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“When her death sentence was read... The toughest part was to face her young son, my daughter’s age.” Ling Ling wrote.
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I must admit when I read what Ling Ling shared about her recent capital offence case, I was profoundly disturbed. I recalled it was the same feeling I had when I watched Boo Junfeng’s movie APPRENTICE.
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The defendant; she is someone’s mom, someone’s daughter, someone’s someone.
DRUGS DESTROY LIVES, PERIOD!
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Her young son will grow up without his mother. He will vaguely remember her and the last memory of her is perhaps seeing her for the last time being taken away from the courthouse, shackled. Imagine that... imagine that.
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I will be praying for her. May the Almighty have mercy on her soul.
My heart goes out to her loved ones.
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Thank you for allowing me to share your post, Ling Ling.
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#a3network #NCADA #cnb #drugfree #antidrugs #drugfreesg #zerodrugtolerance #zerotolerenceondrug #saynotodrugs #lifepriorities
Mi guapa and I absolutely meant it when we told the kids that academic is not the only thing we see as important... above and beyond that are their mental, emotional, physical and medical wellbeing that we place strong emphasis on.
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We take surveys like this very seriously as it helps us recalibrate our understanding of our kids’ current state. How is that so, you might ask... well, if we were committed to this effort we would not play a guessing game but actually connect with our kids on a deeper level to find out.
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When our boys were in primary and secondary school, technology adoption was still at its infancy stage compared to my Lil’ Diva’s time. So, mi guapa and I maintained close contact with their teachers via periodic phone chats and emails. Not at all inconvenient for us as they were both in the same school together throughout their kindergarten, primary and secondary education.
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Yes, there’s a point to all these... if we were active in their formative years through their young adult life, we are less likely to see them run the wrong direction. We worry less about them finding themselves in the wrong company as we have this special bond that assured them they can always find comfort, security and feel belonged. They would be grounded and sensible and we as parents would be sensitive to notice any thing that is out of character with them.
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I was asked recently, how mi guapa and I keep drugs away from our family... how we protect our kids from the threat of drugs.
Connect with them on a deeper level I say, and half the battle is already won. 👌🏽
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Kudos to my Lil’ Diva’s school for embracing technology to bridge the gaps among the stakeholders and for incorporating life skills mastery as part of the education for the girls.
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The last time I was here was 30th April, barely a month ago, at this very hall where mi guapa and I sat next to our 1st born for his Commissioning Dinner.
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This afternoon, I’m back here but this time to attend the Central Narcotics Bureau Workplan Seminar 2018.
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Very impressed with the effectiveness of our anti drug program, from prevention to rehabilitation... very honoured and humbled to be able to play a small part in this fight.
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We probably have one of the best, if not THE BEST drug prevention and rehab program around and our tough stand on drugs has helped us remain among the lowest in drug abuse cases per capita.
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Trust me when I say we are an envy of law enforcement agencies around the world when they hear that we deal with less than 3,200 cases (including relapses); and that number is on the decline. But for every ONE case, that’s ONE case too many!
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Here’s the thing, y’all... the authorities can only do so much.
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We as a society can do so much more, we as friends and family members can do so much more... I kid you not.
Forget the commitment to join a volunteer support group if we can’t find any time to spare. Just spare a thought for those struggling with drug addictions and abuse, by how we treat them or our attitude toward them... that’s the first step. They are somebody’s somebody and our hearts for them will go a very, very long way.
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I am deeply saddened when I read articles like this, y’all... that’s because this problem is totally preventable.
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Credit:  ST 9th April 2018
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TOTALLY SENSELESS!!!
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Mi guapa and I shared about this incident with our Lil' Diva over dinner last nite.
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Lil' Diva:  Hey, pops... don't these guys know that drugs are harmful? I mean, they must have seen the effects on those who took drugs and they are ok to be like that? *looking puzzled*
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Me:  I ask myself the same question every time I hear about a drug related incident, sayang. *sigh*
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Lil' Diva:  If they know and yet they do it... then how can that be a mistake, right? That's a choice! Like you said, the same mistake made twice is a choice. Why don't they make better choices then?
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I really have no answer for her, y'all!!! 🤔
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Me:  Nice rhetorical question, sayang... and you gotta admit the police was just so awesome to save the day?!
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Mi guapa just burst out laughing. Yaaa, she knows me too well... my diversion tactics. Hahaha!!!
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PS:  Kudos to the SOC of Singapore Police Force and CNB Drug Free SG for ending the standoff with zero casualty.
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Full story here:  https://www.facebook.com/singaporepoliceforce/photos/a.449307704407.236365.56706929407/10157308509384408/?type=3&theater
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Where do I even begin??? 😡🤬
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My heart was filled with rage, and disappointment... yes, I was fuming mad!!! Aren't we parents supposed to be the one that protect our child from harm?
