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Living in Singapore, it's easy for me to see how easily your dreams and aspirations can be snubbed out by the cynicism and judgement of your peers. Parents want you to be a doctor, “friends” judge you and try to give you “advice” to turn you into the mold the society expects of you. Just ask Jeremy Teng, who lost eight of 10 singing contests in Singapore and he's just a Polytechnic student. It's amazing that he haven't already given up.

Not only did he persevere, he recently went on to win Nodojiman The World, one of Japan’s most prestigious vocal contests, beating 19 out contestants from around the world. He's not just a champion, but the pride of Singapore and an inspiration to me. Enjoy.

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