In The Bead For Peranakan Love

By Morgan Awyong| For Epoch Times For the unaware, the beaded patterns hanging in wooden frames in Robert Sng’s Little Shophouse might seem nothing more than pretty craft displays.In actual fact, those intricate pieces are designs to be made into a famous part of the Peranakan iconography – the kasut manek (beaded shoes). No traditional…

Keeping Traditions Alive: Tu-tally Singaporean

By Morgan Awyong| For Epoch Times “In the old days, we used a wooden board on a pivot like a seesaw. Attached to one end was a heavy rock, and the women would step on the other end to land blows on the rice while the men went out peddling the kueh.” – Kerwin Chng…

Tying the Knot: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Wedding Customs

By Li Yen & Jocelyn Neo | Epoch Times Staff In ancient China, a marriage ceremony is a solemn and sacred occasion. Michelle Neo, the co-owner of Chinese Wedding Shop, happily shares her knowledge with anyone who steps into her retail stores. “We will try to explain to them all the customs, all the cultures and everything…

Creating Presence in the New Retail Environment

By Won Xue Li | Epoch Times Staff “With an online business, there are three key success factors to get more buyers and sustain them: a powerful online presence, good customer service rapport and an efficient delivery arrangement.” — Ms Amanda Aida Atan, VIBES Mastery Success Academy The double-digit growth of the digital, social and…

Challenger Stays in the Game With the Next Big Thing: Omnichannel Retailing

By Cindy Liew | Epoch Times Staff Once considered a threat to brick-and-mortar stores, e-commerce is now becoming a necessary complement. Retail businesses are trending toward setting up both physical and online stores, allowing customers the choice of shopping online at their convenience, or visiting brick-and-mortar outlets to try out products. This burgeoning concept of…

Hashtag Batam

By Morgan Awyong| For Epoch Times  And so a certain famous contracter used to proclaim, “and some say Batam!” This line is a reflection of the kinship Singapore has with our Indonesian neighbouring island. For example, did you know that a good majority of our pigs are imported from Batam? Or that they are an…

Helping the Invisible: The Asia Malaria Images Exhibition

By Morgan Awyong| For Epoch Times  “Just because we don’t see evidence of danger, doesn’t mean there’s no danger.” – Professor J. Kevin Baird, Head of Eijkman Oxford Clinical Research Unit in Jakarta Malaria is long thought of as an African problem. Yet close to home, in the Asia-Pacific region, over 2 billion Asian lives…

PopUp Angels: ‘Drive Growth Using Pop-up Stores’

By Li Yen | Epoch Times Staff  Stores are popping up for a few weeks to a few months and creating a buzz in cities such as New York and London. These pop-up stores are a cheaper alternative for retailers and marketers to showcase their products during a product launch or seasonal sale, doing away with…

Vending Machines Are Coming to Singapore in a Big Way

By Li Yen | Epoch Times Staff  I love the convenience of a vending machine. With the vending machine, I can purchase what I want simply by pressing the button after inserting coins or notes. And I am fascinated each time the product pops out of the machine like magic. Furthermore, I won’t be stalked or…

Epoch Times, Singapore Edition (Sep/Oct 17 Issue)

Get the Sep/Oct 2017 issue at Kinokuniya Book Stores today! * Food Security – Qatar’s recent diplomatic crisis is a stark reminder of what can happen to Singapore. Should we remind ourselves to GROW OUR OWN FOOD, OR PERISH? * 70% OF YOUNG SINGAPOREANS HAVE MYOPIA. WHAT CAN WE DO? * Despite Singapore’s commitment to tax…

Reducing Food Waste: An Endless Battle

By Luan Do | Epoch Times Staff  In Singapore, anti-foodwaste enthusiasts would remember the year 2013, when growth in food waste exceeded that in total population by a factor of eight. Although significant improvements have been made to bring this factor down to 0.5 last year, Singapore is still in the crosshairs of the international campaign…