I get inspired when I read stories about people chasing their dreams and aspirations. As much as it ain’t always a bed of roses, to read how they fought hard and finally have their dreams come true is always one powerful story.
It seemed only yesterday when I read news about Singapore being the host of the inaugural Youth Olympics in 2010. Look where we are today fast forward two years later. Our streets, decorated with the YOG banners and its mascots, we read daily about preparations underway for YOG…and when the day finally came, the opening ceremony at the Marina Bay Floating Platform wowed me off my feet.
For me, it was a night to remember as one of the guest singers at the community celebrations hosted by Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) as part of the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame (JYOF). I remember arriving at the NYP Atrium to a crowd of 5000 students and residents all ready to celebrate the glorious occasion. What unfolded that evening, was a great great story of how NYP students and staff worked so hard to make all these happen….performances, speeches, animation, I see that sense of pride beaming through their smiles and every move.
The most touching moment would have to be the arrival of the Youth Olympic Flame. The cheers were so intense, the crowd was beyond ecstatic and bursting with pride when it arrived. I felt so proud to be a Singaporean.
I will always hold dear to my heart of having the pleasure to meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
That night, I witnessed what it meant by having a dream, and realizing it with teamwork, determination and a great spirit.
Thank you NYP for the great memories.
We tend to get caught up in the fast paced life. Well, everyone once in a while, I hope we all take some time to smell the roses.
I am a little free spirited girl who likes to believe we all have the power within us to dream…I am working hard at chasing mine as we speak, and I hope you too, will chase yours with that sparkle in your eye. Let’s all take that first step and have a great ride wherever it takes us because I strongly believe it will bring us a colorful life in the form of rainbows, you’ll meet friends who’ll cheer you along the way, and we’ll all live and own moments so fulfilling and that’s what makes life all so worthwhile.
To this my friends, I say, 加油！加油！ 加油！！！！！
Lovely students at NYP
If you have been following me on twitter, you will know I am absolutely smitten by Merly the Mascot 😀
Monster Cheerleading Team from Taiwan, breathtaking stunts!
Cultural performances. Love the colors.
The Youth Olympic Flame getting arriving close to us at the NYP Atrium
This is Shyu Anne. She was my host at NYP and took such great care of me. Thanks gal!