I have to say that it was one heck of a well-organised event (heh..occupational hazard). The organisers/volunteers came all prepared. They had pink plastic mats for those who wanted to sit on the grass, they gave away tissues so that we could use it to wipe our perspiration, they sold pink brollies for those who wanted some protection from the sun (and rain), they were distributing pink balloons so that it would enhance the aerial display of the pink dot, they had all kinds of activity (lion dance/performances etc) planned to keep the crowd entertained and when the event was over, the volunteers went around to help clear some of the rubbish to ensure that the park was kept litter-free. It was amazing! Solid branding too with the pinkdot banners scattered around the park, the cute pinkdotcartoon static mascots, a life-size rainbow bear walking around taking pics and giving out balloons and of course with everyone all decked in pink..the atmosphere was very carnival-like and everyone had a fab time. I was really impressed at their thorough planning and execution :)
Thanks to Elaine who suggested a picnic there, we came prepared too with loads of refreshments and food so most of the time, we were stuffing ourselves silly and offering drinks to other friends we saw!
the picnickers :)
First pic I took..which is why I still looked so fresh :P
Spotted AJ who was one of the volunteers at the event :)
With Sam :)
Rainbow bear giving out balloons..Poor guy must be feeling so warm!
Saw this in Alvin's blog..A Page 73 reference!
Check out the words on the tees of this couple..they were so cool!
Loads of cute dogs~
Wei Chi & I acting guniang and showing off the much coveted Mr Men umbrella!
pic taken from pinkdot.sg
Here's the official Pink Dot Video..
I have been asked several times...what if your son is gay.. how would you react? I know my boy is still young but I've too wondered abt this before. I do consider myself rather liberal (although some have said that I'm quite boring and conversative by nature :P) but I have to be honest and admit that such a revelation will come with some heartache from my side..It is natural to feel so, especially as a parent - the realisation that your child would have a tougher road ahead of him and other selfish thoughts like that you'll probably never have a chance to have a grandchild. But there shouldn't be any conditions placed on the love for my child. He is still the same kid that I've loved and cared for and I would support him and love him no matter what. What I want to be is a parent that he will have no qualms about coming to me to share his problems with n so that I will be able be understanding and be there for him, if he needs me.
When I was studying in year 1 of my uni studies in Vancouver (this was about 20 years ago), I chose to take a Psych elective course which was on Aids. During one of the tutorial sessions, we had a speaker Mark, who had full blown Aids (he passed away soon after). He was gay and he was telling us how he was discriminated against due to his sexuality and even more after his illness was made known. His parents had disowned him when he had outed himself to them and he has never seen them for at least a decade and he had said then that he would arrange for a letter to be sent to them after his passing. It was heart wrenching listening to his life story. After his session, some of us went up to him to hug him and chat further but I can still recall some of my Singaporean classmates refused to do so out of fear. Aids isn't just a gay disease. We also saw hemophiliacs who'd got infected as a result of a blood transfusion and also some drug users due to the exchange of used-needles. I remember helping out my TA to distribute clean needles to drug users and prostitutes along the dingy streets of Vancouver (it wasn't compulsory for us to do so) . My TA explained that it was impossible to stop them from using..and so the most they could do at their level was to curb the spread of the disease. It was indeed an experience that I would never forget In Singapore, it isn't surprising to learn that the women/housewives are amongst the highest Aids risk group here as most of them contract it from their spouses. Aids has so far claimed about 3,843 pple in singapore..
For info :- There is an Aids candlelight memorial at SMU Law & Accountancy faculty tonight at 7pm, held in memory for those who have died of the disease and to remind all to continue the fight against all stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS.