GREAT BIG STORY CELEBRATES THE SPIRIT AND PASSION OF THE LION CITY IN MINI-SERIES, ‘TRAVEL DIARIES’
Sunday, October 8, 2017
In its new mini-series ‘Travel Diaries’, Great Big Story takes viewers on a cinematic tour of the Lion City. Much in sync with the country’s latest brand unveiling, ‘Singapore – Passion Made Possible’, this mini-series will bring forth stories that express the Singaporean attitude of passion, determination and enterprise that constantly pursues possibilities and reinvention.
Haw Par Villa: For the first story on ‘Travel Dairies’, Great Big Story meets with Mr. Teo Veoh Seng, the last remaining artisan at Haw Par Villa. Mr. Teo has worked at the theme park for the last 69 years, painting and maintaining more than 1,000 statues that depict scenes from Chinese folklore and mythology.
Carrot Cake: Great Big Story gets a taste of local culture by visiting one of the most popular food stalls in the city. Operated by cousins Quek Bee Gek and Teo Kwee Lang, Bee Bee Carrot Cake sells chai tow kway – a sticky, savoury, wok-fried breakfast made of diced and seasoned radish cubes. The proprietors explain how they’ve kept their stall running for close to four decades, and how they’ve amassed a hungry and loyal fanbase that includes the likes of Olympic gold medallist, Joseph Schooling.
Ethical Sea Farming Duo: The third story follows the lives and passion of two best friends and how they are keeping the sea farming tradition alive in modern times. Jing Kai and Bryan might just be 25 years old, but they have certainly chosen a road less travelled. You can find this youthful duo running a fish kelong that focuses on farming sea food. Most fishermen on kelongs are over 60 and speak in dialects and their trade is not being passed on to the next generation, which is why Jing Kai and Bryan stepped up to be the keepers of this unique tradition.
By capturing the colourful customs and characters of Singapore, ‘Travel Diaries’ aims to get viewers to go from the screen onto the streets to experience these great big stories for themselves. The series premieres on all major digital and social platforms on October 4.
Since launching in 2015, Great Big Story has produced more than 1,400 original stories designed for multi-platform viewing and social media sharing. Catering to today’s global generation of intellectually curious and connected consumers, our team travels to all corners of the world, seeking out stories that are untold, overlooked and flat-out amazing. Keeping in line with this mission, ‘Travel Diaries’ celebrates the artists, creators and culture-preservers who are keeping cherished traditions alive in the modern metropolis of Singapore.
The first story on ‘Travel Diaries’: In Singapore, 70 Years of Crafting a Unique Theme Park
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