Part 2: Visit to Prisoners Assistance Nepal (March 2018)

Everybody loves cake so when we reached Kathmandu, the first thing we did was to look for a cake shop.   As in our past events, we’d always ask the cake artist to do our LOVE makes life beautiful design.   It was a struggle because not many Nepalese speak English so we had a hard time explaining how we wanted the cake to turn out.




Such carefree smiles from these lovely ladies!



Puppies are always a lovely sight!



After hours of hitting the streets of Kathmandu, we saw Yeti Coffee and Bakeshop, a quaint cakeshop in Thamel and the nice lady said the chef could customise a cake for us!

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We planned to bring this huge cake to the children on our visit to their homes.   So happy the cake turned out just nice!  We had earlier asked Indira to translate LOVE makes life beautiful in their language.  We had that written on the cake so the kids could read the message – Mayale jiwanlai sundhar banaaucha!


Our first stop was this home in Manang Gate Nayabajar.  It’s where the younger kids stay with Indira and her biological daughter, along with a few volunteer carers.  Right across the home is PA Nepal’s office.  The home owners are nice enough to let Indira use their property at an affordable lease price.


The children loved the huge cake we brought for them!  Thank you very much, Yeti Coffee and Bakeshop for preparing this cake for the children despite the very short notice!







With the cute and cheeky kids of Prisoners Assistance Nepal!





With our cutesie little dancer Bhu!


We gave each child a cotton bag for their school supplies and a digital watch!


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ― Leo F. Buscaglia















Part 4: Mr Dick Lee Celebrates Christmas with Woodlands Care Home Residents (8 December 2017)

Group PhotoDL IMG_6642A million thanks to Mr Dick Lee for making the lives of all our senior residents at Woodlands Care Home so much more beautiful!  Our hearts just grew three sizes and our good folks could not stop talking about Mr Lee and that Christmas programme we did for them last 8 December 2017!  It was such a heart-warming and a very meaningful event!

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We could not get enough of Mr Lee!  He nicely posed with the residents, staff, and the rest of our volunteers for photos!  A true Singapore idol!

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This is Mr Subramanian and he’s a huge fan of Mr Lee.  He had earlier asked if I could give him a photo of Mr Lee so what I did, I introduced him to his idol and took these nice photos of them together!

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Here are our group photos!  We struggled to squeeze ourselves in these shots!

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We sincerely hope that Mr Lee will continue to support us in our future charity events and help promote dance therapy for the elderly by dancing to Mr Lee’s songs.  Wo Wo Ni Ni is such a cheeky song and everybody just loves dancing to it!

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Tell me the last time you danced and I will tell you the last time you were happy.” – unknown


Part 3: Mr Dick Lee Celebrates Christmas with Woodlands Care Home Residents (8 December 2017)

Mr Dick Lee’s Mom was from Ipoh and from her he learned Cantonese.  This is his ticket to landing engagements in Hong Kong, having been able to write songs in Cantonese.  Wo Wo Ni Ni apparently was that song his Mom was very fond of, that taught him a bit of Mandarin.  Interesting to know that this song was not written by Mr Lee but by Ms Rebecca Pan (Pan Wan Ching).

He also made it big in Japan and Wo Wo Ni Ni, which he revived in 1989, was a sure hit and was in fact used as a jingle for some diet crackers or drinks TV ad!

Studies have shown that dance therapy brings well-being and happiness to old people.  In our sincere drive to promote dancing as a form of therapy for senior residents of nursing homes across Singapore, we have been dancing to Wo Wo Ni Ni and teaching the rehab teams and the residents of nursing homes the dance steps.  The joy it brings to our good folks, simply beyond what we had imagined it to turn out!  Just hearing a familiar song and without them even knowing it, hips are swaying and arms are up in the air!


Health authorities have long known that the arts can play a valuable role in the physical and mental well-being of older people, Mark Tran of The Guardian said.  A Royal Society of Public Health report in 2013, he furthered found that music and the visual arts improved vital signs, reduced anxiety and blood pressure and highlighted dance for its potential in easing loneliness and in encouraging non-verbal communication.  Physical benefits include improvements in balance, strength and gait, which reduce the risk of falls.

We serenaded our good folks with popular Christmas songs!

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And we all sang Home with Mr Dick Lee towards the end of the programme.

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