POP, which stands for People of Passion is an initiative by Nookmag.com where invite 2 Individuals or groups at the far end of the spectrum to share their story. They can be sharing the same passion but in completely different line of work or they can be in the same line of work but with totally different passion. By doing so, we hope to attract different audiences and with the clash of these audiences, new bonds are made.
In our first series of People of Passion (POP), two educators with very different passions were featured. While the first speaker, Linus, a science teacher with a passion for improving the lives of impoverished kids in Myanmar, Dexter on the other hand, was an English teacher with a passion for sneakers.
To recap, the event was held at Nook & Cranny Cafe, where Linus shared some images of his multiple trips to Myanmar, including those of people he had met on his trips as well as some breathtaking scenery from the country. He also shared his life’s dilemma of discovering what he was “put on Earth to accomplish”, and his final decision of creating a non-profit organisation titled Global Village for Hope.
As he told his story, a member from the audience asked how he managed to fund his project, to which he responded that he was thankful for friends who decided his task was a meaningful one. He then explained that he did not accept money for projects without first determining what the goals and costs were. For instance, before building a well for the villagers, he had to determine the costs of required building materials and manpower before proceeding to collect money for the project. As such, although it all began with Linus funding the projects himself, it has now grown to a stage where eager donors are brought together by his efforts to help the children and villagers of Myanmar.
As the session continued, Dexter shared his passions and views in creating one of the largest sneaker conventions in town : Sole Superior. Telling the story of how he first met his partner in this project, he mentioned that they were standing for hours in a line for a chance to each purchase their favoured pair of sneakers. In such cases, the usual practice was to ignore your neighbour in the queue as they may end up being your rival for the same pair of kicks. In this case however, a friendship blossomed when they complimented each other’s shoes, which kick-started the idea of creating something no one has done before in Singapore.
Upon deciding that sneakerheads such as themselves would love the idea of a sneaker convention with multiple brands involved, all in one place, this duo slogged at pitching their idea to various brands, only to be rejected at every turn. Nevertheless, they persevered, and are now hosts of the largest annual sneaker convention in Singapore.
As the evening drew to a close, both speakers were each presented with the latest pair of kicks sponsored by Converse Singapore.
Although the sharing session had ended, the after party had just begun! Look out for our next installment of POP, where two teams of cyclists will be featured to share their life’s mottos around their passions. While the two teams of speakers in the upcoming round are both cyclists, don’t let their passions fool you as they both have very different philosophies around the sport.
Catch them at the next POP happening on 4 October @ 7.30pm, at Nook & Cranny!
9 Sin Ming Road
#01-03 Thomson V One