Pearl’s Hill Care Home Outing (20 May 2017)

A Saturday morning well spent with some residents of Pearl’s Hill Care Home!  Thank you very much for letting us join this outing and have the opportunity to take our dear residents out to People’s Park Complex Food Centre in Chinatown for breakfast and some shopping at Sheng Siong!

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Group photo of the Pearl’s Hill Care Home residents, staff, and volunteers, taken at People’s Park Complex Food Centre in Chinatown.

IMG_80980Auntie T and I both had porridge with century egg and we had kopi-o after.  She loves hot coffee!  She requested for a drinking straw, how clever!

IMG_80990Auntie E is unable to eat by herself so Pres helped feed her her yong tau foo.  Yum!  He got it from our favourite stall!

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After their lunch, we brought Auntie E to Sheng Siong for some shopping!

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Auntie T wanted some chocolates!  She is supposed to be on soft diet and nothing too sweet but today is her cheat day, she gets to have some chocolates!

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With our dearest Auntie E and Auntie Tt after our breakfast at People’s Park Complex Food Centre in Chinatown.

 

Blessed are you when you enjoy the company of elderly people.  They are always ready to share their rich experience and wisdom with young people. ― Lailah Gifty Akita

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Why We Enrolled in Haircutting and Reflexology Courses

The children and the elderly have a soft spot in our hearts, both Pres and I and if we could visit an orphanage or a nursing home every month, gladly we would!  But it is no easy to pull off any charity event here or outside of Singapore given the hardly sufficient skill sets that we have.

The impression would always be that those who are in the medical field have that edge when it comes to doing outreach and charity work.  While Pres may be a licensed First-Aider (is that how it’s called?), I could barely stop feeling fidgety when getting some jabs at the local clinic.  Imagine that.

So in 2013 when we first said YES to joining a group off to Myanmar for a mission trip, Pres and I had this conundrum – what value do we add to this group exactly that they would not regret giving us slots, which other volunteers with way useful skills that we so do not possess, would have gotten easily?

This made us decide to enroll ourselves in haircutting courses early 2013.  The mission trip was scheduled first week December so all Saturdays until December, we attended haircutting classes in Serangoon and Tampines community centres.  Pres was always the only thorn among the roses in all our classes but he didn’t mind!

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Thankfully, we finished basic and intermediate haircutting courses in time for our mission trip to Myanmar.  We visited a Karen orphanage in South Shan State, home to 70+ kids, some 14 hours away from Yangon.  We miss the kids at the orphanage as well as the villagers there and we hope to visit them again soon!

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Pres & Ivy

Then in 2014, we started looking around for reflexology courses we could enroll in and only this one reflexology school replied and accepted to teach Pres and I.  We would go for our classes after office (8ish) twice in a week and for our make up classes, we would be there on weekends.  We have been eyeing nursing homes here in Singapore to visit next so we could spend some time with the elderly there.

Master Lai, who speaks very scant English was our reflexology instructor.  Lucky that another instructor, Ms Orifiel would always translate for us!  We would typically take turns on who was to give and to receive massage during class.

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Pres somehow managed to find his way to teach (am using the term loosely!) me and our classmate Susie how to locate the pressure points!  Master Lai probably went for his tea!

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Free neck and head massage, thank you very much!  I’d need to hold up our cheat sheet each time, though!

But the best part of taking reflexology classes, we got to practice on my Mom and my Dad at home!

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To make an elderly person happy is the noblest act a young person can ever do!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Morning Stroll on Pearl’s Hill on 27 May 2017

We are organising a charity event for the senior residents of Pearl’s Hill Care Home on 27 May 2017 (Saturday) 900am to 1200pm.  The activities we have lined up for our residents are:

  1. Haircutting session;
  2. Hand, neck, and shoulder reflexology; and
  3. 保健手操 (Bao jian shou chao).

Pearl’s Hill Care Home is the first government-run nursing home in Singapore.  Located at the heart of Chinatown, yet nestled amid the lush greenery and tranquility of Pearl’s Hill, this nursing home provides its residents with a conducive environment to recuperate, become independent again, and be able to return home.  Current headcount is 119.

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Photo, not ours.  Credit to the owner.

One retired accountant staying in a nursing home once said: “It can be very very lonely sitting between four walls day in day out on your own; these walls aren’t responsive when you start talking to them.”

This coming 27 May 2017, let us do a Morning Stroll on Pearl’s Hill and bring some warmth and joy to the senior residents of Pearl’s Hill Care Home.  No medical or nursing experience required and no age limit!  We were told that the residents love receiving guests and in more ways than one, we can keep them company one Saturday morning.

Donations are welcome!  Drop-off point is at Dear Reflexology Shop at Blk 510 Bedok North Street 3 #01-05 Singapore 460510.  For lack of space and transport, let us limit our donations to these five (5) items:

  1. Biscuits in small packs;
  2. Milo powder in sachets;
  3. Cereals in small packs;
  4. Toothpaste in small tubes; and
  5. 3-in-1 coffee in sachets.

If you are keen to join us and if you wish to donate, please direct message us here.  See you all on 27 May 2017 for our Morning Stroll on Pearl’s Hill!

❤️ Pres & Ivy

 

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