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Hip hip hooray! Sierra Leone discharged her last Ebola patient! And they had a dance party to celebrate! hip hip hooray!

Also, ya”ll know I’m down with love. I don’t care who you love as long as its legal. I know a lot of people don’t necessary agree with me. To this I say: we have to agree to disagree. But I cannot believe that whatever religion you belong to won’t be down with peace and love. Love is the most natural thing in the world, and it is also the hardest gift to find. And if you find it, even if its not what society expects, do you really want to give it up? So kudos to this congregation who have not only accepted the bond between this couple but are going to celebrate it.

And I know that its REALLY early to be thinking about Christmas and gift giving. But people, today is the LAST DAY OF AUGUST. In just the blink of an eye, Christmas will be upon us. But in this day and age where everyone already has everything they want and more…well, how about giving something that is absolutely invaluable like giving to a cause to improve the live of another female?

And speaking of gift giving…its my birthday soon! Make my day! Donate to Hair for Hope! All Singaporeans will receive 3x the amount donated in their tax refunds!

well that’s it from me for this week! Have a blessed, happy loving week!

Mon roundups

Right…so Monday Inspirations is slowly giving way to a round up of stuff that either make me laugh or make me glad that I have the life I have.

So its been a while since I’ve talked about inspiring women. Well, this group of girls (young women) are truly inspiring. Not only have they come up with their own solution to end bullying, but they coded a cool new program to help with homework AND end bullying at the same time. Score!

I hung out with my sister and my adorable nephew and niece this past weekend. But I was suddenly reminded of this video … I wanted to send her a link to the video but I didn’t dare to because I didn’t want to upset her. But honestly, its hilarious. And so darn true.

And am I the only one who was reminded of Edward Lear’s the Owl and the Pussycat when they saw this picture?

Weight Loss Tuesday: week 8

Current weight: 62.5 kg
Waist: 31cm
vices: 2 grande mocha frappe
Exercise: 46laps!!!!

To be fair, I was ill on tues and wed. And then mom made her famous porridge to make me feel better. And I ate a lot of it.

Everything else for the wedding seems to be coming along quite nicely. Photographer, make up artist all booked. Car booked. Honeymoon booked. Now waiting for the Beau to book the restaurant. And then we have to decide on cake. And I NEED to lose enough weight to fit into the Dress. And then all will be well.

J

Monday inspirations

Last Friday, I had dinner with classmates from high school. One of the girls, who is holding a full time job as a radiologist, is also a full time mom to 2 young children Aand is attending a part time course to obtain her Masters. She said that having children has simply made her more efficient. Me? I’m still single, no kids, with a job. But studying for a degree again is the furthest thing from my mind.

so my inspiration this week is mothers. All of them. All of you. But my biggest inspiration is my mom. She’s had to manage both me and my sister. And we are not easy children. The number of times we have tested her and disappointed her makes me ashamed.But she still keeps going and she still keeps doing these little things to make our lives easier. And many times I forget to say thank you. But I think I should also stop to ask ” are you ok mummy?”

Monday Inspiration

Yesterday was the 9th of August 2015. The 50th birthday of Singapore. And what can be more inspirational then the birth and progress of a nation who triumphed above all odds? The late PM Lee Kuan Yew, considered to be the founding Father of Modern Singapore did not live to see the jubilee celebrations but he had been present at every National Parade from 1966 when we celebrated our first year of birth until birthday #49. But in truth, he was present yesterday too. We all remembered him. And we all felt the sadness of his passing even as we celebrated.

For those growing up in the 1980s, our theme song for National Day were about progress, and about standing together. The songs were a cry to battle, to push us all to build something. Propaganda really, if you think about it, to whip us all into shape, to continue to forge a path ahead, as ONE NATION. They were catchy tunes, designed to make us march and clap and move!

Hands up those who remember perennial crowd favorite : stand up stand up for Singapore!

and then the other 1980s favorite: Count on me Singapore!

Back then we were still in the throes of nation building. We were all struggling to survive, to carve out a National Identity.

But in the late 1990s, when I was struggling to remember who I was as a person, to remember where I came from. Singapore reminded me. I am Singaporean. My heart is where my home is. This was no longer a nation that needed building. It was already built. We already have a home.

This year’s theme song was not about building a nation or about telling us that we have already built our home. This year’s theme song was about reminding how far we have come and how we have to learn to appreciate all that we have achieved as a nation. Our home. Our Singapore.

Happy 50th birthday Singapore. Still young. Still beautiful. A little older. A little wiser. But still very young. Battle weary perhaps but still triumphant. And may you continue to do so.

Weight Loss Tuesday: Week Six

Current weight: 64kg–disappointing especially since I was only 62kg before I went to Sydney for the weekend!
Current Waistline: 30.5 inches (measured by a professional tailor)
Vices: 1 venti mocha frappe with soy milk, and fish and chips
Exercise: 40 laps. To be fair, I wasn’t in Singapore or near a pool for 4 days!

well, no more holidays. Hopefully I will make more progress next week!

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