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Moral Angels Weekly Flash 210209

21st Feb 2009 – Sunny.
Aunty Yen is back with her 1st flash in the Niu year. Well well, I was late for Moral Home last Sat arriving around 3pm *wink* I was abit late but phewed was spared the death gallows as our dear VL was off to the ESN retreat with Sk and HQ… hahaha.. oops…
Even though VL was not around, business was as usual. When I arrived, Mei Kuan was already gathered round the MJ table with the mahjong leggies. And off went the wishy washy sound of the mahjong tiles.

Next to the MJ table was famous cheery Aunty Molly entertaining the Ban Luck Kakis in their games… Aunty Molly’s enthusiasm made the elderly pretty engrossed in their games and with all the ho ho ha ha, curious onlookers like me tend to hop by to the table to kill our curiosity… hahaha.. so KPO hor..

Our two newbies – Zhi Hua and Angela, together with Susan and Ming Yuet gathered some elderly for a games of fishing. And for those elderly not involved in the games, they were seated neatly and then treated to a movie screening of the “Ip Man”.

Whilst the games were being carried out in the activity area, chatty angels Sharon and Rico were walking around the home engaging elderly in cheery conversations :) and Uncle Song continues his rounds of grocery shopping despite the hot weather.

Also present at the home was lazy angel, Poh Yan, who was seen putting up a fierce battle with our Chess Master, Uncle John… haha but from PY’s expression, it looks like he has been crushed again… sigh… :(

Time flies and soon it was time for dinner. ICE CREAMS were sponsored as desserts to the residents on that day, So who was this lovely kind sponsor huh huh huh? Well well, it was non other than our “Bird day” Queen AVL Ricola. Thanks to you gal, the elderly were happily enjoying their sweet and cooling dessert *yum yum* Can I claim a cup of Strawberry flavored ice cream too? (^,^)

After our activities, angels present were invited for an 8 course sumptuous dinner at Aunty Molly’s house. Keke.. Thank you Aunty Molly, your dinner was indeed very yummy and we really enjoyed it very much *muacks* Aunty Molly said that it was such a waste that Jojo and JX were not there :(

Hahaha with that, we rounded up an eventful Saturday!! Thank you all angels, without your presence, a day of joy and laughter will not be possible for the elderly. So appealing to those angels who were not present last sat, don’t forget to SHOW face this coming k… hope to see ya soon!!

Cheers and have a good week ahead!!!

Luff
Aunty Yen @ Christina

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  • Moral Angels Retreat 2009

    It was a sunny Sunday morning. A bunch of us stayed up pretty late the previous night (some even slept at 6am *shock*), but that didn’t stop the gals from getting up early to prepare breakfast. After breakfast we went for a morning walk at Changi Beach Broadwalk, collecting sands from the beach along the way.

    Lunch was pasta prepared by the gals. It was really yummy and received rave reviews even from aunty Molly. It was a most satisfying meal, all thanks to the gals and Prego, and it prepared us for the long day ahead.

    As the clock ticked to 1, angels began streaming in. The chalet was a bit ulu and some poor angels got lost amid the hot weather. The program kicked off with the ice-breaker game. Everyone has to reveal a favorite food and an unknown fact about him/herself. After which, all angels have to remember and repeat the facts of everyone. It was a chance to know more about one another, and boy do we know.

    • We have enough talents to start a Chinese Orchestra
    • We have angel who sleep half naked
    • We have angel who sleep without underpants
    • We have a curry loving gay

    Nuff said.

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    After the game, the program kicked off with an address from Sharon. She did a wonderful job in 2008, leading us towards the 10th Year Anniversary celebration. The Anniversary was a huge success and it couldn’t have happened without Sharon. We thank you for your dedication and may you continue to contribute for many years to come.

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    We then moved on to look back year 2008. Our volunteer numbers have increased, in both active and ad-hoc. Thanks to our many donors who contributed for 2008 events, we have enough funds to keep us running through 2009. A compilation of videos of 2008 events and happening were screened.

    The videos are produced by Stuart, who spent countless late nights doing editing. The video clips are really funny and entertaining and drew much laughter from the audience, especially when lazy VL and PY appeared on screen. Thank you Stuart for sacrificing your precious sleep to produce such entertaining videos and accurate reflections of lazy VL and PY.

    After the video screening, we had a short break and a photo guessing game. The childhood photos of angels went on display, and the objective is to match the photos to the correct angels. Everyone was excited and eager to see the retro fashion on display, laughing at the 60s/70s hairstyle and tut tut faces, and reminiscing about the memories of the past.

