I’ve accumulated a bunch of media and online mentions in the past year or so. Most of which I put in the Freegan in Singapore Facebook group, or in the SG Food Rescue website. But some of them don’t belong in either place.
I’m just gonna make a post here with all the online mentions that relate to my interests or me. Some people collect Pokemon. I collect media / online mentions. 😛
(16 Jun 2019: Updated this post with some links. I’ll add comments on each later on.)
13 Jun 2019: South China Morning Post
Singapore’s food rescuers salvage expired, ugly food to fight waste
10 Jun 2019: The Straits Times
Home in focus: Going green by saving greens (premium article, PDF here)
1 Jun 2019: Tamil Murasu
Project Food Rescue – Zhenghua IAEC (video)
19 May 2019: Tamil Murasu
விரயம் தடுத்து சமூகத்திற்குத் தொண்டு
6 May 2019: ZB Schools
19 Apr 2019: Temasek
These Food Waste Heroes are Rescuing Vegetables, One Truck at a Time
13 Apr 2019: MoneySmart
How Much Food Waste is There in Singapore? I Went Dumpster Diving to Find Out
25 Mar 2019: ChannelNewsAsia
Fighting Food Waste In Singapore
13 Mar 2019: The Straits Times
Asean students keen to solve social issues (premium article, jpg here)
28 Feb 2019: The Pride (Singapore Kindness Movement)
She goes out of her way to help an underprivileged family in her neighbourhood
24 Feb 2019: Lianhe Zaobao
小贩中心派丑蔬果 宣扬减少食物浪费 (premium article)
12 Feb 2019: Anthea Indira Ong
Legislating Food Waste. We Can Do More.
12 Feb 2019: ChannelNewsAsia
Anthea Ong on Singapore Food Agency Bill
11 Feb 2019: Lianhe Zaobao
2 Feb 2019: SG Cares
“The more you give, the less you want, because nothing beats the feeling of giving more and giving freely.”
16 Jan 2019: Suria
Detik 2018/2019 – EP34
17 Jan 2019: The Super Charmed Life
How much of your food ends up in the bin?
Sometimes the media helps get your message out and make it more well known. Sometimes your message helps get the media out and make it more well known. Help them anyway. It’s good karma.
16 Jan 2019: Suria
Detik 2018/2019 – EP34
A Malay current affairs programme on Suria channel. Talks about food waste.
30 Dec 2018: Yahoo! News
Free food in Singapore: Community fridges launch in Dorset Road with free groceries for needy residents
This is the 5th set of community fridges launched in Singapore. It’s catching on.
28 Dec 2018: Business Times
Living life better in 2019
I’m not Mr Tan, but that’s not important. The message is what’s important.
28 Dec 2018: The Independent
Singapore “freegans” share treasures from dumpsters to migrant workers
I don’t know how this one came about, but I think ‘dumpster diving’ and ‘freegans’ help the website to get eyeballs.
23 Dec 2018: Reuters
Singapore’s ‘freegans’ find treasure in trash
The greatly edited article was a disappointment. But their photos were great! You can see them in this MSN article.
30 Nov 2018: Vibes
The Freegan Movement
This isn’t about me, but about the freegan community over in Punggol. What’s outstanding about this media mention is that it’s tacit approval of our activities by the town council there. Which is cool, because town councils in other areas are disapproving and have shut down some of our food sharing points.
23 Nov 2018: China Plus America
They say there’s no such thing as a free meal
This reporter flew down all the way from Hong Kong to do this story. Such dedication!
21 Nov 2018: TODAY
Meet Diljan, home baker, cook, and mummy to her AMK neighbours
This one isn’t about me or us, but I want to include it here because it does mention SG Food Rescue. We support Free Food For All, a charity organisation of which Diljan is a volunteer at. We see her about once a month when we deliver food to her and her neighbours. She’s such an inspiration!
20 Nov 2018: The Smart Local
8 Ordinary Singaporeans Who Hustle At 2AM While The Rest Of The Country Sleep
It wasn’t 2AM. And it was a sponsored post.
8 Nov 2018: 牛牛Babe’s Blog
Towards transforming students into active citizens …
This isn’t a media mention, but Jenson is a lecturer at NUS. He sometimes invites me to go talk to his students about what I do. Apparently it’s inspiring for them.
1 Nov 2018: Superwoman
Ugly Foods Can Make A Tasty Meal Too
I don’t know how we ended up on this one, but it looks like reducing food waste is becoming a fad. Hope it lasts.
