A Silver Lining in Their Sky
As we start a new year, we gain courage by looking at the good aspects of our past and the glimmers of good fortune that lies in our future. Passing 2016 with all of its surprises, I am heartened that we have pulled through a challenging year and emerged stronger in the face of more challenges ahead.
2017 marks a new beginning for most of us. It also charts the start of my three-year retreat in which I will be in isolation for self-reflection and prayerful meditation. In my temporal absence, Metta’s 1st Vice President, Venerable Shi Pu En will be taking over my duties and bring Metta and her affiliations to greater heights.
This year also celebrates Metta’s 25th Anniversary as a charity organisation that has served the community over two decades. In the silver milestone achieved, Metta will continue to shine with radiance and brilliance like the significance of the precious anniversary metal.
There will be plenty of challenges in 2017, just as there have been in 2016. But our unique strengths as a welfare organisation ensure that we are well placed to meet the unexpected and make 2017 a fruitful year for our beneficiaries and supporters.
I wish everybody a New Year filled with peace, happiness, love and compassion.
With Sincerest Blessings
Venerable Shi Fa Zhao BBM
By Nathan Lin for RunSociety.com
The celebrations for Chinese Lunar New Year (CNY) or the Spring Festival normally last for a period of 15 days. The first few days of the CNY holidays are the most hectic and with frequent festive eating, it’s inevitable that we might eat a little more than we expected.
So how do you keep your festive spirit high yet keep your waistline low? We take a look at some of the common and favourite CNY snacks and how much running you need to shave off those nasty calories, plus some recommended eating tips.
Peanuts are so addictive when you start eating them and it usually ends up not knowing how many you have eaten. Mix them up with almonds, raw cashew nuts and groundnuts for a healthier choice. Peanuts are high in monounsaturated fat and it may help prevent heart disease with moderate consumption.
Contain: Monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese
Ingredients: flour, coconut milk, sugar and egg
One small bowl: 40g
Distance needed to run off: 1.94 Km
Known also as Kueh kapek or Kuih belandah, these traditional Peranakan treats are high in fat, saturated fat and sugar which will increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and weight gain.
Ingredients: Flour, coconut milk, sugar and egg
One piece: 13g
Distance needed to run off: 0.64 Km
Mini Shrimp Rolls
High in saturated fat, sodium and calories, so eat these deep fried snacks sparingly.
Ingredients: Dried shrimps, dried chillies, shallots, garlic, oil, salt, sugar, spring roll skins and eggs
One piece: 5g
Calories: 25 kcal
Distance needed to run off: 0.28 Km
These crumbly cookies are a delight as they dissolve into sweet-powdery softness and melt in your mouth with the fragrance of coconut and pandan, but they contain a lot of sugar and coconut milk. Recommended daily serving is two to three pieces.
Ingredients: Sugar, coconut milk, sago, tapioca or arrowroot flour, pandan leaves
One piece: 6g
Distance needed to run off: 0.26 Km
This tasty pastry contains lots of butter (fat). Consuming excess tarts will lead to weight gain. Choose tarts with less sugar and are trans fat free.
Ingredients: Pineapple paste, eggs and sugar
One piece: 20g
Distance needed to run off: 0.93 Km
Bak Kwa (Chinese BBQ Pork Slice)
High in calories, sodium and sugar. Eating too much of it can increase your risk of hypertension and weight gain. It’s also considered to be a “heaty” food in traditional Chinese medicine, so consuming too much may result in sore throats, ulcers and coughs.
Ingredients: Minced pork marinated in fish sauce, dark and light soya sauce, rice wine, sugar and honey.
One slice: 57g
Calories: 370 kcal
Distance needed to run off: 4.22 Km
Gua Zi (Dried Melon Seeds)
These seeds are rich in fat and protein and taste like pumpkin seeds. The Cantonese pronunciation of gua zi means to be in constant thought of someone and is considered a “lucky” food in CNY.
Contain: Protein, fat and vitamins A, B1, B2, C and alpha-tocopherol, a component of vitamin E.
One small bowl: 40g
Calories: 135 kcal
Distance needed to run off: 1.54 Km
Otherwise known as mini egg sponge cakes in English, this is a popular delicacy among Singaporeans, and commonly prepared for Chinese New Year. They are usually baked in a copper mould over a charcoal fire.
Contain: Eggs, flour, baking soda, sugar
One piece: 8g
Distance needed to run off: 0.39 Km
These crunchy traditional cookies are one of the favourite snacks in major festive celebrations like the Chinese New Year. They are usually deep-fried.
