Local Scene: East Coast Community Tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew (1923 – 2015)

23 March 2015, Monday at 3.18 am, Singapore's founding father and first Prime Minister passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital.

23 March 2015, Monday at 3.18 am, Singapore’s founding father and first Prime Minister passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital.

Adios Mr Lee Kuan Yew (1923 – 2015)

Last night, I was at one of the community sites set up for public to pay last respect to the founding father of Singapore. As I watched the documentary film how Singapore became a nation and transformed from a Third World to First, the speech that has taken my attention the most was when Mr Lee Kuan Yew in a public rhetoric asked for a pause, cried hard and wiped his weary teary face. In unison, I find myself weeping frenziedly. That was fifty (50) years ago when LKY cried for Singapore’s separation from Malaysia. And fifty (50) years later, Singapore and the whole world cried for the passing of such a great man. It happened on 09 August 1965 when the Malaysian Federation ousted Singapore. Amid political upheavals, Singapore as Mr Lee Kuan Yew puts, has only one chance, and there’s no other way but to go up. He promised that Singapore will not belong to one group but it will be for everyone. As a small fishing port it will rise, transform and become a multicultural city where everyone regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, vernacular will live in harmony. Each oratory flashed in the screen at a different point in time from the 50s to the 90s and beyond  left a mark that made me appreciate deeply what Singapore is today.

 Mr Lee Kuan Yew speaks with authority and with a strong conviction. In any public rhetoric he delivers, there is urgency in his tone while he never failed to infuse humor. He is a charismatic one, a great visionary leader. He maybe an authoritarian and had adopted Machiavellian ethics as his belief is that if people will not fear him then he is useless. In 2000, the little red dot has been put in the map, from a Third World country to First. The little red dot back in 1965 was a small fishing port full of slums and squatters has now become one of the world’s wealthiest country. Singapore would not be what it is today if not for a visionary leader that is Lee Kuan Yew.

Farewell, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. May your soul rest in peace. Your legacy will live forever.

Thanking you sincerely,

Mafey

In Memory of Mr Lee Kuan Yew:

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The many faces of Lee Kuan Yew:

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Some LKY’s quotable quotes that I grow fond of:

 On Leadership

“I’m very determined. If I decided what something is worth doing, then I will put my heart and soul to it. The whole ground can be against me, but if I know it is right, I’ll do it. That’s the business of a leader.” -1998, Lee Kuan Yew: The Man and His Ideas

 “Even from my sick bed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and feel something is going wrong, I will get up.” -1988 National Day Rally

 About Women

“If you don’t include your women graduates in your breeding pool and leave them on the shelf, you would end up a more stupid society… So what happens? There will be less bright people in the next generation. That’s a problem.” -1983 National Day Rally

 Craze and Fads

“I see no reason why I should impress people by having a big car or changing my suits every now and then to keep up with the latest styles.” -2011

On Human Relationships

“At the end of the day, what I cherish most are the human relationships. … It is the friendships I made and the close family ties I nurtured that have provided me with that sense of satisfaction at a life well lived, and have made me what I am.” -2003, In a Speech

“Could I have lived my life differently? Maybe yes, but probably not. At each stage, I made what was then… the best choice. Having  taken that decision, I changed direction and there was no turning back.”

“Could I have lived my life differently? Maybe yes, but probably not. At each stage, I made what was then… the best choice. Having taken that decision, I changed direction and there was no turning back.”

Maf-Featured: Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen

Willing Hearts Soup KitchenAnother weekend was well spent. Giving back to society. Gathered with one of my circle of friends, we devote our weekend at the Soup Kitchen helping in the preparation of food to feed about 3,000 + people on a daily basis. We’re happy to be part of the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen. Founded by an amiable person – Mr Tony Tay. We were warmly welcome and during lunch we were given a red wine :). It was an amazing weekend. We thought of spending a day to give back in our own little ways, in return we have received much. Aside from lunch s a post celebration of Chinese New Year, a red wine and a tapao!!! ;)

In another organization where I volunteer my free time, I was asked about my thoughts on volunteerism. I shared my belief that we are mere stewards here on Earth and that everyone has a duty to serve humanity in anyway we can. Thus, when an opportunity is presented to us regardless of where we are in this part of the world, go for it. Continue reading

Local Scene: Holi Festival at Kembangan Field

Hapi Holi! :)

Every color every hue is represented by me and you :)

Last Saturday, the colors have been ubiquitous in the little red dot. Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which become popular in the neighboring Asian countries. Otherwise known as festival of colours or festival of love! :). The usually quiet aura of Kembangan has been filled with different colours, folk music, dance presentations, raffle draws, boisterous noise and laughter. Continue reading

Photography-In-Motion: Landscape from my Hometown :)

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The EARTH has music for those who listen. -William Shakespeare

Hello March! Time is flying faster than plane! ;)

Allow me to share a few snaps of my idyllic hometown :). I used Sony Xperia phone while at the bus traveling on the way back to Manila. The still photos are as ease. Enjoy the tranquil beauty of God’s creation! :D Continue reading

India Tourist Visa On Arrival (VOA)

Terminal 3 New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, International Arrivals

Terminal 3 New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, International Arrivals

Immigration Officer: Are you a Diplomat? Coz you are queuing at the Diplomat line!
Me: Oh. I wish I am!

And we both laugh. That breaks the silence. I laughed nervously. Continue reading

Captured Scene: The Philippines Jeepney

A leisure walk inside UP Diliman campus. Every time I go home, my sisters and I make it a point to drop by here. To eat street foods like fish balls, kwek-kwek, banana cue, manggang hilaw, & drink sago't gulaman. Oh memories! Although, UPLB is my alma mater. I had my master's program taken here at the College of Social Work and Community Development. Little did I know that when I was taking my field practicum and about to start my thesis - I would find myself leaving my comfort zone and with a blink of an eye - I am in a fancy land (as my friends call it) Singapore.  From that day onward, my life has changed forever.

A leisure walk inside UP Diliman campus. Every time I go home, my sisters and I make it a point to drop by here. To be away from the hustle and bustle congested Manila. To take a breath of fresh air. To visit the College of Social Work and Community Development. To take note of anything new. To see what has changed inside the campus. To eat the same old street foods (that I MISS so much!): fish balls, kwek-kwek, banana cue, manggang hilaw, and drink sago’t gulaman.   Although, UPLB is my alma mater, Diliman plays a special place in my heart where I split my time between work, studies, travel and field practicum. Oh memories! Little did I know that when I was about to complete my field practicum and going to start my thesis in my master’s program – I would find myself leaving my comfort zone and with a sudden blink of an eye – I am in a fancy land. As my friends call it. Singapore.
From that day onward, my life has changed forever.

“WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE QUITTING: STOP AND THINK ABOUT WHY YOU STARTED”. -Author Unknown