Fulfilling Journey into After-School Care

  On my first day of work in Morning Star, I was very nervous. I had previously worked in the elderly sector, managing persons with dementia. The clientele in Morning Star is very different. I worried whether I’d be able to understand the children and handle those with challenging behaviour.   I remember my first […]

I have Four Children: Here’s How I Manage

  “Do it with your heart and mind, not just the mind.”   As a parent of four children, the questions that get thrown my way by many who find this out for the first time are aplenty and they never fail to amuse me. One of the most common questions that gets thrown my […]

  • April 26, 2019
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The Essence of Presence

  As I pondered my time here at Morning Star, I realised that working here has taught me an important lesson in being present for the people you care most about.   Having been a business student with no experience working with children, I was not surprised when my family and friends found it rather […]

  • March 22, 2019
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To Those who have Loved and Lost

  “Don’t count the days but make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali   I was pretty excited about sharing a blog post for the month of March. Little did I know that so many things could happen in the world within this one month. We are just in the first quarter of 2019 and […]

  • February 26, 2019
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Home away from Home

     Do you remember a scene from the movie Ice Age where Scrat, the cute little squirrel, clings onto the edge of a cliff for dear life while attempting to plug the leaking holes springing up on the cliff face and prevent his precious acorn from falling? That was how I felt working […]

  • January 16, 2019
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Journeying Wholeheartedly with Morning Star

After-School Care Services Manager Tai Seng congratulating a student for receiving the ‘Best Student Award’ at the After-School Care Christmas Party   In all honesty, I was initially a bit apprehensive before I stepped into the social service sector, but it has turned out to be a Heart-warming and all-around Heartening experience.   Before I […]

  • December 18, 2018
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Taking Baby Steps To A Better Family Life

Bear Counts Book

  One peaceful night three years ago, I received the best gift of my life. A tiny, delicate bundle was delivered into my arms. As I looked down into her little face, the greatest joy filled my heart. My lovely daughter, Melody, was born. Then everything began to change.   As Melody grew, I knew […]

  • November 20, 2018
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Cooking Our Way to Children’s Hearts

Meal prepared by Raymond and Team

  Fourteen years ago, I became a chef. I cooked for the Navy— full-grown, high-energy-consuming adults. Now, I prepare meals for young primary school kids. Truth be told, it is easier cooking for the Navy of four hundred working adults than for a class of thirty children. Young children tend to be picky eaters, candy-lovers […]

  • October 26, 2018
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Thanking our Unsung Heroes

With increasing trend of ‘Pics or it didn’t happen’ – Instagram’s new rule in life that one’s claim cannot be trusted unless a picture is shown to prove it –, one often misses out on appreciating the hidden people who are making things happen behind-the-scenes.   Have you ever wondered how the world runs on […]

  • September 5, 2018
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Is life really like a box of chocolates?

life is like a box of chocolates

  Appeared in the 1994 film Forrest Gump, the lead character Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks) said “My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”   A box of chocolates? I grew up loving chocolates, especially that big jar of Nutella which I could […]

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