It was SAF 50 last week, the day when you might have seen uniformed forces wear their, well, uniforms.
But HEY, on that day, we also had a Born a HERo event. I got to spell it like that so you can see the pun. Heh heh. It’s actually just Born a Hero. What’s it, really?
Commemoration for the SAF’s 50th anniversary (SAF50), women’s website Material World has launched the Born a Hero project to celebrate the unsung heroes behind Singapore’s defence. Sponsored by AXA Singapore, Born a Hero will tell the stories of ordinary women who have contributed to the success of the SAF in their own ways.
Oh yeah and this also:
Here’s to the unsung heroes of Singapore’s national defence! Join Material World as we celebrate mums, wives, girlfriends, daughters, and colleagues who have played a part in ensuring the success of the Singapore Armed Forces. Every $10 donation to Halogen Foundation will give you a ticket to this shopping event at TANGS Orchard! Join host Irene Ang for an evening of fun, shopping and sharing!
So that’s why you got all these ladies queuing up at the Providore at Tangs. They got vouchers, discounts and coupons in their bags!
Of course, here’s Irene Ang being the host of it all.
This was the deal on that day. Click to enlarge! They got to get a lucky draw form with every $100 spent in a single receipt and win prizes.
The first winner of the lucky draw! Really easy.
Spend and win, really. Like Swensen vouchers, one month’s subscription at a gym and so on.
Well, the lucky draw was fun and all but while we waited for the Born a Hero panel session, we were also entertained by two musicians.
Blank Space cover by Johan and Sophia. #saf50bornahero #materialworldsg A video posted by Seriously Sarah (@sarahcoldheart) on
I don’t know their facebook or webby or anything but hey, I did get their names at least! Drop me a link if you know they have one.
With food and fancy juices (italian sodas?), shopping and lucky draws, we got to know more about the Born a Hero panel consisting of 4 ladies over there.
Deborah Tan ( founder of Material World), Judy Kong (BoH personality), Setoh Wei Leng (BoH personality) and Priya Shahane (Chief HR Officer at AXA Singapore).
It was a short and casual panel. If you want to know more, go to Material World to read it!
Rather informative too and I think most of us would see Judy on the news lately too because she (the one in white) was the first woman in SWANS!
That’s the Singapore Women’s Auxiliary Naval Service (SWANS) in 1964, as a volunteer. It was a time around the Konfrantasi and all that she decided to volunteer to help Singapore.
Back then, they trained on their own time and she was a teacher too! So for three hours, twice a week, she trained on a ship.
Ok, hers was the most interesting to me because WOAAAH. First woman to be part of the SWANS even before there was such thing as regulars for woman.
For Deborah, she founded Material World and you can see how awesome that is and why this Born a Hero thing was happening, Wei Leng talked about how she supported her boyfriend who was in NS because really, you got to support your partner while they’re in it
and suck it upppp it’s like so nooo you’re in there and I’m out here but nehmind, we have time we can wait and we’ll see you again.
Ok, she said in more poetic terms but yeah, you keep supporting each other.
And Priya talked about team work about how guys go for reservist but there’s always a contingency plan so that it will not disrupt the team’s work.
Also, I kind of explored Tang’s. I didn’t realize what was in the upper floors usually because the basement is where it is at for me. The cookery section. Heh heh heh. Ok, I don’t cook much but look at their frying pans and grills and blenders.
It’s so pretty.
Anyway, it was a pretty neat event because, let’s not forget the ladies who support our SAF too.
As a mother, daughter, sister, girlfriend, wife or you know, just a friend.
It really is teamwork when everyone works together for Singapore.