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Thank You, Mr Lee

  

Today, is the day we all mourn and say our last goodbyes to Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

And coincidently, it is now raining. Many would think, even heavens is weeping for the loss of such a great man. At least, that is what I first associated the sudden big rain with.

I had contributed my tribute to the official online site, Remembering Mr Lee Kuan Yew, yesterday. It pretty much sums up the running of thoughts in my head the days after the news of Mr Lee passing away.

Here it goes:

I am born in the 80s (1983) and am currently blessed with a little girl, at 2 years old.

Usually I am not one who is really too involved in the ‘politics’ of Singapore and can be quite ignorant in this sense. I only knew you were someone who played a big part in molding Singapore to what she is today, but I never really given it much thought/attention all along until now. My parents would always tell me that the younger generation nowadays do not value what we have (are enjoying) now, and that we only know how to ‘complain’ (be uncontented/never satisfied), still (despite what we are having now). And yes indeed, I am guilty of not being able to truly appreciate what I have now in such a way as the older generation do, people of your era/generation, the pioneer generation, who actually went through the transition phase of Singapore along with you, who went through the chaos and insecurity stage of Singapore.

The media has shared much about you, your life, your values, and your love story with us these days. I start to realize you have actually played that huge and impactful part to building up Singapore to what she is today, a successful, clean, safe and comfortable place to live in, where we all call as ‘home’. When I was born, I am already “enjoying life”, as what many older folks would claim of us in comparison of what they had gone through. And my girl also is able to be living a comfortable life now.

All because of you. Your contributions. Your determination. Your hard work. Your time. Your passion. Your love for Singapore, for us, the people.

And now as I think about what I have, I truly appreciate and feel grateful for what I have now, being able to live in comfort. The security that we have compared to other countries.

I am deeply touched by your devotion to Mrs Lee as well. And I truly respect and admire her too because I believe since you have given up your ‘life’ (all) to Singapore, it surely means where time is considered, she has to ‘share’ with all of us, your precious time and attention. And she is yet your close friend and someone whom you look upon to for advice and discussion in terms of ‘work’ at the same time. She played a very important role in your life, being the woman behind you, Mr Lee, a great man.

So thank you, Mrs Lee.

Thank you, Mr Lee. Thank you for giving your all for Singapore. Thank you for loving Singapore this much. You will be very much missed and remembered, and will live in our hearts forever.

Here, with much pride, I am able to say, I am really proud to be a Singaporean. And I really appreciate and respect what you have done for Singapore.

It is a big loss for us Singaporeans on your departure, and we are all sad that you will not be able to join us for this year’s SG50 national day celebration, but I am happy and glad that you are able to reunite with Mrs Lee and that the deep hole in your heart can be mended.

I believe Singapore will keep progressing, with all of us playing our own parts well.

Bless you and your family, and also my utmost respect to Mr Lee Hsien Loong, who has been very strong having to grieve over the loss of his father, and yet still play his role well as our national leader. It is already very tough having to grieve over the loss of someone so dear to you, but he has really been juggling very well in both ways.

Finally, for one last time, thank you Mr Lee.
There. (I really want to keep this for memorance sake and of course, as a sign of respect.)

And yes, it’s weird (yet ‘amazing’) how many whom like me, do not actually know Mr Lee in person but still feel that sadness/loss in our hearts… It simply means he has somehow touched our hearts, in one way or another. And for one man, to touch this many hearts, it only shows how great a man he is.

How many great men do you ‘encounter’ in a lifetime? We did. I did. We are all lucky that we have such an efficient and ‘loving’ leader whom along with his team, built Singapore to what she is today. Many others actually envy us for having such a truly intelligent and passionate leader, how we’ve progressed and are doing so well (as a nation), and it is obvious how he loved Singapore deeply, caring for her all along.

All his life, for Singapore, for us.

So, again, for the very last time,

THANK YOU, MR LEE.

You will be missed.
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Venice is 2! (25 months old to be exact) :D

Hey yo!!! My baby’s TWOOO years old! OMG OMG how time flies!!!

