End of Training celebrations for our NMS Docent training 2017/2018 batch took place yesterday morning at Eden Hall. Eden Hall, along Nassim Road, is this beautiful stately official residence of the British High Commissioner and his wife Anne who is in our training team. As a person, Anne Wightman is a hoot! She often forgets to identify the right Indians in our group. I playfully asked her a few weeks ago - 'Do we all Indians look alike? ' to which she grinned and apologised. I think the reason for her forgetfulness is because if you look closely a few of us in the group are around the same skin tone and round faced! So, her mistake can be overlooked.
It was a wonderful celebration and the highlight was the conversations with Ambassador At Large Prof Tommy Koh. I have not met Prof Koh in person before so I was looking forward to meeting up with him. He is a long time supporter of Friends of the Museums and delightfully agreed to grace the occasion. He is a humble charismatic gentleman and it was an honour meeting up with him. Did you know that he had always supported inter-racial marriages and to spread the message when he was much younger and still a bachelor, he dated a Bengali ??!! Alas, he was able to impress that Bengali girlfriend's mom by studying the rich Bengali culture but he couldn't impress the girlfriend enough!
I pitched my idea to Prof Koh to improve the state of the low-income families in Singapore through food rations. We are 15 member strong now and we have called ourselves HEN - Helping and Empowering our Neighbours. To my absolute delight, he supported my idea and he gave me his name card to get in touch with him to discuss this further. There I was holding the card, with the idea in my head and passion in my heart and to get support from Prof Koh was a miracle. A bit of a high!! I held that card in my hand like it was the crown jewel and didn't dare pass it to anyone. (Can you see the card in my hand in the photo below?)
We all had a great time, we bid farewell to our amazing training team and we now took over the reigns to train the next group of trainees for the 2018/2019 batch. Next year 2019 is the 200th anniversary of the landing of Sir Stamford Raffles and the founding of British colony in 1819. It will be an interesting year for us!
My home is
usually in a mess and has dust settled on almost everything. But I believe laughter and love will win the day. In 20 years, my girls won't remember how messy the house was but will remember the time we spent together and the love they felt...