The buses we leased could only take in so much seated volunteers so most of them headed straight to Botanic Gardens.
One of the nursing home staff delivered the briefing.
It started to pour for a good five minutes then we had our sunshine! Thank God!
A friend who has earlier joined our previous charity event in May 2017 happens to be a gym instructor and she asked me if she could lead the morning exercise for our dear senior residents. The day of our outing, she showed up with a few more friends who helped out with wheeling and attending to our folks! Thank you so very much!
We lined up by the Palm Valley for our morning exercise. JJ took the lead.
Age should never be an obstacle to exercise!
Singapore is home to gorgeous parks and gardens and we have been meaning to take our senior friends from Pearl’s Hill Care Home to a few of these places so they could go out and get some fresh air.
We started writing to National Parks for permit to visit and they were so nice to let us see the Learning Forest and the Palm Valley. They were even very generous to have given us free admission to the National Orchid Garden! Thank you very much!
The home staff helped us book special buses for this outing to the Botanic Gardens because for their safety, our senior folks would be on wheelchairs for the duration of the park visit, including their bus rides from the nursing home to Botanic Gardens and back.
This is how the inside of the special bus looks like. Our senior folks are securely fastened to their respective spots inside the bus.
It is a wonderful thing that the people who have come before us have done so many things for us and many people today – our families, our friends, those we meet in the subway – contribute to the details of our lives. The practice of appreciation is as they say, the most powerful way to increase one’s enjoyment of life. We just need to look around at how beautiful this world is.
To stop and smell the roses may just be an expression for some, but to many like Pres and I, it is a good advice to find satisfaction in life. One study suggests that appreciating the meaningful people and things in our lives play a huge role in our overall happiness.
Our invite for our Singapore Botanic Gardens outing for the senior residents of Pearl’s Hill Care Home on 23 September 2017 is out! Save the date!
“Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. You’re only here for a short visit. So don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.” – Walter Hagen