Apple CEO Tim Cook visited Singapore today and hung out with two of Singapore’s most popular photographers at the Tiong Bahru hawker center. 

A photo posted to Cook’s Twitter account showed them chatting over glasses of sugar cane and homemade barley, as well as plates of local dishes like Chwee Kueh, or steamed rice cake with preserved radish. 

“Hello Singapore! Thanks to iPhone photographers Darren Soh (IG: darrensohphoto) and Aik Beng Chia (IG: aikbengchia) for sharing their love of Tiong Bahru’s rich heritage—and amazing food!” Cook tweeted. The 59-year-old flew into Singapore from Japan, where he visited the Apple store in Ginza. 

Both photographers are very close to the tech brand. Soh, an architectural photographer, won the company’s Shot On iPhone Challenge in February for a photo he took of residential flats in Potong Pasir using an iPhone XS Max, while street photographer Chia is known for hosting photography workshops at the Apple Orchard Road store.

Chia and Soh were both honored to be able to host Cook during his visit here. Among the things they chatted about was Singapore’s architectural history, Soh said.

Aik Beng Chia and I had the amazing opportunity of hosting Apple CEO Tim Cook at Tiong Bahru Market this morning for breakfast and a quick tour. I also managed to give Tim a quick rundown about the architectural history of the buildings in Tiong Bahru and of course we made photos together,” Soh wrote on Facebook. 

“For someone who has been a Mac user for the last twenty years and an iPhone user since the 3GS, this was a real honor and privilege for me.”

Since it was a rainy day, Soh said he could not think of a better place than Tiong Bahru, where pre-war residential buildings could show off to Cook some of Singapore’s distinctive architecture — except they’d have to squat down to get a better view.  

Chia also posted a photo of him and Cook to Instagram.

Singapore street photographer Aik Beng Chia takes a photo with Apple CEO Tim Cook. Photo: Aik Beng Chia/Instagram
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Singapore street photographer Aik Beng Chia takes a photo with Apple CEO Tim Cook. Photo: Aik Beng Chia/Instagram

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