INTERNATIONAL NEWS OUTLETS & TRADE PUBLICATIONS | 2018 - Present
Toh Ee Ming’s foray into journalism began with a six-month internship in 2014 as a reporter and photojournalist at leading English weekly newspaper Nepali Times, where she found herself in the unlikeliest of situations – from capturing the excitement of Nepal’s biggest chariot festival, profiling a humanitarian who built a school for children with disabilities, to journeying deep into the Himalaya in search of endangered vultures.
In 2014, she was part of a selected team that was sent on a 12-day advanced reporting course to Stockholm, Sweden. As the team’s photojournalist, she documented how single mothers and shift workers need 24-hour childcare services, an Assyrian football club’s efforts at integration even as Sweden becomes increasingly anti-immigrant, and helped produce a 68-page book ‘Stockholm Smörgåsbord’.
From 2015 to 2018, Ee Ming joined the local news desk at Today, Mediacorp where she covered a broad range of topics from education, social, politics, labour, transport and environment.
During her time there, she has reported on topics like social inequality seeping into Singapore’s schools and housing estates, rising abuse towards sex workers, Myanmar voters wishing for a new era of democracy, the hopes of the South Korean community in Singapore amid the historic Trump-Kim summit, Finland’s creative senior living models, and how a wired society seemingly fuelled by technology on steroids is leaving the elderly in the lurch.
She was awarded best news feature of the month for several reports, which laid out the behind-the-scenes groundwork in the lead-up to Singapore’s 2015 General Elections, uncovered the lack of religious spaces for migrant workers, and offered a glimpse into the lives of the last Pulau Ubin residents.
Her stories have been published in other Singapore publications like The Straits Times, The New Paper, Channel NewsAsia, Singapore Magazine and international outlets like Xinhua News Agency, South China Morning Post and Magazyn Miasta/ Cities Magazine.
Most recently, Ee Ming was invited to be part of a five-month residency programme, in collaboration with arts group Superhero Me to organise PEEKABOO! , an inclusive arts festival. Set in Rainbow Centre, a school that serves children with disabilities, the festival seeks to bring differently abled children together and to explore themes of identity and place in the world.
As the journalist-in-residence, she worked on a longform, in-depth journalism project on a multimedia website and created advocacy content. Along with six artists, 20 arts facilitators and the community, she also worked to produce a visual arts installation portraying the hopes and struggles of caregivers and domestic helpers, and an interactive drama piece celebrating the dreams of Rainbow Centre’s senior students.
Now a freelance journalist and writer for Xinhua News Agency, South China Morning Post, think tank Centre for Liveable Cities and philanthropic house Lien Foundation, she hopes to continue to tell stories and document issues with an impact.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS OUTLETS & TRADE PUBLICATIONS | 2018 - Present
Inequality, populism and polarisation pose threat to the city state's economic success story, Heng tells summit of global corporate circles.
Ana Rohana, an Indonesian domestic worker, is virtually inseparable from her cameras, so much so that she lugs her trusty second-hand Nikon DSLR camera and compact Fujifilm camera wherever she goes.
With many workers struggling to make ends meet and the young lacking a meaningful stake in the economy, hopes for a better future have been dashed, Singapore academics argue.
SINGAPORE, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- If countries, sectors and firms do not transit to a low-carbon economy and become climate resilient, climate change will have a drastic impact on the competitiveness of these economies. This is the warning from Benoit Bosquet, the World Bank's regional director for sustainable development in East Asia and Pacific.
Widodo has pledged to take over control of the flight information region above Riau Islands, which has been managed by the city state since 1946.
A visitor takes photos at the preview of the Singapore Night Festival held in Singapore on Aug. 21, 2019.
Grown men are fuelling a boom in China's toy collectibles market, spending thousands of dollars on figurines to express their identity, boost their street cred, and indulge their inner kid
Limestone Network's first project is a 100-hectare development in Phnom Penh, involving homes, offices, malls and schools. It is looking to help cities in Southeast Asia overcome challenges such as pollution and traffic congestion.
The black soldier fly larvae bred at Insectta, the Lion City's first urban insect farm, are a new line of defence in the war on food waste. Not only do they convert waste into fertiliser, sometimes, they become food themselves
Launched by Singaporean firm LionsBot International (LionsBot) at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore on Wednesday, the robots will be progressively rolled out, starting with Jewel Changi Airport, National Gallery Singapore and Resorts World Sentosa. These robots will be fully deployed by six cleaning partners by March 2020.
