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CNY Survival Guide 2014: 8 people who work on Chinese New Year

Published on Jan 23, 2014 3:49 PM
 

As most people enjoy their Chinese New Year long weekend, there are folks who are busy working.

The Straits Times approached eight people and asked how they feel about being stuck at work during the festive season.

Mr Tan Chin Giok, 67, is among those who won't be taking time off. He is a counter staff member at Easy Bagy at Changi Airport, and has worked on most Chinese New Years throughout his four-decade career.

He does not mind it, he said. In fact, when he was younger and unmarried then, he preferred to work on Chinese New Year.

As most people enjoy their Chinese New Year long weekend, there are folks who are busy working. The Straits Times approached eight people and asked how they feel about being stuck at work during the festive season. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM VIDEO

"I wanted to escape my relatives ask me - when are you going to get married?" he said with a laugh.

Mr Julian Ong, 42, the manager of beach operations at Sentosa, chooses to go to work and take on beach patrol duties during the holiday - even though he is not required to do so.

The certified lifeguard said: "I make it point to work on the lifeguard towers with the rest of the team as the number of visitors along the beach would be close to 50,000."

Watch our video to see what keeps these people going.