Back (Alley) Home
He has found freedom through living alone on the streets of Chinatown for the past 15 years, even if it means being kept awake by the raucous squeaking of the rats at night.
Mr Chew Peng Hock's humble abode works out to be a store front in a back alley, where he sells the things that he has collected, all for a few dollars to buy his favourite traditional chinese liquor.
Affectionately known as 'Tiger-baby', he likens his shop to the nearby Sheng Siong supermarket, but was quick to add that his shop has more item varieties and opens for 24-hours a day.
Mr Chew earns just enough for his meals and to drink his favourite traditional chinese liquor — often used for cooking for its high 20% alcohol content.
On most nights, he would push his trolley through bars and vintage cafes at Ann Siang Hill, in search of valuable unwanted items from rubbish bins and anything that ends up being discarded in the back alleys.
“Singapore a lot of people wasting things, especially during Chinese New Year. Everything I have are all free,” he said.
When Mr Chew says he is headed back home, he meant going back to that same back alley, where he keeps his prized possessions, including his life.