A picture can tell a thousand words

Fact Check: Tan Chuan-Jin, Manpower Minister has 992 posts and 2.8k followers. Although Minister Tan is quite low-profile (read: no Chan Chun Sing or Huffington Post saga), we managed to use our high level of psychic skills to predict his personality.

So here are 12 things you probably never knew about Tan Chuan-Jin. And yes, his name actually has a hyphen in it.


He is…

1. …Mr. Everyday Man


We all love the heartwarming story about the everyday man who loves life.


2. … a decent selfie taker


There were five of such selfie-stick-using photographs just from the first page of his Instagram (web version). Tan doesn’t have a fat face or use unflattering angles in any of the five pictures, so we think he’s quite alright in the fine art of selfie-taking.


3. … a good coolie


Just look at how effortlessly he hoists that sack of rice on his shoulders. And he even smiles while at it. All while wearing the National Football Team jersey. #sgpride


4. … a soccer fan who lepaks

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So now we know Tan Chuan-Jin likes to lepak at void decks at 2.40am with young dudes to watch soccer matches. But 8 hours of sleep is key, Minister Tan. We’re spotting a little bit of a belly there.


FYI: Minister Tan is a Liverpool fan.

5. … a lousy photographer

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joseph schooling

How did he manage to make the handsome Joseph Schooling look like a gaping goldfish?

6. … a budding photographer

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These photos look like they were found on a professional photographer’s Flickr account page. But nope, they’re not the product of some award-winning photojournalist; just Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin.

“Who, me?”


7. … actually a damn good photographer

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It’s either really good photography, or really good photoshop skills. We can’t decide.


8. … a mysterious man

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Tan Chuan-Jin likes to play guessing games with his followers. But he doesn’t even reveal the answer at the end.

no fun

9. … a nostalgic man

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“It’s finally giving up its sole.”

– Tan Chuan-Jin

Or was Minister Tan trying to insert a casual pun? Did he also mean “It’s finally giving up its soul.”?

never know

10. … a hipster

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Wheeler’s Yard is a popular cafe where “bicycles, coffee, food and all things vintage meet”.


11. … a game show contestant

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What we think he’s thinking: “Die already la, but camera on me so still need to smile and look good.”

Watch the Minute To Win It episode here.

12. … evil


Tan captured the heartbreaking moment perfectly. Except for that blur-looking guy at the back, this photo is on point. We approve.

13. … a freelancer for Channel NewsAsia

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We kid. But seriously, his sports photos were so good that even Channel NewsAsia used them.

not bad

The First Post Ever

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Minister Tan chose his first post well.

Very nostalgic, and with an appropriate level of background blur whilst keeping the subject in focus. Such art.

Featured Image via The Real Singapore
With reference to Instagram