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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 […]

A Dentist’s Oral History

Jun 4, 2018 | No Comments
A Dentist’s Oral History

Despite veteran dental surgeon Dr Loh Hong Sai’s impressive resume and illustrious career, his initial foray into dentistry was filled with uncertainty and doubt. Here, he shares his journey as a dentist, the changes in the profession and how he eventually fell in love with his job. We met Dr Loh Hong Sai in his […]

Of Hospitality and Hotels

May 27, 2018 | No Comments
Of Hospitality and Hotels

Hotelier Gino Tan believes in three fundamental rules when it comes to making an impression on his hotel guests: a warm welcome, a fond farewell and an exceptional breakfast experience. He shares his memories, experiences and learning opportunities from his years in the service industry. For Gino Tan, General Manager at the Pan Pacific Singapore, […]

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 […]