Steering Choppy Waters

When Esseplore, an AI-driven tech-enabled food and travel company, first launched, they could not have done so at a worse timing. The world was going into lockdown, and travel ground to a halt. However, executive director Poh Mui Hoon, was not going to give up, and Esseplore pivoted to new opportunities.

Empowering Women

Even without any prior experience in running a charity, housewife Uma Balji knew that she wanted to do more to help. With some friends, she raised nearly $100,000 for a women’s programme, which was then discontinued. However, that prompted her to start Project Smile, a charity to uplift and empower women from all walks of life.

Shining From Within

At age 16, most of us are simply worrying about our exams and focusing on doing well in school. However, for the founder and owner of local jewellery brand By Invite Only, Trixie Khong, that was when she started her own jewellery business.

Of Help And Healing

Ming Bridges, founder of clothing rental company, Rentadella, was just 19 when her struggles with food and her body began. At the time, she was pursuing her singing career, but constant scrutiny of her looks on social media sent her into a downward spiral of bingeing, purging, and starving. Now a firm and vocal advocate of body acceptance, Bridges is determined to make a change.

Charming Home Away From Home

If you have not been to Malacca in a while, perhaps it is time to do so — the once-sleepy state has come into its own, with plenty to rediscover and a charming hotel at the heart of the town to sweeten the deal. Something about Liu Men feels like home the moment you step inside its spacious, art deco-inspired…

EAST meets Arts

An eclectic and imaginative art installation by renowned American artist Carlos Betancourt has made its debut at the EAST Hotel in Brickell, Miami. This is part of a brand-new art programme, Art at EAST: Urban  Remix, presented by EAST Hotels. In fact, the installation, titled On the Edge: The Hopeful Forest, comes just in time for this year’s Art Basel…

Women of Dance

Legendary watchmakers Rolex has, over nearly two decades, sought to perpetuate excellence and make a lasting contribution to the sharing of knowledge across generations. This is exemplified by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, which has evolved into an enriching dialogue between artists of different generations, cultures and disciplines, helping ensure that the world’s artistic heritage is passed on.…

Real Estate Changemaker

Yen Chong, deputy general manager at Qingjian Realty, has a razor-sharp focus in mind. She wants to change the real estate landscape by embracing innovation and technology, and incorporating smart living into real estate. It is no secret that the incorporation of the Internet of Things (IoT) into homes in Singapore is soon to be the new normal. From smart…

The Practical Artist

It’s a stereotype that artists tend to be creative, flighty and unconcerned with the nitty gritty of a business. Not so for Chia Yee Hui, CEO of Idea Ink, an illustration studio specialising in graphic recording that has gained a lot of buzz and some seriously high-profile clients in the three and a half years they’ve been around. Chia Yee…