I think Singapore is a food paradise. There are many food choices people can eat in Singapore. They include Japanese, Chinese, Malay and Thai food. You can eat at the many food stalls, coffee shops and restaurants found everywhere. Some of the local favourite dishes are chilli crab, laksa, fish head curries and a chicken dish with rice. Singaporean people love eating food. One time I went with my family to a restaurant at midnight. It was so busy we had to wait for an empty table. If you visit Singapore try as many different foods as you can.
The Haven is a supported and permanent home for people with mental illness, particularly those with schizophrenia. It opened in 2011 with the help of many individuals, companies and the government. There are 14 people who live there, including me. We each have our own unit. I have my own space and privacy. However we encouraged to mix. There is a communal living area where we get together to play table tennis, monopoly, and enjoy cooking groups. For many of us The Haven stands out for being the best place in the world.
As a practicing counsellor, I am always looking for opportunities to develop professionally. Attending workshops or reading text books helps me both at work and at home, as I have 3 young children. I attended a workshop last April called 'Engaging Kids Today, it's not just about iPads' by well known speaker, Dan Haesler. He spoke about engaging kids with technology, online programs and mobile applications. When I returned home, I discussed what I had learned with my middle son, Magnus. He was pleased that I had made the effort to learn more about the things he enjoys.
Daryl Walker lived with liver disease for 19 years. In 2010 he was told he needed a new liver and was placed on the transplant waiting list. After a number of false starts, he had a liver transplant in 2011. He is one of an increasing number of recipients of organ donations. But unfortunately, only about one per cent of organs of registered donors are suitable for transplant. So many more people need to register to donate their organs.
A sensory garden appeals to our five senses of touch, sight, smell, hearing and taste. In sensory gardens people with disabilities can interact with nature in a safe environment. Various plants are close to paths to invite visitors to touch petals, leaves and branches. There may be sunny and shady areas. Sounds in a garden may include water splashing from a fountain. I visited Vision Australia’s sensory garden in Melbourne. As I moved through the garden I enjoyed the various smells and feeling the different plants. I especially loved the yellow rose bush, the rosemary bush and the Kangaroo Paw.
A six-week course teaches blind people the sport of archery. They learn to hold the bow, use special tactile devices, and rules of the sport. Those who complete the course can apply to become members of an archery club and take part in competitions. Hitting the target with an arrow is a very rewarding feeling.
The Kokoda Track is a route over the Owen Stanley Ranges in Papua New Guinea. It crosses some of the most rugged territory imaginable. There is a memorial with the words “courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice.” These words embrace the spirit of the Australian soldiers of World War II. The walk is now a pilgrimage for others. John Saunders is 70 years old and is legally blind. He chose to walk the Kokoda Track with his son.