SG50 Birthday wishes for Singapore

As Singapore turns 50, I can’t help but feel thankful, for this beautiful garden city, this thriving nation, this safe country, my home.

At birthdays, we always make a wish before blowing out the candles. So I thought I would pen down some wishes for my country as she marks her golden jubilee year.

1) May Singaporean homes be a safe haven for children to return to after a long day or even after experiencing a setback. May parents’ expectations and hopes be tempered with a sense of realism that is based on an understanding of who our children really are. And may our children grow and thrive with a deep sense of unconditional love and acceptance.

2) May we stay hungry and curious. Let us never think that we have arrived. Let us never stop dreaming of what things could be, and be willing to put our hands to the plough to achieve them.

3) As technology continues to advance and improve our lives, may we also grow to become a hands-free nation. May we practise leaving our phones in our pockets, and lifting up our eyes to observe the people around us. You never know when someone might be in need of help, and two free hands are better than one.

4) May we learn to complain less, and be grateful more. May we also offer feedback that is constructive, in place of criticism that can be so destructive on the human spirit.

5) May we stop comparing ourselves with the Joneses, and always feel like a failure inside. Instead, let’s view ourselves with humility but also awe, because we are all uniquely and purposefully made by a Creator. (While we’re at it, let’s also stop comparing our children’s grades.)

6) Amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life, and worries and responsibilities, may we also take time to slow down, to count our blessings, and to draw close to nature, friends, and family. To draw strength for the long road ahead.

What are your wishes and dreams for Singapore?

Birthday dreams and wishes for Singapore

A day out at The Animal Resort

We spent our National Day morning getting to know the residents at The Animal Resort.

1) Puppies so excited to see people, they were yelping and leaping with joy in their kennels. These puppies are for sale.

2) This dog was so sleepy, he barely noticed JJ who was banging his little fist on the window right beside it. I think he just wanted to say hello.

3) Big sister feeding a carrot to a hungry rabbit

4) Animal feed can be purchased at the cafe – $1 per pack or $2 for 3 packs

5) I nearly did a double-take when I saw this black and white bunny. It was huge.

6) Geese wandered freely across the farm. They roamed in flocks and made loud honking noises. The kids were pretty taken by them.

7) Daddy and JJ taking a picture with the resident horse, the only one on the farm.

8) This horse gave my friend a “friendly chomp” on her arm, as if testing to see if it was edible or not. Later on we were told that the horse did not like people to pat or stroke its head (which everyone was doing), thus it was probably expressing resentment.

9) Here’s little boy getting his fingers in the dirt. He managed to get some into his mouth when we weren’t looking. Tsk.

10) Godpa and Vera watching the geese from afar.

11) Here’s the crown crane, a rather shy bird. If we walked too briskly toward it, it would turn and walk away in a slow and dignified manner.

12) Shadow of a palm tree on the ground.

After an hour or so of roaming the farm grounds and observing the animals, we headed home to rest. In the evening, we gathered again, this time in front of the telly. As all the participants in the National Day Parade took centrestage, our littlest one also tried to get into the limelight, showing off his new badminton racket (courtesy of godma).

We had a good national day. I hope you did too?

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