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Singapore's self-made 'Crystal King'

With no qualifications and very limited English, David Chan built a business beacon.

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"We started out awarding paper certificates, then moved on to trophies. The next level up from there would be crystal plaques and trophies." - David Chan, pictured with eldest daughter Eileen, who is deputy of Garden Home Crystal Palace.

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Some of the firm's crystal creations

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Some of the firm's crystal creations

SINGAPORE'S homegrown "Crystal King" David Chan received numerous warnings from friends and family when he started Garden Home Gifts and Souvenirs in 2006.

After all, this was a completely different industry from his previous maid agency business where he had a 20,000-strong customer base

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