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“When you are old..”

Vulnerable Elderly. Street Hawker.


Story of Strength. Aging.



"You have to do something or else you will get sick.”

"Do you want yam flavor?" Mr Ng asked when I leaned over to steal a shot of him. I gladly obliged. In that little exchange, I learnt that was the last piece when 3-4 passer-by peered over on the limited selections in a hot afternoon sun! Looking frail, I asked why was he still peddling to sell ice-cream at this age?


"I'm 86, been selling ice-cream for over 10 years. I'm alone, staying with a friend at Kallang Bahru. When you are old, you have to do something or else you will get sick."


"Everyday, i will ride from my place at Kallang to here (Sim Lim Square) to sell ice-cream. I have quite a few regulars, Singapore is very hot, i'm usually sold out around 2pm. I have a good friend who takes good care of me at the food center, whenever i'm done, i will go visit her food stall occasionally".


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