Ever thought of living by the sea?
15 years ago (in year 2002), an engineer consultant decided that he no longer wants to live in a stressful environment! Urban living (workaholism & time poverty) has cost him his mental health - including depression, pills and a suicide attempt.
1. He discovered money could not buy back his health.
So he left his job. He built a floating home on the sea, became neighbours with fishermen, and enjoyed an unblocked sunset view every evening.
2. He discovered what it means to live simply.
Using sea breeze as his air-conditioner, avoiding superficial interactions (i.e. mobile messaging), raising fish for food...
3. He discovered the beauty of experiential learning.
He learnt how to install solar panels, collect rainwater, study how oil spill affects mangroves...
One word: Paradise!
Then, one day, he looked around and realised his neighbours are also not getting any younger. Will such wisdom be lost in the sea? That's when he decided to invite more people to experience living by the sea - and coined it as "Sea Angel".
Sea Angel's Missions Are:
1. To be an Angel of our Sea - Protect our fishermen. Recover lives.
Known for his integrity amongst residents of Pulau Ubin (an island situated in the northeast of Singapore), Phillip Lin has risked his life in the sea to save people and to search for bodies.
Many of us - including sea cadets, kayakers, scuba divers - aspire to be like him, to uphold core values of Courage & Commitment. Sea Angels respect our sea and develop a reliable lifeguard support.
2. To be an Angel of our Nature - Protect marine life. Restore mangroves.
Phillip's journey of sustainable living has led him to learn about Mother Nature. When he started building his home on the sea, he studied every roofing and flooring, to create an eco-friendly floating house that runs on renewable energy sources.
His growing interest in marine life taught him the importance of mangroves in protecting shorelines, filtering pollutants and as a breeding ground. But one man's action is not enough to protect our environment for future generations! Sea Angels respect our marine life and participate in activities to restore mangroves.
3. To be an Angel of our Kampung. Protect our sanity. Play outdoors.
At the lowest point of his life (suffering from anxiety attacks), Phillip accidentally found a cure. By being in nature. He spent more time outdoors - boat paddling through the mangroves, cycling around the rural village, enjoying the sea breeze on his hammock.
The laid-back kampung lifestyle conquered his stress and anxiety. No more medication. No more psychotherapy. He learnt to embrace simple pleasures and celebrate life. Sea Angels respect our kampung lifestyle and help city-dwellers escape from the fast-paced world.
Photography provided by Phillip Lin, Ng Siak Juay, Md Juhari, Victor Toh & Andrii Nema.