She turned 2 in January 2015, and well, her birthday celebration wasn’t as ‘elaborate’ as last year’s (oops) but the fact was, she wasn’t even really that interested in the ‘celebrations’ in that sense. Eg. Singing of the birthday song, cake cutting etc. She just couldn’t really stay still there and we really thought that she would be more ‘excited’ about her cakes, especially the customized Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck one… *bah

At Po Po’s house (1st celebration):

There you go… Looking uninterested (and tired even!).

Trying to get her to be ‘excited’.

More ‘interested’ playing in the room. Couldn’t really get a decent shot of her and Po Po (despite this is still a nice candid shot :)).

Home sweet home (2nd celebration):

Fancied the idea of holding the knife.

Was more interested in the balloons.

Was Chor Chor’s actual birthday! She just couldn’t stay still there, AT ALL. LOL.

Her squirming away action.

Actual day:

And we brought her to the airport! (Intention was to let her play at the kids playground like last year, but ended up she was not interested at all.)

Played at the ‘free’ playground instead. (Also good, help Mommy and Daddy save money. Hahaha.)

Enjoying the water fountain show.

That’s it for her birthday. 🙂

For now, she pretty much just recovered from her stomach flu (no more vomitting/ diarrhea or that sort, her appetite is sort of back but still not back to her usual ‘usual’ (in terms of quantity), and she seems to be having a very bloated tummy (seems to be having a lot of discomfort – fart is super smelly and well, she hasn’t poo-ed for like, 5 days?! 😱😥 – lucky she did today, earlier in the night)). In fact, the whole family (we) actually got ‘it’ (stomach flu).

Her uncle (my brother, her Gu Gu) got it first on Monday, 23 Feb, then she got it (started vomitting) early morning around 5+am on Wednesday, 25 Feb (really all of a sudden, out of nowhere – because she was still happily shopping (late night grocery shopping on Tuesday, 24 Feb)). And man, it was really ‘painful’ (to see her suffering). She was really vomitting throughout the night till morning around 9+am at the clinic until she was sooo tired and worn out. Each time before she vomitted, I could literally hear her tummy churn out loud like a washing machine’s before she innocently (and blurly) got forced to puke all her food out, and when all her dinner and fruit were out, she even continued to throw up the acid juices from within. My poor, poor baby!

Then I GOT IT. On Friday, 27 Feb, also around 5+am, where I woke up and started feeling nausea (‘funny’). And then the vomitting and diarrhea came, together… It was ‘unbearable’, I totally didn’t know what I should do, as in, stay crouched, or sit up straight, or simply just lie down on the floor (if I could, but I was in the toilet and there were action going on so I couldn’t). It was that sucky. So I could totally imagine how worse it would be for my girl. 😦

And well, her Daddy got it too, on the very same day, but sometime starting from afternoon. Diarrhea.

Not to mention, our fevers too…

Sadly, Wai Gong (her grandpa) also caught it in the end! Thankfully, the vicious virus kind of ended with him…

Mak Mak (her grandma) also had diarrhea (on Wednesday, 25 Feb) but according to her, it was due to food poisoning.

So everyone in the house got sick, except Chor Chor (her great grandma), and SOOO THANKFUL for that, because it would really be very awful/ tough for her if she really ‘caught’ it due to her age and also her back pain and inconvenience in movement.

Venice suffered for a whole 3 days, while Mommy and Daddy for 1. We are fine now but she seemingly was still having some sort of discomfort (in terms of tummy) but we are so, so glad she managed to eventually poo yesterday! We are hoping she quickly gets well (fully recovered and recharged and back to her chirpy and energetic self).

Stomach flu. Really a nightmare. And it’s airborne (according to a friend). Super contagious, according to the pd. And yes, how true… 😞

Please, this once is enough… Haha. 😅

Now it’s 2.30am and she’s not sleeping yet (well, kind of back to her usual ‘self’/ routine versus when she was sick and so lethargic, sleeping most of the time, and unusually quiet).

Shall update again! 😋