Volunteers of Moral Home
Date/Time: 4 Aug 2012 (Saturday), 1330H
Venue: Moral Home, Level 1 (Dining Hall+Activity Corner)
Organisers: Josephine Ho, Willit Lim + Activity-Based Team (Jun-Aug)
No, we are not going to have a parade with elderly and volunteers contingents marching in, but what we gonna have are your loud voices, your energy, your hands, your legs, your creativity and your COLOURS at the FUNFAIR!!! There will be a total of 8 games booths and many attractive prizes to be won for the elderly. (well…they not gonna win anything UNLESS you come down to help them to win it… with whatever methods that you have…)
The theme for this event is ‘COLOURFUL!’, which simply means that YOU will have to dress urself up as colourful as possible!!! (Min. req’ment is to have at least 5 DIFFERENT COLOURS on your tops and bottoms, excluding those inner pieces…) Of course, we will decorate the place with colourful balloons and balloon sculptures as well.
We are extending this invitation to all other family members, relatives, children, friends, colleagues, ESN members, staff nurses and many more… Do help to spread these words to them like how you would usually spread your love to the elderly!
SEE YOU SOON!
ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT, Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream. So, Willit, where is the boat leh??? OMG!!! The boat is so HUGE. Dimension approx: 16cm by 6cm lor. I don’t mean to be mean, but I was always under the impression that the boat would be relatively larger in size, but nevertheless, Angels you should witness the intricate artwork from her, its simply breathtaking.
OK, you are officially appointed as our CREATIVE DIRECTOR, and have the honour to do / supervise all future decorations in the Home. Hahahaha… We really appreciate the meticulous effort put in by Willit, Chin Ling and all Angels (Ah Chuan, Stuart, Kiat, Doris and Jo, El (a new volunteer from Philippines) who assisted in putting up the decoration at the Home.
This is my second year organising the Dumpling Festival, never an easy feat so far. But the Angels just amaze me with their skills and qualities at every event be it in house or outdoor.
Arriving at 2pm, Adel and myself with the kids in tow (Kacy and Chelsea) many Angels were already in the room getting their hands busy with decorations, packing of gifts and games preparation. Shortly, many others arrived, Susan, Aunty Molly, Uncle Meng Huat, Freya, Desment, Ping Xing, Ai Ai, Gary, Stella, Xin Xin, Desmond, Ee Sha, Gabriel. Guess what, I was really impressed with Uncle Song’s shirt that day. I guess it must be one of the nicest ever that I have seen him in. Some angels even say he look like a DATO that day!!! No way the best dressed award is gonna be anyone else right???? Hmmm, Uncle Song, you have a date that day??
Thereafter, I walked towards the kitchen area only to see Uncle Meng Huat, Aunty Molly, Susan and Ping Sing’s maid getting all ready to serve the dumplings to elderly without further delay. Of course, with Angels’ help, this was completed in no time. The dumplings sponsored by Stella’s Aunty. Thank you Stella.
When I was standing at the Chinese tea dispenser, the kids popped me a question. Jennifer Ah Yi, can we help to serve Chinese tea? They are no longer kids, though I have always thought they were. Freya, Kacy and Chelsea were so excited to be able to help serve tea and a little something unknown to me until I found out that day was, Kacy already knew how to wheel a wheelchair with elderly (safely). I am proud of you little girls.
Whilst the elderly were enjoying the dumplings, Poh Yan was up to his tricks again. Passing the dragon boats around, getting the elderly to pose with the dragon boats and have their pictures taken. Taken by surprise, the elderly welcomed this. They loved getting their snap shots. Some of them were brimming with smiles from ear to ear and there was this Ah Mah telling me, your pose is lousy, mine BETTER!! Then I told her of course la, you more experienced than me, you win, wonder if she knows what this means!!! Hahahah…. She was totally convinced that she was better than me. Good JOB Ah Mah…. (she must be a sexy babe before). Thank you Poh Yan for the candid snap shots.
Without further delay, our performance has to start on time, 3:30pm sharp. Gary and Susan went to stage to sing us the “Dumpling Song”, trust me its totally out of this world. Hmmm maybe, we can go through the songs first in future…… But really, you guys are really awesome, your efforts, talent, your vocal. Trust me, I think the little problem lies with the song…. But who cares, the elderly had great fun, so do the volunteers. Great job, Gary and Susan.
