Volunteering at excITE for the past 3.5 years has been a very enriching experience for me. There were times when I felt really glad and encouraged that I was making a difference in the students’ lives, but there were also seasons when I struggled to carry on.
Continue reading “Courage to Get Started. Conviction to Keep Going.”
Scenario: It’s a pleasant Saturday brunch out with family. While mom is busy feeding toddler Joe his porridge, 5 year old Ben turns to you and starts asking for your iPhone, to which your reply is no, because the dining table is not the place for gadgets. He refuses to accept your answer and starts to wail. The dilemma – give in to the child’s demand, let the child continue making a scene, or discipline him. Continue reading “How to Discipline Your Child in Public”
With a flurry of colours, the volunteer glided onto the stage and began her dance. The music, a medley of Erhu, gong and lute brought us back into the past. Continue reading “A Night of Lo-Hei, Dance & Bingo”
Inch-thick dust, moldy furniture, long expired food, pest infested cabinets, stained tiles, filthy toilets not cleaned for years, along with piled up trash, clutter. They knew what awaited them, they came prepared and armed with masks, gloves, bleach cleaning detergents and extra doses of passion. Continue reading “Walking the Talk. Sweat, Grime & Love.”
I always felt the call to support causes. From obscure ones to do with nature or animal conservation, to those of the very basic human need – access to food, medicine, etc. However, being a working adult in time-starved Singapore meant one simply couldn’t pursue every societal cause that comes our way. One has to choose, to decide on a particular cause which resonates most with oneself and then to prioritize one’s time in order to support that cause. Continue reading “Stepping Up to be a Volunteer”
It’s Christmas, the season of giving. Most of us celebrate this season rushing around to buy gifts for family, friends and loved ones. As we scamper around flooded shopping malls seeking the perfect gifts for one another, one question comes to mind. What makes a gift special?
Continue reading “A Gift that Counts”
“I have never been to Sentosa. I hope to go there one day. ” The words resounded in Susan’s mind. That was back in September when she saw BCCSC’s awareness week video. The words had left an impression. That impression had now become a RWS S.E.A. Aquarium outing that she spearheaded with 13 other volunteers. Continue reading “The Aquarium Visit”
Back when it was still the two of us, whenever my husband’s friends and family came over, I served tea and sandwiches. Sometimes we even took special orders to make their favourite hot butter cake or my husband’s mutton curry special. He would tell them as we gathered for tea break, Continue reading ““My wife makes very beautiful tea. Special tea.””