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I've been a model for 18 yrs, and actor for 16, and have been on TV on various networks in SE Asia for 3 yrs. Taking into account that i took over a year off to have a baby - having 6 shows under my belt since then is no small feat.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

For My Aunt Raye

Do not stand at my grave and weep; 
I am not there. 
I do not sleep. 
I am a thousand winds that blow. 
I am the diamond glints on snow. 
I am the sunlight on ripened grain. 
I am the gentle autumn's rain. 
When you awaken in the morning's hush, 
I am the swift uplifting rush 
Of quiet birds in circled flight. 
I am the soft stars that shine at night. 
Do not stand at my grave and cry; 
I am not there. 
I did not die.

- Mary Frye

Sunday, November 27, 2011

WOWArt is At It Again!

Moms and Dads and kids of all ages! Want to learn more about WOWArt? They are having some open houses THIS WEEK to come in and see what they are all about, and maybe let you inner artist out a bit. Remember that person? That person needs to BREATHE once in a while, and the air is indeed sweet at WOWArt. Have a looksee, those dates are:

Thursday Dec 1, from 230-430
Sunday Dec 4 from  2-4

I'll be there! Will you?


Sunday, November 13, 2011

MY New Charity Passion: WORLD VISION

Now I'm a big supporter of many charities - but a new one has come to my attention: World Vision, which has actually been on my radar for over a year. This year i have had the distinct honor and privilege of being asked to host The Child Supporters Celebration. I have included the Press Release for those who are interested in knowing more. 

I expressly hope that each and every one of you reading this is touched by the idea that you can help make a difference in a child's life, either by sponsoring a child for a year, or even just making a donation at the Tree Of Life (which gives you the opportunity to help out individuals or communities in so many ways, and with so many affordable levels.)

For Immediate Release


SINGAPORE, 11 November 2011 – He survived the 1984 Ethiopian Famine that caused an estimated one million deaths and made millions more destitute. He still experiences flashbacks of the persistent hunger pangs, his hair dropping due to malnutrition, and the endless queues for food distribution. Today, Getacher Beyene, 31, is a science teacher at an elementary school in a town in northern Ethiopia. He credits World Vision for helping him survive and his child sponsors for enabling him to thrive.

"When you don’t have these basic necessities, you totally lose your appetite for life, and you don’t have time to think about tomorrow." Beyene shares. "You cannot think about anything but a piece of bread."

 With the current drought-induced food crisis still haunting the Horn of Africa and affecting countries like Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, Beyene makes a trip to Singapore to share his transformational story of hunger to harvest with local World Vision supporters at the annual Child Sponsors Celebration on November 19 at Fort Canning.

Beyene remembers receiving biscuits and wheat flour as a child, which cured his malnutrition. As World Vision’s relief operations in Antsokia phased into rehabilitation programmes, Beyene’s father joined a local committee and reforested eroded patches of land and grew more nutritious varieties of fruits and vegetables.

"If I wasn’t sponsored, it would have been very difficult for me to complete my education," says Beyene, who became a World Vision sponsored child at six. World Vision’s Child Sponsorship programme paid for his books and school fees in elementary school, and later covered his transportation costs to a high school in a town almost 20km from home. Beyene’s sponsors continued to support him through teacher’s college.

Today, the 1984 famine might be something Beyene’s students read about in history textbooks, but drought still remains a serious threat to subsistence farmers in rural Ethiopia—the current Horn of Africa food crisis is a clear indication of how countless communities are still highly vulnerable to weather conditions and food insecurity.

The Horn of Africa is still grappling with its worst food crisis in 60 years, with more than 12 million people in dire need of food aid, caused by the prolonged drought spell coupled with conflicts in some regions. Refugee camps are severely overcrowded and at high risk of communicable diseases like cholera, while aid agencies are concerned about the lack of funding for long-term development work in these regions—the only hope of these farmers surviving the next drought season.

