Tonight’s gonna be a good night. New Year’s Eve parties will be going on around the island. But if you’re still unsure of what to do and where to go, we list some parties. It’s the last day of 2009. Go all out and end it with a bang
PUNGGOL EAST YEAR 2010 COUNTDOWN
Where: Harmony Square, Rivervale Crescent (Tel: 6875 5376).
What: Witness the residents’ attempt to gather the largest crowd of families in Singapore wearing bandanas. Local artistes Hady Mirza and Rui En are also performing. Plus fireworks display.
Happy Family debuts 19th January 2010, Weekdays 9pm on Channel 8.
Categorised in Happy Family 过好年.
For some unknown reason, this part of the year is always somewhat wistful for me. It used to be that the nights of 24th and 31st December would be nights on which I would get rather depressed. Somehow, even though I could be surrounded by many people, those were the nights on which I would feel most………alone. After seeking solace from that loneliness in a multitude of outlets, I finally gave up and resigned myself to accept it.
This year though, is different.
Instead of feeling like I’m drowning in loneliness, in it’s place is a warm and overwhelming gratitude for all my inumerable blessings.
People think that the word “blessings” must neccesarily mean big things like money, career success, love, etc. It is always at this point of the year that people look back on the year and tally up such “blessings”.
They forget about the small things………..the little things that don’t neccesarily improve your life, but instead only make you feel happy to be alive.
The exact shades of reds and yellows of the leaves of the trees that blanket the Hills and mountains of Miyama, Japan. Trying to memorize those colors, hoping to always be able to see them in my mind till the day I die.
The gentle evening breeze that used to leave me feeling cold but now only leaves me feeling less alone somehow.
Being able to celebrate Christmas with marginalized children. Their smiles and unrestrained laughter.
Thank you, God. What a long way you’ve helped me come from the days of feeling that life was not worth living.
Merry Christmas to all in RBKD. Have you counted your blessings?
P.S. I got all your gifts, letters and cards. Thank you so much.
This was originally posted on RBKD’s forum.
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“Christmas isn’t Christmas till it happens in your heart. Somewhere deep inside you is where Christmas really starts.” The mothers of the children from our LIFE programme did not hesitate to contribute to the success of their Christmas party held at the Queenstown Community Centre. Each gave a little from their heart and there was more than enough for 80 children who enjoyed a spread of cakes, kueh, satay, curries, chicken, noodles and other titbits.
At our Sembawang premises, local celebrities Rui En and Taufik Batisah got a party going for the former residents of Kids United Home and their family members. Taufik, the very first Singapore Idol sang his heart out and happily shared the microphone with a child who was brave enough to join him for a duet.
I was next to a 12 year old girl when Taufik arrived. It was an unfamiliar car that came into our compound and she was squinting to see who it was. When he stepped out she blurted “Oh s*#t! It is Taufik!” There was no hiding that she was excited as a flush filled her face but when Taufik came by to shake hands, she was nonchalant.
The children and their families gathered around Taufik and his accompanying musicians as they entertained with Christmas favourites but this 12 year old girl sat a distance away tucked into her food and stole glances in Taufik’s direction whenever she thought no one was looking.
Sadly, many of our children don’t quite know how to receive. They are quite expressionless when you hand them a present and they are very guarded when you hand them a compliment. Perhaps the many disappointments in their short lives have nurtured in them an icy cool demeanour that shields them from further pain.
Sometimes this makes our children not easy to love but that did not deter Taufik and Rui En as they casually walked over to where the 12 year old was seated and had their picture taken with her. It was a gesture from their heart which they had hoped would convey to this 12 year old that she was fine the way she was.
The evening just seemed to linger on as Taufik and Rui En continually smiled for the cameras as the children and their families posed with them. Also, Rui En who is a regular volunteer at our home presented a father who ran a chicken rice stall with a several photographs of them in front of his stall. “You may put them up at your stall and perhaps it will bring you luck and a few more customers.”
Rui En’s family was also at the party and in a room of celebrities; marginalised children and those of us in between, her father had the wisest words “Like all of us, these children just need to be treated like ordinary people.”
May you always find much peace and goodwill among ordinary people on any ordinary day.
“I have seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.” – Tracy Chapman
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