#275 farewell to the woman I most admired

On Monday, October 4th, I paid my last respect to the woman I admired most (blog #39 written on March 2008) at Sri Temasek. 

 

Glad it was an overcast afternoon when I had to queue for almost an hour at the entrance of the Istana before boarding a van which brought us to Sri Temasek where we had to queue again before entering the room. This time I was pleasantly greeted with beautiful Bach music played on cello filling the room with quietness, serenity and peace that brought tears to my eyes while waiting for others to assemble to give our last respect. 

Mrs Lee Kuan Yew nee Madam Kwa Geok Choo entered gloryland on Saturday 2nd October 2010 who had left Singapore women an extraordinary example: her husband claimed she was his tower of strength. Those words speak volume. Words cannot describe all that she had quietly professed to live — silent yet loud; low profile yet shining and bright. What a good fight our late Mrs Lee, founding mother, had fought!

The late Mrs Lee also represents the 1st generation of Singaporean women, born or adopted, who valiantly fought beside their husbands to make Singapore where she is today.

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#169 veteran swimmer

The swimmer whom I have been looking out for is Dara Torres who continues competitive swimming at the age of 41, won the silver medal in 50m freestyle at the Olympics losing out to a much younger German Britta Steffen.

Dara Torres returned to competitive swimming in year 2000 after 8 years of retirement. One of her secret weapons was resistance stretching invented by Bob Cooley — the flexibility regiment. 

For her, age is just a number and not cap limit on one’s dream and aspiration. She has set precedence for women to remain in competitive swimming inspite of age and family responsibilities. She has a 15-month-old baby and receiving quality time training for the Olympics.

She has helped the world to realise that quality training is more important…

#122

Is working mother a blessing or a bane for a woman?

Is raising a child not a full-time job for a mother? Why the need to enter the workplace?

Is this the result of having better education? Receiving an education means that the woman’s self-worth is enhanced if she enters the workplace?

Yesterday, the generation born before World War II were able to set up a family when only the man of the house worked and yet able to raise up children of 2 or more.

Today, the woman has to work in order to jointly raise a child or 2 children at most.

Yesterday, the women had to work because the family is poor.

Today, a vogue, fashion or darn thing that women enter the workforce? Why has she burdened herself? Is the woman not juggling two jobs at the same time — at workplace and at home?

Is there a need for the woman to supplement income in order to raise a child?

Is this progress of the human race? Is this an advance society where women have to work in order to maintain a family?

Is having a house-maid to take care of the child a way of showing that one is of better standing in society? Just like having a car or living in a condominium to raise one’s status in society?

 

#39 the woman I admired most

The woman I most admired is one who is not pretty but she is a beauty every sense of the word.

I have a photo of an orchid hybrid named after Madam Kwa Geok Choo.

Since young I was most impressed during major elections, Mrs Lee Kuan Yew would be found unobtrusively standing at a distance watching and supporting her husband quietly. She never made herself known or came to the foreground. At Cambridge University, she top the roll at Law school among the women. She has her own law firm while taking care of 2 sons and a daughter. I have on occasions seen her taking care and doting on her first two grandchildren when they were very young. I do not know her personally but she has caught my eyes since my teen years.

Recently on blogtv we were asked “Is Singapore ready for a woman prime minister?” Well my response is we certainly do need women who can stand by their husbands in every walks of life.

#31

Last Saturday March 8th was International Women’s Day.

Women championed her cause since “…in 1908 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.”

(Links: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp )

Glad we are given equal rights and access to education since Singapore was first founded.

Today, women are found in almost every arena of vocations and professions in developed countries. Naturally, in developing countries, that depends on its cultures and mores.

The woman expressed in the Christian Bible in Proverbs 31 is resourceful and liberated:

“…She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.

She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy…”

Why is there the feminist movement in the West? Why has the church contained a narrow view of the place of woman?

Proverbs 31:11, 12 clearly suggest she is not a threat:

“Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.”

and “her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her” (verse 28).