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SKW Live – Be A Star… Why I Love My Grassroots!

By , April 28, 2013 2:54 am

Source: Aussie Pete

Well I can certainly tell you, dear reader – life is about as busy as it gets right now!!

 

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Don’t misunderstand me – I am not complaining, just perhaps making excuses why I’m so far behind with my blogging. When you mix a very busy day job and career with outside activities such as press appearances and media interviews, along with the wonderful time I spend coordinating the family around their various hobbies and interests and of course, my commitments to GRL (Grassroots Leader) community activities, I reckon it’s very lucky that I can survive with only a handful of hours sleep every night. 🙂

Coming off back-to-back weekends where I spent some time with the Singapore Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong – firstly at the AMK Task Force Work Plan Seminar held at ITE College Central Campus and last Saturday on my home turf in Fernvale (story time with the kids) – I was fortunate enough to be reminded once again of why it is that I love my involvement in Grassroots.

Story time with PM Lee Hsieng and MP Dr Lam Pin Min and the boys at Fernvale

Story time with PM Lee Hsieng and MP Dr Lam Pin Min and the boys at Fernvale

You see, last Saturday evening I was invited to take on a new persona – the choice would be mine… the ‘evil’ Simon Cowell or the more pleasant Randy Jackson. I think I opted more for the latter, as I participated as a guest judge in the grand final of the ‘Sengkang West Live – Be A Star’ competition.

The serious (and not so serious) judging panel

The serious (and not so serious) judging panel

The serious (and not so serious) judging panel

The serious (and not so serious) judging panel

The competition, which has been months in the making, culminated with this huge event held at the Anchorvale Community Club MPH. Organized by the Sengang West YEC (youth executive committee), eleven finalists took the stage one final time in an attempt to be crowned the ‘SKW Live Star’.

Prior to the event, I really didn’t know what to expect – but I really must say now that the level of young talent in our local community is astounding! Every single performer put on a real show, and in a way, I wish that each of them could have been awarded first place.

Having said that, a young lady by the name of Cheryl came on stage and clearly blew everyone in the audience away (including myself) with that difficult to describe thing called the ‘X-factor’. Judging was based on certain criteria – tone, pitch, overall talent, stage presence, presentation, interpretation (I’m elaborating a little on the what was on the scoresheet, but you get what I mean).

The Winner

The Winner

 

This winner had it all – in my comments and feedback, for one of those very rare moments I was lost for words. The remarks I did make began with a ‘Wow’! Quite literally, the ballad component of her act left me shivering with goosebumps, followed by a desire to stand on my chair and dance as she leapt into a very upbeat performance which even included a rap… Like I said, ‘Wow’!

The audience was extremely appreciative with people dancing, whistling, screaming, clapping – during the performance.

The Winner

The Winner

I am so glad and honoured to have been asked (along with Peter Leow and three other professional judges) to represent Sengkang West Grassroots organizations as a guest judge, and even happier to have witnessed all of this young talent.

In true Singapore style, there was a broad mix of cultures on display – along with the English perorming acts, we were treated to a very diverse range – from ballads sung in mandarin to what I could only describe as a ‘Bollywood style’ song in Tamil… once again, inspiring the urge to get up and dance.

I was given an appreciation award for this privelege (completely unnecessary but very grateful)

I was given an appreciation award for this privelege (completely unnecessary but very grateful)

 

Let me tell you – Life is good here on the red dot!!

Congratulations for a job well done to the YEC organizing committee

Congratulations for a job well done to the YEC organizing committee

All the judges and performers together

All the judges and performers together

Finally, some of the young crowd 'going off'

Finally, some of the young crowd 'going off'

[VIEW MORE PHOTOS OF THE ‘SENGKANG WEST LIVE – BE A STAR’ COMPETITION] 
(All images courtesy of Raymond Lee)

National Day Dinner – Living The Local Dream

By , August 28, 2012 9:51 pm

Saturday, 25th August, saw me heading on down to the hard-court opposite the Anchorvale Community Club for the 2012 National Day Dinner.

