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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.

Liyana Dhamirah: A Once Homeless Mother Rebuilds Her Life from Rock Bottom

Looking back upon my life, what I’ve really learnt is the importance of resilience; persist no matter what. I always ask my kids, ‘Do you remember what we went through? Never forget that. Because that period made you so much stronger.’

Word on the Street: Fariqqin (Creator of Do Not Clique Podcast)

I know there are many influencers out there with very large followings because of their good looks, but it’s very important for me to interview guests who actually have something meaningful to offer. They must be recognised for their talents and passion for their craft…

Word on the Street: Raviin Kumar (Singapore National Runner)

Whenever I meet people, they still remember me for my sporting achievement in 2015 and how it inspired or impacted them in some way…but right now, I want to rewrite my story and be acknowledged for the person I am today.

Humans of ISCOS: Rennie Whang

Unless you’ve been through the ecosystem, it really is an entirely different world. The reality of what they go through is really quite difficult. If you believe that someone deserves a second chance, you should sign up as well.

Word on the Street: Sarah Bagharib (Founder of Crazycat)

Crazycat is a platform that hopes to inspire and empower everyday women. There are many women’s organisations here in Singapore, but most of them tend to cater to more privileged women who are already in positions of power…

Humans of ISCOS: Albert Teo

And in an ideal world where we can really make a difference, I want our students to discover and harness the community’s resources so that marginalised groups will be self-motivated to realise their own dreams and aspirations…

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