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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.”

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…”

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…”

Azzy Mozerin: From Bullied Student to Aspirational Actor, Writer and Director

“I used to blame myself a lot. Why did you let people bully you? Why did you let people criticise you? You cannot do anything. You suck. But I’ve learnt that forgiveness is very important in life…”

Habib: From Troublemaker to Volunteer Leader Helping Troubled Children

“You don’t have to be a bully. You don’t have to act tough just so that people will think you are strong. You can be strong while still being empathetic.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.

Jaron: Design Student Explores “Ugliness” in the Glamour-Crazed Age of Social Media

People often underestimate the power of design. As cheesy as it might sound, design can give hope when executed well. There’s a possibility to provide solutions and change the world.

Emma: Reflecting on Her Mixed Race Identity and Calling Singapore Home

When I’m in Asia, people think I’m White, but when I’m in Sydney, people think I’m Asian. It’s as if I don’t have a constant identity; it fluctuates wherever I go.

Wan: Leaving the High-End Salon Life to Work Alongside People from Different Backgrounds at ThugLife Barbershop

I named it ThugLife because a handful of the guys I hired had served time before. They wanted to walk down a different path in life, and since they had the talent and right attitude, I invited them to come on board to be part of my dream team.

Sie Cheong: Heartbreak of Losing Wife to Breast Cancer Inspires Man to Join Pink Ribbon Walk

I’m okay. I was just glad she didn’t have to suffer anymore, but I do miss her. I miss everything about her. What can I say? It was love. I still wear our wedding ring to this very day.

Deborah Emmanuel: Finding Herself After Losing Her Mother and Serving Time in Prison

All I ever wanted was for him to be proud of me. As a child I just wanted his approval and felt like I never got it because I was in lots of trouble. But he’s released me from some stuff I hadn’t really resolved from my childhood.

Greg “Glorious” Ho: Elevating Singapore’s Pro Wrestling Scene Through Grapple MAX

Once they see that we’re not a bunch of people who are trying to emulate what they see on WWE, and that we’re just a bunch of hardworking people training to entertain, they’ll want to come back and be a part of this.

Darshita and Ayesha: Two Singaporean Women Help Rohingya Refugee Kids in Bangladesh

I’ve always believed that if you felt passionately about a cause, you should do something about it. Don’t just say you care but do nothing. Action speaks volumes. I’ve always been drawn to issues of conflict involving refugees, so that’s why I continue to do the work that I do.

Tracy Hoo: A Breast Cancer Survivor Inspires Hope in Other Women

But I want women out there to know I understand what you’re going through, and I just hope to be an inspiration to you. Just stay positive, get the necessary treatment, and everything will be alright. It’s not the end of the world. There is life after cancer.

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