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Happy 牛 Year

Hi Angels,

how’s your lunar new year? Gained a few pounds or having hang over at work? I know I am, that’s why I’m still on leave enjoying the festive seasons… haha.

Moral Home CNY celebrations will be on this coming Sat, 31st Jan 2009, 2:30pm. Committee members and helpers please come early at 1:30pm. Lunch will not be served. However dinner will be, at Poh Yan place (thanks PY), after the celebration. So if you have missed the Lo Hei at Song place earlier, you won’t want to miss it again this Sat.

The Moral Angels Retreat is on the 15th Feb 2009, 12pm to 6pm, Changi Aloha Chalet. Its an occasion for Angels to gather and have fun, plan for 2009 and do crazy stuffs. Sounds fun right? So mark your calender and RSVP to me thru email or phone, yeah?

For those who, like me, are enjoying an extended holiday, you may wanna head down to the Photo Gallery to look at some newly added photos from past years. For those who are working, you can still do that in the office, I know you will… hehe.

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  • Moral Angels Weekly Flash 170109

    大家好!最近常收到一位友人发出的华文简讯,使我大跌眼鏡,对她另眼相看。在此来点开场白,向她慰问慰问。同时也向大家拜个早年,祝贺大家:身体健康。事事顺心。

    Last Sat we had a special guest. She is Felicia, a NTU Mass Comm final year student working on a project detailing the retirement life of Singaporeans. She came all the way from… well actually she stays just 3 bus stops away… along Bedok road :)

    She was introduced to Aunty Vicky and they hit it off right away. We had a long chat, from 330pm to 530pm to be exact. Gosh! You must be thinking, 2 hours?! Time actually breezed through during that 2 hours as Vicky shared with us her wonderful stories. She has so much life experience and interesting tales that it felt like we were transported 40 years back in time. In the end she even missed her dinner which made us feel really bad, but she reassured us that she was sick with the daily meals anyway. Its no wonder that Song is so popular among the Ah Kong Ah Ma with his relentless drive to bring all of Singapore yummy food to Moral Home. Keep up the good work!

    So with me spending the afternoon with 2 charming ladies, how do I know what’s happening at the Home in order to write this flash? Well my guess is, we started the afternoon by playing some music, wheeled out the elderly for MJ and card games. The fishing game would have started by now, followed by music shakers and singing session. Some dude will be playing chess with uncle John.

    Sounds about right, doesn’t it? A little too predictable, I’d say. It seems like we have been doing the same thing for the longest time, perhaps it’s time to inject some buzz and excitement back into the weekly activities.

    What’d ya think, angels? I need you to put on your thinking cap and help to contribute ideas to make the weekly activities more lively and get more elderly to join in the fun. It doesn’t need to be radical, it may be something we have done in the past but somehow got lost along the way. Angels, think about it k? Drop a comment, send an email, jot it down, and we can share them during the coming retreat.

    See you all next sat!

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  • Moral Angels’ Weekly Flash 100109

    Bonjour angels,
    Xiong, Hua and I started the day at Henderson CC carrying and loading the Chinese New Year goodies up to the vehicles, which were meant to be distributed to 800 over needy families in Singapore. Even though it was tiring, but nevertheless, all of us felt good and heartwarming to be able to contribute our little effort to help these needy families to have a wonderful Chinese New Year 2009. Some even chose to stay back till the late afternoon to help the beneficiaries around Tiong Bahru Estate to carry the goodies back to their home.

    This project was organized by Mr. Foo who has been a veteran in volunteering work. Goodies include a packet of 5kg rice, canned food, tidbits and even ang bao packets generously donated by the donors gathered by Mr. Foo. This project was carried out by volunteers who were rotated in 3 shifts. However, due to the overwhelming turnout of 120 over volunteers for the 1st shift which started out on Friday evening, the packing of CNY goodies was completed within 1 and a half hour. As a result, the packing ended very early as expected and the 2nd shift volunteers were not required to turn up as well. According to Jordy, who was one of the co-coordinators for this project, said that one of the volunteers advertised this project through facebook and thus received an overwhelming response from netizens. Most of the volunteers that turned up are from friends of friends or even referral basis. Now we can see the power of online portal.