Despite the geographical distance and difference in language, culture, and background, there are Singaporeans who do care about the plight in the Horn of Africa. Singaporean Sophie Kho is one inspiring World Vision Child Sponsor who donated an entire fully-equipped health clinic that cost more than SGD 72,000 to Ethiopia last year, through the humanitarian organisation’s annual Life-Changing Gift Catalogue, which compiles a list of the most urgent and life-saving practical gifts for children in the developing world.

"It doesn’t matter if it’s $5 or $50, no amount is too small. What matters is that we put our words into action and not ignore people who need our help. Maybe if we learn to see these children as our own children, we will naturally want to protect them," shares Kho.

"I think of my students as my children," says Beyene, whose students at Cheffa Robit Comprehensive Elementary School in Ethiopia are mostly children of poor farmers and day labourers. "I want them to overcome their difficulties and to dream of a higher position. My fear is they may face the same problems I faced."

Find out more about World Vision’s Child Sponsors Celebration here
Date: Saturday 19 November 2011
Time: 12.30pm – 4pm (High tea)
Venue: The Legends, Fort Canning Park 
Hosted by: Linda Black, TV presenter; Founding Member of [the]Collective
Performance by: Jack & Rai and Singapore Wind Symphony

Media RSVPs for the Child Sponsors Celebration are appreciated by Wednesday November 16. World Vision’s strongest supporters from corporate, schools, churches, and Goodwill Ambassadors will also be recognised at this event.

The public can also find out more about the Life-Changing Gift Catalogue at our Christmas roadshow, the Tree of Life:
Venues: Marina Square (Dec 8-22), NEX (Dec 1-18), Jurong Point (Dec1-22)
Time: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Performance by: Singapore Wind Symphony on 17 & 18 Dec (1pm), 21 & 22 Dec (7pm) NUS Resonance on 20 Dec (7pm)
Website: http://www.worldvision.org.sg/giftcatalogue/index.html

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organisation dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. www.worldvision.org.sg

Media Contacts
Ms Lynette Lim
Head, Communications World Vision International (Singapore) Tel: (65) 6511-7115 Mobile: (65) 9742-6450 Email: lynette@worldvision.org.sg
Live updates at:
http://www.facebook.com/Worldvisionsingapore http://twitter.com/WorldVisionSG
Ms Sharon Lim
Executive, Media & PR, Communications World Vision International (Singapore) Tel: (65) 6511-7133 Mobile: (65) 9146-2297
Email: sharon@worldvision.org.sg

APPENDIX A: Horn of Africa food crisis
The food crisis in the Horn of Africa persists. Reports show a sharp increase in school closures, the number of children dropping out of school; gruesome Global Acute Malnutrition and Severe Acute Malnutrition rates; children and parents separated and protection challenges on the increase. World Vision has been providing relief aid and also planning long-term intervention for these communities and refugees.
100% of donations received for the Horn of Africa food crisis will go towards the emergency relief response.
Read more on this food crisis here. Watch a video on how World Vision is helping the malnourished children and starving families in this region.

APPENDIX B: Child Sponsorship Programme
World Vision’s Child Sponsorship Programme addresses the root causes of poverty and diseases, helping the children, their families and communities break the cycle of poverty.
When you sponsor a child for S$45 each month, which is S$1.50 a day, World Vision helps your sponsored child through the Area Development Programme in his/her community. This ensures that fundamental needs, such as access to clean water, basic healthcare, education, nutritious food and increased food security, and household income are not only available to the child and his community, but they will be empowered to help themselves in the future as well.
The money you give doesn't go directly to your sponsored child or family. This is because it is proven to be more effective and accountable to use the money on projects (eg. building a well, health clinic, school) that will benefit their community as a whole, at the same time improving the wellbeing of the child you sponsor.
This programme is not another charity handout – it transforms needy communities to achieve self- sustainability and empowers the individual to effect improvements in their own communities. Former sponsored children have grown to become lawyers, surgeons, teachers, World Vision staff and are giving back to the community.
Read our annual report here.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organisation dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. www.worldvision.org.sg

Friday, November 11, 2011

More WOW Ideas from WOWArt!!!

