Category: Unseen/Unsaid

Stepping Into The Ring And Mind Of a Muay Thai Head Coach

Oii!” the crowd of trainees chimed in uni­son, as Chris’ right round­house kick con­nect­ed with one of his train­ers’ ribs yet again. The train­er had caught his leg, but it was too late. The dam­age had already been done. “Catch some more, lah!” Chris taunt­ed in…

The Celebrities Of Raffles Hotel Are Not Who You Think They Are

In light of Raf­fles Hotel’s restora­tion, we dig up (lit­er­al­ly) mem­o­ries that were per­haps swept under the expen­sive car­pets of Raf­fles (fun fact: one in par­tic­u­lar costs a whop­ping six-dig­its). Raf­fles Hotel has with­stood the test of time and has seen many walk through its dou­ble…

Handmade in a Mechanised World: Love Letters — From Charcoal to Grill

  Hunched over the unfa­mil­iar elec­tric grill, Grand­ma Tan opens the iron mold gin­ger­ly to check if the love let­ters are cooked. It’s a long and tir­ing process; she has spent the past two hours try­ing to per­fect the love let­ters and it’s tak­ing a toll…

Bringing Back the Barbers: Autocutt

It was the time of James Dean and Rock­a­bil­ly, the 1960s, and you could hear the music waft­ing through the streets. A group of ladies nurs­ing their teas at a street­side cafe chat­ted away, gig­gling like a gag­gle of geese. Sud­den­ly, a man in a black…

Handmade In a Mechanised World: REwinding Cassettes into Art

Flick, flick, flick. A sin­gle tape moves between dozens of oth­er neat­ly laid out tapes, pulled along by a slim hand and an even slim­mer nee­dle. As she pulls a tape through, a soft flick could be heard, cre­at­ing a med­i­ta­tive rhythm. Invol­un­tar­i­ly, it remind­ed me…