The Carpenter King

The Carpenter King

Posted on Oct 28, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

The intoxicating scent of sweat and varnish engulfed our senses the moment we entered the workshop. Wood shavings lay scattered all over the floor, amid raw blocks of wood that were patiently waiting to be carved into ornate pieces of elegant furniture, just like the ones that sat demurely in the corner. This is Wah […]

Fuelling the Nation, One Kopi at a Time

Fuelling the Nation, One Kopi at a Time

Posted on Oct 21, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

In 1935, James Sai’s father began brewing coffee for Singapore Harbour Board workers in a coffee shop called San Hai Yuan at the Tanjong Pagar pier. At just 26 years old, James had taken over the business and was working tirelessly to keep it alive. Now, at 65, his three children have expanded the business […]

Finding Fulfilment in a Farmer’s Life

Finding Fulfilment in a Farmer’s Life

Posted on Oct 14, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

For many Singaporeans, the prospect of leaving a stable job to work on a farm might seem inconceivable. Not so for Mr Rajagopal Balakrishnan, who gave up his old job as a prison officer to work at his father-in-law’s dairy farm 8 years ago. He now runs it full time, from milking the cows to […]

#RedDotStories: Quailing to Success

#RedDotStories: Quailing to Success

Posted on Oct 7, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

As far back as he could remember, William Ho was a frequent visitor to the family’s farm and was no stranger to its inhabitants which comprised animals such as crocodiles, turtles, chickens, turkeys and frogs. Today, he is a second generation quail farmer having taken over the reins from his father. He reveals how he […]

Building Castles on the Ground

Building Castles on the Ground

Posted on Sep 30, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

Capsuled twenty-five storeys up in an office straight out of The Jetsons with its floor-to-ceiling glass windows and minimalist interior, Linda Pang, 48, greeted us with unassuming warmth, her small stature and deferential demeanour belying an astute capability that has been pivotal in transforming spaces into visionary habitats. The architecture stalwart sat down to talk […]

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Posted on Sep 23, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

The Singapore School for the Deaf (SSD), which closed at the end of 2017, was a key institution for the deaf community in Singapore since it opened in 1963. We spoke with Barbara d’Cotta, the former Vice Principal of the school, about her decades of experience as a teacher and mentor to children with hearing […]

#RedDotStories: The Secret Life of Jimmy Boy

#RedDotStories: The Secret Life of Jimmy Boy

Posted on Sep 16, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

Former secret society headman, Toh Ah Ba, once led a group of over 20 members under his charge. He shares anecdotes and stories of a bygone era, and the lessons learnt from his past.

A Transition in Time

A Transition in Time

Posted on Sep 9, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

Amy Tashiana, 51, a former transgender model who carved out a successful career in the industry, shared with us her journey of self-discovery and experience in the modelling business. It was ironic that Amy asked to meet in Bugis, a former haven for transgenders between the 1950s and ’80s. Though many of them walked the […]

A Chip Off the Old Block

A Chip Off the Old Block

Posted on Sep 2, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

In the midst of a workshop of freshly engraved tombstones and ornate urns on display, we were greeted by Mr Darren Tan and his father, Mr Johnny Tan, who have been involved in the funerary business for almost 50 years. Together, they share with us their company’s humble beginnings and what the future holds for […]

From Stage Actress to Scholar

From Stage Actress to Scholar

Posted on Aug 26, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

Although Margaret Chan carved a name for herself as a stage and television actress in her younger days, she understood the harsh reality of show business: as she aged, roles for older women would be increasingly hard to come by. Hence she turned to academia, through which she believes she can continue to contribute to […]