Part 1: Mr Dick Lee Celebrates Christmas with Woodlands Care Home Residents (8 December 2017)

The elderly have a soft spot in our hearts so Pres and I would always find ways on how to entertain them and spend time with them.  Residents of the nursing homes we’d frequent always light up and at times get teary-eyed whenever we’d visit them.

Our charity events for nursing homes would always end with our Wo Wo Ni Ni dance.  Originally sang by Ms Rebecca Pan and popularised by Mr Dick Lee in 1989, Wo Wo Ni Ni is one catchy love song and since our very first event at Pearl’s Hill Care Home in Chinatown Singapore, our volunteers have since been dancing to Wo Wo Ni Ni!  The residents just love it and the nursing staff would, no miss, dance along!

The Rehab team of one nursing home we support actually adopted our dance moves to Mr Dick Lee’s song as their morning exercise and they are now exploring if they can make this as the exercise routine for some able senior residents even while on their wheelchairs!

So what I did, some seven months back, I wrote to Mr Dick Lee hoping he could grace our charity events, which typically highlight his Wo Wo Ni Ni song.  We told him that the nursing home residents love this song of his and they would sing and dance with us volunteers even if they are on their beds.  We were told that there have been dance numbers by other groups but it is only Mr Dick Lee’s Wo Wo Ni Ni song most residents recognise and really enjoy listening and dancing to!

Mr Dick Lee said YES and after myriad checks on his schedule, we finally set the date – 8 December 2017; we’d do Christmas caroling for the residents of Woodlands Care Home!

I made arrangements that my colleagues and I do a little caroling for our good folks and we went for practice almost everyday, including the Wo Wo Ni Ni dance!

The Rehab team of Woodlands Care Home had gathered a few interested residents to do the dance moves and they even had it videotaped – so fun to watch them swing their hips and wave their arms up in the air!

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With Mr Gilbert, Madame New, and the Rehab Team of Woodlands Care Home doing the Wo Wo Ni Ni dance

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We made sure that the dance steps are easy so the senior residents could easily pick up and wouldn’t get tired after each and every practice.  To our surprise, they loved every bit of it!

Dancing as a form of therapy is definitely a fun way to engage the elderly.  This brings along myriad benefits and with Mr Dick Lee gracing our event, such a huge celebrity singing a familiar tune would undoubtedly excite the senior residents during the charity event!

And to top up their excitement, Pres and I prepared this Christmas caroling invite – sooooooo cute!  Mr Dick Lee is our parachuting star 🙂

 

Woodlands Caroling Invite 8Dec2017

 

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With York Fuan, that sweet lady who heads the Woodlands Care Home Rehab Team

 

Offering care means being a companion, not a superior.  It doesn’t matter whether the person we are caring for is experiencing cancer, the flu, dementia, or grief.  If you are a doctor or surgeon, your expertise and knowledge come from a superior position.  But when our role is to be providers of care, we should be there as equals.”  ― Judy Cornish

 

 

 

 

 

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Part 3: Visit to Huong La Orphanage in Bac Ninh Province Vietnam (10 December 2017)

Pres and I flew to Hanoi Saturday the 9th.   The staff of Tomodachi House, the hostel we stayed in was helpful as always and led us to shops in Cha Ca where we could source for crayons, pens, and colouring books as well as soaps, toothbrushes, boxes of toothpaste, face towels, and baby powder for our goodie bags!

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Sister Hai was very excited knowing we brought 50 talc powder bottles for all the residents, including Sister Hai herself, something they’d likely not spend their money on considering the scant resources they have.

Huong was very nice to have bought warm blankets for the residents.  Thank you very much, Huong!  Her daughter Oc was our very reliable translator as her English is really strong for a young girl her age!

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With Huong, Oc and Voi 🙂

Our friends Tri and Trung and Pres and I have one thing in common – Baker & McKenzie.  Pres and I were from the Manila office while Tri and Trung are with Baker & McKenzie Hanoi.  WE met over a decade ago and despite the distance, our friendship blossomed and here we are now, doing charity work together!

True friends do not happen everyday.  They are in fact very rare this day and age.  Baker & McKenzie brought us all together!

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Before we left, Sister Hai and the rest of the sisters prepared us some pho ga (chicken noodle soup); thank you all very much for the thoughtfulness!

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Our group photo with the volunteers and Sister Hai and the kids!  We will see you all again really soon!

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Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.” — Wess Stafford

Part 2: Visit to Huong La Orphanage in Bac Ninh Province Vietnam (10 December 2017)

The kids look so very happy – they smile and laugh and dance non-stop!  We commend Sister Hai and the rest of the sisters for the love and care they untiringly show these kids; it just radiates in their faces!  As John Bunyan aptly put it, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”  Bless your kind hearts!

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Our young ladies, dancing to their favourite songs!

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Auntie Nha, teaching the kids some dance moves!

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Our cutesie little dancer, dancing with Auntie Nha!

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Auntie Nha, teaching the kids how to gesture a heart!

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This little boy is one of the youngest residents of the orphanage.  He loves to cuddle!

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With Tri and Pres and this super cute little angel!

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He’s one happy boy!  Though he is unable to speak, he is always smiling!

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Lovely smile from this one lovely lady!

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The kids love the camera!

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When we were heading out, she called me to show me her favourite toy.  We will come back soon so we can play together!

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This young lady loves being cuddled!

And this was how the kids bid us goodbye; so nice of them!  We will come back soon to see you all again!

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Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.” — Diana, Princess of Wales