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

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Morning Stroll on Pearl’s Hill (27 May 2017)

A charity event for our dearest residents of Pearl’s Hill Care Home in Chinatown Singapore

With all our volunteers and the staff of Pearl’s Hill Care Home.  Thank you all so very much for joining Pres and I in our Morning Stroll on Pearl’s Hill event and for spending time with our dearest residents on 27 May 2017.

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Our Haircutting Team, spearheaded by Ms Irene Ong, our haircutting instructor back in 2013.  Thank you very much!

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Our Dear Reflexology Team.  Many thanks to Master Lai and Ms Orifiel, who were our reflexology instructors in 2014.  Thank you both very much!

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We started our charity event with some morning hand exercise.  Our volunteers helped porter and wheel our residents from their wards to the activity area.  Master Lai conducted the 保健手操 (Bao jian shou chao) for our residents.  Thank you, Master Lai!

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With a few of our favourite residents at Pearl’s Hill Care Home who could not stop thanking us!  We thank you more for letting us spend time with you all last Saturday!  We will see you again very soon!

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After our morning exercise, we proceeded with haircutting.  Our Haircutting Team in action!  Thank you very much for participating in our charity event!

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Our friend Sir Jerome flew all the way from Manila PH just to join our Haircutting Team to participate in our charity event for our dear residents.  Thank you very much!  Mabuhay ka!

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Our dear residents queued up for their haircut after their morning exercise and while waiting for their turn, a few of our volunteers who had set up their karaoke system entertained our dear residents!  Thank you so very much!

Our Karaoke King!  He has got such a beautiful voice!  Thank you very much for serenading us with your favourite songs!

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Our Dear Reflexology Team decided to provide massage to our residents inside the residents’ wards so our dear residents would not have to get up from their beds and they could rest while enjoying their massage.  Many thanks to our Dear Reflexology Team for the wonderful efforts!

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Pearls Hill Reflexology Inside Wards 27May20170

A million thanks to our volunteers who showed up with their donations for the Pearl’s Hill Care Home residents!  May your good hearts be blessed always!

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Finally we can sit down and rest!  Tired but HAPPY for this chance to spend one Saturday with our dear dear uncles and aunties from Pearl’s Hill Care Home!  We will see you again real soon!

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Our charity event invite.  A million thanks to all our volunteers for participating in our Morning Stroll on Pearl’s Hill charity event.  Our dear residents feel so very loved (including Pres and I!) that we spent our Saturday morning with them!

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Thank you very much, Pearl’s Hill Care Home for letting us spend one Saturday with you!  We hope to see you all again very soon!

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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

 

Update 7:  Little Angels’ Cemetery in Nha Trang, Vietnam (8 October 2016)

Mr Tong spent his savings for a piece of land, turned it into a cemetery, and since 2001, he has been giving proper burial to aborted foetuses from abortion clinics in Vietnam.

Day time, he works as a construction worker. Nighttime, he makes his rounds to the hospitals to collect remains of aborted babies so he could bury them in his cemetery.

Some two hours away from the orphanage is this beautiful and quiet garden, the resting place for our little angels.

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We lighted joss sticks for our little angels

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Most of our little angels here would have names given by Mr Tong

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Some of our little angels here are lucky – they get to be visited by their Moms and Dads once in a while

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With two of our girls from the orphanage, we lighted incense sticks for our little angels

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Some babies from stillbirths and miscarriages are also here.  Their parents had requested Mr Tong if their babies could stay here and be playmates with the rest of our little angels

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Mr Tong has this little corner in the orphanage.  This is where he prepares our little angels for burial

IMG_7062Both aborted on 7 October 2016, babies Maria and Guise sat quietly in their clay caskets.  Our prayers are with these little angels and their families.

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Babies Maria and Guise were both buried on the day of our visit to the cemetery

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The cemetery at nighttime

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I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is ‘Abortion’, because it is a war against the child.  A direct killing of the innocent child, ‘Murder’ by the mother herself.  And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?  How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion?  As always, we must persuade her with love.  And we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts.” ― Mother Teresa