Singapore has the reputation of being one of the most green cities in the world.
The book is authored by Goh Eck Kheng, illustrated by Lim An-ling and published by Singapore Children's Society (SCS), an organization with a mission to protect and nurture children and youths in need. Imbued with a distinct Asian flavor and with a folktale setting, this sets it apart from more Western-oriented books that deal with the subject matter of sexual abuse.
SINGAPORE, May 23 (Xinhua) -- A castle in the sky, a vast suspended moon and a balloon observatory. These are among the collection of whimsical, inflatable objects that will spark the imagination of visitors at Floating Utopias, Singapore's ArtScience Museum's new exhibition.
From immersion learning about China's most popular messaging app WeChat to guided tours around state-of-the-art Hema supermarkets, Singaporean firms are seeking to learn from the Middle Kingdom's e-commerce success.
With Singapore looking to be a smart city, its firm cast an eye towards China, where study tours offer an insight into behemoths like WeChat and Alibaba
SINGAPORE, May 22 (Xinhua) -- For Singapore to produce its Nobel laureate in the scientific field, there needs to be "a safe space for bright students to explore what they find interesting" and the freedom to make mistakes, said Israel's Ambassador to Singapore Simona Halperin here Wednesday.
Heng, who is also Singapore's deputy prime minister, has said ahead of his visit to China that Singapore-China cooperation is growing despite the rise of anti-globalization sentiment.
Jason Chua became a hawker despite of his father's disapproval. Chua's stall is crammed amongst the maze of hawker stalls within Hong Lim Market and Food Centre in Singapore's Chinatown. Each day, Chua is on his feet for 12 hours, selling some 30 to 70 bowls of dishes daily.
Faye Sai recalled how the rich smell of coffee would permeate the air as she played at her grandfather's kopitiam (local coffee shop) in Telok Blangah in southern Singapore with her siblings, before helping out during the weekends at the age of 13.
SINGAPORE, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- For land-scarce cities like Singapore, developing underground spaces is the next big frontier in urban planning, experts said here Thursday during a lecture on underground at the Ministry of National Development.
High above New York City’s densely populated skyline, lush farms full of fresh herbs, tomatoes and greens flourish on rooftops. Toh Ee Ming investigates the Big Apple’s exciting urban farming boom in the sky and how it contributes to a more sustainable food system for the city.
31 July 2019 - For Dyson engineering manager Yvonne Tan, work is her "playground" - a creative space to invent, tinker and bring ideas to life. This philosophy of innovation underlies the British technology firm's approach to reinventing the norm. Take its revolutionary Dyson Digital Motor (DDM), billed as the "Ferrari of home appliances".
"Daring to dream" is the driving philosophy of OTSAW, a firm which turns radical ideas into a reality with robots that can chase down intruders.
SUPERHERO ME | PEEKABOO!
PEEKABOO! is an inclusive arts experience with an advocacy twist boldly reinventing classic hide-and-seek.
PARENTS FOR PARENTS is a community initiative to empower caregivers of children with special needs and push for progress on inclusion.
TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT 2018
SINGAPORE - For months, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) pilot Ingkiriwang Reeve, 31, had been planning a backpacking trip around China with his wife and secondary school sweetheart to celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary. But when news broke that United States President D
SINGAPORE - South Koreans in Singapore gathered to witness what they had thought was unthinkable in their lifetime: A historic handshake between United States president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Glued to television
SINGAPORE -The arrivals of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump to Singapore on Sunday (June 10) stirred excitement among the public, who turned up to catch a glimpse of their motorcades and partake in a slice of history. Onlookers joined hundreds o
SINGAPORE - Offering an assortment of North Korean publications, memorabilia like pins as well as American and North Korean mini flags, a Japanese bookstore owner
SINGAPORE - While the Trump-Kim summit on June 12 will be closely followed by the South Korean community here, their anticipation and excitement was not matched by the Americans living in Singapore, as most were generally indifferent to the visit by United States President Donald Trump.
SINGAPORE - The high-profile summit on June 12 between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore will have added significance to some 30,000 South Koreans living here. It has been the subject of dinner-table conversations, and many in the co
TODAY | 2015 - 2018
Creative living arrangements for seniors could offer ideas for healthcare players in Singapore. A version of this story was first published in TODAY.
