YouthSpeak: A series of SG50 conversations organised by National Youth Council Singapore on 10 April 2015

Thank you National Youth Council Singapore and Edelman for the invitation to this Youthspeak: A Series of SG50 conversation. This is the first of 50 conversations for the Youths to be held in Singapore.

This inaugural session of YOUTHSPEAK as we reflect on the opportunities and challenges ahead, and exchange stories on how we as youths can shape Singapore’s future. For this session of YOUTHSPEAK, it focuses on Youths and Social enterprises and Passion. This event was held at Barber Shop by Timbre @ The Arts House.

This event was hosted by Greta Georges. Guest-of-honour for this event was Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Chairman, National Youth Council. The 2 Guest Speakers for this events were Ms Kuik Shiao Yin, Nominated Member of Parliament and Creative Director and Co-founder of The Thought Collective,  and Mr Edward Chia, Co-founder and Managing Director of Timbre Music Group.

The 2 speakers are social entrepreneurs. Mr Edward Chia hires ex-convicts and delinquents in his company as well as provide a platform for local singers (such as Jack and Rai, Goodfellas) and dancers (lindy hop) to perform and showcase their talents. Ms Kuik Shiao Yin

The youth participants were given cards to pen down their thoughts and aspiration and what they can be as the pioneers of tomorrow. All the written cards will be showcase in an exhibition in November 2015. At least of 1 of written cards will be mentioned during the conversation and my written card was selected.

Here’s what I had written down:

What I had written down was from the bottom of my heart. We are all unique individuals, with different strengths and skills.

小人物的心声 (Xiao Ren Wu De Xin Sheng) –

The lyrics of this song really reflected on what I felt then. Of course, as part of the pioneers of tomorrow, this is part of my aspirations.

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Reflections for the conversation:

Singapore has changed a lot over the past 50 years.

From this

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To this

Singapore is a small place with limited resources. It was not easy for our pioneer leaders to turn Singapore from a 3rd world nation to a 1st world nation over a short period of 50 years. Our government had to find ways and means to innovate ideas to find solution to solve water shortage problems.

IMG_1619And voila – NeWater is 1 of the greatest innovations in Singapore. We need it, we drink it, we use it. It became part of our daily lives.

Recently, our founding prime minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew had left us. However, we will not forget about what his team and himself had worked together to build Singapore into a better place.

This is one of the songs that represents that SG50 and what our pioneer leaders overcame a lot of things to fulfil their dreams.

There were quite a lot of discussion going on during the conversation.

I totally agree with the speakers that people do deserve second chances in their lives. It is not easy for people to accept people with records. It is also not easy for people who failed or given up their lives after hearing bad news. If special people put in special effort and attention on them, they may change into a better person. Why not?

Life choices is like a forked road.We have choices and paths to choose from. Sometimes we have to make decisions to choose the path that we wanted to go. Such as after PSLE, we have to make decisions to choose the secondary schools. We are humans and we may err. Sometimes when we choose the wrong path, we regret and some may learn from the mistakes and look forward. Sometimes, we may get condemned and no one gives the support. Sometimes, with people supporting and guiding you, you may become strong and move on. Failure is the stepping stone to sucess.

I do have passion and hobbies. However, I do not pursue my passion as my career. Passion can be our hobbies that we can do during our free time. Why not? Do not give up passion just because of obstacles. Life still have to go on. We can figure out a way to intergate our passions into our careers somehow. Or join a hobby association to make friends with similar hobbies.

I felt that Ms Kuik said something very good about life and resilence. Sometimes it is good to expose the tough side of life to make people understand situations and with the setback, this will help to mould and grow into a better and stronger person.

It reminds me of the chorus of A1 – Like a rose.

YOU TREAT ME LIKE A ROSE
YOU GIVE ME ROOM TO GROW
YOU SHONE THE LIGHT OF LOVE ON ME
AND GAVE ME AIR SO I CAN BREATHE
YOU OPEN DOORS THAT CLOSE
IN A WORLD WHERE ANYTHING GOES
YOU GIVE ME STRENGTH SO I STAND TALL
JUST LIKE A ROSE

Life is not always smooth sailing one. Sometimes, people do break down over incidents. Some may reactive very negatively and unable to move on over failure. Some may become strong.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew had been through the Great Depression in the 1920s and World War II in the 1940s. With the hardships that he experienced and his near escape from the Japanese troops, these incidents made him to be a stronger person. Even if people trampled or look down, we should not .give up. We still have a lot to learn from people.

The lyrics of Jason Mraz’s I won’t give up song is very meaningful. It reflects very well about what I thought about the conversation. We should not give up hope.

Jason Mraz – I won’t give up lyrics video:

Here’s the summary of the discussion:

So what is your life story? A person who sparkles and does well in life? Or a person who just play, sleep and eat? Or s person who is willing to step out of comfort zone to make a difference in life? You decide your story.

I would like to end off with Dick Lee’s Life Story song:

There will be more upcoming YOUTHSPEAK SG50 conversations soon. Do visit National Youth Council, Singapore for more updates.

