Project a first step to revive Ubin's charm

Rebuilding of drinks stall a testbed for future kampung homes on the island

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Madam Lai Huat So and her daughter Ivy Choo outside Ah Ma's Drink Stall, which will be rebuilt by NUS architecture undergraduates. The stall is set to be rebuilt according to the artist's impression (top right) of the new design by NUS architecture s
Madam Lai Huat So and her daughter Ivy Choo outside Ah Ma's Drink Stall, which will be rebuilt by NUS architecture undergraduates. The stall is set to be rebuilt according to the artist's impression of the new design by NUS architecture student and project leader Ethan Chung. The picture at bottom right shows Madam Lai and her granddaughter at work as the original drinks stall was being built in 1995. PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI, ETHAN CHUNG, IVY CHOO
Madam Lai Huat So and her daughter Ivy Choo outside Ah Ma's Drink Stall, which will be rebuilt by NUS architecture undergraduates. The stall is set to be rebuilt according to the artist's impression (top right) of the new design by NUS architecture s
The stall is set to be rebuilt according to the artist's impression (above) of the new design by NUS architecture student and project leader Ethan Chung. PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI, ETHAN CHUNG, IVY CHOO
Madam Lai Huat So and her daughter Ivy Choo outside Ah Ma's Drink Stall, which will be rebuilt by NUS architecture undergraduates. The stall is set to be rebuilt according to the artist's impression (top right) of the new design by NUS architecture s
The picture shows Madam Lai and her granddaughter at work as the original drinks stall was being built in 1995. PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI, ETHAN CHUNG, IVY CHOO
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Every weekend, 80-year-old Pulau Ubin resident Lai Huat So mounts her motorbike and takes a short ride from her home to her kampung drinks stall.

There, she sells coconut juice and cold beverages to thirsty cyclists and other day trippers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2018, with the headline Project a first step to revive Ubin's charm. Subscribe