Tuesday, 28 October 2008

My aunt - her 86th birthday

This is my aunt, the only relative from my mom's side of family.

We celebrated her
86th birthday at my house last weekend. We respect her a lot because she was the only relative who really cared about us when we were young. I always remember those days when my mom was stricken by cancer and our home turned topsy-turvy, it was then that my aunt travelled all the way from her house with her daughter, sister Soo, by bus to bring us food and to cook for us. Most importantly, she calmed us from the feeling of anxiety and fear of seeing my mom who was seriously ill. She showered us with loads of TLC when we needed it the most. Those feelings are still very fresh in my mind although it was 18 years back.

Then, 10 years later, we lost our dearest sister to cancer again. This time, aunt was again a pillar of strength to us. Her gentle words were ever comforting and taught us to let go. She taught us that life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.

Today we are a bunch of happy brothers and sister who treasure the meaning of "happiness". We make time to have a weekly get-together, because it is best that we cherish people and make precious memories while they are still around.

Kiew Poh, we wish you many more birthdays ahead and great health always!

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Is there anything you'd like to do to help? Visit Taman Sinar Harapan Kuala Kubu Bahru

One for the album

Beds are desperately needed in Taman Sinar Harapan

How are you, mama, this resident was greeting Mrs Chow, family of KC Yap, wife Timmy and mother in-law with their children at the background

Veon is giving out Pooh and Sponge Bob

This is the closest picture I can get looking inside the ward

Sheer happy faces

We spotted ants underneath the beds

Every efforts is worthwhile

Wards for the heavily mentally challenged residents

Villi is seen here giving out fish to Jasmine Chong. Looking on are brothers Yap Liang on the right and Yap Yang on the left who sponsored the fishes

Did you see the smile on their faces? Wonders of the Pooh and the fighting fish

Me, giving thank you note to all participants for their contributions

This is the famous artist (Mr Lam Kwai Fatt) using his toes to draw pictures and sell to the public to raise fund for the centre

Guess what, fighting fish...a sold out item in seconds

Toilet rolls are on the wanted list too...

My lovely relative made homebaked mooncake for them

Microwave could be useful to the kitchen

Hair cutter is even more useful, I thought

Blankets & diapers are the most wanted

Here comes the goodies

En. Azwan from Taman Sinar Harapan KKB giving us a welcome briefing

Taklimat ( Briefing time)

My fellow blogging friends, Ali and Lisa from MISC

Gifts that make all residents smile

Token of Appreciation sponsored by Villi and Vivian, my children

My right and left hands, Yap Yang and Amy, without them, this project will not be completed as smooth. Yap Yang even came down with mild fever and yet came along, bravo guys!

8 Cars pooled together

Young and old come together for a good cause

Group meet at the Rawang Toll

Came back from visiting Taman Sinar Harapan, Kuala Kubu Bahru, I was wrecked. Exhausted by the pass few days' hectic schedule of buying stuff and the recent bad weather fueled my adrenaline with constant prayers for a smooth day for today. Down pour came on our way home, I guess that was the best I could asked from God, the almighty. Guards down when we all arrived home safely.

Taman Sinar Harapan, word for word translation is = Garden of Sunshine and Hope.

I saw sunshine, and I saw pretty gardens. Flowers are blooming better than that in our yards at home. But I didn't see hope in most of the residents' eyes. 80% of them are bedridden and mildly mentally challenged except a few who are able to walk about at the centre's compound. Some of those sitting or even standing on the metal bed are tied with chain and padlocked on one of their ankles, as clothe lines or bandages are not effective to confine them. Their diapers are full with all you could imagine and ants were seen crawling around the beds.

Those residents who are more seriously mentally challenged are grouped in enclosed areas dividing between male and female. Their lives are so dependent on others including filling their stomach when hungry. Most of them are naked and sleeping on wet floors, some were seen with feces in between their legs. According to the Officer, En Azwan, their bodies do not respond to the living environment and therefore will not feel cold even in a cold night.

We were neither allowed to take any pictures nor video taping inside the dormitory (Asrama), I guess it is only fair. By now, you should have a grim picture in your mind. Let me ask you one question, feeling for those residents is obvious; But do you feel for the workers who are taking care of them?

My blog is to help create awareness to the world that there are unfortunate human beings born to this world with abnormality and living in solitude. They can't demand or ask for people to visit, because some couldn't speak, some couldn't see and some couldn't hear, but they can feel our touches and strokes and they do respond by way of giggles or laughters, you tell me, don't they have feelings? I wonder if they cry at night...


Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Happiness comes from giving

To be able to give is a privilege, as the saying goes.

I am proud of you, fellow blog readers, friends and relatives. For, I have managed to achieve a total of RM6,000++ of donation from very kind hearted lots like you which I treasured most. This post is specially dedicated to YOU who made a difference!

Like I said in the previous post, given the present economy climate, not many are able or willing to fork out spare funds to help others. With little hope, we moved on with our plan to visit Taman Sinar Harapan KKB. Official approval letter from Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat was obtained within a week and the rest was my duty to raise the money and finding participants.

Emails sent out, phone calls followed. Rejections were expected, excuses aplenty. My heart was halfway sinking ... until people like you came along and picked me up again. "Nothing is impossible", I told myself, just preservere and continue doing the necessary and help will come from up there, this has always been my belief.

The following are the list of all who have made generous donations for this trip which I want the world to know, that there are people like you who continue to give despite the present financial adversity, you all made a difference! I will always remember you and I wish you and all at home health & happiness always.

Contributions received from:

1. Mr Yong Chee Kin and friends RM600.00
2. Mr Steven Kok and family RM300.00
3. Ms Karen Kok and Baby Bryan RM100.00
4. Mr Ngo Choong Lek and family RM300.00
5. Mr Yap Yin Hong and family RM300.00
6. Ms Kelly Pang and friends RM300.00
7. Mr K.C. Yap and family RM300.00
8. Mr Chan Yoong Houng and family RM600.00
9. Mrs Chow RM200.00
10. Mdm Oon Hwang RM300.00
11. Mdm Nancy Kerk and family RM200.00
12. Mr Voon Siew Wah & family RM300.00
13. Mr Tai Koon Loon and family RM500.00
14. Mdm Agnes Chan ( Fellow blogger) RM300.00
15. Mr Max Yong and family RM300.00
16. Mr Bor Ngee Wha and family RM200.00
17. En Ali Amran Alias and friends (Blog reader who I'm looking forward to meet) will be joining us and bringing essentials too.
18. Ms Vivian and Mr Villi Geow who sponsored the token of appreciation to all participants
19. Mr Yap Yang, Mr Yap Liang and Ms Amy Ling who sponsored live fish for 20 orphans.
20. Mr Koo Liong Eng who donated one homecare bed at RM1000.
21. Mr Jason Bong and family who donated one microwave oven.

(The list is constantly updated as donations are still coming in as of today, Saturday 11 October 2008.)

With the above funds, we will channel to buying essentials requested by Taman Sinar Harapan, i.e. adult diapers, milo, milk powder, rice, cooking oil, soap powder, floor detergent, blankets, toilet rolls.

Look out for my next pictorial post on our outing, this Sunday.