Wednesday (13/01/2016) :
The day started late as the exchange students are tired out from the past few days activities and some had personal activities.
The group met at Yio Chu Kang at 1.30pm. We were on our way to Thye Hua Guan hospital to carry out a community service program. The program was to encourage and accompany the patients of who are mostly elderly in the hospital to take part in a lively Karaoke session together. We reached the hospital at 2pm and had a briefing for a short while before heading over to fetch our patients from their beds. Many of them were reluctant at first but a significant number still agreed. We were not allowed to transfer the patients but we wheeled them from the bedsides to the Karaoke room.
There were many songs of the elderly's generation being played and many of us naturally are not familiar with. We then accompanied them in the Karaoke session. When the session was over, we wheeled the patients back to their bedsides and said our goodbyes. It was an enjoyable 2 hours with our elderly friends. It was also a new and memorable memory for our friends from UTAS.
We proceeded to Kampong Glam to check out the olden shops there and to show the exchange students around. It was a place where we think would portray Singapore's heritage well to the exchange students. It was a short shopping trip and we proceeded to have dinner at Bumbu restaurant for traditional Peranakan food. We ordered dishes like sambal kangkong, olive fried rice and green curry chicken for the exchange students and we enjoyed a good meal together.
After dinner we proceeded towards Bugis library to show the exchange students the large Bugis central library that many Singaporeans study at or probably visited it before.
The day ends here and we left for home.