Passionate collectors in Singapore and their prized possessions

(Clockwise from top left) Professor David Tan, Mr Muhammad Fahim, Mr Benjamin Lim, Mr Muhammad Syahid Shamsuri and Mr Bjorn Alvarez.
(Clockwise from top left) Professor David Tan, Mr Muhammad Fahim, Mr Benjamin Lim, Mr Muhammad Syahid Shamsuri and Mr Bjorn Alvarez.PHOTOS: GIN TAY, JOANNA LAI, BENJAMIN LIM, MUHAMMAD SYAHID SHAMSURI, BJORN ALVAREZ

SINGAPORE - People collect things for many reasons. Some do it for profit, others for pleasure or prestige.

Sociologist Kiven Strohm from the National University of Singapore offers yet another reason: "We might collect or hold onto particular objects and things because they keep alive memories and feelings or give us a sense of belonging both familial and collective (nation, community)."

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