    Of course, the charm given out by our VL elect, Xiong, also attracted lots of enquiries from volunteers (especially females) regarding our services at our home right after the short ice-breaking session. Numbers and emails were exchanged and we will likely be expected a surge in the numbers of volunteers for the coming months.. haha.. :)

    Well, the activities at the home were as usual… Due to small turn-up on the number of volunteers, we had a movie screening on Cape No 7. Me and Poh Yan had chess game with the elderly, Hua conducted the card games with the ah mas which were later taken over by Shermin. Uncle Song as usual, taking orders and running errands for the elderly and Xiong was playing mahjong with the elderly. Alex, SK, Rico and Auntie Yen went to befriend the elderly and lend their listening ears.

    As for my sharing session.. it will be totally unrelated to volunteering. This was all started out during our explosive discussion and personal chat at a chocolate shop after our dinner.

    What is Love? What is Infatuation? What is the different between Love and Infatuation? How do we distinguish our feeling towards Love and Infatuation? Is infatuation the initial emotion that develops the emotion of Love? These were the topics that linger our minds and occupy the main bulk of our conversation. I am surprised by the level of openness within this small group of ours and this makes me get to know my peers better.

    To me, infatuation is an emotion or affection towards a person, perhaps only just for a short period of time. Real love involves not only just emotion; it also involves devotion, commitment, responsibility and understanding among the two and it is hard to come by. Well, it is easier to say but when it comes to feeling or emotion, we humans have difficulties in distinguish between these 2, Love and Infatuation? And how do we know he/she is the person that we would like to spend the rest of our lives with? Do we make our sacred vows in front of our family, relatives and friends just because it is part of parcel of our human cycle? Or because of our parents who have been wanted to have grandchildren? Or because we manage to get a flat? Or could it be a moment of emotional impulse? Or could it because we just want to have a companion to spend the rest of our lives with? Or could it be because fate has arrived and we are certain that we are meant to be?

    The sharing from one of us had given me a perspective on how we look at this complicated topic differently. This person had a love relationship during his/her younger days. They were deeply in love and had every moment of happiness whenever they were together. However, after so many years of relationship, they got separated. They got separated not because of third party; not because of misunderstanding but because based on mutual consent and understanding that they could not walk any further. They felt that they had nothing to look forward too. They felt that there is no longer any excitement and affection towards each other which they used to experience. Or perhaps they were too comfortable with each other or too much understanding with each other that there wasn’t any more of curiosity on what the person did or encounter during their daily lives. They felt that it will be good to maintain as friends. Eventually, they parted and they maintain as good friends till now.

    When we asked this person whether he/she felt lonely at times, he/she replied a straight “no” without any hesitation. It seems like loneliness is never in his/her dictionary. Perhaps because due to his/her background, upbringing and life experiences, he/she has learnt to be very independent. Or perhaps he/she has translated his/her love in volunteering and friendship.

    If we really love someone deeply, does it mean we have to own or possess him/her? In my opinion, real/true love does not mean possession. I am inspired by one of our local drama “The Little Nonya”. For those who have watched the drama, the story ended with Yueniang marrying a Caucasian lawyer who has helped her in the past, while the man she loves, Chen Xi marries a mutual friend. It was a sad ending because Yueniang has been strong and self sacrificial all her life and yet did not have a happy ending for herself by being together with the man she loves. Even though, many viewers would like to have Chen Xi and Yueniang together but however, I feel otherwise. I prefer the present ending as it is more realistic. She would not have married Chen as she felt guilty towards Yuzhu who also liked Chen and had her saved from being humiliated by the villain. And if she had married Chen, it might do more harm than good. There is this lyrics of a song from “The Little Nonya” that I particularly like, “爱是一种需要,却不一定要得到, 只要你觉得快乐就好”, “爱是一种需要,聚散却没办法预料, 只能在心里做个记号”.

