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A hawker with a dream
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A hawker with a dream

“Three years ago, I started a hawker stall with my friend. We worked 15 hours a day and even opened another stall within the year. But we were over-worked and we soon burned out. I turned to drinking as a form of stress relief and eventually became an alcoholic. I raked up a huge debt...

Families are Meant to be Together
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Families are Meant to be Together

“I spent 5 years in prison for a drug offence. Being in prison strained my relationship with my family – it was as though I was handcuffed and unable to scratch the back of my neck when it was itchy – I couldn’t do anything. My wife and I got divorced and I could only...

An eye-opening experience
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An eye-opening experience

“I’m a husband and a father of two young children. My dream has always been to set up my own catering company – one that offers the best service to my customers. Now that I have Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts from HCSA Academy, I really hope to move on and complete my Diploma if...

Drug-free till the day I die
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Drug-free till the day I die

“Two years ago, I was released from my last sentence. The months following my release was the true test for me as I had to resist the temptation of drugs. Whenever I saw friends from my past, I would quickly evade them. But this was when I knew I was changing, because the past-me would...

A better person – in and out of the kitchen
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A better person – in and out of the kitchen

Being in and out of prison several times since 23, I was determined to make a better life for myself – away from my previous life as a musician. The task seemed like an uphill battle, but I made up my mind to upgrade myself. Hence, I join HCSA Academy’s culinary training course. For me,...

A second chance to achieve my dreams
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A second chance to achieve my dreams

“Cooking was always a passion of mine. Unfortunately, my incarceration got in the way and I was unable to pursue it for some time. So, when my halfway house officer told me about HCSA Academy, I knew I had to sign up because it was a second chance for me to get back in the...

I am keen to learn whatever they teach me
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I am keen to learn whatever they teach me

“Despite working in hawker centres for a long time, I still lacked certifications that many employers were looking for. So would I be working in the restaurant I’m in now without HCSA Academy? Probably not. It really helps when employers hear that I have gone through this culinary course. Although I’m still getting used to working...

I didn’t want my family to worry anymore
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I didn’t want my family to worry anymore

“I spent half my age in and out of prison for drug-related offences. It was after NS that I had my first taste of drugs out of curiosity, but things started to collapse when I got introduced to heroin. I kept thinking to myself: I can quit any time. Little did I know that I would...

I caused a lot of hurt to those I love
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I caused a lot of hurt to those I love

“It all started when I had my first taste of drugs at the age of 16 – just out of curiosity. This was the start of many years going in and out of DRC and prison. Twice, I even landed myself in jail for armed robbery. It was only serving my a seven-year sentence than...

If only I did not do drugs…
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If only I did not do drugs…

“After being kicked out, I was homeless – no money, no place to sleep, and I even had to ask others to help me get food. You can’t imagine how lousy and down I felt. Soon after, I went back to drugs and got arrested for my most recent case. I came to Highpoint again...

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