filled with uncertainty and doubt; dentistry wasn’t a respected vocation back then, and he didn’t know if he would enjoy it. Today, he knows he has found the perfect career for him and has dedicated over 40 years of his life […]

Keeping the Dance Alive

Mar 10, 2019 | No Comments
Keeping the Dance Alive

Like many other traditions, Malay dance faces the threat of extinction in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven society. Mdm Som Binte Mohamed Said, 66, better known as Mdm Som Said, has spent more than half her life championing this art form. Through her efforts, she has continued keeping the tradition alive for more than 40 years. Malay […]