31 Oct 2018: RICE Media
The Myth of Expiry Dates, and Other Lessons a Dumpster Diver Learnt in a Year
This is the follow-up article a year later.
21 Oct 2018: Channel 8 News
This programme during the news took a long time to film. But I’m pleased with the outcome.
12 Oct 2018: The Business Times
A Good Space helps you help others
I had won $1000 from A Good Pitch the previous year, so they wanted me to say something to promote it again this year. What A Good Pitch really did for me is that it gave me confidence that people would want to fund this idea.
10 Oct 2018: JTC Newsletter
Green Day Out @ one-north
We did this mobile food truck at this event just to try out how it is like. Let’s just say it was a good learning experience for us.
9 Oct 2018: Business Insider Singapore
There’s a new initiative to combat food waste in Singapore – swapping food items in the office
Sometimes I google for my own name just to see what results are shown, and I find some articles that mention me without me realising it.
3 Oct 2018: Class 95
Aww-some News of the Day
Another mention about community fridges.
1 Oct 2018: Mothership.sg
Community refrigerators in Stirling Road filled with free groceries for needy residents
Community fridges are all the rage now.
23 Sep 2018: Secondsguru
Food waste | The why, the how and what you can do, today!
Sometimes interviews are done over email. Not my preferred medium, but sometimes writers don’t have the time to conduct in-person interviews.
19 Sep 2018: Mothership.sg
There are 2 community refrigerators in Yishun with groceries for needy residents
We had been restocking community fridges for some time now, and it was from one of our Facebook posts that Mothership picked up on this. Good things can come from Yishun.
14 Sep 2018: ChannelNewsAsia
‘I hope people ask why we’re giving good food away’: Giveaway highlights food waste problem
I went to URA for our food waste awareness event and they said to me, “Daniel, the media is here.” Dammit, I wasn’t prepared for it. But oh well, I guess I’ve had lots of practice. They also did a video: Veggie Good Giveaway
And then Channel 8 News picked up on it as well: 志愿组织免费送800公斤食材 望食物浪费问题受关注
31 Aug 2018: Nas Daily
Would you eat this…?
I preferred this video because I’m shy, and I could get other people in the SG Food Rescue community to appear in it too. But really, I thank Nuseir for highlighting our cause and bringing it to greater attention both in Singapore and internationally.
24 Aug 2018: Nas Daily
He doesn’t buy….ANYTHING!
This 1-min video took 6 hours to film, and is one of the most fun media experiences I had. Never in my wildest dreams (or plans) would I have imagined that I would have the chance to not just meet Nuseir in person, but also be included in not one, but two, of his videos. Such an awesome experience!
13 Aug 2018: Lianhe Zaobao
This was Colin’s second foray into the media, and it went international (Malaysia and Hong Kong) by accident:
7 Aug 2018: LinkedIn Pulse
How a Freegan Shows the True Impact of Food Waste in Singapore
2 Aug 2018: Channel NewsAsia
The Man Who Eats For Free
Why would a particular media outlet cover my story more than once? That’s because they have different programmes which are helmed by different producers. And apparently because I’m interesting. Doesn’t always feel that way until I take a step back and look at my life.
6 Jul 2018: Singaporean Talks Money
Did anyone say free vegetables and fruits? – Experience with SGFoodRescue
Sometimes people come on our veggie rescue missions and have such an eye-opening experience that they wanna blog about it. Sometimes I find their blog posts.
2 Jul 2018: Mothership.sg
S’poreans dumpster dive to save hundreds of pieces of bread dumped by neighbourhood bakeries daily
This shouldn’t have been here. It was completely accidental. We did it just for fun and I posted it on Facebook, and it accidentally went viral and got reported on Mothership. I became more cautious about what I posted online after that. It also got reported elsewhere:
Channel 8 News:
15 Jun 2018: The Straits Times
Feeding the hungry with food that is ‘ugly looking’ (premium article)
The Straits Times normally doesn’t cover the same story more than once… but then this is a different story from the dumpster diving one.
23 May 2018: MustShareNews
Filipino Domestic Helper Ships Trashed Singaporean Items Home, ‘Clothes Lohei’ Party Ensues
I wasn’t involved in this. It’s mentioned here because it was Colin’s first foray into the media limelight. Colin is my freegan mentor.
