7Nov / 7pm
1 Raffles Link #B1-17A CityLink Mall
GIVING We are always in a learning mode—pick up a new skill, perform trials and errors, and keep trying till we succeed. When we fail, we pick ourselves up again, persevere and continue to search for that hopeful light to shine our paths to success.
It is a real struggle to go through such a journey. Sometimes we blame ourselves for choosing such a difficult path; and sometimes we blame others for our own predicament.
But when we self-reflect, the ups and downs in our lives, create contrasting emotional myriad of colours in our paths—some are dark grey, some are glistening white in colour. The good moments of whiteness remind us of the wonderful things that we already have in our lives. The dark grey moments, do they matter anymore?
The grey and white coexist for us to appreciate what we already have. As we begin to understand and accept their existence together, our minds are released of its heavy chains of self-entitlements, disappointments and unrealistic expectations. We learn to let go of negative emotions, become grateful and appreciate life nuances, and give back to those who need it.
The song, “Giving” is a reminder to myself that the paths that I’ve chosen may have been tough, however, I’ve been blessed by family and friends who have been there for me through thick and thin. Start giving, to make a difference in one’s life.
Good morning darkness, we rode along
Quiet breeze, running and pushing on
Sweat and tears, flowed through our inner soul
We will keep our focus now
Mondays to Sundays, we put on our gear
Each and everyday, we block out our fear
Visions of gold and glory, lift up our hope
These glistening bright days will give honour to all
Step on the podium, we raise our hands
We imagine ourselves, flying in the air
Run, jump and throw, we will do our best
We will fight with magnificence
Our minds have silenced all the darkest whispers
Our bodies beautiful despite the blisters
Final countdown that determines our fate
But should this metal medal show us the way?
Rainbow & colours, shine through the clouds
Sacrifices, not in vain
Share our journey, inspire all
Giving our lives, is what matters
Now, the dust has settled down
Celebrate the friendship that we’ve made
Bring back memories of tears and joy
We will smile with splendour
We, have climbed the mountain of excellence
We, have given hope to everyone
Reaching out to guide the next generation
Giving all because we love our nation
Music & Vocals by Eileen Chai
Lyrics by Eileen Chai (edited by Kevin Mathews)
Recording & Production by Ben Kranen
Performed @ the 28th SEA Games 2015