One day, when I was walking along the mall, a small act of kindness etched a happy memory into my heart. I was buying stationary at POPULAR for my son and I was careless on that day. Just as I reached for my phone, I accidentally dropped my wallet. At the cashier, when I tried to feel for my wallet, I can't find it and panicked as all my money was there including my credit cards. Thanks to my lucky stars that an honest staff found it and returned me my wallet before I left the store. I thanked him profusely and praised him for his honesty.
It was my first day at work when I met my boss. Throughout my stay in the company, he was my motivation, inspiration and role model. He worked tirelessly every day and showed me how to do a proper job. He was like no one I’ve ever met as I never met anyone more hardworking than him. One day, he told me he was tired and he needed a break. It’s my time and that day I told him, I will not let you down as you showed me how to do a job.
I was never a good swimmer, and a mischievous 8-year-old me once tried to dive into the chalet pool without parental supervision at Downtown East. Not knowing how deep the water was, I quickly realized that I could not touch the floor and swim, and was quickly gasping for air. I panicked big time. Fortunately, some brave teenager saved me from the waters. I did not manage to get his name. I wish I did.
In a boy’s school, the weak always gets picked on by the seniors. I was one of them, and I could not forget my friend, Siman who stood up for me when I was being bullied. He saw me getting kicked by a bunch of boys, when I was cornered into a corner to give my pocket money to them. He recklessly threw himself to them and fought them off so that I could run away from them. When I saw him the next day, he was covered in bruises and wounds. But at that point in time, he was also my hero.
Grandma passed away last year leaving an empty hole in my heart. We were very close and I often confided in her when I had troubles. She was my inspiration for taking up cooking, being an excellent cook herself and she said she hoped I could be an good chef in the future.
Aunt Karen is an excellent chef and will often cook for the family whenever we gather at her house during chinese new year. She credits her culinary skills to our late grandma who has took her under her wing, and aunt Karen often offers to teach us to cook as well. She is what inspires me to pick it up and I can't wait to start learning from her when the school holidays start.
My mom is my best friend. When I am having a bad day, she will be the first one to approach me. My mom has been through a lot ups and downs in her life and she always has a way to help me with my problems. Because of my mom I have learned that life is full of ups and downs, the only way to grow is to past through the storm.
My son is a little different. Thus, he was enrolled in Katong school. I have never known how he felt about himself since he has mild autism. He is never able to fully express his feelings and thoughts. But now, he is doing very well in school and has attain several certificates which is his biggest acheivement yet.
Every single day I used to blame God. Why has my family gotten all this, but it also inspires me a lot, seeing how much they strive to work hard In their daily lives which motivates me to work hard everyday and be contented with what I have. Today I am a macdonald regional manager with 15 years of experience servicing customer.
Natalie is a freelance photographer. She travels to developed and less developed countries. She takes photography as an adventure. Where she will go to places she never been before and experience the culture there. She returns home with broader perspective, awareness of various cultures and empathy for the less fortunate.
Michelle is an aspiring writer. She wants to be a journalist in the near future. During her university summer breaks she travels to neighbouring countries simultaneously and pens down her experience. When she returned to singapore and posted it on a blog, she gained recognition and secured a job with Singapore press holdings.