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Life in the Police Quarters

Aug 11, 2017 | No Comments
Life in the Police Quarters

Mr Vernon Wee grew up in the police quarters during the turbulent days of Singapore’s early independence, watching his father and his colleagues in the police force train and live. Nearly half a century later, Vernon still remembers the sights, sounds and smells of life back then. One of Mr Vernon Wee’s tasks as a […]

A Point to Prove

Aug 4, 2017 | No Comments
A Point to Prove

Annabel Pennefather, a highly successful Singaporean lawyer and former sportswoman, is out to prove that women can hold their own against men at the workplace. During a primary school English oral test at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), then situated on Victoria Street, Annabel Pennefather was asked by the principal, a nun, […]

Life Lessons from the Early Days of National Service

Jul 28, 2017 | No Comments
Life Lessons from the Early Days of National Service

Retired colonel Lau Kee Siong was one of the first people to be in charge of whipping Singapore’s army recruits into shape during the late 1960s. But even as he taught them the drills and how to shoot a weapon, he also learnt from them the lessons of life. When retired colonel Lau Kee Siong […]

A Uniform That Defined His Life

Jul 21, 2017 | No Comments
A Uniform That Defined His Life

To Mr Gopala Krishnan, wearing the policeman’s uniform was a privilege – one he had for a rewarding career that spanned 28 years. He shares his story of keeping law and order back when the streets of Singapore were a far more complicated place. Fanning out a stack of black and white and coloured photographs, […]

From Chalkboard to Laptop: A 35 Year Polytechnic Journey

Jul 7, 2017 | No Comments
From Chalkboard to Laptop: A 35 Year Polytechnic Journey

When Mr Chan Yeow Hwee first started his job as a teaching assistant in 1982, the buildings of Ngee Ann Polytechnic were small, boxy and plain. Today, they have been replaced by laboratories, air-conditioned classrooms and cultural centres. Polytechnic education has also evolved and Mr Chan was there to witness it. Every day, thousands of […]

Digital to Analog

Jun 29, 2017 | No Comments
Digital to Analog

Microfilm, an archiving material, is made to stand the test of time. Mr Samuel Ong’s quest to preserve the past began decades ago, when he took a leap of faith from making shoes to microfilming. To keep up with technological advances that are threatening the analog-based industry, he said it all boils down to embracing […]