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Miguel & Cherlene

I recently met up with Miguel and Cherlene over 2 weekends. The locations chosen were places that had sentimental value and were significant during their time of courtship. It was an honour to see Miguel re-enact his marriage proposal to Cherlene during the second weekend. The chemistry and mutual adoration between them was clearly visible. They were a fun couple to work with and I wish them a long and blissful marriage!

The following are a small selection of photos from their photography sessions.






Granny Tay’s 100th Birthday Celebration

About 2 months ago I covered Granny Tay’s 100th birthday celebration. Having also covered 90th and 95th birthdays this year, covering a centenarian’s birthday was a special and extraordinary privilege. It was wonderful seeing the tribute videos and hearing the speeches from various family members as they recounted the impact she has had on the family.

Granny Tay now suffers from dementia and her great granddaughter read out the following poem during her tribute speech. Having had grandparents who also were affected by dementia, it was a beautiful reminder to try and see things through their eyes.

Do Not Ask Me to Remember
Do not ask me to remember,
Don’t try to make me understand,
Let me rest and know you’re with me,
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.

I’m confused beyond your concept,
I am sad and sick and lost.
All I know is that I need you
To be with me at all cost.

Do not lose your patience with me,
Do not scold or curse or cry.
I can’t help the way I’m acting,
Can’t be different though I try.

Just remember that I need you,
That the best of me is gone,
Please don’t fail to stand beside me,
Love me ’til my life is done.
– Owen Darnell

The following are a selection of images from Granny Tay’s 100th birthday celebration.

Mrs Chua’s 95th Birthday Celebration

Last month, I had the honour of covering Mrs Chua’s 95th birthday celebration. Mrs Chua has spent most of her life in the education sector having had roles as a teacher, a vice-principal and Division Commissioner of the Girl Guides. It was heartwarming to see her family, friends, ex-colleagues and ex-students coming together to celebrate her legacy.

An ex-student of Mrs Chua’s shared about the positive impact she had on him when he first started school in Singapore after having moved here from Hong Kong many years ago. It was a great reminder of how simple acts of kindness can be life-changing.

In the second half of the party, there was a sing-a-long segment and practically all the guests came together to create a long single file with Mrs Chua right in front. It was quite a sight seeing her lead the dancing procession around the ballroom as it snaked all over the place. I hope that if I ever reach the status of a nonagenarian, I will still be as active as her! The following are a selection of images from the party featuring the birthday girl.