Confirmation Camp 2014

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Struck down by a massive vocal-cord inflammation that kept me away from serving at the camp. I made it to celebrate Sunday evening mass in my husky Scarlett Johansson voice. Supported by the team from SACCRA, it was a spirit-filled and powerful camp. The youth receive their sacrament of confirmation in May.

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What time should I Tweet? Tweriod Analyzes...

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Nifty little free Twitter tool, Tweriod, that helps you make the most of Twitter by letting you know the best time to tweet.

Twitter can seem like something of a guessing game, especially when it comes to timing. There are enough articles out there sharing on the effectiveness of constant Twitting to reach a larger pool or followers. When should you post your tweets in order to reach the most users? Well, that could be anyone's guess—unless you use Tweriod. This free service analyzes your Twitter account and then tells you the best times to Tweet.

According to Tweriod, my Twitter @natashayong analysis:


Weekends
9 am and 10 am
2 pm and 3 pm
10 pm and 11 pm

Sundays
12 pm and 1 pm
2 pm and 3 pm
7 pm and 8 pm


Mondays
1 pm and 2 pm
5 pm and 6 pm
7 pm and 8 pm

Weekdays
8 pm and 9 pm
10 pm and 12 am


Overall graph

Tweriod's report is presented in a neat, clean layout that's easy to comprehend. It shows you what times you have the most exposure, and breaks it out into weekends, weekdays, and specific days of the week. It also shows you what time most of your followers are online, and again breaks it out into weekends, weekdays, and specific days of the week. It even includes an hourly breakdown of your online followers. All of these specifics are a very nice touch, as they allow you to examine your Twitter account in great detail and plan accordingly.

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Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights III 2013

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Second year to the Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights. The USS Halloween event is into it's third year running and the organizers have gotten the hang of what it takes to really "scare". In the month that led up to Halloween at the end of October, each night as darkness fell, Universal Studios Singapore transformed from a family friendly playground into a horror lair. Street lights were turned off, smoke machines produced endless fog, blood red and evil green lights beamed down from above and creepy horror noises crooked all around. The atmosphere bought a chill and you await to scream your lungs out!

This year, three vengeful sisters take centre stage – banished witches reincarnated and reunited as the Daughter of the Undead, the Maiden of the Opera and the Crone of the Forest – promising to unleash their reign of terror. The sisters set the stage for different scare zones and haunted houses but did nothing more than being glorified models for photo-taking.


Of cause we can't resist a group shot with the three sisters


Our Monster Mash Montage

This year there were 3 haunted houses and 3 scare zones, fully utilizing all the venues in the park.


First haunted house, and in my opinion, the best - Adrift

Adrift brought guests on board a haunted luxury cruiser. The ship went missing in 1910, but the spirits of passengers and crew lingered. As you entered the ship from the lower deck, you soon found yourself walking through the ENTIRE ship! The setup for this haunted house was extraordinary! We journeyed up from the boiler and engine rooms, to the distressing crew quarters, to the gloomy upper decks and to opulent cabins. It felt like walking through a sunken haunted Titantic. The set designers went the extra mile to put details to the leveling of the stage, with certain rooms on movable boards simulating the effect that you are truly on a ship.


The second haunted house - Songs of Death

Witness the Maiden of the Opera‘s vengeful control of her troupe at the Chinese Opera Academy.

At an outdoor theater, a Chinese opera singer performs alone, to non-living audiences. She occasionally clutches her heart, while blood flows from her left eye onto her snow-white face. She does not appear to be the true Maiden of the Opera. An old man standing by begs visitors not to stare at the performer and proceed to the safety of the Chinese Opera Academy building.

He lied.

The rest of the experience was a harrowing walk through the Academy’s dark corridors and disturbing rooms. Haunted by a bloody massacre, you’ll find out why – and how – the Maiden is the sole diva of the Opera, with no understudy. Ever.

