Belated New Year wishes! Sharing the limelight with like-minded individuals in the local newspapers (Sunday Straits Times Life Section, 10 January 2021) and online (https://www.straitstimes.com/life/look-what-covid-made-me-do-ambitious-projects-that-took-flight) is a positive start after the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Despite the challenges then, many like us rose above the occasion and overcame the hurdles and obstacles that blocked us from leading a normal life; and thorough our stories we hope that they will inspire and motivate others to get up once again after they had fallen countless times in the past. Like you, we are just ordinary people who decided that enough was enough and faced whatever was preventing us from moving forward in life; and as much as we encountered many falls along the journey, we just got up one more time than we fell and pressed on further. We were finally becoming sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, and decided once and for all that we would rather try and fail than fail to try; and even though we are still failing as we keep trying, we learn from our mistakes along the way. And we also express gratitude for all those who stood by us, loved ones and friends who supported us every step of the way. Finally, we pay it forward by reaching out to others who are currently undergoing what we did previously to share with them our experiences and how they can also overcome their challenges in due time. Just like we had wishes for Christmas in 2020 below, our New Year resolution for 2021 is to enable others (who are like us once upon a time) to achieve their dreams and goals. Meanwhile, may God bless you and your loved ones with a great 2021 ahead!
I am deeply honoured to be invited by Mr. Alvin Wong, Director of the East Asian Education Limited (EAEL), to be part of a series of speakers for a sharing session with high school boys. My topic, entitled “Personal Journey – from Cancer to Empowerment”, was basically about my struggles with failures since young; and also shared about how each struggle taught me to overcome my challenges thereafter, all the way until my cancer today. There was a Q&A session whereby the boys enquired about the ways in which I coped with my obstacles, and many wanted to know how they could apply the techniques and tips I used to solve their own difficulties. It was a very enriching experience for both the boys and me to be able to connect with and learn from one another (Yes, I learned from them too) and I look forward to more of such sharing sessions in future.
From a letter of appreciation from the Catholic Foundation to an actual article publication (https://www.catholicfoundation.sg/an-advocate-for-generosity/) in The Catholic News on 15th Nov '20, this is indeed a blessing from God that I am forever grateful for. Firstly, I had only expected at most a small mention of my fundraising efforts within the pages of The Catholic News; so imagine to my surprise when I saw an entire full page as well as a back-page publication, that really caught me off-guard and made me feel like I am on top of the world. It is my deepest Christmas wish for 2020 that everyone who comes across my article will follow suit and give whatever they can to the underprivileged and less fortunate, so that together we can look forward to a better Christmas celebration on 25th Dec ’20 despite Covid-19. We give not because we have, but we give because we can; and regardless of our current situations in life, we can always find something to give to others. Have a Blessed Advent in the meantime, and a Merry Christmas in advance!
I am deeply humbled by the Catholic Foundation, a philanthropic arm of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore (RCAS), for presenting me with an e-Card recently. It was not something I had expected because I was merely trying to raise funds for my cancer relapse operation then, and at the same time contribute a partial sum to aid various organizations affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s amazing that when we reach out to help others, help always comes back to us in another way; as a result of my contribution I have been invited to share my story in the Catholic News, an official newspaper of the RCAS. That is a privilege I truly cherish, and I pray that my small gesture will inspire others to do likewise for the many charitable organizations that reach out to the less privileged tirelessly. May God bless you and your loved ones always.
10. I would like to say big thank you to Mr. Lee for providing me with such a remarkable learning environment during my study. He is not only a teacher but is also a great mentor. He equipped me with knowledge and skills sets especially in communication, presentation and adaptability, which are not only limited to school but also helping me in my job as well. His life journey is an enormous illustration for his peers, whereby they can learn how to tackle each situation and get the best possible outcomes. Here’s wishing you good health and a great career ahead, and thank you for sharing valuable knowledge which is changing people’s life every day. Best Regards. - Thakur Abhimanyu, Marketing Department, Beacon International College, Singapore (16 April 2020). 9. As parent, i was confused / concerned how to make my kid do better in English, as English is one of the core subject in O level. So started looking for a teacher on the internet / social media - who can do home tuition. After going through many profiles - I came across Kevin - who is good in terms of availability and also fees. In our first meet - both my kids liked him. He is very good at motivating kids and put good amount of effort to make them organized. Within 3 months - could see 1 grade improvement in English. - Mr. Pallab Sarkar, parent of most recent tuition student Ayush, Singapore (24 January 2020). 8. Kevin Lee was my hospitality lecturer during my diploma study at Beacon International College in Singapore. He always brought real-life experiences to the class and was very interactive with us. He was also very helpful in advising on placement and resume writing. I remember one time, he even stayed late after the lecture to guide me on my resume writing process. He was always there to support me whenever I had any assessment or career questions. - Kevin Chan, shortlisted and currently undergoing a leadership development program at Marriott International, United Arab Emirates. (20 January 2020) 7. Hi sir Kevin! I am Anthony Flores from the Philippines. I studied in Singapore last 2015 at Beacon International College where I met this humble and down-to-earth MAN. As a student of Mr. Kevin Lee, it was such a great experience. I learned a lot from him and till now I’m still using all his advice. He is fun and a very good teacher based on my experience, as he will share all his knowledge. - Anthony Flores, Head Chef, Beacon International College, Singapore (19 January 2020) 6. Hi Mr. Lee, About 18 years ago. I was a student of yours in your class teachings and extra curriculum activities. I remembered you as an inspirational teacher who changes the way we students learn and not for the sake of it but what it’s for. You had multiple teaching ideas for the students to understand as each individual was different. “Changing the paradigm of teaching” as we were from the “ODAC - OutDoor Adventure Club” Extra Curriculum Activities, it was a tough one. The activities we had to prepare for others to experience/enjoy, e.g., school-mates, students from other schools and organisations as we were the first Secondary school to have such levels of equipment. You motivated us when we felt jaded, and you guided us to see that we are more than we think. Even though we were young, some of us felt like it was building a career from young that makes us stronger individually. We may be doing something else but it groomed us. Thank You, Mr. Lee. - Tan LiHao, Financial Consultant, Singapore (18 January 2020) 5. Mr. Kevin Lee is one of the best mentors I have ever had at SHATEC in 2011, and I have learned many useful things through his method of teaching. One of the things is that he uses humour when explaining certain parts of the topic discussed, and this has made me remember the topic better and made it easier for me to learn and understand as the learning process is more interactive. He also made me overcome my fear of public speaking by making me practise speaking in front of an audience. By simulating that physically, I found out that it was not as bad as the human mind actually thinks; and in fact, it is actually pretty simple. I really want to thank him for his knowledge and teaching style as this has changed my life dramatically. - Gavin Chng, Logistics Department in an Aircraft Company, Singapore (18 January 2020) 4. This note serves as a genuine testimonial as well as a thank you note. I will be honest, being an international student made me feel foreign in many ways, especially when it comes to understanding the lesson being taught. I remembered my first presentation assignment at SHATEC was given by Mr. Lee in 2012. We were told to present something that we knew dearly about. Many talked about their family, and cried as it was really emotional. However, I spoke about Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean); it was so different from the others, but Mr. Lee applauded me and gave me high marks for that. He even said "Well done, Nindy; you have set your mark high, and you better maintain this benchmark for your following assignments." I regained my confidence so much that I no longer felt foreign or different, and just became myself instead. The way Mr. Lee mentors is different, it's not all about textbook theory but it integrates to the comprehension of our confidence level and how to improve on it. What I realized after that acknowledgment Mr. Lee made of me was that we will make the best out of ourselves only when we are confident in ourselves about who we are and what we know well about. Mr. Lee is also really appreciative to tell us what good do we make and give constructive feedback on what we can improve on. I think this is really important to keep us going in both good and bad performances we are having in our learning processes. - Anindya Modischa – previously Jakarta Receptionist of The Year 2016 & Indonesia Receptionist of The Year 2016, now running 3 branches of family franchise business in Indonesia (Sumatra) since 2017 (17 January 2020) 3. I took up Diploma in Hotel Management courses at SHATEC in 2011 after my secondary school. I had no idea what this course would have in store for me but still I chose to give it a go. The beginning was always the hardest and during the first term, we had a module in Advanced English. Back then, I didn’t do so well in my language hence this was one of the modules which I thought I would not be able to clear. Thankfully, the mentor assigned to us was someone whom we could communicate with and has never failed to make the lesson more interesting. The person is none other than Mr. Kevin Lee. Language is not something that can be taught easily, it takes the individual to slowly adapt and learn the basic concept before putting it into act. Mr. Kevin Lee is someone who is full of patience and understanding, he will break down the lesson and make it so much easier to comprehend and learn. During the lesson, he will also share with us some of his personal experiences so that we can better relate to what was taught. His lessons were really interesting and are one of the modules that we look forward to every week. Whenever we have any doubts, he was willing to stay back after school with us to explain just so that we really understand. He will provide us with more examples and explain much simpler so that we are able to comprehend. Moreover, I will always remember how Mr. Kevin Lee walked me through the whole process of choosing my next phase of life after our graduation. I was feeling lost and did not know what to choose thus I went to consult him. He literally sat there with me for hours, drawing mind maps and explaining how some of the choices will affect the later part and what are some of the better recommendations to choose from. I felt so enlightened after the whole conversation and I am really thankful for him. – Samantha Lee, Senior Supervisor in Housekeeping Department, Grand Park City Hall, Singapore (17 January 2020). 2. Mr. Lee taught me in one of the subject when I was studying hospitality at SHATEC in 2013! His class was always my favorite as he shared so much of his experiences that he had and his knowledge and his life experiences were lessons for us to help us step up into the hospitality industry, and I learned so much from him. Even though I have graduated many years ago, we still keep in touch and he remembers many of his students (Amazing, right?)! He is not only a teacher but also a mentor for me, and from him I learned to always fight harder and if you are determined you can make it happen. - Ang Michiko Puspasari, Hotel Duty Manager, Holiday Inn Express, Adelaide, Australia (17 January 2020) 1. “My 2 kids, Shernise aged 12 and Frederick aged 10, attended Mr. Lee’s coaching session during the December school holiday in 2019. What a great way to spend the day! They gained new knowledge and skills in presentation, communication, goal setting, and many self-directed attributes. Most importantly my kids shared that Mr. Lee was engaging and motivating throughout the session. They also like that the session was held in a cozy environment thus helped them learn better! I will highly recommend to everyone who has the interest to develop themselves or their kids to their fullest potential with these useful life skills! Kudos to Mr. Lee!” - Mrs. Seo Tho, whose children attended the Basic, Intermediate & Advance Enrichment Workshops, Singapore (16 January 2020)