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    Most of us had a hard time guessing, as everyone has changed so much. However it didn’t appear to trouble AVL Rico who almost managed to score full marks! She even managed to identify fat boy and black boy! Kudos to her keen observation.

    The next item on the program was to plan for 2009. We will be having 7 major events (including 2 outing) and 4 minor events in 2009. The events for 2010 CNY were also included in the planning. I’d like to thank all the angels who have volunteered to organize the events, especially the 1st timers.

    Next was the Committee of 2009. We will have smaller committee groups compared to past years, which will result in a more focused effort. We have also streamlined certain groups, and introduce a new group ‘Befriending’. More info can be found in the Retreat slides.

    The next item, in my opinion, was the most interesting one. It was a sharing session among the volunteers on the topic ‘Why do I Volunteer?’. The participants are split into groups of 6 to 7. Everyone in the group will share about:

    • how he or she got started in volunteering
    • the difficulties faced along the journey
    • the driving force that keep it going
    • the reflection of the journey so far

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    The discussions were in-depth and intimate. It helped to reinforce one another beliefs and provide motivation for the new volunteers. After the group sharing session, 1 from each group made a presentation to everyone. It was interesting to know the stories of different volunteers. We may have started from different origins, but followed similar paths and share a common goal. Hui Quan summed it up best:

    • We started without direction
    • Grow through support and responsibilities
    • Ingrain as a habit
    • Blossom into passion

    After lots of talking, it was time to do some writing, it was time for Angels Appreciation! Everyone was given a card to write their names. The cards were then passed around for everyone to leave some feedback and words of encouragement, a chance to give thanks to the people you care for. It was a touching moment: angels penning their thoughts with heart, wonderful memories flashing by. It was heartwarming reading those words of encouragement. You could feel the sincerity through the drying ink.

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    Last but not least was the tele-match. You could hear the growling stomach as we walked out of the chalet passing the table where our dinner was already lying there waiting. All credit to the angels for resisting the temptation as we summon the last ounce of our  remaining strength to compete in the games. We were split into 4 teams, competing in 4 different games, all planned and created by Stuart.

    The 1st game had all the angels jumping across the field, and the 2nd required angels to run around transporting water balloons to and fro. There was running, jumping, huffing, puffing, shouting, screaming, laughing, accusation of cheats, all done in good spirit. It was crazy I tell you! But everyone was clearly enjoying themselves.

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    The next 2 games were physically less demanding, but no less challenging. Both games involved beans: red, green and yellow. One is to get as much beans into the empty bottle, and the other is to dig for bean from a tray of sand.

    We were all shacked out by the time we finished all 4 games, but someone apparently still have the energy to play some water bombs. I think it was Sam who started throwing the water balloons and soon many more joined in, and then all hell broke loose. It was a moment of spontaneous fun and it brought back memories of what we used to do as kids.

    By the time we were done it was already 7 and everyone was swarming in the buffet table. Luckily we ordered more than enough food as everyone was REALLY hungry. The dinner was really delicious, the curry fish clearly the crowd favorite. Thank you AVL Ping Sing for ordering the food. The caterer should be hired for all our future events.

    We also had a cake for Feb Babies. Happy Birthday to Jasmine, Rico, Sam, Poh Yan, Mei Kuen, Fiona and Damien! Although some of you couldn’t join us but take heart that everyone present enjoyed the cake.

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    Lastly we had the special award presentation arranged by Stuart. Poh Yan was the biggest winner of the night, garnering ‘Most Lazy Angel’ (narrowly beating VL) and ‘Most Act Cute Angel’ awards. ‘Best Emcee’ goes to Sam for his CNY hosting, and ‘Most Angry Angel’ goes to Ping Sing for her ranting at Poh Yan. Lastly the ‘Most In Need of Protection’ goes to Hui Quan without much competition, thanks to persistent harassment from Rico. Keep up the good work AVL!

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    The awards were done in good fun and cannot be further from the truth (except Best Emcee). So take it with a huge dose of salt and humor. Thank you Stuart for bringing joy and laughter to everyone.

    I truly enjoyed myself. I’m sure you do too. Let’s make 2009 a truly memorable year!

