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Sampan – Marc Nair

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore, this is his poem, “Sampan”

His works bear witness to beauty, truth and hope.

He has published and edited twelve books of poetry and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, an online culture magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award.

His latest collection is Sightlines (2019, Math Paper Press), a collaboration of travel photography and poetry with Tay Tsen-Waye, a film photographer.

Marc was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine. He has released two spoken word albums with his band, Neon and Wonder, and has collaborated with well-known Singapore musicians such as Bani Haykal, weish and Tim De Cotta on numerous live performances.

He has also worked with Lee Kin Mun, aka mrbrown, on the mrbrown show for over a decade, writing satirical audio and video sketches and songs. Marc’s list of authored and edited publications include Sightlines (2019), Handbook of Daily Movement (2019), Vital Possessions (2018), Auguries of Modern Innocence (2018), Intersection (2017), Spomenik (2016), This Is Not A Safety Barrier (2015), The Poet of Unlove (2015), Animal City (2014), Postal Code (2013), Chai: Travel Poems (2010), Along The Yellow Line (2007).

Marc is available for workshops, talks and spoken word performance bookings both locally and overseas.

Visit Marc’s website marcnair.com

Singapore Foodie – HamBaoBao | S3E6

Our search for a Singapore burger artist brought us to Chef Ryan of HamBaoBao, whose Ayam Buah Keluak burger was a megahit with foodies, with waiting times of up to 2 hours. We learn what goes into fusing Asian flavors in the classic American burger format, how important Hawker Culture is for Singaporeans and learn one of life’s great lessons. 

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Singapore Foodie – The Cheese Ark | S3E5

In this episode, we visit The Cheese Ark, the coolest boutique cheesemonger in town. Based at 49 Stirling Road, Ai Ming runs a shop stocked with hard-to-find cheeses from smallholding farms where every wheel is loving handcrafted, air-flown to Singapore and aged in her affinage room to perfection. 

Plus, we ponder if the hard-charging 24-/7 life is really the best when instead, you could get back to nature and chill, away from social media

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The Cheese Ark – 49 Stirling Road #01-489 Singapore 141049
Shop +65 9175 0090
Email enquiries@thecheeseark.com 

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Singapore Foodie – Ministry of Burgers | S3E4

In this month of Hari Raya, COVID19 means the pasar malams are shut. These festive night markets are bright and happy bazaars, and the Ramly Burger is legendary. A burger from across the border, it’s iconic for its taste and easily available in Malaysia, but in Singapore, it’s a treat at a pasar malam.

Until Now!

We talk with Shiv of Ministry of Burgers, who offer the best Ramly-style burgers in Singapore. 

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Singapore Foodie – Tiong Bahru Bakery | S3E3

We all know “East Meets West”, but what about “West Meets East”? We venture down to the hipster central of Singapore to meet the finest French Bakery on the island to talk about the secrets of making amazing bread and pastries in the challenging humidity of Singapore, and how being part of the community is a cornerstone of how Tiong Bahru Bakery connects with its customers.

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COVID-19: Yasmin Begum – Events & Marketing Consultant | S3E8

2020 has been the most challenging year in recent memory, with the COVID-19 situation hitting all sectors. Our third season looks at the impact on the creative production industry.

With Singapore on a 4 week circuit breaker period, workplaces and workspaces for the creative community have had to shut, with uncertainty for so many. 

It’s hard to stay positive, but right now would be a good time to review our personal branding and relationship with our clients. We talk with events & marketing consultant Yasmin Begum

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COVID-19: Saba Hasanie – OSC Leadership Performance | S3E7

2020 has been the most challenging year in recent memory, with the COVID19 situation hitting all sectors. Our third season is about its impact on Singapore’s creative production industry. 

This podcast aims to be as neutral as possible, to present information, opinions and commentary in a manner that, we hope, is fair and useful to everyone.

With so much downtime caused by COVID-19, a productive exercise would be to review our own business practices, something that a performance coach can help us address. We speak with Saba Hasanie of OSC Leadership Performance

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COVID-19: Benedict Lim – iGROW |S3E6

2020 has been the most challenging year in recent memory, with the COVID19 situation hitting all sectors. Our third season is about its impact on Singapore’s creative production industry.

This podcast aims to be as neutral as possible, to present information, opinions and commentary in a manner that, we hope, is fair and useful to everyone.

Mental Wellness has only recently become less taboo as a topic of public discussion, and freelancers can be at risk because of the stresses of running a business of one, and self-motivation, emotional and mental wellness and risk of depression are all areas in which freelancers need to be aware

We talk with Benedict Lim of iGROW, an Author, Psychologist, Management Consultant, Executive Coach, & Keynote Speaker

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COVID-19: Shaen Yeo – Happiness Scientists | S3E5

2020 has been the most challenging year in recent memory, with the COVID19 situation hitting all sectors. Our third season is about its impact on Singapore’s creative production industry.

This podcast aims to be as neutral as possible, to present information, opinions and commentary in a manner that, we hope, is fair and useful to everyone.

Freelancers are responsible for themselves, that’s part and parcel of being a freelancer. The main areas, aside from delivering on the job, would be the business side, such as invoicing and accounting, and self-promotion or marketing, to secure on-going work. One area that doesn’t get much notice is mental well-being. We talk with Shaen Yeo of Happiness Scientists

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COVID-19: Nicholas Chee – The Flying Kick Asia | S3E4

2020 has been the most challenging year in recent memory, with the COVID19 situation hitting all sectors. Our third season is about its impact on Singapore’s creative production industry.

This podcast aims to be as neutral as possible, to present information, opinions and commentary in a manner that, we hope, is fair and useful to everyone.

Social Media has been blamed as a source of negativity, but COVID-19 has seen many support groups spring up on Facebook, including SG COVID-19 Creative / Cultural Professionals & Freelancers Support Group, started by Nicholas Chee of The Flying Kick Asia.

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