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Just one week to the Fringe! Don’t miss the 18 exciting events on Art & Loss from 14-25 Jan. Get involved.

Tickets are on sale from SISTIC, and are priced at $19 and $22 excluding ticketing charges.
M1 staff and customers will also enjoy an exclusive 20% discount off all tickets until the end of the festival!

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more information and updates!

Amanda Tan
Nuffnang Community Team

Photos credit: Misstamchiak

We noticed that there’s a new generation of Singaporean young hawkers who has been breathing new life into our dying hawker food culture.

These ‘hawkerpreneurs’ have created such a huge buzz because of their resilience in the face of tumultuous circumstances. Think about the tough hours, harsh work environments, and the lack of the corporate world’s glamour – all in a bid to pursue their passion, and to preserve Singapore’s rich hawker heritage whilst putting their own spin on it.

Which makes all wonder: WHY do they do it?! Why did they choose to give up the cushy corporate world to spend the rest of their lives mastering a particular craft? These talented hawkers under the age of 35 have been the talking point of our diligent food bloggers – and here, we unravel the mystery behind their motivations down this unorthodox path.

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1.       Preserving a dying trend of old recipes

23 year old Douglas of Fishball Story shares about how his grandmother’s handmade fishballs ignited his passion to share the authenticity and taste of real handmade fishballs.

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2. Marrying the best of two culinary techniques

Singapore’s first and only Singapore style ramen served up at A Noodle Story, is the brainchild of a pair of chefs who trained at Shatec, who both has worthy experience at some of the best restaurants in Singapore. They were sorely disappointed by the standards of the noodles available and the exorbitant prices charged in the market, and hence decided to create the ultimate Noodle dish inspired by modern European techniques and Asian flavours.

3. Offering a healthier option for working Singaporeans

With decades of experience at swanky restaurants, Gary Lum noticed that there was a lack of health-conscious options for office workers especially when it came to comforting soups – hence, starting up The Soup Bar.

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Photo credit: The Soup Bar, ieatishootipost

4.  Bringing the Hipster to Hawker

Another highly raved hipster hawker stall is Truly Curry Rice, opened by Joel and Denice who gave up their trading jobs. Passionate about Hainanese Curry Rice and armed with a belief that they will yield greater profits in the future, they are using home recipes passed down from generations before them.

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5. Continuing a family legacy

Third generation hawker Ruifang took over 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles from her grandfather, as she realized that her real calling in life was to continue the family legacy. It’s heartening to know that she finds so much more satisfaction and fulfillment doing this than sitting behind the desk.

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6. Expressing filial gratitude

26 year old Boon Leng is taking over his grandparents’ and parents’ business, Hock Kee Bird’s Nest Drinks Drinks that originally started in the 1950s with only a pushcart. As helping out at the stall was a big part of his joyful childhood, he decided to open a permanent stall.

7. Enlightening about the essence of handmade products

Second generation hawker Richard gave up his mechanical engineering job to continue his family business Teochew Handmade Pau, armed with his vision to continue the legacy of traditional quality bakery products.

8. Slogging it out with a kaki

Together with his old army buddy Ah Wee, Adrian decided they needed a change from their tiresome and lackluster corporate careers. They serve up Adrian’s grandmother’s kickass secret recipe at Old Bibik’s Famous Peranakan Rendang, which is prepared daily from scratch.

9. Tracing the roots of their food

Former cabin crew Gerald and Julyn, decided to settle down and continue her father’s Hokkien Mee business Penang Kia which originated from Penang.

So be sure to support our local hawker heroes and check them out over this week! Bon appetite ;)

Amanda Tan
Nuffnang Community Team

 

m1 fringe fest

We’re excited to announce that our friends The Necessary Stage are once again presenting the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival! Running for its 11th year, the festival will be on from 14th to 25th January 2015 across several venues.

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Themed around Art and Loss, the 2015 festival will feature a total of 18 events from 8 countries. And for the first time in its history, the Festival will see a fresh direction as a new Artistic director — theatre-maker and educator Sean Tobin — takes over the reins.

In line with its twin purpose of innovation and discussion, 2015’s Festival also seeks to forge new relationships with emerging and established artists, so as to encourage the ongoing developments and refining of art-making practices of independent artists on the fringe.

Loss is an intimately familiar concept that is an inevitable part of our human experience, and art is a medium that can be used as a form of remembrance, and also a catharsis in creation. As Tobin expresses, “We have all lost stuff. So let’s come together to laugh, blush, cry and cringe about it. Let’s retrace, regret and recreate.”

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Tickets are on sale from SISTIC, and are priced at $19 and $22 excluding ticketing charges. M1 staff and customers will also enjoy an exclusive 20% discount off all tickets until the end of the festival!

If you want to get a glimpse into what’s in store at the Fringe 2015, or are keen in learning more about the process of art-making, come along for Reimagining Singapore Theatre on 22nd November 2014 from 3 to 4.30pm. Join in on this lively discussion about the artists’ inspirations, challenges and strategies, which will be moderated by Tobin.

Also, if you’re an aspiring theatre practitioner or student, here’s your chance to get a first-hand experience of the unique devising methodology developed by Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma! The Devising Masterclass with both artists is to be held from 17th to 18th January 2015 at Esplanade Rehearsal Studio, and the deadline for registration is on 2nd December 2014. Don’t wait to sign up for this opportunity!

Get involved and join M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, as it examines and excavates different interpretations of the relationship between Art and Loss. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more information and updates!

Amanda Tan
Nuffnang Community Team

Remember our #brothatsnotok posts?

To read more about our previous post, click HERE.

At Nuffnang, most of our staff are women and it is unthinkable that in this day and age women are still being oppressed in so many ways.

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Did you know that…

 

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UN Women urges everyone to learn how to identify what violence against women is and how to seek help for those who do not have the strength to do so.

Men and women alike should UNiTE to End Violence Against Women, you can share your thoughts on their official Facebook page, or leave us a comment.

You can also join the cause here at whttp://unwomen-asiapacific.org/brothatsnotok and most importantly, SHARE THIS with all your friends; let’s make the world a better place for men AND women alike.

Amantha Koh
Nuffnang Community Team

For this month’s Nuffnang Lovin’, we would like to invite the ladies to join us for a make-up work shop with Collection Cosmetics!

 

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28 MAY 2014, WEDNESDAY
6.45PM – 8.30PM
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This is a perfect chance for make-up junkies who want to try out Collection Cosmetics’ latest series of make up as well as learn a tip or two for the upcoming Summer season!

As there are limited spaces available, bloggers will be selected at random and only selected bloggers will be notified before 26 May 2014.

If you will not be free to attend this session of Nuffnang Lovin’ but would like to be updated with future activities, do let us know by indicating your interest in being a part of Glitterati Plus by checking the “I want to be a part of Glitterati Plus!” box below as well, and we hope to see you in future!

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