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AROUND THE WORLD
On March 30th, 2010, Tay and Val, two Singaporean film makers set off on an epic journey to collect, share and inspire dreams:
2.5 years on the road. 11 countries. 80 sharing sessions.
"...many students and even teachers were inspired to think about the importance of human connections and not losing the focus on what really matters."
Dr. Kerri Nolan, Director, Country Day Middle School Costa Rica
"Your sharing session marked the beginning of my journey to rediscover myself - beyond and before being a daughter, wife and mother."
Kylie Chen, Beautiful Spirit, Taiwan
"You guys are an inspiration, not only to me, but for humanity. If we all did what we do for the love of it, maybe things would change in the world."
Paola Nunez, Aspiring Photographer, Guatemala
"Mahalo for reminding us to live in Possibility. May many more be changed by your presence."
Stephanie Perlowski, Photographer and Yogi, Molokai
"I BELIEVE THAT DREAMS CAN COME TRUE" is a community project, taken on by Tay and Val, with the intentions to:
As film-makers, our dream is to tell stories of love, life and hope; stories that inspire. This dream got lost amongst deadlines, budgets and expectations when we were working as full-time TV Producers/Directors. A chance encounter with an old gentleman in Taiwan, Luo Papa reminded us, "Once upon a time, we all had dreams..."
We made a decision to abandon our traditional TV business, sell everything we own and go collect people's dreams all over the world, on our bicycles. Using our skills in story-telling, we want to document stories of people taking that first step towards their dreams, people en route chasing their dreams, and people already living their dreams on videos, photos and writing; and then share these stories on this website.
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We take time and heart to craft each video, photo and story you see here, so that you receive nothing less than our very best. In order to help you enjoy the content, here are some suggestions as to how you may navigate the website:
We have also highlighted sections that we think you might be interested in:
» Our "Blockbusters" - our themed projects in various parts of the world, films we've made in order to tell the stories we want to tell, the way we want to tell them
» Featured Posts - entries we think deserve special mentions, that were written to feed our souls... and hopefully would feed yours as well
» Recent Entries
We hope that you enjoy the stories here, just as much as we enjoy telling them. And if you have been inspired, we hope you would share our website with your family and friends. One Dream Shared, One Dream Inspired »
TAY SIANGHUI (Documentarian; TV Producer/Director): Has 9 years of experience in film and TV industry; won awards at international film festivals such as the New York Festivals; produced and directed internationally acclaimed documentary, “Little Big Dreams”.
I am... A story. A story about love, about passion, about adventure, about freedom, about anger, about fears, about life's journeys. I am a story made up of learnings. Learnings from your stories and mine.
My dream is... To be a storyteller whose stories provoke thoughts, motivate actions, inspire changes and make a positive difference to this world. And for the people who have been touched by my stories to continue this chain of creating positive changes throughout the world.
Through this project, I hope to inspire by... Being an example - to live the stories I was meant to tell. I endeavour to speak the truth, to be authentic to myself and to allow our stories to work their own magic of provoking, motivating and inspiring.
Some of my favourite entries that I'd like to share with you:
An introduction to Tay - "I Want to Teach"
My first attempt at a zero-budget, one-(wo)man operation short film - "LISTEN"
Celebrating growth and breaking boundaries - Out Of Bounds, 33!
VAL TAN XINHUI (Actress; TV Producer/Director): Has 3 years of experience in digital media industry and 11 years of experience in film/TV industry; won Judges' choice award in Asia's first multi-country online talent competition, iTalenstar.
I am... A spirit endeavoring to live each moment intensely, vicariously, and infectiously, so that people around me will also give themselves the permission to enjoy their moments, to savour their emotions, to truly live.
My dream is... To be a critically acclaimed, internationally known, (Cannes and Oscars) award-winning movie actress – to be so good in story-telling that when people watch me; they not only see me, they also recognize parts of themselves. I would like myself and my acting to become mirrors for the audience to reflect on. I aspire for my craft to touch hearts and inspire lives all over the world.
Through this project, I hope to inspire by...
Bringing a reminder - read my introductory entry, "Remembering Dreams"
Living an example - watch our first short film "LISTEN"
Being as authentic as I possibly can be - read my "personal" entries "Dream like a kid" and "To Val"
Act in films all over the world - view my Portfolio
"I Believe That Dreams Can Come True" was started with the belief that with every dream shared on this website; another dream will be inspired somewhere in the world. We never thought that we'd be doing "live" presentations on this journey - to crowds of children, teens, cyclists, women, businessmen, indigenous tribes, the media...
In fact, we stumbled upon our very first sharing session on this journey, when a Couchsurfing host, Helen, brought us to a school, "just to say hi to the kids". The next thing we knew, we were introduced to an entire auditorium of children as special guests who'd come to share our stories with them.
No, we didn't know what to do. Nor did we know what stories to share. In fact, we don't remember much of what we said that day. The one thing that we remembered was that towards the end, a girl who had initially declared that she did not have any dreams shared with us what she wrote on her hand: "Find My Dream".
That is the why we began our sharing sessions. That is the why we craft videos, photos and even rehearse presentations to share on the road. So that our children, and the children in all of us - will always remember to "Find My Dream".
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