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Catwalking Down Memory Lane

Oct 20, 2017 | No Comments
Catwalking Down Memory Lane

Hailed as the ‘godfather’ of Singapore fashion, Mr Daniel Boey has been intimately involved in the industry for over 27 years. Read about his reminiscences of the local fashion scene’s heyday in the 1980s and ’90s. Fire up a laptop, type in the fashion label in the browser’s search bar and whip out the credit […]

Dancing Through The Years

Oct 12, 2017 | No Comments
Dancing Through The Years

Mr Aravinth Kumarasamy fondly remembers how the traditional Indian dance known as Bharatanatyam was flourishing during its golden years in the 1980s and early ’90s. Although its mainstream glory may have faded today, the spirit of the dance lives on. Bharatanatyam has evolved with the times, finding success with a new generation of practitioners. When […]

The Art of Calligraphy

Oct 5, 2017 | No Comments
The Art of Calligraphy

In 1996, at the age of 60, Madam Tan Sok Huan decided it was finally time to revive her childhood past-time of Chinese calligraphy – she had chanced upon a calligraphy class at the Serangoon Gardens Community Centre. And in the end, she found much more than just a retirement hobby. There, she became a […]

Bringing Comfort to New Mothers

Sep 28, 2017 | No Comments
Bringing Comfort to New Mothers

As a traditional Malay post-birth masseuse, Madam Tina Juno helps new mothers recover more quickly. She takes pride in making life a little more comfortable for them. Watching 57-year-old Madam Tina Juno deftly move her fingers, releasing the knots in her customers’ muscles and preparing the post-birth wrap for her postpartum clients, one would never […]

Bon for the Ages: Pop Yeh Yeh & the ’60s

Sep 15, 2017 | No Comments
Bon for the Ages: Pop Yeh Yeh & the ’60s

For Mr Basiron Bon, the 1960s was defined as a time of kampung spirit, Sunday dancing and ‘Pop Yeh Yeh’ – the Malay pop music sensation he was part of that made waves in Singapore. Ask 77-year-old Mr Basiron Bon about what he remembers of his youth, and he would point out two things: feel-good […]

Paper Gods

Sep 8, 2017 | No Comments
Paper Gods

Kim zua (literally ‘gold paper’ in Hokkien) symbolises death and the netherworld. It is central to the age-old tradition of burning offerings for ancestors, which bridges the physical and the spiritual realms. For one man, however, kim zua also represents his livelihood and family legacy. The term kim zua conjures up images of joss paper […]