This haunted house made good use of the mirror room effect. As I turned to check if Marianne and Steve was still following behind me, I lost the group of girls who made a left turn as I walked on ahead. Faced with mirrors I couldn't escape! The scares were intense; the atmosphere morbid. The Maiden’s Songs of Death were murderous strikes with a deep vengeance, as she turned herself more twisted and out of control after every scene cause "下一个就是你"!


The third haunted house - Possessions. House No. 13

We queued a long time for this house.

The pushy property agent spots guests walking from the distance and beckons them to come closer. She welcomes hopeful buyers into this distressed mansion – House No. 13 – with its occupants (both living and not) still haunting the plot.

In this disturbed home, everyday objects possesses an unseen curse, spreading malevolent forces far more evil than you’ve bargained for. You might just become imprisoned in the house just like its former residents.

No corner of House No. 13 is safe – in fact, some rooms morph into morbid scenes of destruction. Be careful of where you walk into, and no – you better not touch anything in the house.

The entire house has a suffocating atmosphere – metaphorically and in reality too. Progressively, the experience feels more invasive – walkways become more narrow and the possessions in the house start getting uncomfortably close. It’s also stuffy (and even very warm) in some of the scenes. I pity the scare actors cooped up as camouflage against walls or within objects in this ridiculously warm house, waiting to jump out to scare.

Getting to each haunted house require passing through 3 different scare zones, each with a unique theme.


Attack of the Vampires

Whittemore Cemetery is the main area of this scare zone, taking up the entire stretch of 5th Avenue. Vampires dressed in fine clothing pounced and attacked, as they hissed with their fangs! Apart from vampires, look out for Werewolves, Grave Diggers and the ever realistic Gargoyles whom at first looked like part of the props.


Vampires and the Living Dead


At the end of the street watch the 3D-mapped projection on the New York Library suddenly overrun with creatures, bleed and even break apart. Awesome stuff.


Convention of Curses

There will always be a zone dedicated to the weird than the scary.

At the 366th Annual Convention of Curses, practitioners of dark arts gathered at this annual convention event. Booths lined the Ancient Egyptian street with plenty of characters peddling their wares and skills. Watch out for little nick nacks such as funny posters and quirky items scattered around to provide the crowded convention feel.




The Poison Ivies and their Carnivorous Pitcher Plant


Marianne was offered a Spider!


Wizardry and Spells




Occasionally, all characters will leave their stalls and gather in front of the Obelisk stage for a quick mass dance number. Totally bizarre... totally fun.


Mickael Bellemene from France with his rings and top stunts

Here the characters interact with the guests as they pose for pictures and take an up close look at how brilliant the costumes and make-up are. Proud to say that my dude, Kenny was one of the make-up lead. I could so see his Aliens and Babylon 5 influences. Great job dude!


Forbidden Forest



The Forbidden Forest had by far the scariest characters. Perhaps because these Asian spirits are close to home. Controlled by the Crone of the Forest, this is a land of profane rituals and exotic dark arts. Apart from cursed villagers, beware of the Potianak, Orang Minyak and Pocong. Forbidden Forest takes advantage of the zone’s branching paths and corners – perfect for scare actors to plan their attack. The lighting here was minimal and mostly glowed from mystic fires. The perfect setting for a forest scare.





The Sci-Fi area was converted into a rest stop with performances from a stage band. Occasionally, creatures and aliens from Sci-Fi jumps out and dances with crowd. Definately a party atmosphere.



At the Pentages Theatres, a seasonal Monster Rock Show special showcased host, Beetlejuice, with new songs and dance presentations specially choreographed for Halloween. Ending the show with the classic Michael Jackson Thriller.


And when you get hungry... a blood dog and a Jello Vodka Lime Shot

Purchasing the Frequent Fear Pass also meant we could enter the park on 6 out of the 10 nights of the event. For $88, it allowed us to take our time and enjoy all the existing rides at the park, which included Transformers and The Mummy.