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Commemorating 50 years of Greening Singapore Music Video Featuring Big Bro & Dr Jia Jia and sung by Lorraine Tan

I am sharing this video as the intro was very interesting from Dr Jia Jia’s dialogue with his big bro. It is not easy to have 50 years of greening. In fact many places has celebrate 50years of anniversary such as National Park Board, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Church of Singapore this year.

Hope people can save more trees and be more environmental friendly. Hope you enjoy this video and Lorraine Tan’s song.

Singapore Heritage Festival 2013 – Memories for Tomorrow


Singapore Heritage Festival 2013 is back again! It will be from 19 July till 28 July 2013, happening at different parts of Singapore! I had visited some of the festival hubs over the weekends and visited the Eurasian Community House during Singapore Heritage Festival 2013.

Do feel free to visit http://heritagefest.org.sg/SHFPortal/ to find out the latest happenings!

Singapore Heritage Festival 2012 – A celebration of our peranakan heritage

Katong – A place filled with rich peranakan heritage, a place where I lived near by since the day I was born and a place that is rich in history.

This is the 1st time that Singapore Heritage Festival was held at 112 Katong. Recollect, Reflect and Reconnect was the theme of 2012 Singapore Heritage Festival.

Of course, although I am not a Peranakan, however, I wanted to know more about my neighbourhood’s history and culture better to understand more about Katong and Joo Chiat.

I guess the Peranakan’s craze is still on even since Little Nyonya was shown in 2008 with more people knowing more about Peranakan culture then. With Peranakan Museum, people can know more about the rich peranakan culture in Singapore. With color batiks and kasut manek, accessories and food, what do you think about the peranakan culture?

Batik

Peranakan Kebaya.
Of course, I tried out how to sew beads for kasut manek.

Too bad I didnt have a picture of me attempting beading for kasut manek. It was very difficult as the holes were very small & minute. Very difficult to see the holes and put the needle at the right hole to achieve the right effect for the shoe design and pattern.

Besides that, Peranakan cooking is one of the most difficult. Although I never try how to prepare that, the preparation process was quite tedious as time is needed to bound the balachan, coloring & many more. I love their chendol, their kueh. Haha.

I hope to preserve this special type of peranakan heritage at my neighbourhood forever.

My railway track walking adventures part VIII

Sorry for the lacking of updates as I was busy with my project and studies then.

Level Crossing at Sungei Kadut Road!

Welcome back to my railway track walking adventures part VIII (8). This part of the journey will be from 4th level crossing located near Sungei Kadut level crossing to Kranji area.

 reached 4th level crossing at Sungei Kadut Road after a long walk from Ten Mile Junction to Stagmont Ring Road to here along the canal area. It was not an easy walk though.

One of the most dangerous roads I even crossed in my life here. As this place is an industrial area.

Part of the remains of the level crossing dumped at the side of the railway track.

Signalling office for KTM staff.

An area of serenity after crossing the road.

Oh, the hut was the staff’s office area to rest.

Message from KTM train staff who stationed at Sungei Kadut road crossing on the door written in Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language).

Abandoned buildings near the KTM railway tracks…

Beautiful view … Walking along the way.

Approaching next (the 5th) level crossing real soon….

1842 – Structure of the concrete tunnel.

761.5KM away from Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia.

5th level crossing- demolishing. What a pity.

5th level Crossing area at Kranji Road = marks the end of the KTM from Tanjong Pagar to Kranji adventures

As I had no time to explore further up to Kampong Fatimah (old swampy kampong area) before reaching the new Woodlands Train Checkpoint. My walking adventures from Tanjong Pagar to Kranji area ended here as the pathway had to be closed for the removal of tracks.

Summary of my walking adventures (chorus from Nickelback’s photograph):

Every memory of looking out the back door,
I had the photo album spread out on my bedroom floor.
It’s hard to say it, time to say it,
Goodbye, goodbye.
Every memory of walking out the front door,
I found the photo of the friend (the place) that I was looking for.
It’s hard to say it, time to say it,
Goodbye, goodbye.

Shall stop my part VIII(8) of my KTM railway track walking adventures here. 

However, this won’t be the end of the railway track walking adventures as there is still part of the KTM railway tracks left behind from the old Jurong line in Singapore. I even spotted 1 canal bridge near German Centre along Jurong east area at AYE while I was on the bus. There’s some construction near part of the old railway tracks. Some of the railways tracks may be gone for good for Singapore development while some will still remain as part of Singapore history.

I also took buses past Ngee Ann Poly area regularly as I reminded me that the old Jurong line used to pass by the area near the Corona florist shop towards Sunset way direction. I wish to explore those areas when I am free. 

However due to the recent developments in Singapore, we may not be able to see much of the Jurong Line left in Singapore. It will be hard to see the old railway tracks as some of the tracks were either removed or covered up by grasses.

Beside the old Jurong line, there are KTM railway tracks in Peninsula Malaysia (of course not for walking). You can consider to visit Ipoh and/or KL Sentral train station/(s) You can consider taking a train from 1 area in Malaysia to another area. Do take note of the train timings. I was glad that I managed to take KTM train from Malaysia to Tanjong Pagar, Singapore. I may want to take KTM train to explore and enjoy the scenery area the tracks.