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Surprisingly, after a relatively lengthy association with the Grassroots community in Sengkang West, this was the first time I had attended this extremely enjoyable and inclusive event. Let me tell you, I was not to be disappointed. All kudos to Mickey and the organizing committee for a fun-filled evening that was just bursting with national pride and excitement for all of the residents that attended.

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Along with the singing of Majulah Singapura and the recitation of the pledge, some highlights of the evening included presentation of awards to long-service committed community volunteers, symphony and choir performances, a Wushu display, performances by ITE College Central students and a very interesting and quite amusing spot by artiste, Donna Daniels.

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We were also entertained by a very talented magician, who literally left the audience with mouths agape… but the true spectacle of the whole night was an impromptu singing performance by the Guest of Honour, Dr Lam Pin Min – he actually has a very good voice!! 🙂

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A special mention should go out to the master of ceremonies, Derrick! He is just an absolute natural in this role.

Oh – did I mention the food… *mouth waters* – the menu was completely tantalizing to the taste buds.

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The CCMC members were seated at Table number 3, right down the front and nearest to all the ‘action’. One may well have thought from observing, that there was a spare seat at our table, but in fact we had reserved a spot for our very dear friend and recently departed, Mark Toh – I firmly believe that he was right there with us in spirit. Mark was a tireless and selfless volunteer to anybody who needed assistance, and he was a great mate whose deeds will forever be etched in my (and hundreds of others’) memory.

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Thanks again to the organizers, the event company, the performers and all of the many volunteers that gave up their time to ensure that the National Day Dinner was a 100% success!!

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I am so proud of my community!

Photo Credits for this article:

* Raymond Lee
* Sourajit Bhowmick
* Poor Quality Ones: My iPhone

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Source: Aussie Pete

Why I Love Charity Work – Warm, Kind, Large Hearts Of Singapore!

By , May 21, 2012 1:30 am

Friday, 18th May, 2012, saw the culmination of months of work, planning and tireless efforts from a small group of local volunteers in Sengkang West. The organizing committee for the inaugural Sengkang West CCC CDWF Charity Golf Day, with the assistance of a huge number of kind hearted donors coordinated the fund raising event and the after-dinner and raised in excess of S$200,000!!

Source: Aussie Pete Blog

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The Sengkang West CCC CDWF (Community Development and Welfare Fund) among many other things, provides school bursaries and scholarships for needy students residing in Sengkang West; financial aid and assistance to Sengkang West residents who are financially under-priveleged, or have no income due to incapacitation of wage earners, unemployed single mothers having to support children; provides financial assistance to elderly unemployed senior citizens / handicapped / wheelchair bound residents (and to organize dinners and gatherings for them during the major festive seasons).

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An event such as this Charity Golf Day is by no means an easy feat to undertake. I am just so very proud of my organizing committee. Never have I been associated with a team where all members have nothing but the real goal in mind – helping those in need!!

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The entire day on Friday was a resounding success, with all golfers having a wonderful time. The dinner in the evening was also a blast, with an atmosphere that was akin to a festive event. Everyone in attendance seemed to have a permanent smile etched on their face. The company was brilliant, the food was superb and May (the emcee) and Shimona Kee (our entertainer for the evening) pulled it off like the true professionals that they are.

In all, the success of the fund raising venture just goes to show me how warm, kind and large-hearted Singaporeans are. At the end of the day, we just all wanted to lend a hand – and quite often such selfless efforts of volunteers and the deep pockets of donors go unnoticed and fly under the radar. This is why I want to take this opportunity to thank you all.

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The feeling of self-fulfillment I get from being a part of charity events such as the Sengkang West CCC CDWF is something that will always be with me.

There are just far too many people involved in Friday’s success to list them all here, so please view the gallery of photos from the dinner to see who they are (all photo credits to Raymond Lee):

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Finally, a huge shout-out and thanks to the major sponsors:

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Community Bonding in the Heartlands

By , November 2, 2011 10:27 pm

Just a very quick article to applaud the hard work of a group of very focussed and talented young Singapore Polytechnic students. Also to thank all the rest of the volunteers – grassroots people (CCMC, RC and Sub-Committees) and all of the other student helpers.

