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To design stamps, Eng Siak Loy has spent a day with Ah Meng and explored old trees

Published on Mar 16, 2013 3:05 PM
 
Mr Eng Siak Loy is Singapore's oldest and longest-serving stamp artist. His latest designs were in conjunction with the opening of the Gardens by the Bay in June last year - a set of two stamps featuring the wonders of nature at the Bay South Garden such as the Cloud Forest and the Supertrees. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Few know this: Designing a stamp involves squinting at insects under a microscope, spending a day with the late orang utan, Ah Meng, and scouring the island for old trees.

All this - and more - Singapore's oldest and longest-serving stamp artist Eng Siak Loy, 72, has done.

Mr Eng, who has been designing stamps on a freelance basis for 43 years, says in Mandarin: "Designing is no problem. It is the research that requires a lot of time."

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