The highlight of the day’s event was the Game put up by Ah Kiat and Jo Jo and the fabulous gifts to be given away. Ah Kiat first took the centre stage and mentioned that he had just 失声 / 失身 the day before, I don’t know what that’s suppose to mean??? Subsequently, he gave an introduction on origin of the Dumpling Festival. Again, we Angels messed it up and provided 101 versions of the origin, he had to give up and proceeded to play the Game. Responses from the elderly were overwhelming, queues formed up very quickly and they totally enjoyed it as if they were still kids. Some elderly had very high expectation of themselves, making sure they ham tam all of the fishes down. Adel, the elderly loved the little gift packs you prepared, thanks bestie. Thanks Jo and Kiat for this Game that the elderly thoroughly enjoyed.
Towards the closing of the game, Uncle Song walk past me and said “Jenn, the event is really low key hor”, I guess he meant the number of volunteers present wasn’t that many. Personally, I think the event was a great success, with the help and assistance from all present and for those who are unable to attend this event, we always have the next. The nub is, the elderly had a very enjoyable afternoon with the volunteers at the home. Thanks all for making this possible. All I wanna say is, “YO ANGELS, YOU GUYS SI BE HO AH”.
New Photos with Old Boards
– Two boards outside volunteer room had been decorated with new photos through a series of our past outings/celebrations.
– Thanks to XinXin for initiating and printing out those photos, and Willit, Raymond and Susan for the colourful decorations.
ESN Overseas (Chiang Mai) Volunteering Expedition Banner
– Banner was successfully completed within 1 hr 46 min 23 sec.
– Managed to engage 3 elderlys to participate in the painting.
Outing to Sentosa Maritime Museum on 21 Apr 2012
– Briefing was conducted by our organisers (Uncle Sam + Uncle Song)
– Reporting time to Moral Home: 1200H
– Attire: Moral Angels T-Shirt / Any Yellow Top
First stop, BEDOK NTUC FAIRPRICE SUPERMARKET!
The advance party enthusiastically scrambled for some snacks and drinks. “不可以跟女人一起走supermarket的!” Despite the intolerable noise level that Nickson had made, we managed to accomplish our shopping mission without being chased away by the security guards there. Thank GOD! Nonetheless, the F&B girls were really responsible in ensuring all items are prepared.
The pre-retreat activity didn’t just stop there. Upon reaching the chalet, while I was finalising the slides and preparing materials for the next day, Golden Bear continued to work on his wonderful video at super wee hours. Willit showcased her hidden talent with posters design while Jojo, Shu Hua, Nickson, Jennifer and Alex lent their help in all sorts of preparation.
How about Ah Chuan? As usual, he went around cracking his ‘GAY’ jokes and finally, he gave up and decided to read his story book. LOL! How about Ah Guan? Also, as usual, be a 24/7 workaholic, even in the toilet. Muahahahaha!
RISE AND SHINE!!! Welcome the unexpected early arrival of the registration girls, Ah Yen & Ah Xian…with our sumptuous breakfasts in their hands. Guess I had delegated the right tasks to the right angels. Efficient and responsible. Hohoho!! Soon after, a simple but heart-warming registration booth was set up to welcome the rest of the angels.
While waiting for other angels’ arrival, Andrea appeared out of nowhere! With more people, our balloons decorations and cute signage were up within an hour!
It was worrying to see no one else reaching when the time is up. 1pm…130pm…230pm… Beads of perspiration started to drip down my back and armpit, and the attendance was far from what I expected. We are at least 1.5 hrs behind time (which means that we might need to eliminate some programme!) Even Jennifer (F&B IC) and Nickson went missing suddenly and failed to come back on time. Tsktsk!
Disappointed initially, but not any more when Gary and Jasmine turned up at the doorsteps. Slowly, Uncle Song arrived with his new video camera like some paparazzi. Forever ‘lost’ S.T.E.L.L.A and Xin Xin who have spent 2 hours circling around Changi Bungalows also arrived shortly after. Followed by Ping Sing, Desment and their cute little baby girl ‘Yu Ai’, and much noises and laughters started to overwhelm the place.
Without any further delay, the retreat commenced with adequate angels in the house. Following my opening speech, we welcomed our new volunteers in joining the Moral Angels Family – Xin Xin, S.T.E.L.L.A and Jasmine. Jing Yi and Rachael were unavailable. Nonetheless, we would like to welcome them aboard too!
