The Great Zodiac Race – Singapore Edition

Many are familiar with the 12-year Chinese Zodiac cycle, in which each year is represented by one of 12 animals: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, chicken, dog and pig. This story has its roots in Chinese mythology, where the Jade Emperor – the ruler of all gods – hosted a big race to choose his twelve gate guards. But do you remember how each animal got their spot? We’ve decided to put a fun, Singaporean twist to this folk tale! Round up your younger family members and friends to hear the story of how the Chinese Zodiac – as we know it – came to be.

Coming full circle: Singapore-born Simone Heng finally finds a sense of belonging

Simone Heng has grown up in Australia, studied in Switzerland, and worked in Dubai, but her life journey has circled right back to her country of origin – Singapore. She explains the sheer joy of earning her Singaporean permanent residency (PR), how it granted her a sense of belonging, and why human connection is so precious in the post-pandemic age.

5Qs with Ethel Koh, Pastry Chef

Foodies in San Francisco will be no stranger to Michelin Guide - Japanese restaurant, Gozu. But did you know that the pastry chef is Singaporean? Find out more about Ethel’s culinary journey in the U.S. and the inspiration behind her delectable treats!

Beyond nostalgia – Studio Juju ponders the future of Singaporean design

In a little over a decade, husband-and-wife duo Timo Wong and Priscilla Lui have garnered awards and international recognition for their progressive design thinking. Timo looks back on the highlights of their journey thus far and contemplates the possibility of Singaporean designers developing a collective identity.

Finding Hyper-success in Silicon Valley

Daniel Chin, the founder of Sanho Corporation and its Hyper brand of tech accessories, traces his journey of evolution and survival – from the uncertain days of venturing out solo in Silicon Valley, to overcoming the 2008 financial crisis, to getting acquired by Targus, where he now oversees a wide range of products as Senior Vice President (SVP) of Technology.

A founder at 19, he is breaking barriers to opportunity and inclusion for migrant workers

Like most people, Sazzad Hossain initially thought giving back to society was something he would do after completing university and making a decent living. But personal interactions with migrant workers in Singapore highlighted their urgent needs and inspired him to found SDI (Social Development Initiative) Academy, a social enterprise that empowers lives through education.

Home is Where the Heart is

From India to Singapore, Vandana fondly traces her journey of the last 27 years as a mother, teacher, writer, archivist, and a history buff that played a part in helping her integrate in Singapore.

Meet Colin & Yen Yen, a creative power couple promoting language learning through comics

Following the birth of their daughter, Colin Goh and Woo Yen Yen created Dim Sum Warriors as a playful and entertaining way to learn languages through comics. The Singaporean couple discuss raising their child in New York and Taipei, all the while helping her stay rooted in her cultural identity and develop a fearless curiosity towards other cultures.

Acquire customers for your tech product through inclusive design

Have you wondered why some tech products are able to acquire customers in Southeast Asia much faster than others? Lead designer and prolific speaker Jay Demetillo shares his experiences in this op-ed on designing tech to truly serve the needs of the users in the region. Learn how you can increase chances for your tech product’s market fit by following the steps in this article!

Third time’s the charm: Reflections by igloocompany’s Anthony Chow on his startup journey from Singapore to the U.S.

Most entrepreneurs agree that the best part about starting their own business is being able to contribute to something bigger than themselves. Anthony Chow, CEO and co-founder of igloocompany, reflects on his journey scaling igloocompany to over 100 countries and shares his advice for other tech startups who aspire to expand beyond Singapore’s borders.

5Qs with Cheryl K, Singer-Songwriter and Actress

If you watched “Crazy Rich Asians”, you would have heard Singaporean Cheryl K singing at the opening title and ending credits! Find out more about her journey in the music industry in the U.S. and how she’s living the American dream.

Meet Nethra Murali: a Singaporean advancing workplace diversity in the US and beyond

Since she started working in the U.S. seven years ago, Nethra Murali has helped to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for thousands of her colleagues in the technology and aviation industries. Having grown up in the Tampines heartlands, as well as in five different countries, she credits how her multi-cultural background – as well as Singapore’s National Pledge and sambal stingray – have influenced her passion for building inclusive employee communities.

