WORLD CUP 2018

Making their presence felt

Joe Chiang, head chef of the Turandot restaurant's Chinese cuisine department, with his popular innovation of crispy duck salad, for which there are 600 orders a week.
Joe Chiang, head chef of the Turandot restaurant's Chinese cuisine department, with his popular innovation of crispy duck salad, for which there are 600 orders a week.ST PHOTO: DAVID LEE
Joe Chiang, head chef of the Turandot restaurant's Chinese cuisine department, with his popular innovation of crispy duck salad, for which there are 600 orders a week.
AMOS CHIA, Singaporean conductor, with fiancee Karina KuzmichevaPHOTO COURTESY OF AMOS CHIA

From conducting music to cooking, a pair of Singaporeans are thriving in far-flung Russia

It does not exactly follow the script of From Russia With Love, but conductor Amos Chia has most certainly found true love in Russia in both his work and personal life, as two twists of fate have shaped his future for good.

The 28-year-old, who is one of fewer than 100 Singaporeans living in Russia, told The Straits Times: "I was studying piano and composition in London before I came over, and got into conducting by accident when I had to step in to conduct the conservatory orchestra for an indisposed conductor.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 16, 2018, with the headline 'Making their presence felt'. Print Edition | Subscribe