Fri. Dec 8th, 2023
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TL;DR – Clocking 15 hours every day for 15 years.

If you are thinking of giving up because your life is tough, listen to what our favourite vegetable stall boss has to say about her routine.

Both her hubby and her have been in this business of selling vegetables for the past 15 years or so.

Every work day starts from 12am for the couple. At the stroke of midnight, they make their way to Toa Payoh Industrial Estate to buy vegetables at wholesale prices.

Next, they head to 58 Bedok South Market to start peddling their fresh products at about 3am.

Their work only ends at 1pm and they reach home around 3pm in the afternoon. By the time they settle down back at home, they are usually so tired that they fall asleep almost immediately.

Yeps, this has been their way of life on a daily grind for years.

Uncle and Auntie’s entrepreneurial journey is also a story of resilience and adaptability.

In the earlier days, they actually started off as pig farmers and pork sellers. Business was brisk in the early years. However, faced with tumultuous historical events threatening their livelihoods, they decided to close their pig farms and reboot. Instead of missing the good old days or being too stuck in the old ways to make new changes, the couple bravely and decisively gave themselves a brand new start in another trade – selling greens.

Here, catch our conversation with Auntie in Mandarin.

I have always loved speaking to people who beat the odds to make it in life. They are my source of inspiration.

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And of course, I hope to do my little bit by injecting more positive energy and sharing happy stories on social media, especially stories about Singapore and Singaporeans. Till the next story and happy new year, everyone!


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By Joey Wee

I am nice, most of the time!