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by Philip Chew

Read Chapter 1 and 2 here.


A direct descendant of Chew Joo Chiat, Philip Chew was born in 1935 and is a pioneer of Singapore in his own way.

A Penniless Boy, Chew Joo Chiat tells the story of a forgotten pioneer of Singapore. It shows how Philip’s fact-finding exercise becomes a search for roots, unearthing lost relations and strengthening the family bonds of the Chew family. His example will inspire you with the desire to uncover, safeguard and pass on your own family stories

About the Author

Born in 1935, Philip Chew, the great-grandson of Chew Joo Chiat grew up in Joo Chiat. After the Japanese Occupation, he went to Raffles Institution and obtained a school certificate in 1954.

By profession, he was a clerk in Singapore City Council and later, a Health Inspector in Ministry of Health.

Philip retired in 1993 and spent his golden years volunteering in organisations such as Lions Befrienders, Gospel Mission to the Blind, Singapore Council of Women Organisation and Temasek Polytechnic.

Since 2008, Philip has written two blogs. My Golden Years and My Chew Joo Chiat Story. His interests and experiences have inspired his literary work, which centres on the family, its history and passing his knowledge down to the younger generations.

Philip still blogs, volunteers and shares his stories with the world. A Penniless Boy, Chew Joo Chiat is his first published book.


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ISBN: 978-981-09-9420-4
Published: 2017
Dimension: 130mm x 200mm
112 pages
Finish: Paperback



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