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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

Great Drug Bust, CNB! Now Fix The Alcohol Problem?

By , November 21, 2011 1:46 am

One of the most positive things about living in Singapore, is the extremely low crime rate… one reason, being the relatively small illegal drug trade which takes a lot of the opportunities and temptation away from our youths.

Of course (and I’ve spoken about this before), I’m not necessarily raising the subject of hard versus soft drugs, nor am I advocating the very tough penalties associated with them (up to and including the death penalty)… I just feel very comforted to know that as my kids grow up in Singapore, they will have little or no exposure to ‘hard’ drugs – a comfort that unfortunately cannot be shared in many other countries across the globe.

The CNB seized 17 grams of Ice, 74 grams of heroin and some Ecstasy pills

The CNB seized 17 grams of Ice, 74 grams of heroin and some Ecstasy pills

On Friday, just gone by, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) arrested 111 drug offenders in a five-day islandwide operation. Included among those taken into custody, were seven suspected traffickers and 104 suspected drug abusers.

cnb_logoThe CNB also seized 17 grams of ‘Ice’, 74 grams of heroin and some Ecstasy pills as a result of the operation. The scope of the activities covered both public and private residential areas, along with industrial estates in Woodlands, Sengkang, Tiong Bahru, Clementi and Jurong.

So, all kudos to the men and women of the Central Narcotics Bureau!

Having said that, I am still waiting for the authorities to take a stance on the other ‘legal’ drug, which has been proven to be one of the most addictive, harmful and damaging (to individuals and those around them) available today! Of course, I am talking about alcohol.

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Now, don’t get me wrong… I am no prude and I enjoy a beer or glass of wine as much as the next guy. But for a country where drug use and abuse brings about such severe penalties and other breaches of the law are strictly and swiftly dealt with, I am often amazed at how alcohol can be purchased at any 7-11 store, local and large chain supermarkets and any food-court beverage shop. The follow-on effect of this ease of availability, which has shown to be the case in many other geographies, is the onset of drinking in public places and under-age drinking.

This problem I have personally witnessed on numerous occassions – just take a walk around the back of Admiralty shopping centre (near the MRT) on any evening, and check out the many very young boys openly drinking and ‘yahooing’ – while young families (and sometimes small children on their own) are walking by…

Given the widely publicized facts that alcohol is the number one abused drug in the world, and is the cause of the largest number of drug-associated violent crimes in many countries (not to mention the high rate of association with road deaths due to drink-driving), it’s about time that the authorities in Singapore thought about a blitz on public intoxication and the under-age drinking that is prevalant… they could start with an overhaul of the sale of alcoholic beverages, making it available only at licensed premises or bottle shops.

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On another note, the statistics for the first half of this year, show that between January and June, 1,741 drug abusers were arrested (of which 641 were new abusers), compared to 1,456 drug abusers (including 672 new abusers) arrested in the first half of 2010… I’m wondering if this shows an improvement by law enforcement, or an increase in drug activity?

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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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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Source: Aussie Pete

The Day I Met The Prime Minister of Singapore!

By , April 3, 2011 11:11 pm

Source: Aussie Pete

Any of my colleagues or people that know me (in real life, or in the social media space), are probably tired of me reminding them that today was the day that the Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, was to pay a visit to our small but very close-knit community in Sengkang West.

The day I met the PM - Jaime, Aussie Pete, PM Lee and Dr Lam Pin Min

The day I met the PM - Jaime, Aussie Pete, PM Lee and Dr Lam Pin Min

After many weeks of planning and the tireless efforts of a small group of people from the Residents Committee (RC, Zones E & F) and the CCMC (Anchorvale Community Centre Management Committee), the ‘Wellness Day’ event was a ripping success!

Following on from our final organizing meeting yesterday morning, we all met at Blk 437 for a final briefing and breakfast this morning at 8:00am, before heading over to Fernvale Point to put the finishing touches on the location and to ensure all of the logistics were taken care of.

PM Lee and our local MP, Dr Lam

PM Lee and our local MP, Dr Lam


For anyone visiting our community for the first time, it would be quite understandable if you were to assume that this usually laid-back pocket of the heartlands had become the fashionable place to hang-out on a Sunday morning. With literally thousands of people out to enjoy the day and a shared excited anticipation at the upcoming treat of PM Lee’s attendance, the entire area was literally ‘abuzz’!

And nobody was disappointed!! The agenda and event went off like clock-work. I could start naming people responsible for the meticulous planning, but I fear if I did, I may miss one or more people in doing so. These wonderful givers to the community know who you are, but I do think a special shout-out needs to be given to Peter (not me) and Mickey.

Although PM Lee arrived a little earlier than planned, it was no concern or isssue for everyone involved. Upon being greeted by Grassroots leaders, the PM, accompanied with the very popular Dr Lam Pin Min were treated with a fabulous welcome and performance from around 325 children of the various local PCF (PAP Community Foundation) kindergartens.

325 Students from PCF Kindergartens performed for the PM

325 Students from PCF Kindergartens performed for the PM

Shortly thereafter, Mr Lee met with many of the residents, many of whom seized the opportunity for a photograph with the charismatic leader – ‘yours truly included’ – which was no simple task let me tell you, given that my ‘official role’ for the day was that of photographer for the CCMC and RC’s… I managed to off-load the camera to my wife in a well-rehearsed play, swooped up my son, Jaime, in my arms, and managed to get to actually not just meet with the PM, but also had a very meaningful conversation with him. Dr Lam introduced us, and described my involvement in the Sengkang West Grassroots and CCMC. Then PM Lee proceeded to display genuine interest in my time here in Singapore… and my son, although overwhelmed at the time, has not stopped speaking about how we met the Prime Minister – I think he’s got some serious ‘showing off’ and boasting ahead of him tomorrow at kindergarten (he asked me to print off a photo for his ‘show and tell’ already) :p

A very down to earth and charismatic man - Lee Hsien Loong

A very down to earth and charismatic man - Lee Hsien Loong

Welcome and pleased to meet you!

Welcome and pleased to meet you!

Following on from a walkthrough around the various establishments within Fernvale Point and meeting the shopkeepers and vendors, we had a simple but very delightful snack at Koufu – and managed to cool off a bit in the process… it was a very warm and humid morning.

Soon after, it was time to say farewell to PM Lee, and although I suspect that the organizing teams took a collective sigh of relief, it was definitely accompanied by a real sense of accomplishment… and very well deserved.

This event, my first as a member of the organizing committee of any community event in Sengkang West, was a roaring success – in our eyes, as well as that of the community. The smiles and genuine admiration and happiness shown by our local people will be etched in my memory – this is why I love getting involved in community activities and why I have decided to take an active role in our local community – our HOME – SENGKANG WEST!

We All Love Sengkang West

We All Love Sengkang West

To see the galleries of pictures I took on the day, just click the following links – with great effort, I managed to somehow reduce the number of pictures to less than 400 (so I could fit in two albums on Facebook):

Click for Wellness Day – Gallery 1

Click for Wellness Day – Gallery 2

Wellness Day at Fernvale Point – 3rd April, 2011 – a day to remember! The Day I Met The Prime Minister of Singapore.

Guest of Honour - Lee Hsien Loong

Guest of Honour - Lee Hsien Loong

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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