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Jose posing with Ivy aging singapore Lions Befrienders

Celebrating an Aging Singapore

Late last year, my studio and I held the Aging Singapore Photography Exhibition at the Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Of the twelve seniors that were featured at the exhibition, seven of them are part of a social agency called Lions Befrienders.

After photographing different seniors in Singapore, I learned a lot from their experiences and sought to share them with the rest of the nation. I think younger Singaporeans have a lot to learn from these wise seniors.

I also wanted to partner with a charity so that my exhibition could directly help improve the lives of local seniors. Lions Befrienders was the perfect fit—not only could I raise funds and awareness for their cause, they were also able to contribute to the exhibition itself!

Lions Befrienders

As a social service agency that strives to enrich the lives of local seniors, Lions Befrienders works hard to provide opportunities for elders to mingle and keep active.

They arrange regular group activities for seniors, which serve as outlets for socialising. This lowers the risk of loneliness in many elderly folk. The organisation’s befriending and home care services also serve to make seniors feel cared for. Providing elders with a sense of belonging in their community promotes healthy aging.

For Aging Singapore, Lions Befrienders has been endlessly helpful in making the exhibition a success. By providing us with the contacts of many seniors with interesting lives, Lions Befrienders helped to make the exhibition smooth-sailing. They also granted us permission to document seniors partaking in their social activities. These snippets will be featured in our Aging Singapore documentary, which will be released soon.

Jose posing with Lions Befrienders staff aging singapore

Featured Seniors from Lions Befrienders

Without further ado, allow me to introduce the wonderful Lions Befrienders seniors featured in our exhibition!

aging singapore hair and makeup lady

Mirror Mirror on the Wall…

Though she never went to school, 82-year old Lim Kim Hoon learned to style her hair by reading the newspaper. Now, she enjoys styling her hair for special occasions like weddings and family dinners. Young at heart, her radiance and positivity keep her happy in life.

Fragrance: Ghim Moh Diva by Oh Hee Soon
A fresh burst of citrus, followed by classic white florals reminiscent of beauty products from the old days.

Top: Bergamot, Lemon, Galbanum, Cassis, Peach
Heart: Carnation, Tuberose, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Orris, Ylang-Ylang
Base: Musk, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Oakmoss

Immerse yourself in the sounds of her world here.

aging singapore birdwatching

The Early Bird Gets Their Photo Taken

Even at 74 years of age, Dunford Vernon Alexander has a burning passion for bird photography and nature preservation in Singapore. He aims to snap pictures of all bird species residing in and migrating through Singapore.

Fragrance: Merlion Forest by Png Wei Ling
The complex green facets and spicy nuances in this fragrance are reminiscent of the calm and purity that a deep breath of fresh air in the forest can bring.

Top: Green Leaves, Bergamot, Lemon
Heart: Olibanum, Nutmeg, Jasmine
Base: Cedarwood Oil, Vetiver Oil, Sandalwood

Immerse yourself in the sounds of his world here.

aging singapore sewing lady

All Part of Life’s Rich Tapestry

A survivor of the Japanese Occupation, 88-year old Kamsiah bte Ibrahim now passes her time sewing—a skill that she picked up in her youth. With agile hands, she constantly sews clothing and gifts for her family.

Fragrance: My Happy Place by Png Wei Ling & Philippe Paparella
A fragrance encompassing the cosyness of home and the woody signature from classic furniture pieces.

Top: Davana, Bergamot Oil, Clove
Heart: Balsam, Labdanum, White Jasmine
Base: Cedarwood Oil, Sandalwood, Amber

Immerse yourself in the sounds of her world here.

aging singapore chair zumba

The Best Seat in the House

At the ripe age of 95, Teo Guak Wah is still exercising twice a week. Chair Zumba—a recurring event organised at her void deck by Lions Befrienders—keeps her active and healthy. Compared to the difficult times in her youth, she finds life in Singapore much more enjoyable and relaxing now.

Fragrance: Dance with Me by Png Wei Ling & Aliénor Massenet
The fragrance embodies a youthful, zesty spirit in its fruity notes, and evolves into something more woody and centered.

Top: Coffee, Red Fruits, Cinnamon Bark Oil
Heart: Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Caramel
Base: Vanilla, Moss, Cedarwood

Immerse yourself in the sounds of her world here.

aging singapore hindu lady

A Leap of Faith

After working in the shipping line for 35 years and teaching in a kindergarten for 12 years, Rajoo Ann is now 70 years old and a devout follower of Hindu Lord Shiva. With a beacon of guidance in her life, Ann is living out her golden years with a sense of fulfilment.

Fragrance: Vibrant Prayer by Png Wei Ling & Pierre Gueros
This fragrance pays tribute to the vibrant scents in Hindu culture, a central white floral bouquet at the heart of it all.

Top: Mandarin Oil, Peach, Apple
Heart: Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang Oil, Tuberose
Base: Vanilla, Amber, Salicylate

Immerse yourself in the sounds of her world here.

aging singapore hiking lady

A Mile A Day…

Despite her ripe age of 71 years, Tong Guat Hong Ivy spends the bulk of her time hiking and walking up to 100,000 steps a day. She finds healthy living convenient and accessible in Singapore, where park connectors and hawker centres are available everywhere.

Fragrance: Dawn Hiker by Oh Hee Soon
This fragrance carries the scent of fresh, humid woods through notes of tang and spice, and rounds off with a medley of spicy florals.

Top: Violet, Lemon, Bergamot, Lavender
Heart: Spice Complex, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley
Base: Tonka, Musk, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Amber, Sandalwood

Immerse yourself in the sounds of her world here.

aging singapore tcm

… Keeps the Doctor Away

Tan Guan Keng learned about the wonders of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) early on in his youth. As a performer, he was frequently injured and required chinese massages to help with his recuperation. Now, at 76 years old, he volunteers to help other elderly people through TCM, even while working a day job.

Fragrance: Fine Wisdom by Png Wei Ling & Philippe Paparella
Inspired by key herbal ingredients in traditional chinese medicine, this fragrance is a blend of warm, ambery spices.

Top: Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil
Heart: Rose, Jasmine, Anise
Base: Vanilla, Tobacco, Musk

Immerse yourself in the sounds of his world here.

Thank You, Lions Befrienders!

Lions Befrienders Aging Singapore Event

I was elated to be able to gift the seniors their portraits at the exhibition venue.

It was great to have had the chance to interact with all of them, and I really respect Lions Befrienders and all their staff for the very important work that they do for our seniors.

Thank you once again to the Lions Befrienders team for making this exhibition a success, we couldn’t have done it without you!

If you’d like to support their cause, feel free to check out our online store, where you can purchase postcards, prints, and posters of the portraits featured at the Aging Singapore Exhibition. 20% of all proceeds will go to Lions Befrienders to further facilitate their activities.

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