The retreat kicked off with an energetic and fun-fulfiling ice-breaking game called ‘2 Truths and 1 Lie’. I am glad that EVERYBODY participated actively and enjoyed themselves throughout the entire game. KUDOS to GAMES IC (Andrea & Alex) for conducting the game. Now we know each others’ little secrets.. some clean.. and some ‘not so’ clean.. Whahahahaha!
This year, I had invited 2 of the most experienced volunteers, Uncle Yeo and Uncle James, to give an inspirational speech for the angels. It was a fruitful talk and served as an encouragement and motivation for us through their real-life anecdotes and enriching experiences as a volunteer!
Throughout my presentation, I was bombarded with outrages comments on the photos used on my slides despite having to explain that it was unintentional but coincidence. Most importantly is that important messages are brought across to the angels such as reiterating of our Angels’ Mission – To bring joy, laughter and happiness to the elderly in Moral Home.
Even though Golden Bear was seen to be doing some last minute editing even on the actual day, the video was of great quality and the product was a great success in bringing much enjoyment to the viewers with weird lion dances and funny bloopers. It is just soooooo him! Tak boleh tahan! Anyway, he had brought us through the series of happening events and fond memories that were worth reminiscing. Despite his hectic work schedule, Golden Bear remained focus and responsible for his video. HUAT AHHHHHH!!
Looking forward, we have our new committee 2012 with new appointments created, such as Chief Eating Officer (CEO), Volunteer Mentor, Emeritus Senior Volunteer and Spokesperson for Moral Home. Due to positive response and feedback received, we decided to carry on with Activity-Based Programme, which was implemented last year by our previous VL, Ms Jojo!!! Deepavali is also incorporated as part of our annual event.
Unfortunately, due to time constraint, we decided to call off the Teambuilding Activities (Sorry Alex!) but FORTUNATELY, the threatening dark clouds hovering above us went off immediately after the group discussions. HUAT AHHHHHH!! BBQ proceeded smoothly thereafter.
This year’s retreat was a great success, filled with loads of fun, laughter and joy. Our friendships which we have fostered over many years will continue to forge stronger bonds as one knitted family. Your presence, your contribution, your dedication and your participation had made this retreat possible. I look forward to work with every Moral Angels with many opportunities to learn from.
IN LINE WITH OUR MISSION, let us work together to bring greater joy, laughter and happiness to the elderlys in Moral Home. HUAT AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
BOOM!! AHHH!!! BOOM BOOM BOOM!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
What’s going on in the room at Moral Home at such early hours of 11am?! What’s the din about? These are the sounds of courageous and curious angels learning and doing balloon sculpturing. With every burst of a balloon, came a series of high pitch ahh-ing.. heehee… but after a few rounds of BOOM-AHHH session, the balloons pillars were up and ready!
Of course must give some noise credit to Poh Yan who constantly captured exciting and beautiful moments of angels in actions.
How can we have such a magnificent Stage design without Chin Soon? And………how can he do it alone? With Wilit, Chin Ling, Kiat, Quan, Babi, Susan, Yen, jinxiong’s miracle hands and Chin Soon’s magical touch…all the rubber tubes came alive!!! WOW!!!
“Cheng-tng hot or cold?” “chicken rice!” “Hokkien mee!”
Lunch time was here and uncle song and kiat just couldn’t bear let the angels’ stomach go growling non stop and off they went on a mission to fill up everybody’s stomach!
Soon enough…everyone’s taken their lunch and the drum rolling of programme became faster and faster…. Xin Xin and Jingyi were already scurrying around for the auction items, making sure and double-comfirming everything is in place so that things will run smoothly..how fast learner they are isn’t it… from newcomers to a now…experienced and confident pair..good job!
Then the MOST important people came… who are they? The singers of the ge-tai of course!! VGC gang lead by Andrea and Honey came, Sk..whose homeland is the yellow soil high hill…JinXiong who chi dao, Susan whose flowers happen to be on the roadside, Stuart who came with a big big wind and Uncle Loi who came asking the sky and Jojo (hat queen) started to stroll in…
More and more angels wings spreading….one by one flew in with grace…. like Stella who is our new volunteer but has already blended in with us so well…nickson the big boss advertisement man…
Jennifer who brought along two bubbly young angels along… Kacy and Chelsea…with the trio around..the volume of laughter escalated!