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I am officially a Standard First Aider

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As they say, with knowledge comes responsibilities.


I finally caught up with Fawn and collected my Standard First Aid certification card, issued by Raffles Hospital. With my card, my certification is complete. I am officially a first aider. It took around 3 months since late October last year for the certification to be issued. Apparently, the exam results were sent overseas to be verified?!?!


Video montage of the Standard First Aid course

Learning standard first aid is planned as part of the curriculum for the completion of the Facilitators In Training (FIT) program. We deemed it necessary for facilitators running children or youth programs to be equipped with this fundamental skill. We made arrangements with the Parish Pastoral Council who join with a community judo association to conduct a special weekend course by trainer, Thomas Lam from Raffles Hospital.

There is only one purpose for any first aider - To sustain life until professional help arrive.

First order of understanding - Biological death is irreversible, while clinical death is reversible. When heart and breathing stops;
1) An average of 4 - 6 mins can lead to death. Every minute wasted lowers the chance of survival by 10%.
2) After 10 mins, brain cell start to die and the heart stops
3) Between 1-2 hours, the body temperature drops by 2-3 degrees. An average of 1-1.5 degrees after every hour of death.
4) Rigor mortise - after 10 hours, the body freezes

Simply put, there is a 5 minutes window to resuscitate a victim back to a heartbeat. It takes on average of 5 - 7 minutes for an ambulance to arrive on scene. Our role as a first aider determines life or death. All within minutes to get appropriate help, determine the availability of resources, perform necessary aid while preventing cross infection between yourself and the casualty and to remain with casualty until appropriate help arrives.

Emergency Action Plan
D - Danger, assessing risks
R - Responsiveness
S - Shout "Hello, hello, Are You OK" "Get the AED"
A - Airway
B - Breathing - Look, listen and feel for breathing within the 1st 10 seconds
C - Circulation (CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), 6 sets

The simple reminder - Call, Blow, Pump.

Signs of Life
C - Conscious
C - Coughing
M - Movement
B - Breathing


Our practical exam on CPR



While the application of CPR is of utmost importance, being able to look out for a variety of health problems and knowing how to treat them is also important.

L L F - Look, Listen, Feel
1) Sweating - Heart attack or shock. Apply GTN (Glyceryl Trinitrate Tablets) under the tongue - only if patient is on this medication.
2) Turning blue - Breathlessness or choking. Apply CPR techniques or check airways.
3) Increase in body temperature - Normal body temperature is 37 Degree Celsius. Rest, water or seek medical attention.
4) Increase in heart beat - Normal adult, 60 - 80 beats/min., Baby, 80 - 100 beats/min., Kids, 80 - 120 beats/min. Indication of stroke or heat stroke. Seek immediate medical attention.
5) Sucking sound - Puncture to the lungs
6) Wheezing - Asthma attack
7) Needle marks - On arm, stomach or thighs - Diabetic. If needle marks are found on the forearm, it is likely due to drug overdose.
8) Feces - Body in serve injury. Do not move patient.

Level of responsive check
A - Alert
V - Voice
P - Pain
U - Unresponsive

Primary Survey
D - Deformity
O - Open wound
T - Tenderness
S - Swelling

Secondary Survey
Look for:
1) Inhaler canister
2) Insulin injection
3) Warning cards
4) Medical alert tags

Symptoms and treatments


Choking
S - Speak
B - Breathe
C - Cough

Apply abdominal thrust (Heimlich Manoeuvre)
Chest thrust for pregnant causality
Knee down position for kids
For babies - turn baby around, hold by jaw line, butt higher, pat 5 times

Drowning
1st order - throw life buoy
Save drowning victim from the back not the front
In an open sea, swim with current, never against
Unconscious victim with water in lungs - perform CPR

Over breathing (Hyperventilation)
Emotional excitement
Large amt of carbon dioxide is expelled
Provide paper bag to breath slowly

