Merlion Project

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Human Library:
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Everywhere, we see stories of quick success

But we don’t talk about the other side of the story: how do people deal with failures?

What if we had an open and honest conversation about how we dealt with our setbacks?

Join us as we chat with our guest speakers on how they deal with failure and challenges, delving into topics like entrepreneurship, mental health and sustainability.


The Human Library—Borrow A Person Instead Of A Book.

A Human Library is a movement that first started in Copenhagen Denmark in 2000. A Human Library consists of “books” that are human, who will share their story. 

The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations and offers space for dialogue through personal conversation. 

We saw the Human Library as the perfect space for inspirations.


We will be having physical human libraries every 3rd week of the month, starting from May 2024.

Sign up to secure your seat!

Date: Saturday 15 June 2024
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Meeting point: McDonald’s Buangkok Square
Blk 991 Buangkok Link, #01-14, Singapore 530991

What is it like to live in the last kampung in Singapore?
Join us for a very exclusive journey to Kampung Lorong Buangkok, as we gain an insight on their way of life!
Mdm Sng Mui Hong is the landlady (or "tow kay") whose father purchased the plot of land. The 72-year-old has spent most of her life living in the kampung.
She has refused to hike the rental prices, which range from $6 - $30 per month. Join us as we chat with her on her journey, life in the kampung, and the community.
Kampong Lorong Buangkok is Singapore's last surviving village and is currently home to approximately 30 Malay and Chinese families.

Click the poster on the right to sign up on Peatix.

Human Library 20 July poster

Date: Saturday 20 July 2024
Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Juice Stories Cafe
00 Tiong Bahru Road 01-01 Delta Sport Centre Singapore 158790
(next to Indoor Hall)

From a home-based business to a food kiosk to their very own cafe, Juice Stories are still writing the chapters to their story. Join us as we chat with Annie Wong, and her journey as the founder of social enterprise cafe Juice Stories.
Annie suffered from various ailments such as autoimmune disease and kidney problems, while her partner, Patricia has gastric reflux, leading to them searching for ways to improve their health.
Juice Stories employs adults with special needs, hoping to transfer their knowledge and skills and help them build a career.
Let’s change our perspective on failure!

Click the poster on the right to sign up on Eventbrite.


The Merlion Project (@merlionproject) is a ground-up initiative aimed at collating and celebrating stories of struggles and success. “Life is a journey; we don’t always get it right the first time.”

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OUR speakers

Nichol Ng

Nichol Ng

Nichol Ng is the co-founder of The Food Bank Singapore, which re-distributes excess foods to more than 300,000 underprivileged.
She is also CEO and Managing Director of X-Inc Pte Ltd, a family business she modernised and rebranded, which spans foodservice, retail, logistics and property.
She oversees about 180 employees and an annual turnover exceeding S$70 million. Nichol was listed in Forbes Asia’s 2017 Heroes of Philanthropy and Harper’s Bazaar’s The Power List 2018.
"We had to pivot (during COVID) by changing our main business in distribution as quickly as possible to survive and emerge stronger."

Kent Teo

Kent Teo

Kent Teo is the founder and CEO of Invade, which manages pop-up retail stores, co-making spaces, and runs some of the largest flea markets and artisan markets such as Artbox Singapore.
Kent has over 10 years of experience in events and retail management, having started a bootstrap business in 2010 called For Flea Sake, organising flea markets.
"Until you are successful, you are seen as insane. It's a route that nobody wants to take. People didn't see it as a proper business."
"But I always believe the more hardworking you are, the luckier you get. You have to stay focused and things will happen."

Joyce Orallo-Lim

Joyce Orallo-Lim is the founder of Chokmah, a sustainable lifestyle homeware brand.
Chokmah currently has an experiential retail located in Funan.
Joyce initially worked as an interior designer after graduation, then became a flight attendant. However her passion for the arts led her to starting Chokmah.
"I remember all the discouraging comments I received for wanting to study the arts. Some said it was a waste of time and that it had no future. I'm glad I took that leap of faith despite it all."

Dr Lim Hui Zhen

Dr Lim Hui Zhen is the founder of Thrive Chiropractic, which focuses on chiropractic care of the spine. With a space at PLQ Mall in Paya Lebar, Thrive Chiropractic helps office workers, pregnant mums and children. Dr Lim first stumbled into chiropractic by chance, because she had debilitating jaw pain as a teacher. After noticing that taking better care of her spine has made a difference, her goal as a chiropractor is to help others not just survive, but thrive, and be the best version of themselves.

Ramesh Krish Kumar

Ramesh is the co-founder and food scientist at Asmara, a Singapore brand that harnesses scientific elements from TCM, Ayurveda and Jamu to offer natural beverages, snacks and elixirs.
Asmara was awarded CLEO’s “Best Premium Tea Brand” in Singapore in 2021.
Ramesh was awarded Singapore’s National Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2022 for his innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, and serves on the Board of Directors at *SCAPE.

Lee Gim Siong

Lee Gim Siong is the founder of Smitten Ice Cream Bar, which launched in mid-March 2020, a week before the COVID-19 lockdown.
Sales plummeted to almost zero, but through determination and creativity, it not only garnered enough sales to survive but also expanded its reach and popularity. Smitten is located at Simpang Bedok and is halal-certified.
Gim Siong is a media professional by day. In his free time, he combs the island for the best ice creams and related desserts.

Ken Tan

Ken is a founder of Fish Sh-nack, Doco Donburi and their latest edition, Hororok Soups & Stews. Fish Sh-nack started as a school project that took on a life of its own. It offers irresistible flavours of fish crisp snacks.
Doco Donburi is a spinoff Fish Sh-nack which features a protein packed bento with a dabble of fish sh-prinkles (crisp).
Hororok Soups & Stews does AUTHENTIC Korean Stews, and is located at International Plaza.
Ken is an entrepreneur with a passion for food and a passion to improve lives!

Koh Jia Sheng

Jia Sheng is the co-founder of Circus Academy of Singapore and Circus of Altrades.
Circus Academy is Singapore’s first-ever circus training school and offers courses from acrobatics to juggling. Jia Sheng was featured in The Straits Times “30 and under: Young Singaporeans to Watch” in 2020 for his innovative ideas and determination to bring new elements to Singapore’s entertainment industry.
He was also a backup dancer for K-pop group BTS during the Singapore leg of the 2019 Love Yourself Tour.
As a circus performer and dancer, Jia Sheng knows what it’s like to fall down… but more importantly, how to get up and try again.

Sharifah Fazzeleen

Sharifah Fazzeleen is the founder of The Organic Room, an organic beauty salon which focuses on self-pampering. It provides facials and sugaring services which are holistic, nurturing and results-oriented treatments.
Sharifah has been in the business for over 10 years, and has received education and training from Confederation of International Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology.
Her inspiration came from her mother's natural and traditional techniques of caring for the skin.



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