FINLAND - Mr Seppo Käppi, 72, steers himself nimbly in a wheelchair around the Kauklahti Life and Living Centre for Senior Citizens in Espoo, the second-largest city in Finland. The long-term care facility for senior citizens who require round-the-clock care has been his home for the
SINGAPORE/FINLAND - At a new senior activity centre at Turf City, clients may opt to groom and feed horses, pet rabbits, or do aqua therapy in the swimming pool. They may also choose to stay indoors to play mahjong or watch Korean dramas together.
SINGAPORE - She was a down-to-earth woman who offered drinks to rag-and-bone men who went to her home, but the late Mrs Wee Kim Wee also had an "innate understanding" of what it meant to be a First Lady when her husband became Singapore's fourth president in 1985.
SINGAPORE - Even as the latest technological disruptions dominate the headlines, governments must not neglect the dangers posed by
SINGAPORE - Concerns about data privacy are overblown and people should ask themselves if they are
SINGAPORE - Kicking off a three-day official visit to Singapore on Thursday (May 31), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Singapore as a "city that never fails to inspire". Despite being a "small island", Singapore has maintained strong global links, said the Indian PM.
SINGAPORE - For years, policymakers in Singapore have been focusing on ways to narrow the income gap, as countries around the world seek to mitigate the side-effects of globalisation. Social inequality has become a buzz phrase among national discussions, and the issue remains a work i
SINGAPORE - A concert, which was to take place at the National University of Singapore's University Cultural Centre Hall, was abruptly cancelled on Tuesday (July 3), just one day before the scheduled performance date, leaving some 70 musicians in the lurch.
SINGAPORE - Upon learning that Singapore Zoo's beloved polar bear Inuka was suffering from ailing health two weeks ago, Mdm Lee Shiau Lan had been faithfully visiting its enclosure every chance she got. With her smartphone, Mdm Lee would dutifully document Inuka's surroundings at its
SINGAPORE - Following the ascension of Mr Pritam Singh as the new secretary-general of the Workers' Party , the opposition party's "current phase of leadership renewal" - which was started in 2001 - is now complete, WP outgoing chief Low Thia Khiang said on Sunday (Apr 8).
SINGAPORE - At least 100 Singapore employees of ride-hailing firm Uber were told to pack up and leave on Monday morning (March 26) as a result of rival Grab's acquisition of its operations in South-east Asia, but Grab clarified hours later that the Uber employees are on paid leave.
SINGAPORE - When her newfound friend Qistina Cheong, nine, who has cerebral palsy, wanted to play on a wheelchair-friendly see-saw, eight-year-old Joy Sexton eagerly helped to push her wheelchair. The two had become fast friends after a three-day arts camp that saw 31 childr
Every day, hundreds of thousands of passengers take the MRT, traversing across the island for work, school and leisure. The spate of disruptions and incidents, which the operators and authorities are looking to resolve, and the inconvenience caused to commuters, have brought into focu
SINGAPORE - It was one of the most unusual requests that the boatmen plying the waters between Changi and Pulau Ubin have ever gotten: Over several hours, they must ferry more than a hundred wedding guests, many of whom came from faraway lands and have never set foot on Pulau Ubin, to the islan
SINGAPORE - With his easy-going grin, wiry frame and trendy sunglasses perched atop his brown-streaked hair, Rudy, 32, is the odd one out among the mostly grey-haired boatmen whiling their time away at Changi Point Ferry Terminal, waiting for their turn to bring customers across the sea to Pula
With her hair dyed anime-purple and sporting a number of tattoos over her arms, neck and back featuring motifs like angel wings, a butterfly, and unicorn, "Anna Takarai" is a woman in transit, searching for an identity and a place where she belongs.
SINGAPORE - Over two meetings within a month, the student leaders from Meridian Junior College (MJC) and Tampines Junior College (TPJC) quickly reached a consensus last year on the name of the upcoming J1 orientation camp which they would jointly organise. The camp, to be held next mo
SINGAPORE - It is unlikely that the sweeping tax cuts approved by the United States Congress - which included provisions designed to encourage US firms to move profits held overseas back to America - would spark an immediate exodus of American companies or their investments from Singapore,
SINGAPORE Under his friends influence he had his first puff when he was 15 and has been hooked since.
