I started a collection of online mentions.
12 Mar 2021: Tabla!
8 Mar 2021: The UrbanWire
29 Jan 2021: AsiaOne
It truly is.
20 Sep 2020: The Straits Times
18 Sep 2020:
13 Sep 2020: The Straits Times
3 Sep 2020:
19 Mar 2020: Public Service Division
17 Feb 2020: CNA Insider
15 Feb 2020: CNA Insider
10 Jan 2020: Mothership
I accidentally got Mothershipped when I shared my experience with the reverse vending machines on the Journey to Zero Waste Life in Singapore Facebook group.
24 Dec 2019: The Straits Times
I got quoted for this, but catered food isn’t really my area of expertise.
8 Dec 2019: SecondsGuru
I’m a bit embarrassed to be called an Eco Warrior. It makes it seem like I’m really passionate about the environment.
16 Nov 2019: Portfolio
Sometimes I accept interviews that don’t have a clear purpose, primarily because it sounds like fun. This was one of them.
4 Nov 2019: The Straits Times
On hindsight, I feel I shouldn’t have agreed to be interviewed for this one. It’s premature.
25 Oct 2019: Tamil Murasu
I was just having lunch at Krishna’s Kitchen when Mr Raghu comes up to me and says, “Daniel, can you come to the office? There’s someone I’d like you to meet.” He turned out to be a reporter for Tamil News.
15 Oct 2019: A Magazine
This is a really nice photo of me.
18 Sep 2019: SG Cares / SG Pulse
It’s really nice that SG Cares would want to do a story like this.
29 Jul 2019: Esquire
This was a weird experience.
11 Jul 2019: Temasek Shophouse
I got invited to sit on this panel.
13 Jun 2019: South China Morning Post
This article features the food rescue movement in Singapore. Not just SG Food Rescue, but also Food Rescue @ Events. It’s such a shame that egos and politicking have led to the two groups becoming territorial and excluding each other’s members from their rescues.
10 Jun 2019: The Straits Times
This was part of a green feature in the newspaper. I love the photos!
1 Jun 2019: Tamil Murasu
19 May 2019: Tamil Murasu
This is an article on Zhenghua IAEC, one of SG Food Rescue’s Food Recipients.
6 May 2019: ZB Schools
This was done by a student journalist under Zaobao’s programme to find and nurture budding writers. It also provided me with a nice photo to use on my profile for a while.
19 Apr 2019: Temasek
Before I did this story with Temasek, I never knew that they, as a company, were interested in such issues. Good to know.
13 Apr 2019: MoneySmart
While this article did mention me, I didn’t contribute to it. But I like to think that what I’ve been doing for the past year or so has led dumpster diving to become more main stream, which in turn raises awareness about what we waste in Singapore.
13 Mar 2019: The Straits Times
Sometimes we allow students to come for our rescue missions to get a first hand experience of food waste in Singapore.
24 Feb 2019: Lianhe Zaobao
小贩中心派丑蔬果 宣扬减少食物浪费 (premium article)
This was about a Veggie Giveaway we did at Yishun Park Hawker Centre. From this event, we learned that giving away free vegetables is not an effective way to spread our message of food waste, because the people just came for the free food and not to listen to our message. But really, it’s not a conducive environment for that either. So we’ve stopped doing such events.
12 Feb 2019: Anthea Indira Ong
12 Feb 2019: ChannelNewsAsia
Here we attempt to make a difference to the law by raising awareness about food waste in Parliament.
11 Feb 2019: Lianhe Zaobao
Another article on community fridges.
2 Feb 2019: SG Cares
This has some good photoshop skills.
27 Jan 2019: Millennials of SG
This was quite a fun one to do.
24 Jan 2019: TEDx Talks
This has been the biggest audience I’ve given a food waste talk to. I preferred the first TEDx talk I gave, as this one was more informative and less fun to do.
16 Jan 2019: Suria
17 Jan 2019: The Super Charmed Life
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
A Malay current affairs programme on Suria channel. Talks about food waste.
30 Dec 2018: Yahoo! News
This is the 5th set of community fridges launched in Singapore. It’s catching on.
28 Dec 2018: The Business Times
I’m not Mr Tan, but that’s not important. The message is what’s important.
28 Dec 2018: The Independent
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
The greatly edited article was a disappointment. But their photos were great! You can click on the photo and scroll through them.
30 Nov 2018: Vibes
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.
21 Nov 2018: TODAY
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
It wasn’t 2AM. And it was a sponsored post. That’s okay. We can’t pay our bills with free veggies.
8 Nov 2018: 牛牛Babe’s Blog
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.
31 Oct 2018: RICE Media
This is the follow-up article a year later. Unfortunately the photos don’t show up. Either they’ve deleted it to save space, or they changed the folder and the links are now broken.
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
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
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
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
Another mention about community fridges. They actually went to visit the community fridges.
1 Oct 2018: Mothership.sg
Community fridges are all the rage now. I try to direct all media enquiries regarding community fridges to Daniel Yap, who is in charge of the Fridge Restock programme.
23 Sep 2018: Secondsguru
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
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. I wasn’t mentioned in this one, but I did help to start this programme.
14 Sep 2018: ChannelNewsAsia
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
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. And it’s great to have been featured in two of Nas Daily’s videos.
25 Aug 2018: Tracy Leong
This was something that Tracy made for her own portfolio. I enjoyed it, both the making of it and the end result. Very well done.
24 Aug 2018: Mothership.sg
Bahahaha! This was awesome!
24 Aug 2018: Nas Daily
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!
7 Aug 2018: LinkedIn Pulse
This was a particularly informative article, and it was the first time an article on food waste in Singapore appeared on LinkedIn Pulse.
2 Aug 2018: Channel NewsAsia
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
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
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, PDF here)
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.
30 Apr 2018: Eco Business
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
Yeah, that title pretty much says it all. Also, I didn’t know that Yellow Pages had an online magazine.
18 Apr 2018: TEDx Talks
This is the first of two TEDx Talks I’ve done. It was nerve-wracking. I had never spoken to such a large audience before. If ever you get invited to give a TEDx Talk, say yes first. Then figure out later how you’re gonna do it. It’s well worth the experience.
15 Apr 2018: Frugal in Singapore
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
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:
Asian Money Guide:
This Man Spent Only $8 On Food Last Year — Here’s How
Hidup Freegan, Pria Ini Hanya Habiskan Rp 84 Ribu untuk Makan Setahun
7 Apr 2018: Mothership.sg
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
This was post-event publicity.
23 Mar 2018: The New Paper
This was pre-event publicity for Feeding The 5000. We supplied the ingredients.
8 Mar 2018: Green Drinks Singapore
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
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:
5 Mar 2018: Coconuts Singapore
14 Feb 2018: Channel U
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
This was a favour to an acquaintance.
9 Dec 2017: The Straits Times
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.
21 Nov 2017: CNM NM4883D
If your university course module were graded by number of views on your video, this would earn you a grade A++++++.
8 Nov 2017: Yahoo! Lifestyle
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.
29 Oct 2017: Investment Moats
This one is by Kyith from Investment Moats. Freeganism appeals to those who try to retire early, because you know that when your expenses are really low, it’s easy to generate passive income to cover those expenses.
28 Oct 2017: ChannelNewsAsia
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 Online
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: RiceMedia
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.
Updated: 15 Jan 2020