Saturday, November 3, 2007

Sentosa Island - Reviving & Fun Cycling

The awaited Sentosa day-trip was finally held on 22/9/2007. There were 23 participants altogether. As this is the first Dharma Drum Youth outdoor activity, everyone gathered in an exciting mood.

The contingency plan was not used since it was a sunny day. Early in the morning, some youth committee members already gathered and started preparing the program at Sentosa Island. Some were at the train station, taking attendance and leading the participants to the island. Around 8:30 a.m., everyone has gathered on this scenic Sentosa Island.

Firstly, we enjoyed the nutritious and nicely prepared breakfast! We were grateful to Pei Ling for the preparation of the sandwiches and fruits which we enjoyed very much. After the breakfast, we gathered in a circle on the beach. The president of Dharma Drum Singapore, Mr. Xie Shi Yu started the self-introduction. Everyone seemed to be shy since it was the first time we met each other. We just gave our name sequentially.

After the introduction, we did the warm-up session – Dharma Drum Moving Meditation.
Maybe this was the first time for some of us, some laughed up the sleeve during the movements. Nevertheless, we still followed the instructions of the leader throughout the whole session. After warmed up, we had the first game session to get to know each other better. This ‘shape-hunting’ game was led by Pei Yee and Hui Wei. The losers were punished by having their faces decorated colourfully and creatively. Everyone lost the shy feeling after looking at each others’ face. The game ended with joy and laughter.

The following activity was cycling around Sentosa Island. Pei Ying and Mei Da were leading this activity. We found that cycling was a good way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of this island. In addition, the double-seater bicycle received more attention due to its difficulty level. We cycled for about an hour and came back just in time for lunch! We had vegetarian rice noodles and delicious moon cake prepared by Pei Ying. Everyone seemed to work hard participating in the activities, we managed to finish the food in seconds!

After lunch, Sister Ai Li and Brother Shou Yuan led us in two activities -meditation and hold- the-water-bowl. Soon, everyone fell into silence peacefully. The participants found that to calm one’s mind down is not easy at all. It seemed to be an interesting experience for those who got in touch with meditation for the first time. After enjoying the peace of mind, Pei Yee and Hui Wei brought everyone three melodious songs; two were masterpieces of Pei Yee! Everyone was revelling in the melody while Pei Yee played the guitar. When she played the song ‘Purigecic’ (DDM Youth’ theme), everyone sang together happily. Followed by the songs, we had the game ‘trample the balloons’. Every pair attempted to trample the balloons of ‘enemies’ playfully. Surprisingly, the winners of the game were two gentle looking girls!

The activity ended by having Pei Yee (DDM Youth representative) giving out Master Sheng Yen’s book – Orthodox Buddhism to every participant. In addition, hand-made key chain and book mark by her and Nian Si were given out together with the book. The participants can feel the effort and care of DDM Youth. After receiving the membership The participants can feel the effort and care of DDM Youth. After receiving the membership forms from participants, we felt that our effort is worthwhile. This had built the confidence in us, motivating us to introduce the ideology of DDM Youth to more youth, like what Master Sheng Yen said, youth has to bear the responsibility to the society. Please trust us; we are working diligently towards the goal!


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