Visit to Kwong Wai Shiu Nursing Home (July 2018)

A Saturday well spent with the residents of Kwong Wai Shiu!  Many thanks to Jack Tan and Kar Lock Lee for inviting us to spend time with our dear residents.

Kwong Wai Shiu is one of Singapore’s oldest charitable healthcare institutions.  It was founded in 1910 by a group of Cantonese merchants who wanted to provide Cantonese immigrants with free medical services.

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Thank you, Kar Lock Lee for teaching us how to cha cha cha!

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Thank you, Kar Lock Lee for teaching us how to cha cha cha!

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The residents from the dementia wards enjoyed very much Jack Tan’s music!  Kudos to you!

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Many thanks, Ms Soon for giving us a tour of Kwong Wai Shiu!

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With Kar Lock Lee and Jack Tan

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With Kar Lock Lee and Jack Tan

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A million thanks to you, Jack!  Your music brings joy to every nursing home we visit!

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With the dancing kings and queens at Clark Quay High Street!  Jack Tan plays his music here every Saturdays and Sundays!

You can read Jack Tan’s story here:  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/cnainsider/chinatown-busker-jack-tan-mission-fill-void-old-folks-lives-joy-10249056

 

Music therapy is music performance without the ego.  It’s not about entertainment as much as it is empathising.  If you can use music to slip past the pain and gather insights into the workings of someone else’s mind, you can begin to fix a problem.  – Jodi Picoult

Visit to Emmaus Home for the Aged Bulacan Philippines (8 June 2018)

Emmaus Home of the Aged was established in 1984 by a Catholic priest in Malolos Bulacan Philippies aimed to provide a shelter for the poor, the elderly, and the sick.

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The home has since thrived as a centre of love and compassion for and by the community.  Current headcount is 78 residents and 15 volunteer caregivers.

Mom celebrated her birthday with the residents of Emmaus Home, spending an entire morning exchanging stories about their families they so terribly miss.  We brought them boxes of coffee, milk, tea, crackers, biscuits, soap bars, shampoo bottles, toothpaste tubes, and toothbrushes.

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Thank you, Nico and Ninang Aling for these huge birthday cakes for Mommy!

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Thank you very much, Jerome for coming with us to this charity event to give haircuts to our dear lolos and lolas at Emmaus Home!  You never fail to support our charity events!

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Some residents could move around on wheelchairs.  There are also those who are tied to their beds due to old age and sickness.

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A little chapel inside the home serves as a nice place for the residents’ daily prayers and a spot for them to gather around and chat with each other.

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Happiest birthday po, Mommy!  Am glad we could celebrate this special day with the residents of Emmaus Home!

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A mother may be quiet but she’s a warrior and her prayers can move mountains 🙂