For my other parts of KTM railway track walking adventures, feel free to read them:

1. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part I (Summary of my journey)

2. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part II (from Silat Avenue near Spooner Road Depot to Alexandra Hospital)

3. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part III (from Alexandra Hospital to Buona Vista)

4. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part IV (from Buona Vista to Bukit Timah Station)

5. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part V (from Bukit Timah Station to the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall)

6. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part VI (from the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall to the 2nd Crossing near Ten Mile Junction)

7. My KTM Railway tracking walking adventures in Singapore part VII (from the 2nd Crossing near Ten Mile Junction to 4th level crossing at Sungei Kadut)

Stay tune for more updates!

My railway track walking adventures part VII

10-mile junction

Sorry for the lacking of updates as I was busy with my project and studies.

Welcome back to my railway track walking adventures part VII (7). This part of the journey will be from 2nd crossing located near Bukit Panjang – Ten Mile Junction to Sungei Kadut level crossing .

Heard that the new Bukit Panjang MRT station for Downtown line will be located near 10-Mile junction.

Quite a lot of HDB flats around this area.

767 Km away from Butterworth!

Approaching the canal near Senja area & needed to cross the bridge across Pang Sua Canal. I was horrified to walk across such canal bridges. Luckily it was safe to walk across.

Pandrol 7747? What is this?

1853? along Pang Sua Canal area.

Pang Sua Canal

Back on the land

Now walking along near Woodlands Road.

Signal light – Gate Crossing approaching?

School near the railway tracks?

I was wondering what school was that. It is West View Primary School.

Flowers…

Beautiful flowers growing well. I did not know whether the flowers still can survive well there after the rocks were removed.

Walking on the tracks

766km away from Butterworth!

Approaching near the highway – That’s Kranji expressway ahead!

Approaching the 3rd crossover soon?

Barriers near 765.25km mark?

Tracks removed?

Some of the metal tracks were being detached near the barrier area.

This is Stagmont Ring road area. It is quite near Yew Tee area. The 3rd Crossing had been removed & became normal looking road. What a pity! Heard that Stagmont Ring road used to be a camp area. Now it is just a small portion of the road left behind.

Old hut house near Stagmont Ring Road

This hut looked quite old and deserted. It was a signalling station for the level crossing there.

Still at Stagmont Ring Road area.

Why this signal light was so tall? Can anyone tell me why?

Another crossing approaching?

Near Chua Chu Kang north area.

Wondering whether I was approaching near the industrial area along the railway tracks…

Now at the green area with no sight of houses or buildings nearby…

So many rocks!

Still had not reaching the 4th crossing yet!

Signal light approaching!

Reaching the 4th crossing near Sungei Kadut soon?

1847? This looked interesting

Another canal & a bridge to cross….

Some buidings ahead….

Still near the Pang Sua Canal area, I guess while approaching Sungei Kadut industrial area.

763.75 Km route marker…

Level Crossing at Sungei Kadut Road!

Finally reached 4th level crossing at Sungei Kadut Road after a long walk from Ten Mile Junction to Stagmont Ring Road to here along the canal area.

Shall stop my part VII (7) of my KTM railway track walking adventures here. Stay tune for more updates.

For my other parts of KTM railway track walking adventures, feel free to read them:

1. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part I (Summary of my journey)

2. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part II (from Silat Avenue near Spooner Road Depot to Alexandra Hospital)

3. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part III (from Alexandra Hospital to Buona Vista)

4. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part IV (from Buona Vista to Bukit Timah Station)

5. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part V (from Bukit Timah Station to the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall)

6. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part VI (from the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall to the 2nd Crossing near Ten Mile Junction)

Stay tune for more updates!

River HongBao 2012 at Floating Platform at Marina Bay

River Hong Bao 2012 will be at Floating Platform at Marina Bay from 21 Jan to 29 Jan 2012. It will be open from 12pm to 11.30pm daily except 22 Jan 2012 (Chinese New Year Eve) where it will be closed at 1am. Free admission.

This year we will welcome the year of the Dragon. So do expect that there will be quite a number of Dragon-related decoration in this year’s River Hong Bao 2012. There are quite a number of booths selling panda soft toys, food, drinks, magazines and newspapers. I guess pandas soft toys are on sale as Singapore will be welcoming Kai Kai and Jia Jia (Pandas) real soon.

Map of the event for people to view and navigate.

Plenty of Fishes…..

Fu Lu Shou – 3 star (Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity)

One of the dragon decorations at River Hongbao 2012.

So many birds. Wow….

And bid goodbye to my good friend, rabbit tonight…

Of course, it will be better for people to view those exhibitions during the night time as the decoration will look more beautiful and nicer. Do come down to Floating Platform at Marina Bay for River Hong Bao 2012 in Singapore. 

You can take Circle Line MRT to Promenade or take buses 36, 56, 70M, 75, 77, 97, 106, 111, 133, 162M, 171, 195, 857 to there or walk to there. 

Do visit http://www.riverhongbao.sg for more details and updates on the event!