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19 May 2015

The Test Of Love II



In my earlier blog entry, I speculated if Yang, who was given permission by the courts to leave Singapore on compassionate grounds, would skip bail and leave his girlfriend/fiancée in the ditch.


As it turned out, the guy was man enough to return within the stipulated time and appeared before the State Courts.

Kudos.

Now, let's see how they face up to the charges laid upon them. For all the hatred they have incited, for all the flames of bigotry that they have fanned, let's see them account for all of them.

If kena prison sentence, can have wedding inside prison one or not ah? Or must wait until come out first then can ROM?
 

Image Credit: http://www.channelnewsasia.com

- Voxeros

11 May 2015

MYP Award Ceremony 2015 - Part 2


Dear SuperFriends,

The 12th Maximize Your Potential (MYP) award ceremony was held on 25th April, 9 am @ Geylang Methodist School Primary, GMSP.

The MYP is a key program under the Run For Funds (RFF) movement.

Present were 20 MYP award recipients (4 Pri 4, 10 Pri 5, 6 Pri 6; 9 of them are prefects!), their parents/guardians, 10 supporters of Run For Funds, GMSP principal and teachers.

To date, 92 students have received the MYP award……. we will reach the milestone century mark within the next 2 years!

Pictures taken at the 2015 MYP award ceremony are posted here: https://www.facebook.com/RunForFunds

Teacher-in-charge of MYP Miss Theresa Tong welcomed everyone.

She congratulated parents and students, adding that it was proud day for all of them.

The recipients were selected for MYP based on their academic performance and good behaviour.
                                                                                                                                                
Here’s an overview of this year’s event:

1. Part 1: Life Lessons

Adrian spoke about the importance of choosing friends wisely.

Friends play a critical role in supporting us and guiding us along a right(eous) path.

He reminded the students that choosing “wrong” friends who have wayward behaviour and dubious characters, could influence them negatively.

He gave examples of how his good friends have influenced him for the better and chastised him when he was wrong.

He encouraged the students to surround themselves with good friends and be a "good friend" to others.


2. Part 2: Mini-Workshop (New)

RFF supporters Christa and Lawrence shared practical exam preparation tips.

These included (1) knowing their own study styles (2) working on their weaknesses (3) proper planning

The students listened attentively to these pearls of wisdom.

Some parents/guardians shared afterwards that the min-workshop was enlightening and would help them guide their children/wards better.

We will do more of these in the future.


3. Part 3: Target Setting

Adrian encouraged the students to aim high.

If they excel in studies and have good CCA/behaviour, scholarships at local and foreign universities (e.g. Stanford, Cambridge) await.

He shared that the 2014 Pri 6’s did very well for their PSLE and all the RFF uncles and aunties are very proud of them.

1 qualified for Victoria Secondary School, 4 qualified for Chung Cheng High School (Main) and 2 went to Geylang Methodist Secondary.

(For those of you who are familiar, to qualify for Victoria and Chung Cheng, students need to score >240, a very good score).

He also shared success stories of past MYP recipients to inspire the students.

The awards were then presented to the students by RFF supporters Lawrence, Christa, Henry and Jason (the man anchoring RFF's web presence).

Event ended with GMSP principal Mrs Rina Liang congratulating the award winners and urging them to keep up their good work.

Rina also thanked RFF supporters for inspiring the students via MYP.

This was followed by a tea reception + group photo taking.


Accounts Update

RFF account as of 29th May 2014 = S$28,576.19

RFF account as of 4th May 2015 = S$28,666.23

We didn’t raise funds in the past year as funds are adequate.

We did, however, receive a $100 contribution from a friend of a Superfriend :-)

The amount you see above is after $2 monthly deductions from the bank for account maintenance and addition of interest.

We contributed $21,000 to MYP in 2013 and these funds are depleted after this year’s award ceremony.

The plan is to inject the $21,000 later this year to fund MYP for another 3 years (2016-2018).

So in 2016/17, we will raise funds for MYP for  years 2019-2021.

Some of you have approached me to contribute to MYP/RFF.

Can I suggest you channel your generosity this year to Nepal relief missions?

They need our help to rebuild their lives.


Special Thanks

Special thanks go out to the following people:

Theresa Tong – Your labour of love and persistence over the past 12 years has impacted 92 young lives and their families. On behalf of the students, their families and MYP supporters, we salute you !

Sulistiati Idrus  - Welcome to the MYP family. Thanks for caring for the students in GMSP and looking after their welfare.

Rina Liang and the staff of GMSP – Thank you for believing in MYP and allocating time and resources to support it. The students at GMSP are blessed to have teachers who are committed to making a difference in their lives.

RFF supporters – As always, thanks for your support, prayers and contributions all these years.

If you have any queries about RFF, please email or call me.

Blessings,

Adrian



- Voxeros

04 May 2015

The Test Of Love



These two of the three editors (the third Malaysian one is still at large outside Singapore) of TheRealSingapore rubbish website were charged for sedition for all the bigoted rubbish that they put on their website.

As far as I know, they are out on bail but their passports have been impounded.

Today's latest update was that Yang was given permission to go to Australia to visit his critically ailing father.

The public prosecution was right to deem him as a flight risk i.e. he may jump bail and never come back. However, not letting him go see his father's final moments would be really bad PR all around the world for after all, the crime was not a serious one like murder or drug offenses.

It was simply shit stirring.

So after some deliberation by the court, he was given back his passport to travel on condition of a higher bail and a return-by 17 May 2015 deadline.

The girlfriend? I am afraid, girlfriend means not immediate family and so will not be accorded the same courtesy.

She is staying put.

Do you see where I am headed with this?

This may just be a test of their love. Will Yang ditch the girlfriend to rot in jail while he gets away scot-free?

OK. OK. I am just being dramatic here. She is not in custody. She is on bail remember?

Question here is will Yang return on/before 17 May 2015? Or will the lass be abandoned to face the music alone?

On one hand, I hope not, for her sake and it would be really sad to see yet another coward that the world will have to deal with.

On the other hand, I hope he skips bail. That way, I will have fodder for my next I-Told-You-So, You-Heard-It-Here-First blog entry.

Only one way to find out.

In 12 days.

Stay tuned.

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- Voxeros

01 May 2015

National Museum Of Singapore - Revisited

A couple of weeks ago, I mooted the idea to the family to go check out the memoriam exhibition of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew only to be met with less-than-lukewarm response.

Fine.

So on the first morning of the Labour Day long weekend, I head out, on my own, to the National Museum Of Singapore, after a morning run and a shower.

It was a tiny exhibition and over in a matter minutes, still well worth the trip anyway as we bid our second farewell to a great statesman.


I stood at the cross created by the edges of the four marble slabs in the foyer of the National Museum, which I believed is smack middle.

Then I looked up with the camera and it appears that the spot perfectly aligns with the center of the dome.

I think.

I love the National Museum. I love the stories she tells of our land. Venagdasalam had his two-shooted coconut tree, I have my National Museum where I head to seek solace and quiet reflection.

- Voxeros
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