Living Moments (Part 21)

by Patrick Liew on April 26, 2012

I joined 84 good-hearted grassroots volunteers at Batam Island for an overseas retreat. While there were some elements of work, by and large it was designed for us to have a good time (a very important factor in volunteerism) and to build a stronger relationship and bond with one another.

For those who have gone on such trips with me, especially My HSR colleagues, you would know the trouble I take to give everybody a crazy, out-of-the-world, and wonderful experience. We would literally hold our stomach in tears of fun and laughters. 

For this trip, I had to hold my horses. Although I was one of the members of the organizing committee, I was new to many of them and there were some serious matters we need to settle. Still, some of my innocent antics came through and I hoped it helped some of them to let their hair down for a great time.

At one point, one of the participants came to tell me he had a great time. I told him I felt the same way too. That conversation triggered me to remember one of my obligations in life.

I shared with this younger man, “I believe one of our callings in life is to create beautiful memories. We should help our family, friends, colleagues and the people who come in touch with us to be able to look back on our shared experiences with positive thoughts and feelings”.

I’m happy in my own small little ways I did that for my children. When they were growing up, we deliberately created beautiful moments that they still talk about until today.

In My HSR, we endeavor to create opportunities for us to work hard and oftentimes play harder. If I may use the words of an ex-colleague who rejoined our company when he was asked why he decided to return to us, he said, “In the other company, it is just like a house. HSR is a home”. 

That’s what I will strive to do, to creative a safe, secure and happy home for people around me. A home where there are vibrant, exciting and memorable activities. A home where others can find meaning, well-being and fulfillment at the end of the day.

In the not too distant future, they can look back with joy and nolstalgia. They will hold on to the shared memories. 

Shall we encourage one another to create beautiful memories?


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


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Melissa Neo May 10, 2012 at 8:57 am

Thank you, Patrick. It is so timely& divine that I decided to read your blog this morning. I have been struggling with a root issue that stemmed from a failed relationship years ago & it came up again recently. Your sharing inspired me to remove the shield that I have put around my heart so that I won’t be hurt again. I had wrongly concluded that the only way to protect myself is to contain my love for others including my loved ones so that I won’t be hurt should something happen bad to them or should our relationship turn sour in future. I was worried that I won’t be able to handle any heartache. You are right, it is better to create beautiful memories for others & ourselves than live a life of regrets without love, joy, meaningful, touching & memorable moments with whoever GOD has put in my life. Unconditional love for others involves taking risks as well as being vulnerable to pain & disappointments. But it is worth it & surely, GOD will never allow us to go through something that is more than what we can handle or endure. Thanks again for reminding me to create beautiful memories…

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