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”. 

Jennifer