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BY THE numbers
Top shot misses school for gold
Ex-tour agency boss turned stall assistant down but not out
His stature may have dimmed after his spectacular fall from transport tycoon to coffeshop assistant but the fire in his belly has not.
When asked about his future plans, Mr Ken Lim Cheng Chuan pledged to return to where he was before, with a glint of sheer grit in his eyes.
He said: "I am just waiting for my chance to go back to what I once was."
What he once was boss and managing director of once-successful Five Star Tours with as many as eight branches in Singapore.
It was doing so well that it even sponsored S-League hometown club, Geylang United.
Mr Lim had also reportedly sunk $300,000 into the club in early 2010.
Now a bankrupt and earning just enough to get by at one of his relative's drinks store in a hawker centre in Chinatown, there is still that steely determination to succeed.
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