SINGAPORE - Singaporeans' obsession for queueing - be it for a limited edition Hello Kitty plush toy, the latest iPhone or a bowl of Michelin-starred noodles - has seen students or the unemployed offering to stand in line for a quick buck. Now, a start-up here is hoping to cash
SINGAPORE - At the Ling Kwang Home for Senior Citizens, the furry therapeutic robot seal Paro serves as a companion to lonely or restless residents with dementia, reacting to their touch with life-like sounds and movements.
SINGAPORE - Growing up, 18-year-old Adelia Naomi Yokoyama - who was born deaf - looked up to her two older sisters. Elisa Yukie, now 20, went on to become the Optimist sailing world champion in 2012 and Natasha, 22, is a former national sailor. But fears over Naomi being
ISKANDAR (Johor) - A cross-border rail link that will connect Singapore and Johor Baru in Malaysia is slated to begin passenger services by the end of 2024, ministers from the two countries announced on Monday (July 31). Singapore rail company SMRT and Malaysia's metro operator Pras
Many don't hail taxis with their phones, and some are even afraid of making online transactions. Is technology progressing too fast for our senior citizens?
SINGAPORE - Despite spending all her life in Singapore, Madam Yang, 59, often feels "lost" in a wired-up society seemingly fuelled by technology on steroids.
SINGAPORE - Like clockwork, 19-year-old Sarah arrives home every day at 4.30pm, wolfs down an early, home-cooked dinner, and zips out again. The teenager, who has moderate to severe autism, will be out until around 10pm - walking about in malls. She would only return to her paternal
SINGAPORE - Scores of children have been entertained by coin-operated kiddy rides in shopping malls and tourist attractions that mostly cost S$1 for about a two-minute spin.
SINGAPORE - For the last 20 years, the crew at Eden Garden Farm has been growing and selling produce the old-school way, sticking to traditional methods of manually harvesting and supplying homegrown vegetables to markets here. Now, with the agricultural sector being urged by the Gove
SINGAPORE - With more than a century of history between them, Serangoon Junior College (JC), Tampines JC, Jurong JC and Innova JC will stop taking in students next year, as part of the biggest school merger exercise to date. In response to falling birth rates and shrinking cohort size
SINGAPORE - Senior architectural designer Richard Kuppusamy cuts an unusual sight in busy construction sites when he navigates expertly past enormous cranes and trucks, manoeuvres around floors scattered with various tools, and even gets on temporary hoists - in his wheelchair. Born
SINGAPORE - Communications manager Sabrina Tay, 34, recalled her apprehension and how she was saddled with guilt about three years ago when she opted to put her then 12-week-old firstborn in infant care. "When the babies cry, you're always afraid no one will bother about the
SINGAPORE - When the request came from American billionaire Donald Trump's campaign team to help create a Prezi presentation for youth as part of his presidential campaign last August, East View Secondary School student Hrithie Menon treated it as "just another project" to pay for her own
SINGAPORE - The Malaysian and Indonesian currencies plunged to multi-year lows on Friday (Nov 11) on fears that higher United States interest rates under President-elect Donald Trump would spark capital outflows from the region. Central banks from India to Indonesia stepped
SINGAPORE - Dipping into her own pocket, insurance underwriter Melissa Chai sets aside thousands of dollars a year for training courses - a practice she likens to squirreling away money for an annual holiday. "I just do it differently," said the 43-year-old. Since 2011, she has
SINGAPORE - From personal encounters with him during his regular East Coast Park walks, to how he chided his security officers so he could get closer to fellow Singaporeans during official functions, many have come forward to share anecdotes of the late Mr S R Nathan following his death - as
SINGAPORE - Many Singaporeans probably cannot tell apart one green plant from another, but the Garden City is actually home to many unique species of flora, such as the kerinting palm, Singapore ginger and Singapore kopsia. And for experts such as taxonomist Dr Jana Leong-Skornickova,
SINGAPORE - On a routine survey dive in 2011, marine biologist Karenne Tun swam past a whitish marine sponge with a thick stem. Immediately, she knew something was different, and clipped off a small sample to show Singapore's sponge expert, Mr Lim Swee Cheng. For two years, Mr Lim h
SINGAPORE - For years, the sight of 90-year-old widow Madam Lim Chui Tan, trailed by her son, Mr Khoo You Seng - a 53-year-old with a toothy grin and low IQ - was a regular fixture around the estate.
