Tuesday, October 02, 2007

love is all around...

Today was my very first time visiting a nursing home.

After a super quick breakfast of Mie Rebus at the canteen, Yanna and I rushed back to the class and found our trainer for the day was there. He was the first trainer who approached us and shoke our hands *and yeah...we were slightly late huhu and so I missed singing the company song haha*. A good day to start.


After his brief introduction to our programme of the day, we found out that preparing only ONE song was simply insufficient. So how? Some friends insisted on having the Indo girls sing a song or two *coz last nite we're having dinner together and on our way home...Yanna and I sang our heart out for some Indo songs*. No probliem!!! For community service, singing a song won't kill us.


On our way to the home at Woodlands, we hopped onto the last row. Merrily throughout the journey, we sang lotsa songs....dancing....playing....fooling around. Seriously, I feel like my crazy childish self is resurrected *wahaha. It was freakingly FUN FUN FUN and NOISY. The rest of the class was pretty entertained by our hilarious actions I suppose.


Furthermore, the day was even greater when we arrived there and met the people. They were so happy to see us and so did we all. Smiles were all over. I love it! Joko and Oneng started by singing 'Wu Ding' from Jay Chou and Wen Lan. One grandma was overtly-excited that she just stood up and held Joko's hand while he sang. Such a touching moment!! Some girls were unable to control our tear-bag.... *trink trink crystal eyes...


Later we continued with 'More Than Words', followed by 'Potong Bebek Angsa' (a children song from Indonesia). We only practised this song for 5 mins in the class after the briefing and we came up with the dance movements too. Certainly I could sense that the residents enjoyed the performance. However, that's not the end... our China friends presented a song 'Ming Tian Hui Gen Hao' (tomorrow is gonna be better)... sweet.


And so we thought we're over with our songs... when suddenly one of the grandma requested "Burung Kakak Tua". Spontaneously the three of us sang the song happily. Trek dung...trek dung...


We assisted them to the canteen, fed them, talked to them.... And I am grateful LOT. I am grateful I was given such an opportunity in life, I am grateful I was able to make their day in any way possible, I am grateful I could have such a wonderful day, .... and I am grateful I was able to converse in English, Malay, Chinese and Hokkian *coz this is seriously crucial as many of the elderly speaks dialect. Gosh... I am so glad to know these languages.





I never imagine I could make someone's day so much more beautiful while I myself enjoy it so much, and I don't have to fork out alot of extra resources. I still vividly remember when a grandma held my hand tightly and talked to me in Hokkian, thanking us for coming and making her day; when a quiet man who seemed a lil unwelcoming asked me to trace his palm and wrote my name there; when a young Malay man was so happy when I talked to him in Malay; when a woman kept reminding me to get her an apple; when I looked at those grandmas in the eyes... smiled.... and said in Hokkian: 'Come...let's eat for health'.... and she opened her mouth in reply.


Gosh....I really had a GREAT AWESOME moment and I learn from it too ^.*


And to add it on, my trainer told me: "You've very inquisitive. I like it."


The man who brought us around at the home commented, "You're from Indonesia? I really like your energy and enthusiasm. Thank you."


when I earnestly think.... I am the one who should be thankful.


So, why wait? Do your share!!


I bet it's gonna be a fulfilling experience.


The good news is.... WE ARE ALL GONNA GROW OLD too :)



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The day continued with a talk about Japan and its culture. What a kawaii trainer :) She's soooo cute and she looks really young *envy envy.

At 5.15pm, we had another session on Friends In Need to help us on our journey to become a real sky-fighter *hehe. Enjoyed the session as we played games. C'mon...when else can we run, jump and shout at our training centre??? NEVER!!

Our day ended at 6.45pm... tired and hungry, Yanna and I went for a dinner at Geylang. Love the fried rice....love the ice-cream dino!!

Only one word: HEAVEN!

It's time to zzz now..... nite nite

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