    In real life, people might not end up with their true love. The person you marry might not be the person that you love most. I believe if we really love somebody, we will be willing to make sacrifices in exchange for him/her well-being and happiness even though we might not be together in the end. 不在乎天长地久,只在乎曾经拥有。

    It is not easy for a couple to come together and especially to old married couple, who have being together for many many years. Uncle James and Auntie Jane is one of the good examples of a loving couple and I truly admired them. Sometimes I am wondering what makes them stay together so many years and yet so loving. Sometimes, Uncle James will jokingly tell us that he can’t join us for dinner as he has a date with his girlfriend (referring to his wife). Haha.. :) Perhaps this could be one of their excitements that keep them going.

    Love is a complicated matter where there is no ten year series answer to that. So for those who are:

    Single and have no one in mind – Be happy and do whatever you feel like doing. Channel your love to someone you care most (your family, ah gong ah ma, friends etc), inspire and touch the lives of many others.

    Single but have someone in mind – Have the courage to fight and achieve your happiness. Anyway you won’t die for expressing your love to someone that you think you would like to spend your rest of your lives with, right? Haha :)

    Married couples and couples in love – Cherish every moment of happiness with your loved ones. There are billions of people around the world. It must be very hard for a couple to come together. Fate must have brought both of you to where you are right now… So do cherish…

    As for me, I believe in fate. I believe, no matter where you are, what you do or who you are, somehow or rather, fate will bring the 2 of you together as long as you work hard for it. :)

    Annoucement:
    – 24th Jan 2008 will be a normal activity. Those can come – come… Those cannot come due to spring cleaning, preparing for Chinese New Year – its okay, no obligation. :)

    – Xmas 2008 photos are in the gallery. Better late and never.

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  • Goodbye 2008, Hello 2009

    Hi angels,

    welcome to a brand new 2009! How was your new year celebration? I hope you had plenty of cheers for health and wealth coz you gonna need it in 2009. :)

    The first sat of 2009 at moral home opened with a bang. We had 6 new young volunteers joining us, and I hope its a sign of things to come in 2009. The new angels are Kenneth, Darren, Feng Kai, Liu Jia, Angeline and Yu Shan. *clap clap* They are from TP and SP, and were introduced by friends of friends of friends.

    They were given a tour of the home, visiting the residents on the 2nd and 3rd floors. They were also given a brief intro on Moral Home and the Moral Angels volunteer group. After which they didn’t waste much time getting down to work.

    The chess kakis were alerted of the new faces and were already waiting in the dinning hall before the chess boards could be laid out. The newbies put up a good fight but in the end found the wall a tad too high. No worries guys, come back next week for your revenge, haha. The other new volunteers were also clearly at home playing board games and fishing games with other residents.

    Last Sat also saw a good turnout of angels. We had Song running errands, Meng Huat playing banker, Mok and Susan fishing and singing, Poh Yan trying his lucking at MJ, Yen getting the residents down for activities, Rico minding everybody business (as usual), singing performance by Chan Peng Jie, music therapy by Shu Hua, Ah Xian and Mei Kuen. Sharon, Molly, Fiona, Alex, Hui Quan and SK also joined in fun.

    After activities we had our traditional potluck to usher in the new year. There were tons of food ranging from famous pau, pineapple rice, homemade dessert and salad, spring chicken, missing carrot cakes, and loads of other goodies. Stuart and Doris were late to the party but thankfully they brought Lucas and cocktail.

    Gino the fox terrier tried to gatecrash the party with his party tricks. However the star of the day was clearly Lucas who charmed the girls (and guys alike) with his megawatt smile and cuteness. It was a wonderful Sat filled with fun and laughters.

     

    Some announcements:

    We have a new committee for 2009, with Sharon handing over the VL post to Jin Xiong. Rico will be staying on as AVL, with Ping Sing joining her. Other committee members will be appointed and announced during the angels retreat in Feb.

    On behalf of every moral angels, I’d like to thank Sharon, Rico, Christina and the committee of 2008 for doing such a superb job. 2008 will be remembered for our 10th Anniversary, which was a wonderful showcase of volunteerism and a celebration of friendships.

    CNY celebration will be held on 31st Jan 2008. The organizers are SK and Shu Hua. The arrows had already been fired so please check the arrows on your back for more info of your assigned tasks.

    Have a great week and see ya angels this sat!

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