    Jin Xiong

    Credits:

    • AVL R & P: Thanks for the many meetings over dinner amid your busy schedules. How could I do it without both of you?
    • Stuart: Videos, Games and Awards. Always full of ideas.
    • Poh Yan & Xing Jian: Thanks for the wonderful photos. Your dedication is truly professional.
    • Sharon: Thanks for the tips and advices on being a VL
    • Song, SK, Stuart and all drivers: For being the ever reliable chauffeur
    • Crazy gals J & R: The catalyst of spontaneous combustion. Things will not be the same without you.
    • Odd couple HQ & J: Thanks for drawing the beautiful posters while entertaining us with your banter
    • All Angels: Thank you for your wonderful support and participation.

    Moral Angels Weekly Flash 140209

    When I reached Moral Home last Sat at 2:45pm (ops I was bit late), the place was already buzzing with life. Mok, Susan, aunty Molly, uncle Meng Huat, Yen and Song were busy mingling with the residents. More residents were down at the ground floor than usual. It was due to the delicious snacks prepared by none other than our famous cook, aunty Molly! Her 蕃薯年糕 are really fantastic and the lucky residents were all tucking in the delectable home made snacks.

    A new volunteer, Angela, joined our activities last Sat. We met her through a CNY-Goodies-Giveaway event organized by Mr Foo. She found out about what we do at the Home, and was interested to experience for herself. I gave her a tour of the Home and introduced her to some of the residents and volunteers. Although it was her 1st time visiting a nursing home, it didn’t take her too long to get acquainted. After the tour, she was immediately pulled to the MJ table in fill in the ‘legs’. After she was replaced by another elderly, she took upon herself to befriend residents sitting in the dinner hall. Well done Angela! Glad to see you fitting in so well. Hope to see you again next week.

    好事成双. There was another new volunteer, Chee Wah. He is the grandson of a Home resident, and the nephew of Susan & Mok. (btw Susan & Mok are cousins, in case u dun know) Some of you might already know him as he helped out with our CNY celebration. Last Sat he was helping out with the Games activities, together with Mei Kuen, Poh Yan, Hui Xian, Ping Sing, Rico, SK and Shermin. And good news, he has signed up to become a Moral Angels! We will be seeing more of Chee Wah in the future.

    After the activities, we were off for our annual retreat. Blog post to be followed shortly.

    One announcement. We will be bringing the residents to the Marina Barrage for an outing on 28th Mar 2009. The outing is organized by Song & Sam. More details will be out soon.

    Cheerio

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  • CNY Celebration 2009

    As early as 1.30pm, many angels reached Moral Home to help out. Stuart, Doris, Yen, Xian, Hua, Rico and her ex-students started a “production line” to pack the cartons of the mandarins into the paper bags while the other angels including SK, Susan, Mr Mok and Susan’s son are in the dining area moving the tables and setting up the sound system. Aunty Molly was at the dining area with her two good friends preparing the chap chye and soup.

    Soon after, Ah Xian and Ah Hua helped to “feed” our God of Fortune, Stuart to increase his central adiposity (fats) instantly! So, don’t think that dietitians can only help you to diet and lose weight; they can help you to gain weight too!!

    At 2.45pm, our emcees SK and Rico started the event with Jojo and Rico’s ex-students’ singing etc …. Soon, our God of Fortune made his appearance to give ang baos to everyone and mandarins to the elderly to the song of Cai Shen Dao by Jojo.

    At about 3pm, the Singapore Koon San Athletic Association Lion Dance Troupe arrived and performed an exciting Cai Qing for the elderly. Everyone’s attention was drawn to the performers.

    After that, the Chopstick Sisters XX and Jojo, and Mr Mok sang while the CNY cookies were being distributed….There were 4 types of cookies which the elderly enjoyed with a cup of tea. Siglap Secondary School Chinese Orchestra then performed a medley of CNY, Korean and Chinese tunes to the delight of the elderly and volunteers.

    Angeline and Yu Shan with help from Hui Quan conducted the games – CNY version of Scissors, Paper, and Stone! – Fire crackers, ang bao and orange! and “passing the parcel”. Good attempts! Keep it up!

    After this we had the most awaited Lo Hei for more health and wealth in 2009!

    More singing followed until dinner where the elderly has a nice treat of extra chap chye and white fungus soup prepared by Auntie Molly and friends and Yen.

    Special Thanks to…
    Our Sponsors: Song – for the snacks and packet drinks; Poh Yan – Ang Bao money (Yen – for packing the ang bao) ; SK – for the lion dance troupe’s Ang Bao; Stuart and Doris – for the Yu Sheng; Ah Hua’s mum – for the mandarins.

    All the angels for supporting the event in one way or another.

    From the organizers SK and SH

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