Jim Tan

Born in 1951, Jim KC Tan is a retired specialist contractor. Payoh is his first book. Jim spends his retirement in quiet contentment, enjoying short trips and long rambles, admiring old classic buildings in and around Singapore. He keeps the preferred company of sincere friends, chitchatting over a simple meal, learning to live and let live. His grandchildren are the joy of his golden years.

One shortcoming of retirement, laments Jim, is that the days pass by too quickly.

Books by Jim Tan


In a writing workshop at Changi Prison, retired professor JG Chan encounters a story written by inmate Alphonsus Goh. ‘Payoh’ tells the adventures of a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Lucky who finds his way to a protected bird sanctuary.

Conflict soon ensues, and the sanctuary birds decide it’s time to gain autonomy from their human-watchers. They must form a small team of leaders to govern their newly independent sanctuary.

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