The atmosphere was electric

The atmosphere was electric

The ‘2011 Halloween Spooktacular’ at the Anchorvale Community Club at Sengkang West took place on Saturday night (29th October) and featured the first ever ‘Heartlands Halloween Haunted House’.

To say the event was a resounding success would actually be an understatement! Just a few short weeks ago, we were getting worried that we had only sold just over 300 tickets for the night. Fast forward to Saturday afternoon and we had to put a freeze on ticket sales (around 1,070 sold) or we would have risked not having enough goodie bags.

An early arrival in costume

An early arrival in costume

The event was due to start at 7:30pm, but by 6:30pm – while it was still daylight – the first of the residents began showing up. This enthusiasm and excitement continued into the evening. With other walk-ins, the number of attendees was well in excess of what we ever could have imagined. By 8:00pm, the plaza area was completely full of people and the queue to get into the haunted house at the multi-purpose hall was already stretching as far as the eye could see.

Jack-O-Lantern Decoration competition

Jack-O-Lantern Decoration competition

If attendance alone was not enough, the atmosphere was just electric. I’m guessing almost half of the residents came in costume, some of which must have taken hours (if not days) to prepare… and everywhere you looked, there were people bonding, laughing and having a general ‘blast’ of a time.

Winner of the best dressed competition

Winner of the best dressed competition

The demographic of the crowd was also very interesting – everyone from the young families – parents and children, senior citizens and of course, the young adults… teenagers and early 20’s. It really was a complete cross-section of our close-knit community in Sengkang West… In my Grassroots leadership role, I couldn’t help feeling quite proud and excited as one of the key organizers of perhaps the most successful and fun event ever in our constituency!

Absolutely – this was Community bonding at it’s best!

Congratulations to everyone involved…

Click here to see hundreds of pictures from the event

The picture below, is my family with the Guest of Honour, Dr Lam Pin Min (yes, I’m the one in the mask – quite an improvement to my everyday look, right?):

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A Sea of People

A Sea of People

Putting on a brave face in front of a very frightening Snow White in the Haunted House

Putting on a brave face in front of a very frightening Snow White in the Haunted House

Source: Aussie Pete

A Beautiful Sunny Day In Sengkang West – Happy Birthday!

By , May 15, 2011 2:32 am

On 8th May, 2011 (day after the general election), Sengkang West celebrated its 5th anniversary with our Community Day. Nearly 3,000 residents braved the hottest weekend of the year, to attend the celebrations.


As usual, with any community event, and especially one of this magnitude, so many volunteers came out early to prepare for the day. Given the late evening before (it was around 4am before any of us got any sleep after the excitement of the general election vote counting), it was a mighty effort from all concerned, and given the timing, was not without logistical challenges in the days leading up to the event…

From Mickey (who is pictured here below with his kick-start of a double-shot of coffee, and who also happens to be my co-chairperson for what could just well be the hugest community event for 2011, which will be happening this October – big secret right now, but keep your eye out for the announcement as the date gets closer), the PCF, RC and CCMC members and groups, to our guest-of-honour, Dr Lam Pin Min, who (after about 9 days of campaigning), I suspect had very little sleep at all after being re-elected as the Sengkang West MP for the next 5-years. It was fantastic to see so many people cheering and congratulating him on the result – in my humble opinion, I think the citizens made a very good decision at the polling stations… if the reaction of the residents at the community day is anything to go on, Dr Lam is very popular indeed.


 

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WTH MOMENT!!

Before the event… preparations underway – it was a bit of a Mr Bean beginning for me – sweating and somewhat muscle-sore after spending a lot of time arranging around 400 chairs into position, while taking some pictures of the PCF teachers, the strong wind blew a large whiteboard into the air, only to land corner-first on the top of my head. The loud ‘bang’ was enough to draw the sympathy of everybody around, and many people came to my aid. Of course, wanting to always appear to be the tough man, although I was very embarrassed, I pretended it didn’t hurt at all… when no one was watching, I slinked off to the toilet to clean the gash on the top of my head and wash the blood from my hair – I still have a lump on my head today 🙁



As usual, I cannot post pictures of any of our community events without the mandatory ones of my kids looking cute:

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I had to include an image of the ‘Mountain’ of goodie bags that were prepared for the residents… the artwork for the bag design was created by ‘yours truly’… after much discussion and voting on a variety of designs, images and fonts that I offered up, we (the organizing committee) finally agreed on this one:



A beautiful sunny day in Sengkang West – looking back at our estate from Fernvale Point… not a cloud in the sky!!


