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Zenda Tan: Fresh Graduate Writes Debut Play About Love and Loss

“I hope people who watch the play go home feeling a sense of comfort. Comfort that you can move on after someone’s death, that there can be reconciliation with a sibling even if the relationship is tense right now, that your angry child can grow up full of compassion.”

Alex Cates: Bullied for Being Dyslexic, Youth Found Love for Boxing

People of Legends | “Because I’m dyslexic, I got judged for being very behind in class. I was mentally and physically abused by the other kids in school; but, it doesn’t matter anymore because I’ve worked hard to be at the level where I’m at now.”

Andrew: Adjusting to Life in Singapore and Giving Back to Society

Humans of Habitat Singapore | “Coming from Jakarta where you do see a lot of poverty, I always had this image of Singapore being a very clean and prosperous country. But behind that picture-perfect façade, there are actually so many underprivileged people who need our help.”

Rizman Putra: Labelled Weird as a Kid, Performer Finds Solace in the Arts

“I’ve been different all my life. As an artist, I’ve had these weird ideas in my head for so long, and when you’re new, people will question why you do things a certain way. But you have to stay true to your craft and to yourself.”

Noorlinah Mohamed: Actress Moulds Thinking Girls Through the Arts

“I’m an actress by training but my work goes beyond that. My passion lies in education and engaging with the public through the arts. And while I don’t have children because I choose not to, I continue to educate the future generations through programmes like N.O.W.”

Laura Philomin: Leaving the Stress of Journalism Life for Meaningful NGO Work

Humans of Habitat Singapore | “Some of them are just so happy to have someone to talk to and open up about who they used to be. They feel so isolated because they might not have family members to carry on their memories for them, but I’m interested to hear, and I’m interested to learn.”

Caitlin O’Hara: Medical Student Explores Role of Art in Discussing Death

“It taught me about the values that mattered to someone in their dying days. Sometimes my aunt got very aggressive and shouty. I was hurt initially, but I eventually understood why. She reached her snapping point when she felt like she had lost her dignity.”

Wynn Neo: From Shy Kid to Pro Muay Thai Fighter

“Sometimes you feel like the path is long, but you need to take things one step and one day at a time. Instead of exhausting your mind thinking about the future, just do your best. If I can overcome all of my hardships and come out stronger, so can you.”

Afiqah: Finding Her Strength Through Surviving Heart Surgery and Cancer at a Young Age

“If I have any message of hope, it’s that cancer is not a death sentence. You have to stay strong and fight. Through overcoming heart surgery and cancer, I grew stronger than ever. You have to believe that there is life after cancer.”

Narash: Being a Guiding Light for At-Risk Youths in Singapore

When a youth silently takes his own life, it means that there was no one out there to assure him that his life is worth living. Every youth needs someone to let him know that he matters, that it’s important he exists – everyone in this world does.

Valen Low: Making Arm Wrestling a Professional Sport in Singapore

“I realised that in Singapore, we’re a bit more reserved, scared and cautious to do things. If you’re passionate about something, have a concrete plan, be consistent and be courageous enough to just dive into it.”

Dawn: Overcoming Self-Harm Through Boxing and Exercise

People of Legends | “What’s most important is that you never give up on yourself…You’re limited by yourself; nobody decides what your limitations are for you.”

Diviya: The Only Girl to Play in the Men’s League Opens a Cricket Academy in Singapore

I’ve learnt to keep working hard, have faith and trust the process. Whether it’s sports or business, believing in ourselves and our journey will help us achieve our goals.

Musaify: Coaching to See Boxers in Singapore Succeed, Not for Money or Personal Glory

People of Legends | “At the end of the day, I just want to see our local boys and girls put in the hard work and win. When they win, I win too.”

Dana Lam: Feminist Playwright Examines Life Through Relationship with Late Mother

“Still Life” draws from events in my personal life. I’m from the baby boomer generation, and we have a slightly more complicated childhood than, let’s say, the Millennials. I was actually adopted as a baby by my mother who was still single at the time.

Velvan: Boxing Gives Troubled Teen Purpose After Mom’s Passing

People of Legends | “I want my dad to know that I really respect him a lot. We know it hasn’t been easy for him being a dad and a mom at the same time.”

Dipna Lim-Prasad: Retired National Sprinter Gives Back to Underprivileged and At-Risk Youths

Through “In My Shoes”, I hope to remove that financial barrier and give every kid in Singapore equal opportunity and access to proper (sports) footwear.

Tiffany Teo: The ONE Championship MMA Fighter on Having a Warrior’s Heart 

I knew there was no fixed road to follow if you wanted to be a fighter. But I guess I couldn’t help dreaming the dream, so I took a leap of faith and decided to just roll with it and see where this road would take me.

Narish: From Angry Teen Rebel to Talented Young Boxer Who Understands the Importance of Compassion

People of Legends | “Compassion is important because it helps me connect with people. I was at my worst when I felt like people didn’t understand me, so now I want to feel what others feel.”

Emily Teng: Inspiring Youth to Dream

I show up everyday, with the belief that there needs to be more love in this world and a redefinition of what it means to be a leader…to be human.

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