SINGAPORE - Her refusal to give in to a client's demands left Ms Sherry Sherqueshaa - then a sex worker - with a swollen eye and a broken watch in 2014. He also left without paying her.
SINGAPORE - When Taiwanese national Lai Long Kuo was 13 years old, his family enrolled him in a secondary school in Singapore, as they had "no faith" - as Mr Lai puts it - in Taiwan's education system, and did not believe that he would be able to learn English there.
SINGAPORE - Most Sundays, Bangladeshi construction worker Sushir Roy heads up to the third floor of a nondescript-looking shophouse in Little India into a sparsely decorated room with a few Hindu deities lined along the wall. Called Gour-nitai Temple, the makeshift, rented space is a
SINGAPORE — It was not too long ago that stories abounded of employers ill-treating and exploiting foreign workers, some of whom were often made to live in substandard conditions. The 2010 case of the boss of a maintenance company — he was later jailed for three months — who left his dying foreign worker by the roadside still rankles, for some.
SINGAPORE - For the past few weeks, Madam Theresa Khin has had her hands full, from setting up a Myanmar election survey group on Facebook, to helping the Myanmar Embassy with the polling paperwork, and even recording a short music video urging her fellow countrymen to vote for Ms Aung San Su
SINGAPORE - A short bumboat ride away from Changi Point, Pulau Ubin feels like a world away from the bustling metropolis that Singapore has become. There are no sleek cars, shopping centres or high-rise buildings. Mobile phones are hardly in sight, and residents spend more time t
SINGAPORE - The road to winning voters' hearts began long before the phrase GE2015 entered the popular lexicon.
SINGAPORE - While bread-and-butter issues matter most to first-time voters this General Election, they are also concerned with broader issues related to the direction of Singapore's political landscape - including the kind of country the Republic should strive to be, society's maturity an
NEPALI TIMES | 2014
A teacher helps integrate hundreds of handicapped students back into the community.
“Don’t make any noise and don’t move in a big group like monkeys,” our guide, Danny Biddiss, warns us.
It takes time to adjust to the darkness in a small, dimly lit shed, west of Kathmandu in Balambu. What you’ll find yourself face to face with when your eyes adjust is rows upon rows of furry rabbits.
A nurse gently lifts the baby out of the thick swathe of blankets and begins to delicately massage the baby’s chest in a regular, clockwise motion.
After turning out in huge numbers five months ago to vote in a new government and Assembly to write the constitution, the people are feeling left out. Just like the bystanders kept out of Tundikhel on Sunday as VIPs watched the annual Nepal Army horse parade.
In the last few years, Kathmandu’s unprecedented urban growth has spawned a disorienting mess of concrete buildings, and a garbage-strewn landscape. Eight aspiring photographers struggle to make sense of this growing city in SUS. TAIN.KTM.
Kutumba is the first-ever band to perform atop Swayambhunath
Imagine the streets you walk everyday lined with mirrors. All of a sudden, you become aware of the moments playing out simultaneously around you. Disorienting yes, but this is how Julian Parker-Burns presents everyday life in Kathmandu, in his newest exhibition, Trading Paint.
Flickering candlelight casts a warm, intimate glow onto the 21 photographs that are hung like prayer flags along white strings at Siddhartha Art Gallery. A glowing blue light emanates from Italian-born artist Silvia Capiluppi’s chest, as she sits serenely in front of a large metal basin.
NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
As part of an advanced reporting module at Nanyang Technological University, 14 students took on the challenge of reporting in Stockholm, Sweden.
Principal ballerina Gina Tse remembers the nights when she would dash from a performance to the childcare centre to pick up her son, Jacy. There was that memorable Saturday night when she danced her heart out in the biggest role of her career- as Princess Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake - and the thunderous applause continued long after the final curtain call.
This is a story of integration through the eyes of immigrant David Durmaz, an Assyrian who was born in Sweden and the captain of Assyriska Föreningen Football Club. As Sweden becomes increasingly anti-immigrant, David says he carries the burden of being a role model to fellow Assyrians.
When a suicide happens, everyone is curious about the details – how did he die? Why did he take his life? And where did it happen? The grief turns into a public spectacle. No one stops to think of the ones left behind to pick up the pieces. This 44-page book chronicles the lives of these survivors.
To lose a loved one to suicide is heartbreaking. And just as Jeannie (not her real name) thought she was slowly healing from the loss of her brother, she suffered a second blow when her sister took her own life.