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Arz: Picking Up the Pieces After Heartbreaking Divorce by Leaning on Faith and Boxing Practice

People of Legends | “I went for counselling, and the counsellor gave me very good advice. She said my ex-wife is out there smiling, laughing and enjoying her life as though I never existed. She’s living her best life right now, while I’m here spiralling. Don’t I deserve to be happy, too?”

Jean Ling: Being in a Wheelchair Will Not Define Me

How do you cope with life’s unexpected events? Jean Ling shows how she didn’t just survive but thrived after a car accident in New Zealand.

Hirfan Romzi: Looking at a Game of Chess as a Metaphor for Life

The Founder of Aliwal Chess Club talks about how their community gatherings are never just about playing chess. “When you play chess, everything happens within those 64 squares….

John Lim: Author Talks About Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts After Failing to Become a Doctor

This World Mental Health Day, John Lim of Live Young and Well wants you to love yourself and lean on the power of friendships. 

Raymond Lim: Overcoming Gambling Addiction to Be a Better Husband, Father and Businessman

“I’ve learnt that when you gamble, you don’t only hurt yourself, but you hurt the people closest to you as well. So now, it’s not just about not wanting to fail myself, but also not wanting to fail the people I love.”

Ng Chih Chung: From Prison to Pedals, a Journey of Redemption and Resilience

“Whenever I hear how challenging it is for ex-offenders like myself to secure jobs, I am reminded of how  fortunate I have been. My only hope is that society will be more widely accepting of ex-offenders starting afresh.”

Niranjan Pandian: Music Offers Solace to Gifted Musician Who Suffers from Painful Skin Condition

“Everyone was born for a reason, and mine is to help the next generation discover themselves through music. Identity is the safeguard against low self-esteem, and everything I’m doing now is to help the youths find their voice.”

Maha Lakshmi: Bullied as a Kid for Having Curly Hair, Beauty Queen Learns to Love and Accept Herself

“I despised my hair when I was a kid because I was bullied excessively for having curly hair. In primary school, kids would throw staple bullets and pour eraser shavings into my hair. At that age when you’re so young and just want to be accepted, it was so hard to fit in.”

Hailey: Leaning on Combat Sports as a Coping Mechanism 

People of Legends | “In 2015, a family member whom I was close to committed suicide. It’s taken me a few years to talk about this without crying. With time, I’ve been able to speak about it to a couple of close friends, but beyond that, I don’t really bring it up in conversation.”

Benjamin Josiah Tan: On a Journey of Healing and Filling the Emptiness in His Life

“Over the last year, that sense of emptiness and loneliness was so strong. I didn’t know how to deal with it, so I went on a journey of trying to figure it out.”

Afiq: Once an Obese Kid, Boxing Coach Hopes to Transform Lives with Empathy

People of Legends | ““I was that fat kid for most of my childhood. I just remember liking to eat a lot in school. You cannot find many photos of me from back then because I tried to avoid taking pictures as much as possible…

Yiqian: How a Young Woman’s Discovery of Boxing Helped with Her ADHD

People of Legends | “I think boxing has helped me manage my ADHD because it forces me to concentrate and stay calm, which is something I am still working on improving, given that my mind often goes into overdrive.”

Atika: Bullied for Being Different, She Found Comfort in Heavy Metal

“I started experiencing anxiety and depression when I was 10-years-old. Being the only Malay girl in Chinese Dance, I was bullied a lot in school. Although I was accepted by my friends and teachers in the CCA, I was ostracised by people of my own race.”

Jason Lam: Time Lost Behind Bars Spurs Creative to Live a More Courageous, Purpose-Driven Life

“My biggest fear is dying and not having tried, and I have a lot of visions that I want to make a reality. At the same time, I am afraid of putting myself out there because there’s always a fear of failure. But I’d rather fail now than not try at all.’

Gabriel Wong: From Receiving Death Threats After Leaving a Scam Company in Singapore to Becoming the CEO of His Own Marketing Business

“The worst thing I feared came true when I left the company. I was accused of stealing clients’ money. Debt collectors started chasing me and I started receiving death threats from the company’s clients…”

Francisco: At 50, Inspiring Mexican in Singapore Sees Boxing as a Metaphor for Life

People of Legends | “In the ring, you’re by yourself. You may get punched or knocked down, and regardless of whether you win or lose, you gotta stand up and keep going. That’s how things go in real life.”

Firwan Johan: Singaporean Singer-Songwriter Details Heartbreak of Music Career in Malaysia and Why He Never Gave Up

The Prudent People | “I don’t think you should ever give up on something you love, just because times get hard. After everything you’ve been through, you should have given up a long time ago. So why do you suddenly want to give up now? Keep going!”

Thambi Natta: Singaporean Rapper Moves on from Life Behind Bars and Toxic Relationship with Ex to Focus on His Music, Career and Happiness

“I do not condone violence towards women, and I understand why the online community reacted the way they did. But, people do not know the full story, and it’s not their business to know any more than what I – or anyone involved – would like to share.”

Ashley Low: Grit, Hard Work and Surviving Abusive Relationship with Ex-Boyfriend Catalysed Success of her Baby Photography Business

“During those two years, he was sober for only six months. Yet everyday, being sober was a mental battle for him, and I wasn’t aware of it. Whenever he was on edge and I triggered him, it took everything within him to restrain himself from drinking his problems away.”

Azmi: How Surviving Cancer Gave Him a New Lease on Life

The Prudent People | “People always say that they don’t have time to pursue something, but that’s just an excuse. To live life without accomplishments feels like you’re not living at all. If you want to do something that makes you fulfilled, do it. Go do it while you still have the time.”