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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!

With Loves,
Ah Kiat

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  • Dumpling Festival Celebration 2012

    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

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  • Moral Angels Retreat 2012

    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!!!

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  • RWS Outing 2010

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    Love
    Andrea

    More photos here

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  • National Day Carnival 2010

    HAPPY NATIONAL DAY!! Our dear VL Jin Xiong and Coordinator Guan Guan have been pestering me for our moral home national day flash and here it is… This is my first time doing this flash so please forgive me for my powertoot English… Heheh!!

    It was a pretty threatening weather when I first reached the home as dark clouds were all over the sky. But guess what, the weather turned out to be otherwise and the wonderful weather had definitely contributed to the cheerful spirit of the volunteers and the elderly!! (: Ti Kong Bor Bi (天空保佑)… I’m sure other angels had also helped to pray that it wouldn’t rain… (:

    I thought I was the most enthusiastic angel to first reach the home, but there were even more passionate angels who had arrived even earlier than me. They are none other than Christina, Jasmine, Susan, Jennifer and Mr Mok, busy preparing for the stage decoration with many heart-shaped, Swensen’s Happy Mother’s Day balloons all over the table in the room and preparing for the event. HAHA! Anyway, the stage was really beautiful. AWESOME!

    Oh no! It was 1pm already but everything was not prepared and the event was supposed to start at 1.30pm. No decoration, no PA system being set-up, songs were not ready. Worst still, I forgot to bring the wire that was needed to play the national songs through my laptop! BUT luckily, thanks to my quick-witted mind (Whahahahahaha), I managed to find a wire and immediately, the lovely national songs were played and the ‘feel’ for national day started to build up. Soon after, Nickson and friends had arrived, and some other ad-hoc volunteers came as well. We were really grateful for their help to get all the games being set-up quickly. 谢谢大家的帮忙!

    We invited a very special guest for the event, and he was the most adorable character of the day and that was WINNIE-THE-POOH!! THANK YOU BROTHER SAM FOR SACRIFICING YOURSELF AND GOT DRENCHED BY YOUR OWN PERSPIRATION INSIDE THE CUTE AND CHARMING ‘NAKED’ WINNIE-THE-POOH MASCOT! Bro Sam was trapped inside the mascot for about 2 hours, posing on the stage and taking pictures with the elderly. But don’t worry brother Sam, every drop of water coming out from your body was definitely worth it for you had brought us and the elderly with many laughter and smiles… Your determination is indeed laudable!! (:

    Of course, not forgetting Poh Yan and Xing Jian, who had brought all their heavy equipments needed for the photoshoot and took many wonderful photos for the elderlys to keep as memento. The booth was so popular that many elderly wanted to go up stage to take photo with the pooh bear! Business was so good such that the price of a photo dropped from $1 to $0… Hahahaha!! It’s free and it’s instant printing for the elderly. Good job to our efficient PPT (Professional Photography Team) and thank you Desmond for lending us your muscles in pushing the elderly up the stage.

    Thanks to our beloved SK, Nickson and Ah kiat =p (The Games Committee), for coming out with 5 FUN, INTERACTIVE, WONDERFUL, EXHILARATING games for the elderly… see.. I wasn’t kidding in the email… and of course, the most popular game is still the betting game (BIG SMALL – 大小)… Ah Mas and Ah Gongs just simply love this game, crowding around the table, refusing to leave for other games. Besides, Ping Sing did a great job in making the ambience lively by shouting and being super enthusiastic. She made Ah Gong Ah Ma really excited while playing those games. FAST EYE seems to be the easiest game of all. Although HAMTAM BOLA, HOOK ON FISH and SHOOT ME DOWN are more challenging, I believed Nickson had helped them to win LOTS OF COUPONS for them to buy many things at the MAMA SHOP… Haha! Oh yea, the artistic and lovely posters were drawn by the games committee and Jasmine (who spent 3 hrs drawing out the poster)

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    After playing a few games and winning some coupons, our Ah Mas and Ah Gongs were getting tired and guess where they were heading to? It was the CHEAPEST MAMA SHOP you could ever find in the world – which was manned by our dear Shu Hua and Eisa! Many elderlys were surrounding the MAMA SHOP CORNER, some buying shirts for $4, some buying drinks and snacks for only $1… and other basic necessities as well at a really low price. Ah Gong Ah Ma really 赚到了!Thanks Uncle Song and Uncle Sam for purchasing the stuffs for the elderlys, and thanks for the help from the MAMAs at the shop… =p

    After shopping, Ah Gong Ah Ma must be really really hungry! But don’t worry… We also have the CHEAPEST FOOD FAIR just outside the kitchen! A set of snacks for just only $1… Can you believe it? And it has Chwee kueh, siew mai, together with a cup of soya bean milk! Thanks to the food committee for preparing the food (Ah Yen, Susan and Jennifer), with the help from Joy and Alex in distributing the food! The elderlys had commented that the food was really delicious!! 好吃!

    Last but not least, we ended the celebration with a medley of national songs and thanks to many volunteers who sang their heart out on stage with the lyrics and being so patriotic for that half an hour! Oops =X To sum it up, it was an extremely enjoyable and fun-fulfilling event for both the volunteers and the elderly. Most importantly, we have met our objective, which is to experience great fun and bringing smiles to our Ah Gong Ah Ma. It was a great success with the help from all the volunteers, in a way or another. Thank you everyone for your valuable contribution to this event.

