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For Lim Loh Liong, 67, opening his own stall was a matter of necessity rather than choice. “I have to undergo dialysis [for kidney failure] three days a week," he tells 8days.sg.

After being a hawker assistant for about 20 years, Uncle Lim finally set up his own shop in a quiet kopitiam at Kim Keat View in Toa Payoh three months ago. The unnamed stall simply sports a bright yellow menu board with four items in red font: fried oyster, fried carrot cake, fried Hokkien mee and char kway teow.

“It was troublesome for stall owners to find someone else to cover for me on those afternoons [when I was an employee and had to go for dialysis],” the affable cook explains in Mandarin. His stall is open daily — but only for half a day thrice weekly when he goes for dialysis.

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