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Azmi: How Surviving Cancer Gave Him a New Lease on Life

The Prudent People | “People always say that they don’t have time to pursue something, but that’s just an excuse. To live life without accomplishments feels like you’re not living at all. If you want to do something that makes you fulfilled, do it. Go do it while you still have the time.”

David Hui: Fit 55-Year-Old Beach Patrol Officer is an Inspiration

Humans of Sentosa | “What you see on Baywatch is very different from what happens in real life. Sometimes, the casualty doesn’t even get to call for help; you just see some splashing in the distance. As lifeguards, we’ve been trained to pick up signs of a swimmer in distress.”

Alyaa Larasati: The Only Female Malay Student in a Majority-Chinese SAP School Shares Her Experiences

“I think people who discriminate against others don’t get a lot of exposure or knowledge about people of different races and religions. Somehow, they have been influenced wrongly, so they assume the worst. Just get more information before you spread rumours or hate.”

Detrack: From Struggling Students to Millionaire Business Owners, Husband and Wife Look Beyond Grades When Hiring

“So to all the aspiring dreamers out there, just believe in yourself. There will be external forces saying you’re no good or that you’re lousy, but if you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will. And if you want to achieve anything in life, you have to fight for it.”

Tim Phillips: Inspiring Millennials and Gen Z in Singapore to Invest in Their Future

“Knowledge is important because money is part of our lives. I don’t think it should rule our lives, but if you want to live your life to the fullest and not have the burden of worrying about money when you’re older and about to retire, then you need to know.”

Kimberly Tan: Hotelier with Sunshine Personality Loves Making Guests Feel Special at Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa

Humans of Sentosa | “But now when I go home and sleep at night, I can sleep properly because I feel like I did something good that day. So no matter which industry you’re in, as long as you’re happy doing your work, I think that’s all that matters…”

Aylwin Aaron: From Daunting Hardships to Successful Sports Massage Therapist in Singapore

“I started in sports therapy earning less than $50 a month. I was exploited and went through depression and faced so many challenges…but I have a successful career now and I go to work happy to see my clients and loving what I do.”

Hidayah: Self-Care for the Caretaker of a Sibling with Bipolar Disorder

“If I have any advice for other caretakers, it’s to learn to have empathy and compassion for yourself. I think many times we think that we can do better and must do better. But we are human and there is only so much you can do for yourself and your loved ones.”

Ryan Evans Teo: Life as an Instagram Boyfriend in Singapore

“I was 18 when I experienced love. It’s funny because I never thought that my first love would be someone who’s insta famous. We first met at my birthday party. She was a friend of a friend.”

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.”

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.”

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.

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