Contain: Eggs, coconut milk, salt, flour, sugar
One piece: 10g
Distance needed to run off: 0.57 Km
Nian Gao (Sticky Rice Cake)
Also know as rice cake, this sticky sweet snack is considered good luck to eat during Chinese New Year. Cut yourself a smaller slice as it’s very high in calories.
Contain: Eggs, coconut milk, salt, flour, sugar
One piece: 43g
Distance needed to run off: 2.51 Km
Known as “Happy Nuts” in China, pistachio are given as a gift during Chinese New Year as a symbol of health, happiness, prosperity and good fortune. They contain fewer calories than other nuts.
Contain: Potassium, vitamin K, E, phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, and protein
One small bowl: 30g
Distance needed to run off: 1.83 Km
Kueh Lapis is a specialty food from Indonesia but is also popular during Chinese New Year. It is a light layered cake that is available in many different flavours.
Contain: Potassium, vitamin K, E, phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, and protein
One piece: 33g
Distance needed to run off: 1.79 Km
Tips For Healthier Chinese New Year Eating
- Try not to go visiting with an empty stomach, instead, fill yourself up on the healthier and lower calories food or drinks.
- Add healthy fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole-grains or healthy calcium-rich low fat milk to your diet.
- Ration your favourite food by eating in small portions to reduce overeating. If you know that you will have difficulty eating just a few portions, choose to not start eating them in the first place.
- Usually it’s the unconscious nibbling and sipping that can increase your calorie intake. Eat only when you are hungry and not just because the food is nearby.
- Chewing your food and eating slowly not only allows you to enjoy your food. It also allows your stomach the time to digest and send signals to your brain telling it you are full, which will prevent over eating.
- Avoid mixing eating those snacks with drinking soft drinks, sweet beverages or alcohol. Those drinks contain empty calories which can contribute significantly to your calorie intake. Choose water instead which has zero calories or no sugar added/low sugar beverages to fill up your stomach first.
Eating the CNY snacks and treats is part of the festive celebration and can’t be avoided. However, we can eat wisely, practice moderation yet still enjoying them. While you can burn off those calories by running the distance that you have calculated, you still should not overeat.
Article republished from: https://www.runsociety.com/food-nutrition/how-you-can-survive-chinese-new-year-feasting-easily/
As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Metta Welfare Association in 2017, let’s check out some of the exciting events planned. For more information about these events, please call 6580 4688, or email << firstname.lastname@example.org >>
Metta School held its freshman orientation for its new student cohort on the 3 and 4 January. Activities with individual objectives were planned for the various academic levels of students based on their capabilities, interests and age groups.
The two-day orientation programme for all Metta School students consisted of a school tour, team games, decoration of the classes’ notice boards and various interactive activities.
Objectives of orientation activities for various programmes:
MID (Mild Intellectual Disability) Junior students (PM session)
- Reduce the anxiety level of new students by familiarising them to the physical environment, their teachers and their classmates.
- Create a welcoming environment through team building games, promote positive attitude and stimulate an excitement for learning.
- Educate the right tone for the school year (school values, class rules, class routines) as well as academic expectations. Daily schedules and routines are also introduced to all.
- Activities such as a School tour, team games, class notice board decoration, interactive activities have been carried out and all students enjoyed the two full days of activities.
MID (Mild Intellectual Disability) Senior Programme students (AM session)
- Building teamwork
- Cultivating creativity
- Instilling awareness of product quality & presentation
- Knowing the school values &
- Knowing our neighbourhood
Day One: The orientation kicked off with its first activity ‘The H (Hospitality) Factor’.
Students worked in teams and participated in cake decoration, dessert decoration and hamper-wrapping to bring out the creativity and team bonding among them.
Day Two: A challenging out-of-school activity, Treasure Hunt, marked the highlight of the day. Students worked in teams to explore the community and facilities of the Simei neighbourhood as they were tasked to associate public facilities to Metta School’s values and simulate actions of the values through the teams’ Whatsapp chat group.
ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Programme students
Programmes were organised differently for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The programme consisted of fun activities and some classroom time. This was to give the students a chance to know their classmates and teacher. For the PM session students who transited into the senior programme in 2017, they were brought around the School to view the various skills rooms (ASD Programme Kitchen, Laundry Room, The Pre-Vocational Skills Room, Housekeeping equipment and other ASD Programme classrooms) which they would be utilising during the school year. For some, it was also the first day in Metta School. Hence, teachers prepared more hands-on activities for the students and engaged them in trying out all the games.
Day One: The Health and Fitness Team planned a host of fun activities to excite the junior and senior students. Hopping around five game stations, Metta School students tested their shooting ability with Nerf guns, attempted the hoop challenge, took turns at the shoot-in-the-hoop basketball game and played Ping Pong Tic Tac Toe and stacking cards altogether.