More WOW Ideas from WOWArt!!!
You guys know i’m a big fan of WOWArt! Learning Studios. A simple search of my history shows precisely what i believe in terms of education and where art fits into it. Now is YOUR opportunity to have a great experience for your kids from WOWArt with these great workshops for the holidays that are coming up! So if your kids are home on vacation, and during this rainy season they find themselves cooped up indoors and you are tired of the whining “I’m SO bored!” mantra they keep spouting, then this is DEFINITELY for you!
Take a look at these special holiday programs and see for yourself!

Kids on Canvas! (requires 2 pass)
Children are exposed to favorite artists of all times such as Henri Rousseau, Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas! They will be introduced to a variety of forms, techniques and application of coloring medium on canvas. Using their imaginations and adapting the styles of these famous artists. Wow! Camps (1 day or 2 day pass)
In WOW! Camps, choose from a variety of theme that best suits your child’s interest. Students are taken on a journey of explorations, experimentation, feel and play. They are also able to explore creative concepts and artworks. Wow! Workshops (requires 1 pass for each activity)
WOW! Workshops features a series of activities that will have the kids working on painting, drawing, creative art, printmaking, and coloring with various mediums and art techniques. Choose from a wide variety of programs that explores clay, 3D artworks, paintings and others.
click HERE for more info on what else they have to offer!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wanna Help Raise Funds for A Children's Charity and Have Fun Doing It?

This is a message from my good friend Samuel Chauffaille to me AND you!

"As I know you are involved in several Charities and that you know lot of people in the city, I wanted to inform you about this initiative I am piloting via my company.

"We work in partnership with a NGO called Child’s Dream : www.childsdream.org  . We provide them with medical support (doctors, equipments, medications) as my company is the world leading medical assistance company and also we manage fundraising activities in order to have schools built and maintained by Child’s Dream for local communities in needs in the Mekong area.

"Our objective is to raise 30K US$ this year. I am in charge of this very exciting project and very passionate about it.

"One of the fundraising activity we have just set up is Dance Classes with initiation to special dances and I thought that you and your friends might be interested to try one of them and serve a good cause too !

"Feel free to pass the words around and let me know if you have people interested that I can sign them up.

"Thanks in advance for your help in making a positive difference for those children…."

ABSOLUTELY Sam! You know me so well! I LOVE children's causes and this one is a perfect one. Ladies... AND gents.. how about it? Feel like boogying your way to helping some needy children? I know I do!

Has it been in your mind to learn dancing and never manage to do it? 
Too shy to dance with strangers? 
No one to accompany you to dance?

This is now the time for you to do it, with your friends, colleagues, families, and for a good cause for the underprivileged children in the Mekong Sub-Region !

Together with Bellydance Discovery, we are bringing to you our very own dance classes which are open to you, your friends and your families. 

Four different classes have been organized and description of the various dances are found below.

WHEN?1.  Brazilian Samba: 2nd Nov, 7pm – 8pm
  Korean Pop: 9th Nov, 7pm – 8pm
  Bollywood: 16th Nov, 7pm – 8pm
  Bellydance: 23rd Nov, 7pm – 8pm

WHERE: Bellydance Discovery, 20 Peck Seah Street, #03-00, S(079312) (Tanjong Pagar Exit A)
COST: $15 per person per classAll proceeds will go to the Charity Fund

Friday, October 7, 2011

Art Makes The World Go 'Round...

On September 22, my kids got a fantastic opportunity: to go and sample an art class at WOWArt.

If you've seen my previous posts about WOWArt, then you already know what this post is going to be about. But, if not - then let me begin by saying... that art makes the world go 'round. We do have history, and math, and all sorts of things we could study that do not in any remote way become "art", but if you've ever studied sociology (or have or been around children) you'll find that one of the first ways besides imitative speech that we express ourselves, is in art.

I have lived in asia for 6 yrs now, and one thing i have learned is that art is not a high priority in the school system out here, nor in the culture at large. While every local parent hopes that their child will become a lawyer or a doctor, or a banker - the one thing they really hope they don't become... is an artist.

