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Blossoming interests


MINIATURE watermelons. Rainbow-coloured corn. Sunflowers - not yellow - but black and white. Passiflora, the flowers of passionfruit that look like you are peering into a kaleidoscope. Welcome to the home of horticulture hobbyist and floral artist John Lim, who tends to his own garden of peculiar plants, even selling them to others who are passionate about exotic flora. And there seem to be more of them in Singapore, as the Covid-19 pandemic has seen more Singaporeans stuck at home and discovering hidden talents such as green fingers.

A blossoming interest in unusual blooms and plants in general has seen an uptick in business for online plant stores even as nurseries themselves have been forced to close because of circuit breaker measures. In Friday's issue of Weekend Magazine, Mr Lim and a few other enthusiasts walk us through their individual green world.

Meanwhile, as the fallout for the F&B industry continues, Arrif Ziaudeen, founder-CEO of restaurant reservations startup Chope, talks about how the tech startup didn't sit still when business ground to a halt because of circuit breaker measures. Instead, it quickly pivoted to delivery while working with government agencies to support the industry. Here, he shares lessons on how technology and adaptability can help save F&B in Singapore.

Elsewhere, find out more about the phenomenon of "viral" food and why it's so hard to get your hands on it; learn how to jazz up your home workspace; do your own facials and soothe your aches and pains with useful TCM acupoint tips.

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