March last year, excITE, our youth centre, embarked on a collaboration with ITE College East for a service learning project, sponsored by Chip Eng Seng Pte Ltd, a construction company.
After the completion of 24 hours of service learning within a year, the 22 student participants chosen by ITE were each awarded the Chip Eng Seng Study Grant.
During the course of the project, the students served the needy elderly in the community and learned to step out of their comfort zone to overcome language barriers and more. The following are some of their testimonials and reflections. Continue reading “One Project, Many Lives Touched”
He was the man behind Bedok’s famous Bak Chor Mee at Market 85. But all that changed abruptly six years ago. “The pain was intense. Even the slightest movement of my head or fingers shot pain throughout my body.” Continue reading “Learning to Walk Again”
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.”
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.””