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Jurong Boy to Super Realtor: How Aric Lim Sells Million-Dollar Homes to Chinese Buyers

All images by Stephanie Lee for RICE Media unless otherwise stated. Phone in hand, Aric Lim barrels towards me in the lush lobby of the Marina Bay Residences, a luxury condominium in Singapore’s central business district. Dressed simply in a black tee and jeans, a pair of well-worn trainers, and a black Prada card holder hanging around his neck, the 39-year-old realtor greets me by saying we have to rush. As we dash to the basement carpark where he parked his Mercedes, he rattles off a game p

Making Comedy at the Risk of Being Cancelled

“Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,” comedy legend Chris Rock quipped onstage at the 94th Academy Awards last month. What happened next was a chain of events that will go down in the history of pop culture as Will Smith strode up on stage and slapped Rock across the face in front of a stunned audience. Smith later said he was defending his wife’s honour. Both Smith and Rock were criticised following the incident, and Smith received a 10-year Oscars ban for the slap. Since the

Scamming the Scammers — Rise of the Scam Syndicates

It was mid-May 2021—a balmy afternoon. Much of the world was in some form of Covid-19-induced lockdown. In Sydney, it was no different. Australian native Vanessa* was getting restless with the physical isolation. Cooped up at home 24/7, her mind was racing—she had always wanted to learn Mandarin, maybe now was the right time? Like most millennials, the 29-year-old administrator found an app called Tandem that connects and matches strangers worldwide to chat with fellow users and practice whatev

Lift-less in Singapore: To Move or Not to Move, That Is the Question

It’s mid-afternoon in the sweltering heat, and Hasshim Ahmad is trying to repair an old extension cord. In his hand is a massive roll of transparent adhesive tape. He fumbles for a while with the tape, then reaches behind him awkwardly—seated because his feet look like swollen balloons—to grab a pair of black scissors. He’s a fixer. At 86, he’s spent over half his life in the modest three-room unit along Queen’s Road. The pink and white block he lives in is nondescript, blending seamlessly with