30 Apr 2018: Eco Business
These Singaporeans are moving mountains…of food waste
I love the photo that accompanied this article because it really shows how much fun we have on our weekly veggie rescue missions. This particular photo was taken at the mission to provide ingredients for Feeding The 5000. And 3 days later, PM Lee Hsien Loong shared it on his Facebook page and mentioned SG Food Rescue!
23 Apr 2018: YP SG
He Started Out Scavenging For Free Meals, Now Gives Truckloads Of Food To The Needy
Yeah, that title pretty much says it all. Also, I didn’t know that Yellow Pages had an online magazine.
15 Apr 2018: Frugal in Singapore
Food Waste in Singapore: What SG Food Rescue is Doing & What You Can Do
Frugal in Singapore is run by a friend. Her blog title inspired me to start Freegan in Singapore. It was never supposed to become such a big thing, so I didn’t pay much attention to the name. FML.
9 Apr 2018: CLEO
This Man Spent $8 On Food Last Year, And This Is How
When Cleo asked me for an interview, I was like, “Whuuut?” Why would freeganism or dumpster diving have a place in a fashion magazine?
This article went viral internationally. Various media outlets rehashed this story for their own publication:
This man spent only $8 on food in 2017, here’s how he did it
Asian Money Guide:
This Man Spent Only $8 On Food Last Year — Here’s How
Selama Setahun, Pria Ini Cuma Habiskan Rp110 Ribu untuk Makan. Kok Bisa?
Hidup Freegan, Pria Ini Hanya Habiskan Rp 84 Ribu untuk Makan Setahun
7 Apr 2018: Mothership.sg
S’porean dumpster diver shows where to get free food besides dustbins
I wrote an answer on Quora that got picked up on Mothership and the article went viral. After that I realised that my Quora answers are no longer safe, and that people were watching what I wrote.
25 Mar 2018: TODAYonline
5,000 free meals made from ‘ugly food’ to raise awareness about food waste
This was post-event publicity.
23 Mar 2018: The New Paper
5,000 free meals this Sunday to raise awareness about food wastage
This was pre-event publicity for Feeding The 5000. We supplied the ingredients.
8 Mar 2018: Green Drinks Singapore
Ten ways to be more eco conscious this year
I later learned that Olivia, who started Green Drinks, is a neighbour. We met for coffee (for free, of course) to discuss a Green Drinks session later in the year.
5 Mar 2018: Mothership
SG Food Rescue has collected lots of fresh food, needs your tips for charities who can benefit
This was the first time that SG Food Rescue appeared in the media. Considering that we launched in Feb 2018, that’s pretty good to be picked up so quickly. And unexpectedly. The article went viral and other media outlets also picked up on it:
Volunteer group SG Food Rescue collects excess food; calls out for suggestions on charities to donate to
14 Feb 2018: Channel U
Voices 听我说 – EP20
I had Guo Liang in my house. He was very professional, even though he was sweating buckets in my freegan room.
19 Jan 2018: Channel 8
They always ask me to speak Mandarin, but I can’t, so I ask them to subtitle it.
12 Dec 2017: ElevenAsia
You Can Live With Almost Nothing
This was a favour to an acquaintance.
9 Dec 2017: The Straits Times
Causes Week 2017: He goes dumpster diving to reduce waste
The Straits Times is always a pleasure to work with, even back in the days when I was a reporter. Especially so because the photographer was Alphonsus Chern, a friend I knew from catechism classes in church when we were kids. I didn’t know dumpster diving could become a means to cause till this came out.
8 Nov 2017: Yahoo! Lifestyle
Millennials go dumpster-diving in Singapore in the name of ‘freeganism’
Similar to the Zaobao one, this outlet wanted to run an article about this, with a ‘millennial’ frame, so I had to go find a few millennials in our community for them to interview.
30 Oct 2017: Zaobao
I wasn’t too pleased with this one. It was more of a case of ‘the other media outlets have it, so we must run a story about this guy too’ kind of thing.
28 Oct 2017: Channel NewsAsia
The man who finds treasure, and the secret of happiness, in the trash
This one was more about me, but the video also included our first, and last, overnight dumpster diving expedition. Good times.
27 Oct 2017: TODAY
Sunday Spotlight: Dumpster divers to the rescue of ‘ugly’ but edible food
This, and the Channel NewsAsia article came out one after another on the same weekend. These are the ones that brought national attention to freeganism in Singapore. The TODAY one is more about the community.
25 Aug 2017: RICE Media
This Man Eats Leftover Pizzas From Trash Cans
This was the first media article about me since I became freegan. It’s the one that started it all. There’s a follow-up article a year later.