Category Archives: Volunteer

Project Grateful 365: Day 150 – Bouncing around with 4 year olds

There is something very joyful about bouncing around with 4 year olds and singing wheels on the bus!

” The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round”


“The doors on the bus go open and close, open and close.”


“The children on the bus jump up and down, up and down”



I felt like a little kid! FULL of JOY and EXUBERANCE, without a care in the world.

Singing, laughing and giggling!

Project Grateful 143 &144: Out and about!

Yet another combo edition!

I have been doing combo editions well because I’ve made plans to go out every single day and hence havent got much time to blog. Some days like today, I went for multiple events which therefore left me with very little time to be on the internet. Heralding the coming of spring/summer, I resolve to spend less time on the internet.

So for Day 143!

I went for a volunteering event after running a couple of boring errands. It was a play and read time for a group of disadvantaged 4 year olds. They were so cute, I love interacting with them. They were not bratty at all, all doe eyed and innocent and so friendly and happy. I’m going again next week! I want to try volunteering on a more regular basis. I like working with children and I think working with disadvantaged children is more meaningful (in some ways) than volunteering in a public school. However, I want to try a variety of places and gain more experience interacting with children across all spectrums.


Day 144


Long queue waiting to enter the taping of America’s got Talent (NYC)


5 mins before the show started



The famous ‘X’s of America’s got talent. Obnoxious buzzers really, so bloody loud!

I went for the taping of America’s got talent! I’ve always wanted to go to the tapings of like X factor, America’s got talent etc. And it waaaaaaaaaas fabulous. The energy from the audience, cast members, hosts and judges was just mind blowing. New Yorkers can really make noise! The talent was really good too, lots of excellent dancers and singers. Really glad I went. I went in with very low expectations, but was blown away! The judges were really hilarious, I’m not sure why on actual TV they are less engaging. I think the show’s director/script writer do a terrible job. 😛 In real life, the judges were just so funny!

Volunteering in NYC

The whole culture of volunteerism in NYC is much more established here as compared to Singapore.

Today, under the umbrella organization of New York Cares, ( I signed up for some craft sessions and healthy snack times with kids aged 6-8. It was really fun. You have the rambunctious attention seeker, quiet/shy little kid at the corner, bossy pants type and regular kid-lets. When I first stepped into the elementary school, I was a little taken back by the crazy bouncing kids and sheer volume those small little bodies could churn out! I guess I haven’t been in a closed environment with such large amounts of children for quite some time.

I’m glad I did though, I had fun and this shy little girl came up to me and said oh so cutely, ‘Can you be my buddy? The teacher attached to us was such a natural, so patient, so fun and so good with his children. It’s so wonderful seeing such passion in young people. (I know I sound very old saying this. Boo Hoo!)

Volunteerism is just so easy and organized in this city, the spirit of helping the community and being part of the community at large is a wonderful concept. Someday my country will reach this level of social awareness! (I hope!)