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The Voice of the Voiceless

Dec 16, 2018 | No Comments
The Voice of the Voiceless

Since founding the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) in 2004, Bridget Tan has been lauded both regionally and internationally for her work with migrant workers and combating human trafficking. Despite financial and health issues, she has continued to persevere and help the discriminated and marginalised. Bridget Tan, 69, has an impressive résumé. Her advocacy […]

Music as a Conductor

Dec 9, 2018 | No Comments
Music as a Conductor

To conductor and artistic director of the Singapore Youth Choir (SYC) Ensemble Singers Jennifer Tham, the voice is a gift  – a gift that she has used to educate, entertain and effect change through her involvement in the choral scene in Singapore. For Jennifer Tham, 55, music is such an integral part of her life […]

Silver-Haired with a Heart of Gold

Dec 2, 2018 | No Comments
Silver-Haired with a Heart of Gold

According to the Individual Giving Survey 2016 conducted by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, senior citizens (those above 55) had the lowest donation and volunteerism rates in Singapore, compared with other age groups. Jimmy Lim, 72, is an exception: semi-retired and a longtime volunteer, he has given his time, effort and love to those […]

Iron Maiden

Nov 25, 2018 | No Comments
Iron Maiden

Knife sharpening might seem simple, but to execute it well takes skill as well as years of experience. Mdm Lee Hui Zhen of Pow Li, which specialises in sharpening knives and scissors, takes us down memory lane, back to the shop’s early years, and walks us through the difficulties of the trade and its future […]

Old Ways in the New Age

Nov 18, 2018 | No Comments
Old Ways in the New Age

Mr and Mrs Ong are owners of Guan Ann Chan Ginseng Supplier, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) hall that has been around for more than two generations. Their daughter, Mevis, is pursuing studies in TCM in hopes of continuing her father’s legacy by taking over the business in the future. The earthy smell of ginseng […]

Room in Her Heart

Nov 11, 2018 | No Comments
Room in Her Heart

As of September 2017, there have been about 470 children and 440 foster parents in the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s (MSF) fostering scheme. Though a temporary arrangement, these altruistic families open their doors to children who are victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment. One such family is Mdm Asiah Binte Mohamed Salleh, 58, […]