Taking action. Small boy, big impact.

I was really impressed by what I read in the news today… The idea itself is not new for I have heard quite a few people say they want to start collecting recyclable items in their blocks… but how many have actually started to do so? Most times, I would hear a lot of arguments for & against such an idea, and then all goes quiet…
This little boy wakes up at 5am (wow), goes to different apartments to collect recycling bags (wow wow), puts them in a recycling bin which his dad wheels are him (wow x3), sorts out the items (wow x4), have breakfast and head off to pre-school (he is only 6!).

He may be small, but he is making a big impact! Check out this link – he has inspired 9 other children in his estate to pick up recycling items; a flea market where neighbours sold items to one another; and got many people talking about the project.

link to Straits Times news article

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love life. look for that rainbow, and frame it

I came across an open letter written by Charlotte of Huffington Post blog, via a friend’s Facebook post. link

Through her letter, I got to know that Charley loves life. She loves her family, has a loving husband and has 2 really young children. Unfortunately, by the time anyone gets to read the letter online, Charley has already passed on. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer in 2012.

Instead of feeling depressed, she lived her remaining days to the fullest.

In her open letter, Charley said,

I have so much life I still want to live, but know I won’t have that. I want to be there for my friends as they move with their lives, see my children grow up and become old and grumpy with Rich. All these things are to be denied of me.

But, they are not to be denied of you. So, in my absence, please, please, enjoy life. Take it by both hands, grab it, shake it and believe in every second of it. Adore your children. You have literally no idea how blessed you are to shout at them in the morning to hurry up and clean their teeth. 

Embrace your loved one and if they cannot embrace you back, find someone who will. Everyone deserves to love and be loved in return. Don’t settle for less. Find a job you enjoy, but don’t become a slave to it. You will not have ‘I wish I’d worked more’ on your headstone. Dance, laugh and eat with your friends. True, honest, strong friendships are an utter blessing and a choice we get to make, rather than have to share a loyalty with because there happens to be link through blood. Choose wisely then treasure them with all the love you can muster. Surround yourself with beautiful things. Life has a lot of grey and sadness – look for that rainbow and frame it. There is beauty in everything, sometimes you just have to look a little harder to see it.

Awesome day – A day of flow, courage, appreciation, inspiration!

Awesome, awesome day. So much to give THANKS for!! :)

Appreciate myself for making a self-empowering decision to do a presentation today, to a good size crowd of clients, colleagues & random conference walk-ins. It is not a topic that I’m an expert in, but I was scheduled to speak on it yesterday, and for a myriad of reasons, yesterday’s talk didn’t happen.

After the last scheduled talk for the day, a lady who strolled in asked, “So, what’s the next talk?” With immense clarity and courage, I announced to all that I would be the last speaker, even though it wasn’t in the schedule. Was so totally delighted when the random walk-ins shared their personal interests & backgrounds – they are so totally in line with my chosen topic, which is a really niche one (and different from the previous presenter). I got really good feedback after – am really glad!!

Things just seemed to flow today… Caught up with former colleagues (feels like family!), old connections… Met the “random walk-ins” randomly much later – we had such good conversations, we felt it was fate! Oh, and how my colleagues & I ended up at the same cafe after the event, even though it was not in our original plans.

I came home feeling inspired after attending a pre-geohackathon workshop. Totally recharged by listening to the challenges that volunteer organisations need to overcome, and how aspiring programmers and general people in the street want to form teams and create apps that make a difference! In like 48 hours too.

Formed an impromptu team with poly students – our goal to create an app that will really help Food for the Heart. We don’t have the skills to create a really professional one. But what we have – loads of it – is the readiness to do something, learn from one another, and a desire to make a real difference :)

How to know when you are well & truly happy

“When you are saying that you are happy and you are not, there will be a disturbance in your breathing. Your breathing cannot be natural. It is impossible.” — Osho

Grown to order

:) Tie-ups between local farmers & chefs. Good tasting food that is also healthier, ethical, traceable & good for the environment.

ST - Grown to order

ST – Grown to order

Quote.

“When I give myself permission to speak my truth, with love and compassion, I create a space for others to do the same…” ~ Faizah Jamal

A music video for Bukit Brown – Ukelady meets Ukebaba

It started off as a dream.

A dream to create a video where one or more musicians play beautiful music as they explore the ‘invisible’ gem of Bukit Brown. Music interpersed with quiet moments, with the lens zooming in on the happy people who use the place, the beautiful forest that grew back over the years, the animals that are sometimes easy to spot (if you know where to look), and of course, the tombs (some of which have the most intricate decorations).

“Why Bukit Brown?”, you may ask.

Well. There’s so many reasons, how do I even begin? But to keep it short, Bukit Brown is this “invisible place” that’s very close to my heart. Even though I may not be there every other weekend, I end up talking about it somehow to friends and anyone willing to hear about the place and why it is special to me. Because it is more than just a cemetery. I first went there to learn more about the plants at Bukit Brown, and the birds… I got to meet & befriend various wonderful people from all kinds of backgrounds… I also learnt more about Singapore’s history, how it really was 200 years ago, and how it all links back to my own search for my family’s ancestry. I also got a chance to conduct my own walks for friends, conquer my fear of public speaking & improve my Chinese-speaking skills! And there’s so much more…

The dream seemed unattainable for I’m no great musician or a video editor. Until, I shared my idea.

One thing led to another, and soon, I was in a cafe with a few other Brownie friends. And a new friend who happens to play the ukelele. We decided there and then that our intention to create this music video was to share our love & appreciation of the place to everyone, especially to all who may not have heard or stepped into Bukit Brown.

For we would like the “invisible” place to become visible.

Here is our work of love. A music video, entitled: Ukelady meets Ukebaba.

Come explore with us. Enjoy.