Saturday, February 26, 2011

37th SSEAYP 2010 - This is Home, Truly

Day 38 - 1 December 2010

We woke up today to the 38th day of the 37th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP), and the air tasted sweet because we were in our very lovely country Singapore.

In the morning, the Reception Committee briefed us on the local programme at Temasek Polytechnic and the Homestay Committee shared about the homestay programme.

Consolidating the collected aluminium cans for our local programme

Special arrangements were made for the Singapore Contingent to check out of Fuji Maru first, as we were bringing with us a huge bulk of our luggage.

We waited at the Singapore Cruise Centre for our respective Solidarity Groups to come by so that we could join them by our SGs.

We went to Temasek Polytechnic for our Community & Youth Engagement Programme.

With actor Moses Lim

Speech by Mr Michael Yeo, Director, Cruise in Leisure & Resort Management, Temasek Polytechnic

Speech by Mr Jedidiah, Assistant Director, National Youth Council

Sharing by students on the environmental project

Mr Moses Lim sharing his volunteering experience

We then went to work on connecting aluminium can drink tabs via raffia string. It would be used as a finishing touch to the Fuji Maru model, and a record-breaking feat for being the longest connected string of tabs. We also turned cans into musical instrument.

Channel NewsAsia interviewing Youth Leader Zatan

The artist is a Japanese-turned-Singapore citizen and he is lining up the string of can drink tabs

Singapore Book of Records President Ong Eng Huat declared a new record attained

Fuji Maru model would be displayed permanently at the Temasek Polytechnic.

Fuji Maru model with aluminium cans collected from 11 countries

With messages from Participating Youths of 11 countries

The finale was the mass singing of "Hey Baby (Would you be my Girl)" and making melodies with our aluminium can shaker. It was awesome!

Solidarity Group A

After the jubilant moment, we left Temasek Polytechnic for Chai Chee Secondary School, the venue for our Homestay Matching ceremony.

After all the PYs had left with their host families, the Singapore PYs took our leave back home! Home Sweet Home!

As my neighbour (host family) couldn't take in Khoa (Vietnam) and Sai (Myanmar) in his house, they bunked in at my place. While waiting for them to return, I had lunch with Wei Kiat and his two PYs.

With Hung (Vietnam) and Marlon (Philippines)

Late past midnight, I took them for a drive around the city.


It was one thing to get used to driving after a long time not doing so. It's another when we hit a Traffic Police checkpoint. I was not worried about my driving, but terribly so if I had to account for the 4 youths in my car that held no passports with them.

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