My Tidying Epiphany

It has been a long 2021, and while the new normal is setting in, it has certainly been a tiring journey and happiness seems just a little harder to come by. For overseas Singaporean Eve, her journey through the past year has been full of twists and turns, from getting stuck in Singapore and now back to Shanghai. She shares about how she Marie Kondo-ed a life that is meaningful, and most importantly - sparked joy.

Meet the Singaporean Furniture Mavericks Making a Statement on Contemporary Living

It’s not just about cutting-edge design, it’s a way of living. Joshua Koh, Julian Koh and Gan Shee Wen, CEO, CDO and CMO of Commune, Saurabh Mangla, Founder of ipse ipsa ipsum, and Nathan Yong, Founder of Folks Furniture and Grafunkt, tells us how they built an industry presence, their design philosophy, and how they have integrated retail and online experiences as Made With Passion brands.

Meet Vanessa Tan, the Tech in Asia Journalist turned Xiaomi Marketing Maestro

When Vanessa Tan joined the founding team at Tech in Asia as a journalist, she never expected she would one day be running her own team at Xiaomi. Vanessa shares how she pivoted from being a journalist at Tech in Asia to marketing director at Xiaomi, and her experience navigating cross-cultural teams in China and Indonesia.

The Struggles of Two Generations in Singapore

Caught between his parents’ traditional expectations and new opportunities offered to him as a young adult, Thomas Lim took the latter path, living around the world over the past 20 years. Now he’s back to honor his late father and early years in Singapore with a new film “The Fourth Sister” that examines the struggles between two generations of Singaporeans amidst heart wrenching family tensions and spectacular dance performances.

5Qs with Zhang Jingna, Fashion and Fine Art Photographer

From air rifle gold medalist to Forbes 30 Under 30 fashion photographer, Zhang Jingna has travelled the world to pursue passion and creativity. Acknowledged by the likes of Vogue Japan, Harper’s Bazaar China, and even master director Guillermo del Toro, she shares her inspiration, journey, and things she loves.

Memories of Singapore @ Home

This National Day, we brought the world together to experience a slice of Singapore through Singapore @ Home. Find out what happened during the exciting show, and catch snippets of what you might have missed! Also, find out how to catch the NDP Live this Saturday!

Singapore Repping with Nigel Stanislaus

What is your childhood dream? Are you living it now? Nigel has been living his dream in various cities around the world – Melbourne, Sydney, then New York, and finally now making Melbourne home. Being a judge on Asia’s Next Top Model, working with faces like Bella Hadid and Adriana Lima are just some highlights of his career thus far! Read all about his exciting journey.

56 Reasons To Love Singapore

As we celebrate our sunny island turning 56, here are a list of 56 things that our SGN community loves and miss the most about our little red dot! Whether you are an overseas Singaporean missing home, an expat living in our sunny island, or just a fellow patriotic Singapore, thank you for sharing with us all the reasons why you love SG!

What is a home, truly?

As our nation turns 56 this year, we shine the spotlight on the exciting journeys of fellow Singaporeans chasing their dreams. Krithi Roy has come a long way since she left Singapore back in 2011.She pens her thought about being Johannesburg, South Africa and her exciting plans for the year ahead.

Together, as an overseas Singaporean

As our nation turns 56 this year, we shine the spotlight on the exciting journeys of fellow Singaporeans chasing overseas dreams. Suzanne has been living in Hong Kong for more than 10 years, and given the proximity of the 2 cities, has always been close to home. However, with the pandemic in place, the National Day holidays took a turn. Find out how she remains close to home, even from miles away. She also has a special NDP song to encourage Singaporeans during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Things to do this National Day!

Celebrate Singapore this National Day no matter where you may be! So, wherever you are in the world, join fellow Singaporeans in celebrating Singapore’s 56th birthday. We have complied a to-do list of what you can do to soak up the National Day vibes and also find out how to catch the NDP 2021!

