After Hours @ My Toa Payoh
with Patrick Lee

About the programme

Rostered on standby to handle any cases in the night, the unsung heroes of the funeral industry at Toa Payoh are truly the guardians of the night. Join tour guide Patrick Lee who will be bringing you to meet the faces behind Singapore Funeral Services and Ang Chin Moh Funeral Directors! End the tour at the Toa Payoh vegetable wholesale market as we look into a new day and the life that springs forth from dust.

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Date and Time

Programme Details

Language

English

Ticket Price

S$40 (excluding eventbrite service fee)
Meeting Point
Start and End Point: Blk 22 Near Kim Keat Palm Market (22 Lor 7 Toa Payoh Singapore 310022)

Instructions

Dress comfortably. Masks are mandatory.  Bring an umbrella in case it rains.

Participants must abide by the house rules set out by the host (eg. out-of-bound areas, use of toilet). Facilitators will brief participants before the start of the programme.

Please arrive 20 minutes before our scheduled meeting time for registration and temperature taking.

Please do not attend the event if you are feeling unwell.

Look out for our facilitators who will be wearing yellow or blue festival t-shirts.

Meet the people of Toa Payoh!

Patrick Lee (Guide)

Hello everyone, I am Patrick – a STB-licensed guide and a Toa Payoh Kampong Boy. Literally born in and bred in the Lorongs of Toa Payoh, I have lived through this town’s development from its glorious beginnings as HDB’s first satellite town, to its residents’ exodus, the estate’s decline in the 90s and its resurgence in the 2010s. I always have a strong attachment to the town and guiding is my way of reconnecting with and telling the stories of Toa Payoh.

While other children played at the iconic Dragon Playground at Block 28, my playground was the Toa Payoh Industrial Park, where my father owned an engineering business and where an entire range of funerary services is located. As a child, my father always warned me to not cross into ‘that side’ but this year, let me bring you to explore those ‘forbidden’ places in Toa Payoh’s fun(eral) side!

Hoo Hung Chye (Funeral Director at SFS)

Hello everyone, I am Hung Chye – the Founder and Funeral Director at Singapore Funeral Services (SFS). I first got involved in the industry during my army days, supporting my parents to supply mineral water at funerals. As I forged connections and friendships along the way, the business grew into the one-stop funeral service you see today.

In my career spanning two decades, I have come across death in all its forms – accidents, suicides, miscarriages etc.. Regardless of where they come from and how they leave, everyone deserves a dignified departure. While many of us are undoubtedly shy to talk about death, I want to encourage a candid and open discussion about death today because if there is anything that I have learnt, it is that tomorrow is not a given. I am very happy for you to ask me anything in this upcoming session!

Ang Ziqian (Deputy Chairman of Ang Chin Moh Group)

I am Ang Ziqian, a 4th generation funeral director. I started as a funeral associate at the age of 13, working my way up to be the Deputy Chairman of Ang Chin Moh Group. Recognising death as the finality of life allows me to live my life meaningfully. It gives me the urgency to create many firsts in the Singapore funeral profession that shape what it is today. Today, Ang Chin Moh Group provides one stop funeral services, international repatriation, human ash transformation to Algordanza memorial diamonds, funeral service hall leasing and the supply of embalming chemicals to other funeral directors in Singapore.

My role today is to groom and inspire the next generation of funeral directors. Talking about death does not kill you. In fact, preplanning your funeral is the last gift you can give to your loved ones.

Shane Teo (Facial Reconstruction Specialist & Embalmer at Ang Chin Moh Funeral Directors)

Hello, I am Shane – a facial reconstruction specialist and embalmer at Ang Chin Moh Funeral Directors! I don’t want to sugarcoat things and pass off death as nothing to be afraid of. Death – both our own, and that of our loved ones – is understandably something we fear. Even after embalming hundreds of bodies and literally staring at death in the face for most of my day, I admit that I sometimes still struggle with the emotional labour of the profession.

Just because the work is challenging or seen as ‘taboo’ does not mean that we should distance ourselves from it. I am very proud of the role I play in bringing closure to many families and I look forward to sharing much more about my work during the festival!