A Timeless Tradition
Lao Sai Tao Yuan, a century-old Teochew Opera troupe in Singapore, continues to breathe life into a tradition that is no longer the main source of entertainment in modern day society. While many other Chinese Opera groups have closed over the years, Lao Sai Tao Yuan continues to have regular performances. My inquisitiveness about their survivability led to this body of work, an observation of their way of life and an attempt at understanding sustainable communities.
Seats For All
‘Void decks’ are the open common space on the ground floor of Singapore’s public housing. Aside from planned seating areas, occasional personalization can be spotted with seemingly random or misplaced chairs added by residents. Previously belonging to private homes, these chairs have now taken on a new identity as shared property. They extend the comfort and intimacy of a home to the public sphere, transforming the void decks into the likes of a private home for everyone.
Last In Its Line
With more than 35 years of experience, the Goh brothers are the only ones in this business of traditional coffin making based in Muar, Malaysia. Each hand-crafted coffin will take a month to complete by the pair. Nowadays with the advancement in technology and innovation, coupled with the attraction of more lucrative careers, many in the younger generation are unwilling to take on the jobs of these dying trades.