Who we are
(COLLAB)² - pronounced 'Collab Square', harkens back to the olden times - where people of different trades and specialties came together at the Town Square, to meet, to trade, and to collaborate.
We are committed to bringing collaborators closer.
We are a network of like-minded individuals who do greater things through the power of local collaborations.
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This week, I’ve got the superawezome Kimberley Yeo (Editor’s Note: we were actually schoolmates, can you believe that!), a student who I assume sleeps between supper shifts. She runs an online fashion store Clothes Over Bros, a supper stall Eusoffungry, and finds time to blog about food at Strictly Ours. Wow! Time to slap all your friends who say they have no time to pursue their passion
Anyway, I’m really happy to share about her as I believe that things will fall into place as long as you keep on trying! So enough about me, and let’s break to the interview.
1. Give us a brief introduction about yourself?
I am the owner of an online fashion store (www.clothesoverbros.sg), a supper stall (Eusoffungry), a food blogger (www.strictlyours.com) and a student. Basically, food and clothes are the two of the few things that I really like and thus, I have actually spontaneously embarked on the entrepreneurship path without much planning or consideration. It’s like I woke up one day and I just decided to do it. I just really follow my heart and do what I love. For example, I love dogs and I just went to work at a dog daycare centr!
2. What’s going on in your life at the moment?
My online fashion store is in the midst of gaining more recognition and I’m looking at expansion for the supper stall. The food blog is doing pretty well too, with invites streaming in steadily from restaurants and hotels. As for myself, I just spend my free time playing with my puppy and eating. I can be quite a boring person.
3. Tell us a little more about all your ventures and what inspired them.
The online fashion store was born out of the blue. One day I just decided that I want to retail fashion accessories. And the next, I decided to do clothes. And tadah, this is how it came about! Also, my dream has always been to have a café of my own, and also, a hotdog stall. The opportunity came when one of my current business partners said that there’s an opening for a supper stall and my hotdog stand idea could actually materialize. And yes, we’re selling bangers and mash and rosti too. The food blog started out as an online diary where my partner and I chronicled our journey as a couple. Like, where we dined at, or our trip to a museum and stuff like that. Readership boomed and we realized that we could actually really make this blog into something haha. Everything is really just unplanned and very spontaneous.
4. Where do you see all your ventures heading in the next 5 years?
My hopes are that the online fashion store will becoming a leading fashion destination for ladies and to become a big player in the fashion industry. As for the supper stall, let’s just say that I’m looking at 3 more set-ups in the coming 5 years.
5. What’s a word or phrase you feel describes what you do best?
Do only what you love!
This week, I’ve got the bubbly trio behind Windowsill Pies, and one thing’s for sure – they make really good pies! They’re the people behind a little bakery at 78 Horne Road (and you can also find them online here). Particularly, I like the fact that they do traditional pies AND modern pies as well! They also earn 5 million bro-points as they are pretty open to collaboration (see their pie with the Sam Willows) and were part of The Five Senses (read about it here)!
Anyways, let’s get to the interview!
1. Give us a brief introduction about yourselves?
Windowsill Pies is a bakery that produces and sells dessert pies of Pennsylvania Dutch persuasions. Pies like Cherry Pie, Pecan Pie, Strawberry Lemon Pie and even a S’mores Pie. The bakery was started almost a year and a half ago by two brothers with a penchant for cooking and a young talented pastry chef.
2. What’s going on in your lives at the moment?
We just moved into our first standalone store, Windowsill in the Woods at 78 Horne Road S209078. It’s a cheerful and kid friendly space that’s inspired by the place we’d most like to eat pie, a little clearing in the woods next to a cute little cottage.
3. Tell us a little more about Windowsill Pies, and what inspired it?
The name Windowsill Pies was inspired by that evocative image of a pie cooling on a grandma’s windowsill, being the picture of welcoming, warmth and inviting all within nose shot for a slice of delicious pie. The shop all began with Cherry pie, or rather a lack thereof. The realization that you just couldn’t get good Pennsylvania Dutch pastries led a chain of events that resulted in Windowsill Pies.
4. Where do you see Windowsill Pies heading in the next 5 years?
Who knows!? All we know is that we want Windowsill Pies to put it’s best foot forward and make pie with simple honest flavours, pies anyone could easily fall in love with.
5. What’s a word or phrase you feel describes Windowsill Pies best?
This week we’ve got the super cool Benny Ng from Uyii to share a little bit about what goes on behind the fabric. Uyii earns 5 million bro-points from the folks here at (COLLAB)² because they are super supportive of local collaborations (and artistic freedom!). The good people at Uyii were also a part of The Five Senses (read about it here)!
