A chance opportunity, and a lot of fun
1 March 2013 Last updated at 03:22 GMT
In the latest in our series on Asian entrepreneurs we focus on Singaporean hotelier Loh Lik Peng who describes himself as an "accidental entrepreneur".
The former lawyer started a boutique hotel a decade ago, but unlike most entrepreneurs, who look ahead to the new and untried, Mr Loh was more concerned about retaining the past.
And he's done that through Singapore's old buildings. He tells the BBC why.