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).

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Well done  rizalandsal.com! This is so refreshingly and casually written 🙂

What am I going on about? This person/s has written an FAQ on Malay weddings and has cleverly included three additional Q&As:

  • Why are Malay weddings always held at the void deck?
  • Why are Malay weddings so noisy?
  • Are Malay weddings really $50?

Click here to see the full FAQs but for convenience the answers for the last three questions are below.

I love it that it is written in a light-hearted manner and not casting any aspersions on anyone. It is also very educational. Hopefully we can take a lighter approach to things (you know what I mean).  For the record, I love the answer on “Why are Malay weddings so noisy”?

13. Why are Malay weddings always held at the void deck?

Back during the kampung days, where there were open spaces at the vicinity of one’s home, the wedding would be held right there. Malay families are large, which is why invitations may be extended up to 2000 people. We don’t stop definition of family at being blood related; close friends and in-laws are family to us too, and all the more they should come and celebrate the joyous occasion. Thus, a void deck would be the best amount of space to accommodate such a large group of people.

14. Why are Malay weddings so noisy?

It’s a party, you wouldn’t want to attend a gloomy party would you? Usually it’s the karaoke activities that reaches out our ears, maybe up to 500m away, and gets on our nerves (especially if someone is butchering Mariah Carey’s Without You). While Malays love to sing, not all of us are blessed with a wonderful voice, so yes, the noise may disturb others for a bit, but we’re at 7,257 people per sq km (I Googled that, really, here it is), some tolerance is required.

15. Are Malay weddings really $50?

Haha, no! Even if one didn’t have a wedding party, and just got solemnised at ROMM (Registry of Muslim Marriages), they would need more than $50. The maskahwin, which is a compulsory requirement to get married is already $100, so even if everything else, like fees to the kadi (solemniser), transportation to ROM, something nice to wear, was totally free, it’s definitely more than $50. Here, check this link out, for a definition of maskahwin and general information of marriage expenses.

Thank you Ima!

In a statement sent to the media, its secretary-general Lim Swee Say said the trade organisation has “terminated with immediate effect” the services of Ms Amy Cheong, Assistant Director, Membership department after establishing with her that she did post offensive comments… on 7 October 2012″.

“Regrettably and rightly so, her comments have upset members of the public, including many union members. We are sorry that this has happened. We have counselled the staff and impressed upon her the seriousness of her action. She is remorseful and has apologised for her grave lapse of judgement,” he added.

He also reiterated in his statement that the NTUC “takes a serious view on racial harmony in Singapore”, adding that it “will not accept and have zero tolerance towards any words used or actions taken by (its) staff that are racially offensive”.

Now, what can we learn from this and continue to educate that Love is the answer?