Circulatory Problems
There are 3 main types of blood vessels
1) Arteries
2) Veins
3) Capillaries


Wounds
Incised wounds
Laceration wounds
Abrasion (grazing) wounds
Puncture wound
Stab wound
Alvation wound
Contusion (bruise) wound

Bleeding
D - Direct Pressure
I - Indirect Pressure
E - Elevation


Fracture
Adult human - 206 Bones
Baby till about 2 months - 350
Largest bones - Femur
Smallest bone - Stapes (Bone in the inner ear)


Learning bandages


My Doughnut Ring


Pirates of the Cari-Buns

Nervous systems problems
If victim is not breathing - tilt head and lift into recovery position

Fainting
Insufficient blood to the brain
Prolong standing
Low sugar

Treatment for fainting
Remove tight obstruction clothing
Lift legs up
Provide more oxygen

Stroke
Stroke is the second killer in the world, in Singapore it is no. 4
Ischemic stroke
Hemorrhagic stroke

Epilepsy (fits)
Disorder in the brain
Problem can be controlled with medication. Muscular relaxation
Caused by serve head injury
High fever
Viral Infection
Lack of oxygen to the brain

Allow fit to blow out and put victim to recovery position

Dietetics
Disorder in the pancreas
Insufficient or inabilities of insulin to break down sugar in body will lead to diabetes

Symptoms
Always tired
Frequent urination
Sudden weight loss
Wounds that won't heal
Always hungry
Blurry vision
Numb of tingling hands and feet
Always thirsty

Heart Attack
No.1 killer in the world, in Singapore No. 2

Symptoms
Chest discomfort
Arm or back discomfort
Neck of jaw discomfort
Trouble breathing with or without chest discomfort
Feeling light-headed
Cold sweat
Nausea and vomiting

Burns And Scalds
Severity of burn
Depth, size, site and infant / child or elderly

1st degree - Superficial, temporary no scaring
2nd degree - Partial thickness, Blistering - medium rare,
3rd degree - Full thickness - well done

A 9% burn is serve enough for body fluids to stop functioning.
Higher than 60% burn, chances of surviving is slim

Heat related emergencies
Dehydration - drink more water
Heat exhaustion - isotonic or salt drinks replaces loss salt in body
Heat stroke - rush immediately to hospital. Treatment of ice packs on neck, armpits and groin for 15 mins


Revision before the written exam

I was informed that in a community emergency, I will be called upon my SCDF to assist. It is my duty as a first aider.

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Sr. Wendy's Notes from Kenya - A Missionary’s Experience

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Time flies and it's now over a year that Sr. Wendy had returned from her posting in Nairobi, Kenya and took on her new role as Mother Superior with the Daughters of St. Paul in Singapore. It was only last weekend that Sr. Wendy and the FSP gals managed to catch up for a meal. Guilty as charged for the long overdue meeting.

Knowing Sr. Wendy, with her love for life and her abundant talents, you wouldn't expect anything less than amazing shared from her last five years in Kenya. From her blog entries in www.chilliandlime.blogspot.com, she creatively published "Notes from Kenya - A Missionary’s Experience". I recalled Sr. Wendy sharing about the book release and mentioned there were numerous comments documented from the gals and I. Now who would have thought that some of my comments would actually be published in a book! Mind blowing!

As soon as I got the chance, I picked out a copy of the book from the Apostolate of the Media Bookshop in Risen Christ Church. Reading at length the sharings of Sr. Wendy in the book was quite different from individual blog postings. There was better flow creating a deeper insight to the situations and thoughts experienced.


Sr. Wendy personalizing my first edition copy



I brought along my book to be autographed and Sr. Wendy decided to pen a longer message because my copy was a first edition release. She commented that first edition copies signed by the author always worth more. Probably a lot lot more when she becomes a Saint! Of cause she reminded me that we are all living saints! She also gave us the second print of the book and with trained eyes highlighted the differences in both copies. There were 2 to 3 differences on the book cover and pictures updated within a few pages.