But i digress: it is within art that we find ourselves... that inner voice that drives us, guides us to things we like... and don't like. Art is that intangible thing that doesn't depend one iota on if you like it or not, whether its beautiful or not... art is solely based on emotion.

Perhaps having feelings is a liability for some, but for me - it is essential to express that connection (or disconnection) with your fellow man. Painting, sculpting, drawing, music... even poetry are all ways that we as human beings discover how to express our emotions in a tangible way, and is an essential part of our education that if oftentimes sorely neglected. Art is just as necessary as math and science... I'm a big believer in the arts, and will expose my children to it as much as i can - as a parent, if its not going to included in the curriculum, then its up to me to learn all i can about art, so i may in turn help them discover it as well. It is my duty as a parent, and i take it seriously.

And now that I have clouded your minds about my ode to art - let me tell a little about what my kids got up to at the place we love to go: WOWArt.

We arrived promptly for our scheduled class at 2:30p - but OOPS! Its snack time, so we had a delay of about 15 mins b/c my son Ewan wanted to finish his cookies. Ah, ok - very well. Eat up son, but lets hurry ok?

Our teacher was a sweet young lady who spoke Malay as well as English. Good thing too, just in case Tia, my daughter might need it. But not to worry, what my Tia lacks in communication skills, she makes up by being a sharp as a whip observer. Today's class was Pointillism, and although i must profess that I don't know what that stands for, i was eager for my kids to experience it!

Pointilism is s a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an image. (taken from Wikipedia) Van Gogh was a frequent user of the technique, as were several others that if you see one is a famous image. 

Like this one: made famous in the movie FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
actually called "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"by Georges Seurat

As soon as Tia entered the room, she was ready to paint! As soon as Ewan entered, he was looking for an escape. Oh well. Can't win 'em all i guess. So while my son circled the room like a trapped cat, Tia and I sat down to work.

So she began with a painted background...

Tia chose blue...

Tia is what i like to call a "Tomboy in a Tutu" - she's so dainty and lady-like, but she's a tough no nonsense kind of gal too. She got to work right away. She loves pink, so to set off her particular design we chose the contrasting color of blue. But she didn't make a fuss. 

Then we had to dry it.

I can do it all by myself!

Then we had to draw the outline of what we wanted to add the colored dots to: a flower. Simple, elegant, easy, right? Well once the teacher and Tia began to roll the colored balls i realized - this design was going to take a lot of modeling clay!

Rolling the balls of clay...

By this time, Ewan decided he would like to hold the paintbrush... and to swirl it about the paper. It finally grabbed his attention from the fact that he couldn't find a way out of the room - well, not one that his mama wasn't going to support anyway...

Ewan finds the joy of painting in a strange room.

Tia gets into her project...

My son meanwhile thinks that the best way for him to complete his project is from a perch on my back. I oblige. As if he's the only quirky one in this family - whatever!

Yay! He did it!

The kids kept dotting and rolling, and rolling and dotting... and in the end they had a great time, an hour out of their play day was spent in an enrichment activity that doesn't begin with an "i" and ends with a "pad", and mama was satisfied that not only did they learn something, but she did too - about her kids.

WOWArt is located at 200 Upper Thomson Road #01-10 Thomson Imperial Court. They have all kinds of classes that your kids can do, and even do holiday camps as well! I have found them to be an excellent distraction for the kids and an enjoyable activity as well. Oh, by the way...

This is Ewan's Car - although to me could be an elephant as well...

Tia is proud of her beautiful pink flower... and so am I.

To learn more about WOWART check out their website HERE.

They are also on FACEBOOK too! 

Watch this space for more updates on WOWArt from specials deals to information on their camps!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Do you love fashion, but can't always afford it?

If you are buying cheap knockoff UGG boots - then you should read this. And don't NOT look because you don't want to. You OWE it to yourself to get educated and know the repercussions of your actions.

Also - something is wrong with ANYONE who could do this to another living thing. Still your stomachs: and CLICK HERE.