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I went to Bukit Merah View Food Centre for brunch this Saturday morning. I love heartland life. While Marina Bay Sands, Gardens By The Bay, etc. have more social airspace, the silent majority and real Singapore resides in the heartlands.

Beautiful incidences that don’t make it to social media play out in the heartlands on a daily basis. Well, unless I’m part of it.

Today, I was part of another one.

After brunch, as I headed home, I caught the eye of a gentleman.

I have a habit. Whenever I make eye contact with a person I will smile and/or say a greeting. This gentleman was sitting on a bench in a playground. I smiled and said, “Good morning!”

He was eating a fruit from a bag at his feet. He motioned to me. I approached him. He beamed a huge smile and offered me two fruits from his bag – passion fruit, he explained. Feeling pai seh, I declined. He insisted. Having little resolve,  I easily caved.

I was so touched that I asked if I could take a picture with him. He was lavishly thrilled and happily agreed.

After the picture, he offered me two more passion fruits. It was impossible to refuse this beaming gentleman.

I smiled at a stranger. In a flash, I left with four passion fruits.

Who says Singapore lacks passion?

All it takes is eye contact and a smile.

Think about it. That’s where passion always starts – with an eye contact and a smile.

I love Singapore.

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A few days ago, after an early dinner in Little India, I went for a stroll down Syed Alwi Road when I noticed this Malay lady lifting the grill above a longkang (drain). Intrigued, I went up to her.

I started a conversation with her while she went about her “chore.”

First, she lifted the metal grill. Then, she went into her handbag and took out a clean plastic sheet. She placed the plastic sheet on the dirty (but fairly dry) drain.

 

She then went into her purse to retrieve a ziplock full of cat food. She placed the cat food on the plastic sheet (she wanted to make sure the food was clean for the longkang cats, you see). Next, she retrieved a tin of cat food from her handbag, opened it, and put it on another clean sheet of plastic.

  

Soon, a whole family of cats appeared (no picture of the full litter); about 2 grown cats and a litter of 4 kittens. She was feeding the longkang cats.

I asked her if she worked nearby. She said no.

I asked if she lived nearby. She lives in Woodlands.

I asked her how often she comes to feed these cats. Everyday.

I said, “Really? Wow. Thank you.”

She just smiled.

Respect.

While we rightly circulate and condemn those who abuse animals and take them to task and justice, let’s celebrate these invisible angels who go way out of their way to care for animals.

Thank you, dear lady. My deepest respect and gratitude for being a light in this world.

(I was just informed by WordPress that this is my 1000th post).

If this doesn’t make you smile, you win.

But I’m pretty sure I won.

These guys are infectious. In a good way.

Watch it. Capture the “feel.” Keep it on all weekend.

Have a good one.

 

… I was smiling through the ad. I’m a sucker for ads like this lah.

I love this. I’ve donated water already. I encourage you guys to do the same. It’s easy, it’s free, it’s meaningful. And yes, it’s legit.

What is it?

For every ten minutes you don’t touch your phone, UNICEF Tap Project donors and sponsors can fund one day of clean water for a child in need. This is subject to the pledged limits from the generous donors and sponsors. That’s it.

How to participate?

Go to uniceftapproject.org ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE.

You can start the challenge right away! As I type this, I haven’t touched my phone for 5 minutes and 14 seconds. Five more minutes and I’ve donated a glass of clean water.

Why water?

No one can survive without water, and yet 768 million people around the world do not have safe, clean water to drink. 2.5 billion people don’t have access to a proper toilet.

It isn’t just inconvenient – it’s lethal.

Every day, 1,400 children die from diseases directly linked to unsafe water or a lack of basic sanitation facilities.

(Source: http://www.unicefusa.org/)

For more information, go here.

 

 

  

I had my phone down this entire post. I just donated a glass of water. Go now and do it.

 

 

Adorable. A little girl gets to play in the rain for the very first time. If we can, we should all create such moments – for others and for ourselves. Go.