Thursday, 3 August 2017

Exceptional people: Hair for Hope 2017

Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin and Children's Cancer Foundation beneficiary Low Wen Pei. (Photo: Children’s Cancer Foundation)
The Children's Cancer Foundation (CCF)'s annual community outreach and fundraising event Hair for Hope returned for its 15th run.

"More than 44,000 people have had their heads shaven during Hair for Hope over the past 14 years," said Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin at the launch of Hair for Hope 2017 at VivoCity.

He said: "This speaks well of the giving spirit and kindness of Singaporeans. Every shaven head represents an individual's understanding of the ordeals that a child with cancer has to journey through."

2,500 participants are expected to shave their heads in support for children with cancer at this main event

Prior to the main event, 2,563 people already shaved their heads at 48 satellite events - at offices, schools, grassroots organisations and places of worship - from April to July.

Video on Hair for Hope by a participant


S$10 million additional funding to support, develop TCM sector

An additional S$10 million will be invested in the support and develop the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) sector, Senior Minister of State for Health Chee Hong Tat announced.

Speaking at the convocation of the Nanyang Technological University Biomedical Science and Chinese Medicine programme, Mr Chee said S$5 million will go to a new TCM developmental grant.

The grant will co-fund the training and development of registered TCM professionals, provide funding to accredited TCM course providers and support TCM clinics in adopting technology. Applications for the grant will open in January next year.

The other S$5 million will go to a TCM research grant that was set up in 2014. The grant, which is used for collaborative research on prevalent chronic conditions in Singapore, has seen “good progress” so far, according to Mr Chee.


Dog owners more likely to exercise regularly

Dog owners who walk their pets outside are more likely to have regular exercise habits, regardless of weather, according to a new study.

Regular dog walkers were more active on days with cold, rainy weather - and on days with the worst weather conditions, they had 20 percent higher activity levels and were more active for 30 minutes per day, compared to people who did not have dogs.

Importantly, even dog-owners who do not walk their dogs regularly are less sedentary than people without dogs, pointed out Ann Toohey of the University of Calgary in Canada, who studies aging, dog-walking and neighborhood communities.

“Various aspects of taking care of a dog, such as letting them in and outside, feeding them, playing with them, grooming them and cleaning up after them, may help to explain this,” she told Reuters Health by email. “I think we need to take note and explore further the benefits of pets in daily living.”


Technology: Real-life 'Iron Man' Richard Browning takes flight in Singapore

British inventor Richard Browning – dubbed the real-life "Iron Man" – demonstrated his flying suit outside Victoria Theatre in front of a statue of Sir Stamford Raffles and 600 exciting people.

Remember Singapore: Alternate names of Singapore places and roads

Most of Singapore's places and roads were named in English, resulting the Chinese-educated, illiterates and maybe other races difficulties in reading/pronouncing the names in early Singapore.

Alternate names were then given to these places either through the types of business conducted there, or landmarks like temples, fruit trees grown there, distance markers, etc, so that local people had a common understanding of the names. Names like:
  • tua po (big city)
  • sio po (small city)
  • ang sar lee (red zinc roof - Serangoon Gardens as the houses had red roofs)
  • peh sua (white sand - Pasir Ris)
  • ah bah kweh (Albert Street, direct translation, or maybe duck meat street)
  • si bai po (Singapore General Hospital)
  • mang kah kar (Lavender Street, meaning space at jackfruit tree or mosquitoes bite legs), etc.

A granite distance marker or milestone used in old Singapore. Image from
Here are some blogs that remember old Singapore. It may help you when you talk to your old relatives or parents where such places may be mentioned, especially the places where they last lived.

Remember Singapore - old names
Remember Singapore - new and old names
Long and Winding Road