Singapore National Day 2020: How Preetipls, Damian D'Silva, Julien Royer, and more are commemorating our nation's birthday
This is home
It's safe to say this year has been quite the curveball. This National Day, sans the grand parade and typical shenanigans, there's solidarity in unity as we reflect on the city we call home — not forgetting the differences, the ongoing pandemic, and even the minor victories for this little red dot. In a year that has been quite the wildcard, we asked six movers and shakers in Singapore what would be their newfound definition for home. Here are their reflections.
Preetipls, local comedian
"They say home is where the heart is, but now home is where the whole is family, because... quarantine. For real though, to me, home is a safe space free of judgement, where I find comfort in simply being me — be it the best and worst versions of myself."
Gin Lee, fashion designer
"Home has always been about being creative. It is a place that no matter what great failure or success I'm going through, it brings me back to a place I love."
Damian D'Silva, chef-owner of heritage restaurant Kin
Home, it's all the more reason I believe in fighting to preserve our heritage, in celebrating our culinary identity, in remembering what forms the fabric of our society today.
Inch Chua, singer-songwriter
"Home is where you can come as you are, be loved, and accepted at your most vulnerable."
Julien Royer, chef-owner of Odette
"Having the love and support of passionate people around me."
Sharul Channa, local comedian
"Home is a safe space where I know I am being taken care of because of the hard work of our healthcare professionals battling COVID-19. Thank you doctors and nurses of Singapore!"