Silver-Haired with a Heart of Gold

Silver-Haired with a Heart of Gold

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

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

Iron Maiden

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

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

Old Ways in the New Age

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

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

Room in Her Heart

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

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, […]

#RedDotStories: The World Record Rangoli Artist

#RedDotStories: The World Record Rangoli Artist

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

Rangolis – intricate, brightly coloured Indian floor drawings traditionally made with dyed rice powder –  are created to mark special occasions such as festivals, weddings and births. World-renowned rangoli artist Vijaya Mohan shares with us how she learned to draw rangolis as a child, and later adapted the traditional art into a contemporary, inclusive art […]

The Carpenter King

The Carpenter King

Posted by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 […]