Kevin Lim

Never Too Young to Lead

A global leader. A great city. A home in Asia. For business, innovation and talent. If EDB’s vision for Singapore resonates with you, read on and find out how you can shape the country’s economic landscape.

By Kevin Lim

At 24 years of age and, comparatively fresh out of university, Gina greets us warmly at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) office.

From the 28th floor of the Raffles City Tower, we have a bird’s eye view over Singapore’s central district landscape which is a testament to EDB’s work over the past 50 years.

A Vision for Singapore
A global leader. A great city. A home in Asia. For business, innovation and talent.

EDB’s vision is spelt out simply and clearly. Working towards that vision, EDB’s officers are guided by the EDB mission to create for Singapore, sustainable growth with vibrant business and good job opportunities.

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Of Fish, Plants and Pets

The food that that arrives safely on our dinner plates is a testament to the hard work put in by AVA officers. We meet with animal lover and AVA scholar, Dr Diana Chee, as she tells us about life in AVA.

Photo: Dr. Diana Chee with family

By Kevin Lim

Operating out of a little-known corner in Lim Chu Kang, a team of scientists, researchers, professionals, and technicians are working to keep Singapore’s animals and plants healthy, and her food supply safe.

Among them is animal lover Dr. Diana Chee, the Acting Assistant Director of the Aquatic Animal Health Section in the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA).

It was her love for pets that landed her a first scholarship with AVA. Now, in her sixth year with the organisation, this young doctor has completed her second AVA scholarship and still looks forward to learning something new every day.

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Driven to (Help Others) Excel


Left: Chen Zhongyi | Right: Ong Sin Yee

It’s often said that passion drives us to success. We meet two teachers who show us how this desire can be used to fuel others to the same levels of success beyond the boundaries of school and into life.

By Kevin Lim

From the moment we meet Zhongyi and Sin Yee, this delightful duo makes us wish they were our teachers when we were still reciting the national anthem daily. The spark, passion, and genuine enthusiasm they have for the teaching profession, and more importantly, for the lives they influence every day, leave a lasting impression on us.

For Zhongyi, the importance of being a caring teacher was instilled not through books or lessons, but by example. When Zhongyi was younger, an accident landed him in hospital. During his hospitalisation, one of the events that made a profound impression on him was how his CCA teacher would frequently visit him in hospital and check on his progress, all in his own time.

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Concrete Fun

Left: Foo Cexiang | Right: Harold Soong


Amazing innovations and incredible times can be found at JTC. We speak to two scholars who reveal a world behind the concrete and steel infrastructure.

By Kevin Lim

“JTC Corporation is Singapore's leading industrial infrastructure specialist spearheading the planning and development of a dynamic industrial landscape.”

Our pre-interview research into the corporation led us to believe we would be meeting two serious, intelligent gentlemen who would answer our questions with a calm monotone.

Instead, what we got were two incredibly charming men who were everything but boring. Besides being open and humorous, they were full of smiles during the conversation.

Meet the two men: Harold Soong, Acting Assistant Director of JTC’s Corporate Finance department and Foo Cexiang, a Planner in the Physical Planning department.

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It's about communication

We spend an afternoon with JurongHealth’s aspiring Speech Therapist and come away with more than we expected.

By Kevin Lim

Wan Xin’s youthful looks, petite size, and delightfully excited tone have us doing a double take.

Is this the 26-year-old Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology student we were supposed to meet?

A Beacon of Sunshine
Indeed she is, and she greets us with a warm smile that instantly puts us in a good mood – something we soon learn is at the heart of her decision to become a Speech Therapist.

As it turns out, Wan Xin didn’t always aspire to be a Speech Therapist. Her first job was in the field of clinical research at a hospital. There, she would often work with many elderly stroke patients who had lost their ability to speak intelligibly.

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Perimeter Defence

Securing the borders of our nation is a job that is not defined by office hours, a routine or emails. It is a career that is borne out of passion and a wish to contribute to the nation. We speak to ICA Senior Officer, Ernest Phoon, on his role in keeping Singapore safe and secure and what drives him at work.

By Kevin Lim

The average Singaporean understands the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) as the place to go to for all identity-related documents and immigration issues. However, there are many more functions that ICA performs besides issuing and renewing passports and replacing lost identification cards.

Behind the scenes, ICA’s duties stretch far and wide. In fact, the role of the organisation to the safety of our country is as important as the armed forces, if not more.

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Radioactive Passion

People say healthcare is a calling, a profession that no one gets into by chance. No one exemplifies this more than Patricia Gan, who truly displays the utmost passion and dedication for the healthcare profession.

By Kevin Lim

24-year-old Patricia Gan is a feisty young lady who becomes incredibly animated when talking about healthcare, a topic that she feels strongly for.

The Radiation Therapist at the National Cancer Centre Singapore takes a break from zapping cancer cells with radiation to sit down with us and unveil what drives her in life and her career.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in the healthcare industry?

Patricia: I love interacting with people and making a difference in their lives, and the healthcare industry affords me that sense of fulfilment knowing I’m directly impacting others in life-giving ways.

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On Fish & Chips and Chilli Crab

23-year-old Hany shares her experiences discovering friendship and independence in the UK.

By Kevin Lim

Hany had, by her own admission, a “trouble-free childhood”.

Having lived her younger days safe in the comfort of home, Hany desired to take a leap of faith and challenge herself, and her ability to live independently, overseas.

Since young, Hany knew she wanted to be a lawyer and that was the reason why she chose to study a diploma in Law and Management instead of taking A-levels. In her opinion, it will provide a better foundation for her degree.

In fact, the internship opportunities during her polytechnic days made her even more determined to further her studies in Law.

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