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Melody Chau: Between Singapore and Hong Kong, a Place to Call Home

“For the past 28 years, I’ve felt like a foreigner in a country that I call home. This feeling is very strong when I fill up documents that ask for my identity. Where were you born? What is your citizenship? When faced with such questions, I always question where I belong.”

Sending Heartfelt Mail to Socially-Isolated Elderly in Nursing Homes

In our very first episode of A Singapore Story, we find out from non-profit ‘Hey, You Got Mail!’ why it was important for them to send personalised, handwritten letters to the elderly in Singapore’s nursing homes.

Brandon Gan: Singapore Musician Finds Solace in Boxing After Injury Recovery

People of Legends | “I think that if you can face a stranger head on, take punches and be able to hug it out after that, everything else you do on a daily basis is going to be so much easier.”

Marc Giovannini: Tech Entrepreneur in Singapore Changes Retail Experience Through Augmented Reality

Inspiring Creatives of Workbuddy | “In these past two years, I’ve had days where I genuinely thought ‘this is the end’. But what I’ve learnt is that being an entrepreneur requires persistence, resilience and never giving up. You learn to cope. You have to.”

Hanming Wang and Aditi Sharma: Gifting in the Time of COVID-19

“Art tells people who we are, and represents what’s important to us. It is a visual language that cuts across cultures and languages.”

Syazwan: From Bullied Kid to Motivational Fitness Coach

“A Greek god? Lol! I wasn’t born like this. I was a very skinny guy. When I graduated from secondary school, I was about 50kg.”

Kyle Neo: Cancer Survivor Finds Healing Through Buddhism and Creative Design

Inspiring Creatives of Workbuddy | “I’m 40 this year and I’m pleased to tell people I’m 40 because at 33, I was diagnosed with cancer…”

Rico: Hostile, Punk-Loving Youth Learns Humility as an Adult Through Boxing

People of Legends | “He made me realise I’m not the smartest after all; I’m not the strongest after all; and I’m not the most confident after all. People can beat me up when I’m alone in the ring. All that street fighting practice was nothing. This was real boxing.”

Jaap Frolich: Father and Entrepreneur in Singapore Creates Family5 App to Help Parents

Inspiring Creatives of Workbuddy | “Starting a start-up is a long ride with a lot of ups and downs. It’s a grind. If you do this just to become rich, you will probably give up at some point. You need to be a maker and enjoy building new things.”

Nursyazanna Syaira: The Joys and Realities of Adopting and Motherhood in Singapore

“And if he ever reads this story one day, I want him to know that he’s always loved. I want him to know that he’s lucky to have more than one family and that no matter what, he will always have a forever family in me.”

Gaurav Joshi: The Entrepreneur on Changing Singapore’s Co-Working Space Industry

Inspiring Creatives of Workbuddy | “My vision when we started workbuddy was to tell people that you don’t have to work at the same location everyday.”

Jaslyn: Sending Heartfelt Mail to Socially-Isolated Elderly This Circuit Breaker

“We believe that nothing can recreate the feelings of warmth when one holds a personalised handwritten card. We want to share that warmth with the seniors…”

Euna: Finding Her Purpose and Owning Her Diverse Ethnicity

“So my dad is Korean-Japanese and my mom is Paraguayan. They met in Paraguay when my dad moved there for business. I grew up with two different cultures in Paraguay. At times I’d be talking to my dad in Korean and my mom in Spanish in a single conversation…”

Jumaiyah: Halalfoodhunt Founder on Juggling Motherhood and Business

“What keeps me going is the love for our community. It makes me happy when I’m able to help a person find halal versions of foods they love. At the end of the day, eating is an activity that brings people together. It seems so simple but it means so much to us…”

Hanurdeen: Fighting Against All Odds to Be an Amateur Boxing Champion

People of Legends | “I’ve never told anybody this, but ever since I won my first tournament at 14, I would put my gold medal around my mother’s neck. I’m not sure why I do this; maybe it gives me a sense of satisfaction knowing that I can make her proud.”

Isabel Leong: Reflecting on the Joys and Realities of Travel Blogging

“I decided to become a full-time travel blogger because there was nothing that fuelled me more than working on something I believed in. Rather than working to appease people and slogging hard for someone else’s dream, I wanted to make my own dreams a reality…”

Victor: A Guiding Light for Youths with a Heart for Community Service

Humans of Habitat | “Mentoring a team of people isn’t always just about looking at the forest or big picture. It often means diving deep into looking after each of these trees and spending time with them. Only then can you have a mere glimpse into the best ways to let them bear fruit.”

8 Home Businesses That Were Started During Singapore’s Circuit Breaker

In celebration of Singapore’s resilient spirit, Arman Shah highlights home businesses that popped up during this challenging COVID-19 pandemic.

Yan En: Millennial Strays From the Pack and Follows Her Heart to Serve

Humans of Habitat Singapore | “I was very conflicted at first because I didn’t want to be living proof that an arts student doesn’t make a lot of money, but my own experiences affirmed that I’d rather be living a life with purpose than trying to chase money…”

Shakur: Boxing Helps Former Secret Society Member Find Purpose in Life

People of Legends | “When I was in prison, my counsellor told me that since I like to fight so much, why not fight in the ring instead? He told me I was smart but I was letting my friends control me. I can think for myself; don’t be their puppet. I took his advice to heart.”

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