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New But Old
A new year signals new beginnings. Yet, there is something to be said for learning from traditions. Imparting important lessons and experiences, they can bridge divides and even inspire inventive transformations.
In this 2018 kick-off issue, Dwellings catches up with Senior Advisor, Mr Yap Chin Beng, to share his nuggets of wisdom culled from his long and distinguished career in HDB, so that younger colleagues can benefit from them.
In the physical upgrades of HDB’s retail scene, the time-tested business concept remains as relevant – that of heartfelt service and relationships that go beyond commercial transactions. This is where glitzy malls and chains may find themselves up against modernised mom-and-pop shops that know their customers from knee-high.
And who would have thought that one of nature’s oldest engineering designs inspired one of HDB’s innovative eco ideas? The floating wetland, the lush swathes of green life floating down scenic Punggol Waterway, took reference from the interlocking, latticed cells of the humble honeycomb.
In a different town, an extraordinary cookbook has been weaving neighbours of an HDB block together with more than a delicious waft and whiff. Joanne Lye started out with a simple mission to record her grandparents’ recipes for posterity. The idea grew into a bonding activity and a cookbook of treasured recipes contributed by an entire block of impassioned neighbours. Even in food, but especially in food, time-tested ways seldom go wrong.
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