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SG Stories - S1E3: Sports & NS saved his life! - Siva Gopal Thaiyalan

SG Stories - S1E3: Sports & NS saved his life! - Siva Gopal Thaiyalan
20 Jul 2022 02:00PM
37 mins

An educator of more than 20 years, Siva Gopal Thaiyalan came from a background of abject poverty and very limited resources, but sports and national service saved his life! He’s also spent the last three years as Senior Lecturer and Head of the Adult Learning Programme at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), and is passionate about youth development and educational transformation.

SG Stories - S1E22: Wong Keen - pioneering Singapore artist

At 19, he set off for New York on a one-and-a-half-month journey with only $200 in his pocket - money he’d made from his first one-man show at the National Library. One of Singapore’s leading painters, New York-trained Wong Keen has long captivated audiences with his stylised and ever-evolving pictorial exploration that veers between the abstract and the figurative.

30/11/2022 1 hr 1 mins

SG Stories - S1E21: K Jayaprema - promoter of Indian Fine Arts

She grew up in a kampong, amidst nature and spirituality, living partly off the land and attending prayers at the neighbouring temple each evening. K Jayaprema is also founder of Rhythms Aesthetic Society, which promotes Indian Fine Arts and also serves as a cultural centre for the practice of Indian culture in Singapore. 

23/11/2022 33 mins

SG Stories - S1E20: Charles Nicholas Tan - Kayak Trainer at PAssion Wave

As a child, he was often scolded and beaten, but kayaking gave Charles Nicholas Tan a support network he could fall back on, and prevented him from going astray. It was also a sport that introduced him to his mentor, a kayak coach who took him under his wing and became his second “Dad”. Plus a tribe of friends who also became his family! 

16/11/2022 31 mins

SG Stories - S1E16: Michelle Lau - A medical social worker who helps end-of-life patients

A medical social worker at Dover Park Hospice, Michelle Lau enjoys helping end-of-life patients find meaning and purpose in their final journey. Listen to find out how her efforts resulted in her winning the Most Promising Social Worker award in 2021.

09/11/2022 30 mins

SG Stories - S1E18: Ratna Suffian Ishak - Former S-League player

Born into a family of Liverpool fans, Ratna Suffian Ishak lived near the National Stadium where he caught many key matches including the Malaysia Cup! He describes how his football career began, and how he finds fulfilment as a Physical Education Lecturer in ITE College East, and as Assistant Coach for the Women’s National Football Team.

02/11/2022 33 mins