Cultivating Meats with Science: How Shiok Meats’ Founder Ka Yi Ling Grows Sustainable Seafood with Cell Technology

When we think of seafood, we think of shrimps, crabs, and lobsters freshly caught from the ocean. At Shiok Meats, chief technical officer and co-founder Ka Yi Ling leads a team of scientists to grow sustainable and environmentally-friendly crustacean meats by cultivating stem cells in a lab tucked away in Singapore.

From Singapore to Space: How NASA Research Scientist Gang Kai Poh Landed His Dream Job

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to do important work at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA. That’s what Singaporean scientific researcher Poh Gang Kai discovered when he was hired by NASA to work at the Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland. His role is studying the space environment on Mars so that humans can, as one famous television show proclaimed, boldly go where no one has gone before.

Banking on Accessible Art: How Aleksandar Abu Samra Co-Founded the World’s Largest Network of Everyday Art Galleries

Making art accessible in urban cities like Singapore is all about maximising accessibility to art, ArtWallStreet is a newly founded start-up that works with real estate partners to connect art creators and collectors. Co-founder Aleksandar Abu Samra is the urban technologist who runs the start-up with his partner from the real estate industry.

The way to a Singaporean’s heart

… is through their stomachs! For Jolene (also known as Miss Crumbs A Lot), a SAHM from Texas, she whips up delicious local yummies every time she misses home. This National Day, we find out what she misses most about Singapore! She also shares a few of her favourite recipes below – Satay, Chwee Kueh, Chicken Rice, and even the nostalgic gem biscuits snack – need we say more?

Tech Entrepreneur Angela Conroy: on Mid-Career switches and Empowering Minorities

The desire to improve traditional and cumbersome processes inspired Angela Conroy, Co-founder and CEO at Notarum, an API led enterprise SaaS solution, to create a business tool that automates due diligence workflow and make a breakthrough as a woman leader in the tech sector. In this edition of Women in Tech series, we chat with Angela on her mid-career switch in becoming a tech entrepreneur and her unyielding commitment to pay it forward by championing others.

From Clementi to Carnegie: Violinist Siow Lee-Chin on Nurturing the Next Generation of Musicians for Success

Siow Lee-Chin has performed in leading concert halls across the world with acclaimed orchestras and maestros. Beyond the technicalities of being a musician, Lee-Chin believes that the reason behind her success is a holistic combination of the heart, mind, and fingers. A violin professor at the College of Charleston for the past 20 years, Lee-Chin is currently visiting home in Singapore. She will be one of the judges for the Singapore Raffles International Music Festival in August 2021. We talk to Lee-Chin about her journey in classical music, including the numerous adversities she faced along the way, and how her pedagogical approach was inspired by her late father’s teachings.

The Defiant Filmmaker

Many parents wish that their kids would follow in their footsteps, but not Eric Khoo. The veteran filmmaker wanted his son to go on a more conventional career path, but Edward applied without their knowledge, and eventually went to New York to study film. Now a graduate from New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts and a recent returnee to Singapore, Edward shares his journey as a filmmaker thus far.

Coming Full Circle to Build a Regional Tech Hub in Singapore

Craig Gravina recognised Singapore’s potential as a health innovation centre during the swine flu and now again with the COVID-19 pandemic. He returned to a place that captured his imagination more than a decade ago, and this time he is recruiting talented professionals to build a health tech hub in Singapore.

A Taste of Home with some Curry Recipes!

Celebrate and keep the Hari Raya mood alive with these delicious curry recipes shared by Azlin Bloor, a Singaporean food blogger and former chef who is currently residing in the UK. She shares how these authentic curries remind her of good old memories from the past with her family, and how she still recreates them till this very day.

Eating my way through Singapore

After a year in Singapore and eating at 255 restaurants and a total of 37 Michelin stars, Jon Lu, an software engineer from New York City shares with us his experiences in Singapore and rounds up his top eats in our gastronomic city!

