Sunday, January 22, 2012
Saturday, January 07, 2012
6 February 2011
This is third day of the Lunar New Year. While most Chinese Singaporeans would be busy visiting their relatives or taking time to enjoy the long weekend, some youths dedicated their time promoting an event for youths by youths.
Hock Rong was the Organising Chairman for the City Alive! 2011, Singapore's biggest street dance party and also known as the post-Chingay party. He had this interesting idea of promoting the annual party event by having stilt walkers and volunteers distributing event flyers to youths at Orchard Road.
And so, I ended up with several volunteers from our Eunos Youth Club at the heart of Orchard Road, creating awareness to youths about the event.
It was a meaningful afternoon watching people getting intrigued by the stilt walkers and publicising City Alive! to many.
In the evening, some of the Singapore Participating Youths (PYs) for the 37th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme had a dinner gathering with the first Japan PY to visit Singapore after the programme - Ellie.
Happy to introduce them to the Rasa Rasa Thai Seafood Restaurant in the humble neighbourhood of Eunos Division
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
1 February 2011
Visited the Bloodbank @ Health Sciences Authority (HSA) Building to make my 6th blood donation as the festive period was approaching.
It was innovative for Bloodbank to be distributing apples to blood donors after their blood donation, since oranges would have costed much more.
It must have been a few years since I made my blood donation at HSA. The Donors Refreshments Menu had certainly been ENHANCED!
In the evening, fellow Eunos Grassroots Leaders had a dialogue with Adviser Zainul Abidin Rasheed, representatives from Ministry of Home Affairs and the newly created National Talent & Population Division. The topic was on Integration and Immigration, a hot topic that concerned many Singaporeans.
I took the opportunity to share about the lack of infrastructure planning to cater for the sudden population growth, resulting in inconvenience to Singaporeans, such as having to squeeze in packed and crowded trains. I cited a comment posted by a Facebook friend lamenting that she thought she was in a foreign land when she took the train to work.
I also raised the concern of the rising number of foreigners in our tertiary institutions.
It has been a tradition for our Adviser to visit the market and distribute oranges to residents on the night before the eve of Lunar New Year. This is the night when residents would do their final "marketing" to prepare for the celebrations.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The Changi Beach Club has a perfect ambience for receptions. Standing in the restaurant, you can see the sparkling seawater, the occasional planes and ships.
Hock Rong and I arrived early to prepare for the HQ Singapore Combat Engineers (SCE) Chinese New Year Lunch. I happened to be from one of the units of SCE, and got to chat with some of my warrant officers.
A game of Scavenger Hunt was played. The rules of the game were easy but the items had many twists to it.
The lunch was graced by COL Alvin Kek, Chief Engineering Officer. One of the things I like about the Engineer formation is that salutation is not practised, and everyone is part of this big family.
At the end of the lunch, the Commanding Officer for HQ SCE led everyone in the Huat la! cheer.
The walk to Changi Village brings back memory. We walked past the bungalow chalet where the hustings of Temasek JC Photographic Society was held. I remember presenting myself as a candidate to the Chairman position. And how I cooked noodles for everyone the next day. Not forgetting the night visit to the Old Changi Hospital.
An enterprising lion dance troop roamed the food centre, going to every stall to perform (and most importantly, collect red packets).
Perhaps due to the long hours of lion dancing, I thought the standards weren't there.
And it seems this lion is everywhere: