Looking Back on Golden Days

Posted by on Jul 16, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

As one steps out of the glossy malls dominating Singapore’s retail landscape and into the streets of its smaller shopping belts, a series of familiar sights begins to emerge: provision shops, pawnbrokers, dried goods sellers – and goldsmiths. Particularly common in areas such as Little India, Chinatown and Geylang, small, family-run goldsmith shops, like the […]

The Making of a Leather Craftsman

The Making of a Leather Craftsman

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

Though there seems to be a recent increase in the number of craftsmen and makers setting up shop in Singapore, not many veteran artisans remain in business. We spoke with longtime leather craftsman Soh Jin Kheng, who fell in love with leathercraft as a young man and has spent the last 30 years dedicated to […]

A Sailor’s Life

A Sailor’s Life

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

The Police Coast Guard of Singapore, formerly known as the Marine Police, is responsible for maintaining law and order in Singapore’s waters, including its surrounding islands. Tony Tan, who served with the Marine Police for over two decades, told us a bit about his adventures on the high seas. Laid-back and jovial, retiree Tony Tan, […]

A Farewell to Charm

A Farewell to Charm

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

Provision shop owners Tay Beng Yap, 76, and his wife Lim Hui Zhen, 72, have been in the trade for as long as they can remember. The couple shared with us their memories of the provision shop, and their thoughts on the once-ubiquitous business being reduced to a dwindling statistic with the predominance of supermarkets […]

Inking History

Inking History

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

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

#RedDotStories: Dancing From Her Heart

Posted by on Jun 11, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

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

A Dentist’s Oral History

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

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

Of Hospitality and Hotels

Posted by on May 27, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

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

The Long and Short of a Barber’s Life

Posted by on May 20, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

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

The Tale of Three Sisters

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Campaigns | No Comments

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 […]