65km away from the heart of Singapore, Philip has found a second life on Pulau Ubin.
The relocation came with its benefits.
Often called the last ‘kampung’ of Singapore, at the island he has found peace, security and freedom.
With fresh air, and beautiful sunsets, there’s no ERP or MRT fees to think about. Nor are there rising water bills or living costs that keep Philip up at night.
He has also found new purpose and a family. Things that he lost after the 1997 Asian economic crisis left him bankrupt and an outcast.
But Philip is not one to dwell and lament over the past. It’s the present he’s focused on. Be it his mangrove restoration project, or the wellbeing of his neighbours, he’s focused on creating a new legacy.
One that he hopes his estranged son will be proud.