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A Nation’s Hope: Singaporean filmmaker Zachary Yap on the Challenges of Storytelling Amidst a Pandemic
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A Nation’s Hope: Singaporean filmmaker Zachary Yap on the Challenges of Storytelling Amidst a Pandemic

Singaporean filmmaker Zachary Yap has had to contend with the difficulties of making films during Phase 2 of the Circuit Breaker. Here's how he did it.
Coping during COVID: Pre-school teacher adapts to new normal back at work
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Coping during COVID: Pre-school teacher adapts to new normal back at work

When Pre-school Teacher, Cheeryl Tan, returned to work after the circuit breaker, she found that her job was no longer the same as before. Hygiene and social distancing had become the orders of the day; and there were also many new rules and protocols in place.    “We do a lot more sanitization and cleaning of toys, stationery and surfaces. We also have to constantly remind the children to wear their masks and face shields, wash their hands frequently, as well as to not touch their faces, eyes and mouths,” shared Ms Tan, who teaches at the pre-school Little Mighty Me.…
Coping during COVID: One of Singapore’s top darters, Harith Lim, can’t wait to compete again
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Coping during COVID: One of Singapore’s top darters, Harith Lim, can’t wait to compete again

As someone with a fierce competitive streak and love for high-level darts tournaments, it has been a rough couple of months for Harith Lim, one of Singapore’s top darts players. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the cancellation of darts competitions all over the world, the former world youth champion has been relegated to practicing at home without an end goal in sight.  In an exclusive interview with danamic., the 50-year-old shared: “As you know, all the competitions have been cancelled around the world and we cannot compete. This slows down our competitiveness but as sportsmen, we have to continue training…
Coping during COVID: Local stand-up comedian Jacky Ng turns to online to engage his audiences
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Coping during COVID: Local stand-up comedian Jacky Ng turns to online to engage his audiences

He is used to performing in front of noisy crowds across several bars and clubs at Boat Quay so when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of such entertainment venues across the island, local stand-up comedian Jacky Ng found himself in an unfamiliar position.  “My biggest fear at the start was about staying relevant to the audiences. I was worried that if we were to go through the circuit breaker for too long, people will start to forget about me. And when I resume doing live shows after this pandemic, people might not want to come down to watch anymore,”…
Coping during COVID: Douglas Ng, Owner of The Fishball Story, adapts like fish to water in times of crisis
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Coping during COVID: Douglas Ng, Owner of The Fishball Story, adapts like fish to water in times of crisis

At a time when economies are bleeding and businesses are shutting, eatery owner Mr Douglas Ng has been bucking the trend with the opening of his larger new outlet at 77 Circuit Road in April and is even toying with the idea of expanding further.  Speaking to danamic. over the phone, the 29-year-old said: “I’m actually planning to expand even during this time of the pandemic. I feel that it is a good opportunity as I think the rental might be cheaper and hiring staff will also be easier. Even during times of crisis, people will still have to eat…
Coping during COVID: Deployed frontline nurse shares his experiences
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Coping during COVID: Deployed frontline nurse shares his experiences

When staff nurse G.Peremkumar first told his mother that he was going to volunteer to fight COVID-19 on the frontlines as part of the team deployed by his hospital to the EXPO Community Isolation Facility (CIF), she burst into tears.  “I was initially hesitant to inform my parents that I was volunteering for the EXPO project. But eventually, I decided to tell them as they are my loved ones and deserved to know,” explained the 28-year-old Malaysian.  “My mum cried over the phone and tried to convince me to withdraw but I refused. She even stopped talking to me for…
Coping during COVID: SG Blade Runner Shariff on remaining upbeat
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Coping during COVID: SG Blade Runner Shariff on remaining upbeat

In this new series, Danamic features people from different walks of life to find out more about how they have been coping since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the shores of Singapore. Para-athlete Shariff Abdullah has overcame 29 full marathons, conquered 5 ultra-marathons and given motivational talks for 12 years but even he was left feeling rather downcast when the circuit breaker measures first kicked in.  Speaking to Danamic over the phone, the 51-year-old confessed: “Even as a motivational speaker myself, we are not perfect. This lockdown situation has affected me as well and at the start I did feel down…
Helping others during COVID-19 through gaming: Zenway Productions’ #PlayApartTogether
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Helping others during COVID-19 through gaming: Zenway Productions’ #PlayApartTogether

We’ve seen multiple ways in which Singaporeans are supporting others during the COVID-19 pandemic, what with the very public campaigns of clapping and singing our national day song ‘Home’. Now we can add another to the list — gaming. Specifically, it is a programme aimed at raising funds for home-based nursing, migrant workers and lower-income families. Called #PlayApartTogether (or #PATSG), viewers can tune in over two weekends, 23 – 24 May and 30 – 31 May, to watch local personalities showcase their gaming skills on various popular games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Beat Saber and Just Dance 2020. View…
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