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9th August….52nd Birthday Of My Lil Red Dot, Singapore

on August 9, 2017

Singapore or I fondly call my lil red dot is 52 years old on 9 August 2017, today!

 Our Prime Minister Lee’s national day message on 8 August 2017 was for us to wage national war against diabetes. 

He feared for our health and urged us to take care of our own health as the statistics show a huge number of seniors living longer start having diabetes from age 60 and above. Their last 8 years of life are lingering and painful deaths.

They suffer kidney failure, blindness or even amputations of limbs.

We were asked to ensure children are not fed fizzy drinks and instead to drink water.

This is unique of our government as they care about us. 😊Our government is like a parent☺

He urged us to stay relevant, upskill and train to in touch with the new economy and Big Data. We must be a SMART nation.

Our economy may grow 2.5% to 3%. Not bouyant but “ok”

He shared that smart phones were smarter than us humans. We must keep up.

Island wide we were given 52% discount off sweet meats (*bak kwa from Fragrance), 30% off gas or petrol from Esso Mobil and heaps more.

Terminal 3 at Changi Airport is decked up. This year we are using #NDP2017. 

If you look on right of photo, you will see the 4 arms clasped to form #

4 arms represent 4 major ethnic groups of Chinese, Malay, Indian and others.

After helping out at Soup Kitchen on 8th August, staff got treated to a meal at 10.30 as we started our voluntary work of cooking, packing lunch boxes at 5.30am.

My colleagues and I woke up at 4am to ensure we reached the soup kitchen by 5.25am.

Our team packed more than 6,000 packs of styrofoam boxes with a bowl of cooked rice, veggies (*shitake mushrooms or napa cabbage stir fried in tumeric or chick peas or green veggies and a wedge piece of Dory fried fish in batter.

I scooped and dished out sweet corn, chick peas, spinach, fried dory fish and mushrooms.

I share with you all what my table of 3 pax including me ate today after we finished for the day at 10.30am…

Man #1 ate this for appetiser. This is traditional half boiled eggs that is eaten with pepper and soya sauce. He had this with 3 layer ice tea with palm sugar or we refer to gula melaka.

He continued to main course – Prawn Noodles soup.

His dessert…Milo Dinosaur cheesecake.

Man #2 ate chicken briyani, 3 layer tea, glutinous rice balls in soya milk for dessert and washed down with white coffee.

I ate stir fried veggies and washed it down with home boiled barley without sugar (*heeded my PM Lee’s call to eat healthy!)

Happy birthday Singapore!

Happy birthday Garfield Hug!πŸΎπŸΎπŸ’•πŸ’•

This was what Chicken sent me!!

And remembering that my Host Dad is buried today on my birthday at his grave site in Eugene, Oregon today. I miss you host dad. 😒😒😒Host mum Lucile shared that I was your favorite and earned the title of Host Kid where no other child you hosted ever received😚

Life….we celebrate life and remember the lives we shared with too! β€πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œ

Have a wonderful Wednesday folks! Much love and Garfield hugsπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸΎπŸΎas I will watch our national day parade on telly at 5pm. There will be a display of drones tooπŸ›°πŸ›°πŸ›°


9 responses to “9th August….52nd Birthday Of My Lil Red Dot, Singapore

  1. happy birthday!!! to our dear nation!

  2. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful celebration πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ And good morning to you – hope you are all right πŸ’•πŸ˜ΊπŸ˜ΊπŸ’•πŸ΅πŸ΅πŸͺπŸͺ

  3. calmkate says:

    happy birthday Singapore and all Singaporeans .. have a fun but safe celebration πŸ™‚

  4. GP Cox says:


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