Got hope lah

Last night I spoke at an SMU Alumni event called “Passion Unleashed“, and it was heartening to see people sharing the same ideas about passion, work and compassion.

What struck me was the number of people I spoke to later who talked about setting up social enterprises, non-profits and training people how to run social enterprises and non-profits. It’s been like that in the past two years or so, and it bodes well for this country.

Then this morning, I read news about the MOE not publishing top PSLE scorers anymore. That’s really good news unless you’re selling essence of chicken and need to endorse a bright student who’s not a vegetarian.

Remember, Remember The ‘Stache of November

7 days later and still so sparse.

I hate shaving and I support men’s health issues, so this Movember movement is win-win lor. If you haven’t already, do register as a mo-bro or mo-sista and start growing that ‘stache.

If you haven’t decided on what to get for yourself or someone this Christmas, consider a health screening package – we did that in July and are very thankful we did – we’re still getting the issues we discovered then sorted out. A friend of Naomi’s summed it up perfectly. She said she applauded us for taking our destinies into our own hands.

The Christmas Fire At Robinsons

Robinsons, Raffles Place. Click through to see it post-fire.

The 21st of this month will see the 40th anniversary of the horrific fire that destroyed Robinsons Departmental Store at Raffles Place in 1972. Nine people died in the blaze that morning, which was large enough to be visible from Jurong.

Those who are old enough to remember the event have had memories of this seared in their minds. My mother (I was only three then) always told us about how she had changed her mind at the very last minute that morning not to shop there – her office was almost right next door at D’Almeida Street – for our Christmas presents that year.

If you or your friends have recollections of events like this – here’s a reminder to come and share next Saturday, 10 Nov 2012 at Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Shop on Tyrwhitt Road. I’ll be there drinking too much coffee and talking very quickly, as will Dr Leslie Tay of

Leslie has a goodie for you: submit your favourite memory of a dish your grandmother makes/used to make to and stand a chance to win his latest book: “The End Of Char Kuay Teow” before it hits the bookstores!

Do check out iremembersg’s FB page for slices of nostalgia too.