Birthday songs were sang for Singapore as well as to elderly, volunteers’ august birthday! Soon the yummy National Day cake and ‘Shou tao’ were served by our delicate food handlers.. Rico, Doris, Yen, Babi, Chin Soon, Stuart, Nickson and many more angels who helped to distribute…
With the help of each and every angel’s dust… the dinning area of moral home brightens up! The event was then ready to be kickstarted!! Sam and James were the emcees and they are definitely professionals! The normally noisy atmosphere became noisier and everybody got a taste of real auctioning! One by one items are being auctioned out and finally the highlight came when ge-tai started… all singers put in their best to impress and sure enough…all are over-qualified to be singapre idols!! we even have a world class pianist..kiat! who mesmerize everyone with his talent in piano!!! “Chen Ping Jie” also came to grace our event and the songs she put up for the elderly….can indeed be felt by our hearts and needless to say the elderly…
“Xuan wo, xuan wo!! 15!! 18!! 20!! Huat ahhhh” With all their might, people like Honey, Mona, and many more hardcore volunteers like Rico who took special leave to shout their hearts out just so that our dear elderly get a prize!! How can we do without these volunteers? =)
All good things must come to an end…but that day had another beginning!! we were treated a yummilicious buffet dinner by moral home management! All volunteers and nurses and staffs had a good treat and bonding and re-bonding time!
Three cheers and three cheers and three cheers to Moral Angels!! Hip Hip Hoooray!!!!!!!!!
20 November 2010, marks the final outing for the year. And it was a smooth sailing trip to the Resorts World Sentosa! We brought the elderlys to scream their lungs out on adrenaline pumping rides, made them gamble their entire assets at the casino and paraded them as mascots around rws. If you think that wasn’t exciting enough, we even made them trek to the peak of the merlion!
And so there was a downpour that almost threatened to change plans, but it did not last for long! By the time we got the volunteers registered, paired them to their respective elderlys, and did the briefing for they day’s itinerary and wheelchair handling, the sky was all ready for us to set off!
You never really know how much the senior volunteers (in terms of experience) does until the day you work with them. The things they do without claiming credit, helping in every way they can, providing not only mental but physical strength as well. All these for nothing in return but only a comforting smile on the elderly’s face.
Upon arrival at RWS, we had to walk quite a distance from the bus bay to the building. Fortunately there were many traffic wardens to hold the traffic while we wheel the elderlys. When we were helping the elderlys to alight the bus, there was this ah ma who was waiting for her turn to get off, she spotted another elderly on her wheelchair. Immediately she told us (many of us) that was hers and she can’t share the wheelchair because she has sensitive skin.
Ah ma: 喂！那个是我的轮椅！(hey! That’s my wheelchair!)
Volunteer: 我知道，我们只是要借用一下然后推回来。。(I know, we just need for awhile, after that we will return you)
Ah ma: 没有，那个是人家送给我的， 我有皮肤敏感不可以给别人坐。(no, that is a gift from someone, and I have sensitive skin, so I can’t let anyone else on it)
Tried to pacify her, but she repeated the same thing about her sensitive skin in a very shrilling and high pitch voice. I almost died laughing.
Then it was off for some light snack (min jiang kueh) and drinks before photoshoot. Oh yes, moral home has some world reknown photographers and videographers that never fail to produce award winning/stunning pictures of the volunteers and elderlys. After which they were dispersed for free and easy roaming before heading back to Moral Home.
It was a beautiful and breezy Saturday, all the elderlys were happy and so were the volunteers. On top of that, the sky blessed us with excellent weather throughout the day, and was paid with utmost gratitude with the infamous ‘我问天’ on the journey back to Moral Home; kudos to Gary.
Special thanks to comm. Members:
Chin ling/Jennifer/ping sing for rallying volunteers and grouping them.
Shu hua/yen/ah xian/susan for the food and drinks.
Stuart/sk/xing jian for the photo and videography.
Desmond/uncle song/poh yan for transport.
Adeline/nickson/gary for being the group i/c.
Gary/jojo/susan for providing entertainment during the journey back and forth.
And of course the other volunteers (whom I do not know by name) who has helped out during the event. Thanks a lot!
In Moral Home, we terrorize the elderly’s with our horrible singing, feed them stuff that looks unappetizing, bring them to places where other homes will never bring them, and make them do things against their will. So, DON’T VOLUNTEER AT MORAL HOME.