Day Two: An indoor classroom activity gave Metta School’s teachers the opportunity to familiarise students with the School’s routines and to settle them in for some quiet activities while interspersing the day’s programme with various table games.
It was a fruitful two-day orientation for every Metta School students as they had a good time interacting with their peers, engaged meaningfully in diverse activities, building relationship with their teachers and most of all, ready to start a new school year with Metta.
One good deed begets another. In a collaboration between Lianhe Wanbao and Tong Seng Produce, rice and oil were donated to selected charities for every good deed performed and published.
Meet foreign worker, Karunanith Satish Kumar, whose Good Samaritan act was featured in LianHe WanBao on 29 October 2016. Mr Satish found a mobile phone and returned it to its rightful owner while declining any reward. Mr Gary Koh, the owner of the missing phone was deeply impressed and decided to share his experience. The story was selected which recognised Mr Satish among its 23 samaritans for its Good Man Good Deeds Good Rice charity drive.
Five student volunteers from NTU Welfare Service Club (WSC) spent their Sunday afternoon providing door to door house cleaning services to residents in the Serangoon Garden area. They are currently preparing for their forthcoming Ignite Change Camp in July/Aug, where they will raise the importance of welfare service among freshmen and allow them to experience the joy of giving through volunteerism. These students are raising funds to continue their mission in helping charity organisations such as Metta Welfare Association.
Metta Welfare Association is thankful to Mr Satish and students from the NTU Welfare Service Club for choosing us as the recipient of the award.
Stopping to smell the roses is what Metta Hospice patient, Mr Chua, firmly believes in after dedicating long hours in his previous job as a delivery driver.
When Mr Chua was first diagnosed with end-stage multiple ailments a year ago, his world came crashing. Acceptance was difficult for the robust-looking man who used to have limitless energy for life and work.
Thankfully for Mr Chua, he has the strong support of Metta Hospice’s medical care team and his main caregiver, his wife of over 40 years, Madam Toh.
In his prime, Mr Chua worked as a delivery driver since his youth. He clocked in long hours of work and overtime to ensure that his family are sufficiently provided for. One of the frequent routes for Mr Chua’s delivery is the bypass of Gardens by the Bay on the ECP. Much as he longed to step foot into the Gardens, he was unable to do so as the tight timeline of his delivery schedule prevented him from visiting the lush flora and greenery.
On 23 November 2016, Metta Hospice palliative care team fulfilled Mr Chua’s dream when they brought him out on a Make-A-Wish outing to Gardens by the Bay. Unlike his usual self, Mr Chua’s face brightened up all day at the garden in the company of his wife and the team. The Winter themed flora in the Flower Dome captivated Mr Chua as he excitedly compared the old Marina Bay in the days of the 60s Satay Club against the current magnificent Gardens by the Bay. Ever since illness took a toll on Mr Chua’s health, he has not been able to move around to get outdoors without feeling weak and tired easily.
“Singapore has changed so much then and now. I am glad to be able to see the new changes before I move on.”
Mr Chua, 72 years old, Metta Hospice patient
The eventful outing ended with Mr Chua’s favourite sweet treat as he eagerly polished up a parfait glass of delectable ice-cream from Swensen’s.
Metta Hospice Care introduced the Make-A-Wish program in April 2014 for its patients to fulfil their final wishes. This program aims to bring across the message to our clients that regardless of where we come from, who we are or what we have become, no one should deserve anything less in our final moments. The Metta Hospice Make-A-Wish program is sponsored by The Singapore Ireland Fund.
23 December 2016
Staff from PUB were more than eager to celebrate the festive Christmas season with clients from Metta Home for the Disabled. The team came by to Metta Home early in the morning to set up Christmas decorations in the multi-purpose hall before the clients happily poured in, not anticipating the joy that would greet them soon. Songs, pass-the-ball games and bean bag tossing games, together with energetic spurts of ecstatic dance moves by volunteers and especially the clients alike, had everyone beaming with joy the entire morning. Before the celebration ended, goodie bags were distributed to the clients by PUB staff who were clearly satisfied that they have made a memorable Christmas for our clients.
28 December 2016
Clients from Metta Day Activity Centre for the Intellectually Disabled (IDAC) got a big treat when Guest-of-Honour and MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, Mr. Darryl David, came down to grace the Christmas celebration cum lunch sponsored by a group of anonymous donors.
Several clients from IDAC specially dressed up and put up Christmas performances and jingles for the guests. After a sumptuous western buffet lunch, more treats awaited the clients as staff of Moove Media Pte Ltd, the advertising arm of Comfort DelGro Corporation, handed out Christmas gifts to them, accordingly to their earlier penned down wishes for the festive season. Thank you for bringing joy and making an impact in the lives of our clients!