Weekend ramblings

Was it a tough week? YES… i was expecting more admin time after a week of preparing and turn out for ops duty. But they had to organise ICCT( individual close combat training) in the morning and afternoon pt almost every day. We did a killer 5 km run in one of the afternoon training… manage to finish it in 24 minutes with my kangkong legs.kang-kong.

I am not involve in the guard duty for ops, but i still want my afternoon naps. Speaking of the 4NTM duty, we are the only Armour unit on ops duty. That makes us one of the most current operational active unit in the Armour formation. Sounds way cooler than doing it…lol
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There is Kinokuniya at JEM! Now i’m finally looking forward to the monthly nights out..  i started reading a Chinese novel bought from Kino the previous nights out.

Quoted from the book…

每個人有自己的表达方式, 如果你不喜歡只能說明不是為你準備的。
你可以不接受, 這是一种自由。但不屑和抨擊翻到另外個世界觀, 只能說明你的無知和武断。
大家都要遵重別人對各自 [精采生命] 的表达  : 张嘉佳

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a cup of joy!

Having llaollao on the steps of Wisma Atria and joining the filipinas in their bitching session.

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This is the typical look nice but taste bad picture… i swear Ninefresh is way better, affordable and serve more varieties than it’s rival. Ninefresh deserve to have more outlets in Singapore, at least open one in the east lah.

IMG_20150610_231250As of today, i’m left with 363 days to the end of ” Uncle, Keat Hong Camp, na ger ulu ulu beside ntu de camp”. Hurray!

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Vesak Day 2015

Christmas is the season of giving, the celebration of the birth of a Savior. Deepavali celebrates light over darkness, righteousness over evilness. What is the universal message of Vesak day?

The significance of Vesak lies with the Buddha and his universal peace message to mankind. On this day, we celebrate and remember the birth, passing and final enlightenment of the historical Buddha, also known as Gotama Buddha. Vesak also reminds us that everyone has the potential to rise above and gain enlightenment.

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Flowers for the occasion

Before committing myself to Tzuchi, Vesak day would be spent going on a island wide temple tour with Cheryl. My mornings will be at Mangala Vihara (Theravada) joining the congregation in Buddha Puja at 1030hr.

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Photo taken from MV facebook

Managla Vihara is a Theravada Buddhist Temple founded by the Peranakan community and the Sinhalese Sangha. In fact the piece of land was donated by Mdm Chew Quee Neo, daughter of Chew Joo Chiat, two famous Peranakan in Singapore. MV is a close knitted community with generations of families graduating from their Sunday Dhamma school. MV is situated along 30 Jalan Eunos. 

And then dropping by Shinnyo En Temple(Japanese denomination) to offer a sweet tea bath to Prince Siddhartha.

One of the main activities of the festival is the “bathing Buddha” ritual. Legend records that when Prince Siddhartha was born, there were extraordinary and auspicious signs heralding his birth.

They describe the sky as being clear with brilliant sunshine, flowers blooming and birds singing. Dragons also appeared in the sky spurting two streams of purified water (one cool and one warm), that gently cascaded down to bathe him.

At his birth, seven lotus flowers sprung up beneath his feet as he walked – pointing one hand to the sky and ground he said “in the heaven above and the earth below, I vow to liberate all who suffer in these three realms”.

Since then, Buddhists all over the world celebrate the Buddha’s birthday by using fragrant water to bathe the image of baby Prince Siddhartha. This ritual highlights a universal message of “Let’s cleanse our inner dirt’ of greed, hatred and ignorance so as to allow the generosity, love and wisdom within us to shine forth!”

Quoted from: KMSPKS Vesak Celebration

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Photo Taken from Shinnyo En Singapore Facebook

Shinnyo en Singapore

Last stop of the day will be having some fun at Buddhist fellowship(non sectarian) carnival which ends at 1630hr.

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Photo taken from BF Facebook

Buddhist Fellowship in its early days was named Buddhist Graduate Fellowship, a group catering to intellectuals from the local universities. BF is one of the earliest pioneers in practicing nonsectarian Buddhism. I was active in the youth group some years back… before BF relocated from Poh Ern Shih to Yeo’s bldg. 

Tzuchi celebrated Vesak day together with the rest of the TC chapters around the world on the 2nd Sunday of May yearly. However, this year TC Singapore also organised a Buddhist Film Sharing Session on the public holiday. I will share the link of the movie on a separate post…

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Everyone has the potential to do good, avoid evil and purify their minds.
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Our local chapter was open to Buddhist devotees on Vesak day to bath the Buddha – an act to symbolise purifying of their minds.

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On this great day our Holy Prince of Peace, From sorrow’s chain has found release:
Self is no more, banished the clouds of night, Upon mankind hath shined the light.

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Tzuchi Singapore is located beside a Canal along Elias rd, Pasir Ris.

Recently, PUB completed the redevelopment of Sungei Api Api. During the opening ceremony, TC adopted this part of the waterway, joining in the effort of maintaining our garden city..

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Buddhist Youth in Singapore started a online campaign to spread the universal message of Vesak Day.

Have a blessed Vesak day! May your aspirations be fulfilled 😀