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This ONE YEAR OLD TODDLER was "parented" by a group of drug offenders and I can only imagine the danger he was constantly under while being "looked after" by them. Yes, I 'inverted-comma' the word parented and looked after coz I was really pissed and if you think I was being melodramatic, go ahead and read the article and decide for yourself.
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The silver lining to this whole episode was that the decisive intervention by the authorities had removed the toddler from the unsafe environment and into the safe hands of Child Protective Service of the Ministry of Social & Family Development.
Kudos to both CNB Drug Free SG and Singapore Police Force!!!
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To the parents of this little angel, I have so much anger toward you but no amount of hate will change what had happened. I believe you are not bad people, you just made bad choices in life and with time I sincerely hope you will rise above this and make things right. I will be praying for you. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
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Full story here:
https://www.cnb.gov.sg/NewsAndEvents/News/Index/toddler-recovered-safe-and-sound-in-cnb-operation-on-27-february-2018
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Been on so many different tracks and coastal strips and national parks and what have you on ma bikes... hell, I’ve also cycled into Tijuana and back across the US border and the same with Quebec in Canada.
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I wasn’t a daredevil whenever I mount my 2-wheeler as y’all know I’m anal when it comes to safety, but wouldn’t pass the chance of hitting the dirt if I saw wilderness. Hehehe!!!
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It’s true what they say apples don’t fall too far from the tree... I am whom ma 1st and 2nd born got the love for outdoors from. Me!
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We as parents have such an influence on our kids; that much I know. The many stories we tell them, our conduct with others, our response to various situations... they see and hear, and they learn.
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My kids stay away from drugs and substance abuse and other undesired activities and actions coz of the values mi guapa and I instilled in them and the healthy lifestyle we passionately expose them to... the same set of values my mom and my dad brought me and my sister up with. It is not by luck that we are how we are today. And definitely not by passing the buck to someone else to do the parenting job.
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I am grateful to the Almighty for blessing me with mom and dad I could model after. I pray I am doing the same with my brood.
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Before my intent is grossly misunderstood and taken off context, let me humbly clarify that I’m not trying to impress but to impress upon the importance of proactive parental guidance.
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As the saying goes, we parents are our kids best teacher... 👌🏽
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📸: Late 1994, Grand Canyon
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Asia Pacific Forum Against Drugs 2017
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Fact:  Revenue from taxes on legalising drugs is NOT able to offset the costs that come with it. That's like selling a plate of mee rebus for $0.50 which costs $0.80 to make.
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Fact:  Legalising drugs does NOT reduce the black market activities. It actually increases the size of the user market which in turn creates greater money making opportunities for the black market. Why... because it would be cheaper and easier to purchase them in the black market; it's like a 16 year old buying a pack of cigarettes which are smuggled into the country from alternative source, evading hefty taxes.
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Fact:  Supervised consumption of drugs does NOT deter abusers from using drugs outside supervision, because an addict doesn't play by any rule.
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Fact:  Dozens more... from behavioural issues to health hazards to loss of productivity, and the list goes on!
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Quoting Dr Kevin Sabet, "We are now paying the heavy price of legalising alcohol and tobacco that have been normalised ... why are we wanting to make the same mistake with cannabis?"
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Shared about the full-day session I attended today with my family over dinner and I tell ya this... we can't be more glad that our nation stands firmly for zero tolerant on drugs.
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To fellow moms and dads out there, let's engage our kids proactively on the dangers of substance abuse... better us than someone else with self-serving interest, don’t you agree?
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I can’t stress enough the importance of planning activities with our kids so that they will develop positive habits to keep them away from falling into the high risk category. Never leave things to chances, y’all!
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Special shoutout to Adam HA for the photo opp with the distinguished gentlemen.
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And I thought I’m done with this power suit thingy, y’all... hahaha!!!
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Here today at Asia Pacific Forum Against Drugs 2017... very blessed to be part of this dynamic movement.
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Be sure to catch it on the media, yaaa!
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At the recent NCADA press conference held in Bedok Public Library (Singapore), I was interviewed on the issue of parents role in helping kids stay away from drugs.
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I stand firmly against drugs and substance abuse and I make no apologies for that...
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So guys, please please please take that 1st step to engage your kids on the dangers of drugs and substance abuse. You have the first mover advantage so capitalise on that coz if you don't, someone out there will and you may end up having to spend tons of dough on your kid's rehab... or worst  still, claim their body from the morgue!
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Wishing us Godspeed.
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Full story and interview on www.facebook.com/krhzs
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Great training session with @grant_campbell5 @logankilgore @aj.jefferson this am at RFKHS in Delano! In the final days before @grant_campbell5's Pro Day workout...thank you to @aj.jefferson and @logankilgore for their insight and hard work! #a3material #forathletesbyathletes #a3network
Our team promoting FIRST at the Disney A3 event. 
#allaboard #gobblegobble #graVtrain #omgrobots #frcstronghold #first #roboterra #a3network @midfltech @otcmidflorida