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18 years of experience

EXPERIENCE: Mr Lim Choong and Mr Lee Yo Tee (above) have been selling their wares at Sungei Road for years.

Mr Lee Yo Tee, 65, was selling amulets and watches, among other knick-knacks.

He has been in the trade for 18 years.

In the first 16 years, Mr Lee set up stall at Sungei Road only on the weekends, as he worked at detergent company UIC the rest of the week.

He retired two years ago after 40 years at the company and decided to sell his goods at the flea market daily.

Mr Lee lives in Jurong West and spends almost two hours travelling to and fro every day to Sungei Road. He has a son, aged 32.

"I'm not sure what he does, but I think he's a manager," he said.

"Parents always want to think the best of their children."

Mr Lee, who left school at Secondary Two, earns $500 to $600 a month.

He said in Mandarin: "There are days I sell nothing at all. Sometimes I earn $30, sometimes I earn $50."


There are days I sell nothing at all. Sometimes I earn $30, sometimes I earn $50.

- Mr Lee Yo Tee