Karen Wai and Jean Paolo Ty are two of the gentlest souls I have ever met.
This gentleness extends to their home. It's a beautiful space, not large at all, but quite perfect in its own way, from the home-grown plants to the exquisite light that spills into the house every afternoon to the cello sitting quietly by the wall. Everything is perfect and... right.
I know Karen from her days at BooksActually. She had co-founded the bookstore when she was barely out of her twenties. She knew nothing about literature then, selecting books only based on what she had read and liked. Over the years, through a mix of sheer hard work and clever marketing, BooksActually has grown to become a powerful cultural force in Singapore and also the city's best-known bookstore.
In 2011 Karen made the decision to leave the bookstore, after six full years, to start a new life.
As for Paolo, he spent seven years himself at a small local advertising agency doing digital and print work before quitting his job.
This year they will be starting out on their own. Interested in storytelling and its power to change the world, the two will be focusing on making documentaries about issues and people that they are interested in.
I cannot wait to encounter the beautiful stories that they will inevitably tell.