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Sumiko Tan

Recent and archived articles by Sumiko Tan

4 Feb 2018 | 7:00 AM

Why can’t Singapore produce its own Tash Aw?

This is a question the acclaimed Malaysian author gets a lot – and it leaves him bewildered.

Made his mark: Aw is an acclaimed Malaysian writer who has lived in London for decades.
19 Nov 2017 | 7:00 AM

Feeding a passion for shoes

The best designs come from the soul, says Giuseppe Zanotti, the maker of luxury shoes who has 105 boutiques around the world.

Zanotti: “I don’t like perfection; I like imperfection because that is the real passion.” — The Straits Times
22 Oct 2017 | 7:00 AM

Styling Singapore her own way

IT’S a blazing hot day and sunlight is peeking through the wooden lattices that line the walls of Wild Rocket @ Mount Emily restaurant.

Dressing up: Shunmugam, founder and designer of womenswear label Ong Shunmugam, is determined not to be another fashion casualty.
24 Sep 2017 | 7:00 AM

Don’t mess with ‘Twister Girl’ Angela Lee

When Angela Lee goes into the cage, she’s in for the kill and will choke, punch and kick her opponent to get the job done.

27 Aug 2017 | 7:00 AM

How does one look like this at 51?

You are what you eat, says photographer Chuando Tan, whose Instagram photos have gone viral.

Ageless wonder: Former model Chuando became a photographer and scored with a photo-journalistic-style spread in the now-defunct Hot magazine before landing the advertising campaigns for Tangs and Citibank, as well as spreads for Elle. — Photo by FREY OW
20 Aug 2017 | 7:00 AM

‘The insane drive to be the best’

Founder of gaming company Razer attributes his success to his parents.

30 Jul 2017 | 7:00 AM

Grab whiz Tan Hooi Ling happy to stay low-key

I WAS planning to use GrabCar to get to my lunch with Tan Hooi Ling, the co-founder of Grab.

Young and passionate: Hooi Ling says the biggest learning experience over the years is the need to continuously adapt. — The Straits Times/Asia News Network
16 Jul 2017 | 7:00 AM

Violet Oon is still going strong

The cooking doyenne has not let business failures or a stroke get her down.

Foodie tales: Sumiko taking a selfie with Oon. ‘Food should be evolving but every stage of it should be preserved,’ says the restaurateur.
25 Jun 2017 | 7:00 AM

Michelle Chong’s one-woman show

The actress-director-entrepreneur is busy, busy, and she likes it this way because her greatest fear is an idle mind.

Not a lady of leisure: Chong hamming it up at The Famous Kitchen. The actress is an intense, intriguing mix of ambition, intelligence, vulnerability, spikiness and plain kookiness.
18 Jun 2017 | 7:00 AM

Mellower side of AirAsia’s gregarious chief

WHEN AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes was 15 and at boarding school in Britain, he got a phone call from his father in Kuala Lumpur telling him that his mother was very, very ill.

Special brand: Fernandes is cheeky rather than cocky, charming rather than condescending.

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