Monthly Archives: November 2014

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Volunteering – One is glad to be of service (2013-2014)

Category : Volunteering

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Question: Why the heck do you volunteer?
Answer: I have higher purpose than helping others. I strongly believe in Buddhism and seeding philosophy of Buddha, if you want something in life, start helping others to achieve that something and you will get something eventually. So, yes, I am consciously planting my seeds for my future via volunteering.

Question: Okay, (*confused look), are you getting those benefits now? Assuming Buddha seeding philosophy is true, Isn’t it too greedy that you are purposely helping others, by expecting the same thing in future.

Answer: Yes and No. First of all, it is a belief that good deeds become good seed and it will eventually blossom in future but, it is not having give-and-take mindset while I am helping others. Middle way is quite confusing sometime but that’s the way it is, very delicate.

Volunteering as Coordinator/ Organizer for Singapore Social Innovation Relay 2014

This was one of my life-time great experience ever, I cannot say it in word. Feels like I finally found my long lost twin brother. I do learn a lot from this event and I thank all my HP colleagues , especially Rupam, who co-work with me on the same role.
Here is a brief of what this event all about.

As part of HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE), a global program that trains students, entrepreneurs, and small business owners to apply IT and business skills, I volunteered as event coordinator for hosting this event from HP side. This includes managing of all the stages of business plan competition, which includes, Case Study Training, E-Mentoring, Top 20 selections, Top 10 selection, Singapore Local Final Event etc. Responsibilities include recruiting volunteers, aligning with Junior Achievement Non-Profit Organization to work with various schools in Singapore, venue arrangement for final competition, working with executives to make sure HP Branding is consistent throughout the event.
Singapore final of Social Innovation Relay (SIR) 2014 was held on 13th Jun at Depot 2 boardroom. Top 10 teams from various institutes in Singapore presented their ideas in-front of panel of judges. Competition was judged by Anthony Blass (CEO, ShiftRunner), Elizabeth Hernandez (VP, Corporate Affairs, Hewlett-Packard APJ) and Jared Tham (Manager, Research & Programmes, Lien Centre for Social Innovation, SMU).

Team “GreenCycle” from Raffles Institution won the competition. They introduced an idea of state-of-the-art reverse vending machine that is able to both offer a novel way of recycling and simplify pre-recycling processes. This is expected to encourage everyone for recycling and specifically help needy people who are dependent on existing “cash-for-trash” initiatives.

Winning team joined Global Final on 8th Jul.

 

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You can see some photos from the Singapore Final event below.

Since I am the photographer and organizer, you may not find me here in those photos. Lucky for you.

 

Prizes for First, Second, Third and Door gifts

 

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Pitching from top 10 teams

 

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Refreshments, my favorite parts 😛

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Volunteering as Elderly service in AWWA Elderly Services 5th Silver Sports Day 2013

 

Another great experience of a life time. I feel so enlightened while I am helping elders, knowing that one day I may be one of them. Life is short and our main root cause of all fear, death, will come sooner or later. But death is what define us, what make us who we are and, we must enjoy every moments of our life without regret, without being materialist, and accept life as it is.

Here is a brief of what this event all about.

 

Established in 1976, AWWA Elderly Services is the arm of the Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) that provides services & shelter home for the elderly.I signed up as volunteer to lend a helping hand to brighten the day for those elderly & encourage them in sport activities at ITE central College Multiplex Sport Hall

 

Me, me, me… and the rest HP volunteers in orange shirts.

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Spiritual Journey (Mileage 33 years old), Arrival of Zelda and A Journey to the Conscious Parenthood , PART I

Category : Spirituality

I haven’t updated about this spiritual series for 2 years, and I do have a lot to say, and seems like every year has its special moment, but none will catch up this 2014 ever. Yes, my baby girl has arrived beautifully.
Without further ado (time is really limited right now, being a father with a whole lot more to do), I would like to open this read with Preface by Dalai Lama from the book “The Conscious Parent”.
“Although I am 75 years old, I still remember my mother’s spontaneous love and unselfish affection. Thinking about it today still gives me a sense of peace and inner calm. In our modern world one of the challenges we face is how to retain an appreciation of that kind of unselfish giving throughout our lives. When we grow up, our misguided intelligence tends to make us short-sighted, giving rise to fear, aggression, jealously, anger and frustration, which diminish our potential.”
I quoted Misguided Intelligence, how can intelligence can be misguided, how can human knowledge, experience can be misguided in this advanced modern age.
Here is the definition of intelligence from Wikipedia, Intelligence has been defined in many different ways such as in terms of one’s capacity for logic, abstract thought, understanding, self-awareness, communication, learning, emotional knowledge, memory, planning, creativity and problem solving. It can also be more generally described as the ability to perceive and/or retain knowledge or information and apply it to itself or other instances of knowledge or information creating referable understanding models of any size, density, or complexity, due to any conscious or subconscious imposed will or instruction to do so.
Perfecto!
Human, each of us has our own level of intelligence with relate to our life experience, information created around us based on how our conscious or subconscious reflect or imposed to those surroundings.But, let me pause here and think about it, who in the world firstly show or teach us how to accumulate intelligence during our life time, in other words, how to perceive, react things around us.
Parents!
Just a little bit more, who will be Parents?
I just heard the final lines from the poem of William Wordsword, My Heart Leaps UpA rainbow in the sky.
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I grow old,Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;

And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.
My point is that each of us are destined to be a Better Parent and it is a very good chance that life gives us to become Children first and then be a Parent. Imagine life with, be a Parent first and then children later, it would be nightmare, I suppose.
So, here we go, almost reaching to my point, how do we be a better parent than our parents based on our childhood  or based on our considerable amount of accumulated intelligence during our life time (for me is 33 years of intelligence).
But let me put terms and conditions first, before I further drifted to what I want to reach. When I say Better Parent, does not mean, my parents or our parents are at worst in disgrace.
NO, Not at all, I am not who I am without my parents, I will not be who I am today without my parents guidance. I am just saying that, as of now of who I am because of my parent, how I can make use of my childhood experience to become more efficient, more conscious and more meaningful to my kids. Period.And, one more thing, do not jump to conclusion that you will never be parent since you planned to be Single and stop reading, No, huh, No freaking way. One way or the other you will portray as Parent to others (consciously or unconsciously) because you have come through childhood experience which is already build up or to be Parent one way or the other. That is why we all have our thoughts about if I were a parent, I won’t do like this, like that, etc., especially during our teenage years. So be aware Single. (I like the tone of it)
So talking about Better Parent, we need first to know ourselves, because in order to reach to higher degree of superlatives, you need know basic degree of superlatives, your parent and yourself. Since most of us (including myself), have a view of our parent parenting from receiving end, as a child perspective, it is honest to say that we need to know ourselves first and foremost. And I dare to say one more step, we need to connect with ourselves first. Because in order to connect with your children, you need to connect with yourself first.
By saying connection, do you know the spiritual reason we birth our children?
to be continued in PART II