Below are some more pictures from the day. I snapped around 600+, and it’s always difficult to pick the right few for my blog, so be sure to view the galleries by clicking the following links:

Sengkang West Community Day – Gallery 1
Sengkang West Community Day – Gallery 2
Sengkang West Community Day – Gallery 3

















 

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Source: Aussie Pete Legacy Blog

Born To Be A Leader

By , April 24, 2011 8:56 pm

Dr Lam Pin Min

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Opposition Parties to Struggle – Grassroots Breakfast and Family Carnival in Sengkang West

By , March 20, 2011 5:43 pm

Let me get one thing straight – I have very little knowledge about the upcoming election, except for what I read in the papers, see on TV and find in the social media.

From: Aussie Pete

Having said that, I do have quite a lot of time and respect for our local MP in Sengkang West, Dr Lam Pin Min. I have met Dr Lam on a few occassions now, the most recent being at Fernvale Point this morning. Off to an early start for a Sunday, I met up with a number of my fellow Grassroots members (CCMC and RC) and neighbours from the local community at the Koufu food court.

The atmosphere was quite abuzz, with the arrival of Dr Lam not long after we started sipping on our Kopi. As usual, he was immaculately groomed and the admiration and even friendship displayed to him by all of the community members present, was immediately apparent, as he moved from table to table to engage in conversation with everybody in attendance… my most amazing observation, was how he recognises and knows so many people personally. So much so, that I was somewhat embarrassed later after the gathering – Dr Lam remembered in which block I live, and questioned me as to why I drove the short distance of only a couple of blocks… I told him it was because I was feeling lazy – although half true, the actual main reason was that 8:00am on a Sunday is very early for me. If I didn’t drive, I would’ve arrived even later than I already did.

During the breakfast, I was treated to my first real exposure to politics in Singapore. I turned to see a huge procession of ‘baby blue’ T-Shirts. I was told by one of my mates, that this was one of the opposition parties… talk about ‘full force’! They moved along like a parade of dignatories or royalty – single file, shaking hands with everyone in their path, and distributing brochures all the way.

When they arrived at our table, the apparent ‘leader’ of the group shook my hand and asked “Where are you from?”… not sure of the actual intention of the question, I responded “Singapore” (after all, I was only 2 blocks from my home)… this brought about laughter among his ranks, and led to his next question (which seemed somewhat ‘loaded’) – “Oh, are you a citizen?”… now I understood the intent – maybe his original question could have been better worded as, “Will you be eligible to vote in the election?”… needless to say, I was not given a party brochure. 🙂

With my hand ready to cramp up from the multitude of handshakes that ensued, as the rest of the blue shirts passed me by, I was not all that surprised to see the gathering of media already buzzing around… I saw at least Channel News Asia crew and became aware of the Straits Times journalist when he approached me immediately after the blue shirts and also asked if I was PR or Citizen.

Anyway – what started as a very simple breakfast with local friends, ended up as somewhat of a political event… the reason I suggest in the topic of this article that it was (or is) a challenge for the opposition, is that regardless of what one might read or see in the news, after talking with so many of my neighbours and friends and those in attendance, the support for Dr Lam Pin Min seems somewhat overwhelming. He has undoubtedly done so much good for this community already, and I’m sure he will continue to do so in the future… I suspect that the opposition really does have their work cut out for them in this SMC.


Shortly after leaving Fernvale Point, I went home and collected the family, donned my Sengkang West Zone E, RC T-Shirt, and we trekked back across to Block 412 for what was a very successful block party (Family Carnival).
A huge congratulations to the RC organizers and volunteers – the kids were running around with permanent smiles on their faces… and I understand that tickets to this event were sold out completely well in advance. It was also winderful to see residents digging into their pockets to help out in the ‘Japan Disaster Appeal’!

Below are a few pictures from the event – and by clicking here you can see even more!!













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