Everyday Singapore can be interesting if you take the time to stand and stare. Meet Medha Lim, 33, an explorer of sorts who enjoys rediscovering the new in old Singapore neighbourhoods and the seemingly mundane that people often tend to overlook. Eager to share her knowledge of hidden gems and inspire Singaporeans to be more curious, she initiated a pet project ‘Jalan Medha’, where she takes people on weekend walkabouts weaving in food, heritage and good old conversations.
By Yang Huiwen
How did you develop your love for these walkabouts?
Everything started from when I was working as a teaching assistant in a village in Japan back in 2008. It caused my concept of life to mature because we were plunged into a very backward world. The people there understood what it meant to really live, observe and just be aware of their environment. It encouraged me to appreciate the very basic, mundane things in daily life. It dawned on me that there is much more to life than material achievements. I started taking more photos of everyday Singapore and realised that I can actually tell stories and an audience who wanted to learn but do not know how to go about getting information.
Who are the people who join your walks, and what kind of person would enjoy them?
Curious, Singaporean or interested in Singapore. I think that they are willing to go out of their comfort zone and leave it to me to bring them around Singapore for that few hours. People on my walk usually know me through Instagram, so I think they’re all very visual people. They appreciate what I photograph and also want to visit the same places. That’s perfectly fine because I don’t see why we should be selfish to keep good sights away from people. You tell them, they tell more people and eventually it develops a larger overall appreciation for Singapore. That is the main purpose - to understand Singapore, to reflect on what we have and what we had and hopefully not to forget these things.