Dying Trades


Is there a place for snake charming in a modern, fast paced Singapore? Lee Wei Fen speaks with two charmers to find out how they’ve moved with the times,  and hopefully in doing so, keep their profession alive for the foreseeable future. It is difficult to disassociate serpent charming from exotic deserts, hypnotic music, bustling bazaars, curving reptiles and men with weaved baskets. Snake charming in Singapore paints a stark contrast, packaged within a more manicured landscape; a backdrop of the Singapore river, clean and gleaming in the sun, the carpeted floors of a hotel’s ballroom and the neat shoreline…