Us with our proud copies of Notes from Kenya!



A total of 5,000 copies of the book were printed. 3,000 in the first release and another 2,000 there after. Christopher Smith pretty much summed up the review of the book beautifully below.


Sr. Wendy's book review featured on the front page of Catholic News


Book brings you into world of modern-day missionary

Notes from Kenya - A Missionary’s Experience by Sister Wendy Ooi, fsp
Reviewed by Christopher Smith


The world is continually changing, and the Daughters of St Paul, an international community of religious women, has made it its mission to propagate the Gospel using modern forms of communication. In doing so it has needed to acquire the skills necessary for working with modern media, from a knowledge of studio recording methods for producing CDs and DVDs through to the computing skills necessary for developing websites and establishing a presence within social media, such as Facebook. A new type of nun is clearly required for such work, and one such person is Sister Wendy Ooi, the author of Notes from Kenya, who, some years ago, left her work with the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation to take up her vocation with the Daughters of St Paul.

Sister Wendy’s most recent posting, five years ago, was to Nairobi, the capital of the East African country of Kenya. During her time there she kept in touch with distant friends and colleagues through the medium of an on-line ‘blog’ www.chilliandlime.blogspot.com, or diary, as a means of letting them know what she was doing, and that blog forms the basis for her book, Notes from Kenya - A Missionary’s Experience, now embellished with additional photographs and text.

The focus of Sister Wendy’s work in Nairobi was working for the audiovisual or ‘AV’ sector of the Paulines, and she describes in the book the production of CDs like the Heart of Peace, a collection of peace songs produced in response to the regional violence there, and the production of DVDs on subjects such as the Stations of the Cross and the Parables.

But this book, far from being a dry description of Sr Wendy’s working routine, provides a complete and colourful picture of all aspects of her life throughout her five years in Kenya.

She describes the relationship between the convent and the local community, with subjects ranging from outreach work in nearby villages through to the sometimes surprising cultural differences that she encountered in attending gatherings like local funerals.

She doesn’t shy away from discussing difficult subjects, with reflections on the extreme tribal violence that was widespread on her arrival in Kenya, the kidnappings of fellow Sisters and the murder of a Priest, and the extreme poverty faced by locals on Nairobi’s doorstep, in the Kibera slum.

Scattered throughout the book are Sister Wendy’s reflections on her cultural and religious influences, from literary figures of the past through to contemporary performers like Suzanne Vega. Sister Wendy experienced her own taste of fame when, after producing one CD, Unconditional, she found herself mobbed by admirers in search of her autograph!

During her time in Nairobi she would make a point of meeting up with fellow ex-pats and, by chance, VIPs - Prime Ministers, Ambassadors and Nuncios included - to celebrate Singaporean and Malaysian National and Independence days, and a feast of a time was had by all.

On the few occasions when she was able to take leave from the convent Sister Wendy took the opportunity to venture away from Nairobi, on safari in the Great African Rift Valley. The book is lavishly illustrated with over three hundred of Sister Wendy’s personal photographs, many of them covering the wildlife and landscapes that she encountered on those expeditions. The book has been designed by Sister Wendy herself, and the care with which she has created it, with special African-themed graphics throughout, has resulted in a book that is a pleasure to behold.

I began by saying that Sister Wendy, with her modern media skills, was a new type of nun, but the truth is that she is only one of many, each bringing their own skills and abilities by way of adaptation to the ever-changing world. With Notes from Kenya Sister Wendy has successfully captured the life of just one ‘modern nun’, and has illustrated, with good humour, how it is possible to maintain the more conventional roles of a nun while, at the same time, actively participating in the modern world

(Priced at S$18. Available at Apostolate of the Media bookshop, Church of the Risen Christ, and selected parishes in Singapore. Online orders please write to pauline.fsp@gmail.com . Sales proceeds go to the Pauline Mission in Mozambique, Africa.)
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