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    Anyway, Hui Quan was the one who got the mascot and poor Ah kiat had to return it back on his behalf! =X

    Cheers,
    Ah kiat
    Co-Co-Cordinator

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  • Volunteers MIA Sighted in Moral Home

    Harlo volunteers, miss Moral Angels’ flash???!! There you go!!

    “Ah Kong Ah Ma lai lai lai…chiek chwee kueh!!”

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    It’s snack time!! Wow! That’s really nice biggish yummilicious chwee kueh!! Thank you uncle Song for sponsoring and collecting the kuehs and our lovely monthly IC Yen for her assistance. (But think this IC needs special assistance with her walking :)) Of course, thank you volunteers (especially Adeline who came to serve the snacks and rushed off for a concert) who are there serving the elderly …and at the same time not failing to gobble up the chwee kuehs too!!) haha :)

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    It was indeed another bustling Saturday at Moral Home! Hmm, it’s a rather special Saturday to see many familiar volunteers who have gone MIA for quite some time! Nice to see you Mei Kuen! You look great!! Do come back to visit the elderly whenever free ya? (More so now for Poh Yan’s sake??!!)

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    Oh oh oh Mrs Yeo, you need to come MH more often with Uncle Meng Huat!! See, ah ma Beng Choo cant even recognize you!! :) Wait! This girl looked familiar!! Yes U!! Willett!! Great to see u again! Btw, pls remember to produce your MCs/parents letter so as to excuse yourself from MH activity otherwise…..”#@$%^&$” :)

    That’s not all!! Who is that female photographer…??? Gosh! Stop snapping photos of me la Joy!! It’s NOT a JOYful experience to have a ‘bruised’ face taken and posted leh!!! But really, appreciated your bending, squatting, tilting all angles…to take the best shots of the elderly!! Thank you gal!!

    Hi uncle James! He is there not just to befriend but also to report on his ‘F&B’ progress for our upcoming outing! Excellent! Oooh! Wow! Look who are here…the Koh family-Doris and Giselle busy befriending while Lucas running around playing his drum with his bodyguard Stuart.

    “6 ah! 6 ah! 6 ah!” Aeroplanes out! Quick! Kick! Balik kampong ah!! Wa! This Barbie Xian looks so sweet but sure ‘nasty’…trying all kinds of opportunities to kick the poor ah kongs’ aeroplanes home!! Thanks to ‘real sweet’ Ricola who is there to savage the brutal acts. 😛 After the gigantic colourful aeroplanes game, Barbie go on to bully the kongs with the Jenga game!! Good job girl!

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    Hey what’s up at the other side? Poh Yan VS Uncle John at ‘dumb’ game!! (1-1 draw?? Gosh! PY is getting more ‘dumbed’) Ah Kiat VS Chinese Chess King playing Chinese Chess? My poor brother-in-law Kiat… but you’ll sure pick up some Chess skills from him!! Hey, Willett you are good! You managed to get ah kong Lam Sam to play Chess!!! Very impressive! :)

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    Yo! What’s at the other end now? Burst ah! Burn ah! The banluck gang has already glued to the table headed by Auntie Molly assisted by Susan! Of course without fail, you bet that the mahjong kakis are there, enjoying the mahjong session with the help of the extra ‘legs’-Chin Ling and Mei Kuen! (FYI, we have increased to 2 mahjong tables due to popular demand!!!)

    Not forgetting the energetic Zhengren, Chu Er and Joy entertaining the other group of elderly with the fishing and other all-time favourite games!! Excellent work done!

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    Last but not least, we have our MH ‘HOT’ M4 aka MAD 4-Mr Mok, Uncle Meng Huat, Stuart and Gary the kiapkiap, giving their best singing to the elderly!!! At times, S1 joined in the lively singing session and she is none other than our Jojo…the SIAO or…SH*T :) hehe Btw, Poh Yan ever “first time” was given to MH! He finally sang!! (though %^*&^% la) Good try!

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    Oh ya! We also have a ‘superman’-Nickson flying around doing befriending!!! Fantastic!! Hey, where is SK Lim? There he is, sitting at the dinning table, kept asking for “half bobo, half rice”?!! FON! There there! We have FON’s Primary schoolmate our leader…KLKK :) hehe making sure all of us are doing something!

    The Sat afternoon simply passed by so quickly with the laughter of ah kongs ah mas and the laughter of volunteers…just cant wait for the next Sat to come! :)

    !! WARNING !! Due to sickening weather, volunteers getting sick, cant go MH and the sick elderly get more sick…so volunteers, please drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables(2 2)!!! Take Care ya!!!

    Announcement
    Upcoming Outing on 22nd May 2010 to bring Moral Home residents to Hort Park. Selected committee members would have received info from the organizers, Sam and Song. More info will be released soon., mark your calendar.

    This Sat (1st May) is art and craft day. Led by Jojo and Chin Ling, we will be making salt bottles with the residents. Make sure to drop by on this Labour Day.

    Smile always,
    R

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