HUAT AHHHHH!!!

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 FamilyXin 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!!!