Singapore Off The Beaten Track

Think of city state Singapore and images of Marina Bay Sands and skyscrapers 🏙 comes to mind, but our sunny island is so much more than just a concrete jungle. In this series of photos, we explore pockets of nature in our little red dot that you may not have heard of! 🌱🌿🌳

Next Gen Food Tech Co-Founder Andre Menezes Shares His Personal Start-up Journey in Singapore

Recognising the untapped potential of the regional plant-based food tech industry, Brazilian-Italian Andre Menezes co-founded plant-based meat company Next Gen together with Timo Recker, founder and former CEO of LikeMeat. We speak to Andre to learn more about his personal entrepreneurship journey, how he met Timo and his views on the growth potential of the regional food tech industry.

The Power of Community

Why is building support groups and communities for founders more important than ever? Three global fund founders talked about the necessity of communities in a virtual event hosted by the Singapore Global Network.

How Singaporean Music Director Lenny Wee Empowers Celebrities to Hit All the Right Notes

Ever wondered what it is like to work with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez AND direct a live band performance at the U.S. presidential inauguration ceremony at the same time? We speak to Singaporean Music Director Lenny Wee, the man behind Jennifer Lopez’s showstopping medley performance at Joe Biden’s Inauguration earlier this year.

From Expat to Expert

Ever wondered about life as an expat in Singapore? In our new #FromExpatToExpert series, we follow Marcel, a French expat who is ready to kick off his new life in Singapore! Each month, we will update a new chapter and insight into his transition into expat life here. Enjoy!

Building Bridges with Music: How Russian Composer Vladimir Martynov Composed a Symphony Inspired by Singapore

Inspired by Singapore’s culture and identity, renowned Russian composer Vladimir Martynov accepted a commission by ex-Singapore Ambassador to Russia, Michael Tay, to compose a symphony in 2003. UTOPIA, which premiered in 2005 in Russia and performed in 2007 in Singapore, was most recently performed and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) and London Philharmonic Choir in Abbey Road. The symphony will be performed live in Singapore at the Esplanade in 2022. SGN goes behind the scenes and speaks to Vladimir Martynov on his creative process in creating UTOPIA and his experience getting to know about Singapore’s rich culture.

Meet our Expats: I now call Singapore ‘home’

From Bristol to Sydney to Toronto and New York, Kash Hasan’s exciting career in the events and MICE sector has allowed him to travel the world! Currently residing in Singapore, he shares more about witnessing and experiencing the genuine sense of community here, where to find his favourite hometown fish and chips, and what makes Singapore the ‘perfect destination for the MICE industry’.

A Singaporean’s Guide To Singapore

Think Singapore is just another urban concrete jungle? In this guide from the lens of a fellow Singaporean, you can find a list of establishments in Singapore, from parks to bars, that gives it “that little more soul".

Meet Ghib Ojisan: How A Backpacking Trip Led to Full-time YouTube Career in Singapore

It’s not every day that we get to meet a Japanese YouTuber based in Singapore. Yup, you already know who we’re talking about – in this edition of our Meet Our Expat Series, we have a candid chat with the 184,000 followers-strong Ghib Ojisan about his experience living in Singapore and what he has picked up from the city over the years.

Singapore Brands Going Overseas: Heritage Brands Gone Global

Growing up in an Asian household meant that you would most likely find all sorts of traditional balms and oils for various purposes in the back of your medicine cabinet. In this Singapore Brands Going Overseas series, we take a closer look at how heritage brands Chop Wah On, Lotus Leaf Brand and Three Star Brand have evolved their products and leveraged on digital technologies to expand their reach to the wider audience.

Singapore Brands Going Overseas: ‘Tis The Season to #SupportLocal

No matter where you are this Christmas, you can’t miss the festivities in the air. It’s the season of giving and one exciting affair we can’t miss is ripping open the presents on Christmas morning! If you’re scratching your head over what will make the perfect gift this year, we’ve curated just the list of local holiday gift ideas from Singaporean brands you must check out!