Enough of me, let’s break to the interview!
1) Give us a brief introduction about Uyii.
This project is a nineteen months old baby; it’s just starting to stand on its own feet.
2) What’s going on at the moment?
Crafting, trying to get enough sleep, and an impending studio move.
3) Tell us a little more about Uyii, and what inspired it.
It’s the actualization of an unfulfilled childhood ambition. Uyii is inspired by the excitement of seeing raw materials become an object.
4) Where do you see Uyii heading in the next 5 years?
Finding a strong(er) design language that is spoken by us, yet understood by a wider audience.
5) What’s a word or phrase you feel describes Uyii best?
Different, no difference.
Today I’ve got the extremely talented Andrew Wang and Wesley Chan, the two lawyers-in-training behind These Boys Named Sue. They are definitely a fun bunch to be around, and they were part of The Five Senses (read about it here). They are an acoustic duo with big hearts (and bigger dreams), and they gig pretty regularly around Singapore.
A little bird told me that they might be releasing an EP soon! Anyway, without further ado, let’s break to the interview.
1. Give us a brief introduction about These Boys Named Sue.
Hi there, we’re “these boys named sue”- just two guys who really like making music. Yup, boring, standard stuff I know. I’m (Andrew) also a huge science fiction/ fantasy geek- so I try to find ways to sneak that into the music, with varying degrees of success. For example Wesley’s usually fine with my lyrics, but he didn’t approve of the spaceman costume idea.
2. What’s going on in your lives at the moment?
We’re both university students stuck in the grind, so music has always been an escape for us. Clichéd I know, but I can’t think of any other way to describe it. We’ve played at local bars and pubs for some time, but what we’re focusing on at the moment is putting our material online- originals that we’ve been working on as well as covers of ours that we feel are pretty unique.
We never really got into uploading stuff on youtube and all, but we’re increasingly interested in getting our stuff online. Nothing beats a live show, but personally I think there’s something special about being able to entertain an audience without having to physically be in the same place.
3. Tell us a little more about These Boys Named Sue, and what inspired it.
(Andrew) Times like this I wish I had some epic story of dramatic life-changing events suddenly inspiring us and whatnot. Really though, the truth is that I started with a bunch of ideas for songs- basic melodies, hooks etc., and I wanted to flesh them out more fully.
Unfortunately knowing a grand total of 4 chords and utterly sucking at guitar isn’t particularly conducive to song-writing, so naturally I got Wesley on board. That and the fact that we’ve always enjoyed covers- tinkering with other people’s songs, trying to find some way to make them that much more interesting, or just, well, enjoyable.
4. What’s a word or phrase you feel describes These Boys Named Sue best?
Moist. (Really though I have no idea what to write here).
Recently, I got invited by the SgMakerSpace Project to talk about (COLLAB)². In particular, about the projects that I have been doing (& the notion of collaboration). Needless to say, it was a blast to share what we’ve done, and what we plan to do in the future.
However, today, I’d like to give my 2 cents on the benefits of doing it yourself. And perhaps, even challenge those of you who are thinking of doing something, to just take that leap of faith and make the first move – you just might surprise yourself with the results
BENEFITS OF DOING IT
1) The satisfaction from seeing your project move from concept to reality. Can’t be described, you’ve just got to try it out yourself.
2) Having something to your name, that YOU have designed.
3) LEARNING. Actually doing it in practice shows you really fast what can and cannot work.
4) Meeting people. Almost as important as learning. I can’t tell you how many inspirational people I’ve met through (COLLAB)².
5) Being able to do more things. Successes build on previous successes, #life.
6) Honing your craft. Practice makes perfect.
7) Many other reasons – you might discover yourself. The easiest way to find what you love is by doing many things you don’t.
HOW TO DO IT
Get off your butt!
Seriously. There’s not much to it. You don’t have to be a genius, a rocket scientist, or a super-rare talent. It just takes hard work, and determination.
Find guidance. Seek out those who already have done similar things – get a mentor who can illuminate the way.
That’s all there is to it! There’s really nothing to a project, other than actually getting down to it
WHY THE MAKERFAIRE IS AWESOME
1) It promotes an awesome culture. The more people are doing it, the more things can be done.
2) It shows people that actually DIY-ing things is not difficult at all.
3) It is a platform that is sorely needed. Perhaps people should take a break from #ratracelife.
I’m going to end with a quote from Paul Cheung, the Director of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations in New York. “People in Singapore may be too caught up with their own careers and the trappings of urban living. I think they have forgotten about certain basic elements, such as human relationships and family values. We need to go back to the basics.”
Amen, Prof Cheung.
CHRISTOPHER CHIEN, Founder of (COLLAB)²