It’s good to be with our Bukit Gombak residents, many who greeted me with wide smiles and gave me the thumbs-up. Thank you Bukit Gombak and Chua Chu Kang GRC residents for welcoming me back to serve you. Thank you for the privilege and opportunity to journey with you again. There’s much to be done in the next five years. Let’s join hearts and hands to write the next chapter together. For Chua Chu Kang, for Bukit Gombak, for this is our home where our hearts belong.

Dear Residents,

It is a privilege and blessing to be part of the Bukit Gombak and Chua Chu Kang family. Over the years, we have become friends and shared many hopes and dreams together. Like a family, we feel the intensity of the Covid-19 crisis that Singapore is facing now.

Yet, in the past 9 days, I have seen and felt the warmth, courage and sincerity of many Bukit Gombak residents. We have seen the best of our residents when many came forward to help and encourage our healthcare and essential workers. As we battle the storm, some residents have had to adapt to new jobs. It is not easy but there’s a resilience in Bukit Gombak that we can be proud of.

I hope to be able to continue the journey with you. This is the place where you and your children can continue to build your hopes and dreams. I am committed to building a brighter tomorrow for Bukit Gombak. To improve lives, sustain jobs and secure a future for you and your family.

Together, we will build a strong and resilient Bukit Gombak. Together, a better home for all.

Was at Bukit Gombak MRT before dawn this morning and met the early-risers heading to work and school. Enjoyed the cool air and friendly morning greetings from residents - familiar faces like Uncle Tony whom I got to know at a popular neighbourhood coffeeshop. He has a lovely baritone and showed his support for me by crooning an Elvis Presley favourite, “Love me tender” along the sidewalk. It’s such a nice way to start the day. Thank you, Uncle Tony!

I was also thrilled to meet Little Ler Xuan whom I knew 9 years ago when she was born. She’s truly a Bukit Gombak “born-and-bred baby” who now attends a primary school in our estate. Her mom and grandma were bringing her to school when I caught sight of them near the MRT. I am so encouraged to see Ler Xuan growing up into a sprightly young girl. These are the kind of milestones that continue to spur me on to serve our Bukit Gombak family.

It was lovely catching up with Hillgrove residents, many of whom I have gotten to know very well from our monthly Bukit Gombak walks. It was good to see them again as we had not have our walks since the Circuit Breaker.

I am looking forward to the time when we can re-start the monthly walks again. Thank you for your encouragement and support.

The children and residents in Keat Hong-Axis never fail to cheer me up with their bright smiles and friendly welcome. I hope to see the young children grow up in this vibrant and lively estate. This is the home and place where they can build their dreams and future. This is also where their parents and grandparents can live active and healthy lives. Together, we can make Keat Hong Axis a delightful place for all.

Residents from Goodview Gardens are excited about the biggest garden next to them, especially the few blocks that are right next to the park.

I took the chance to update them that the new Bukit Gombak Park is now 85% completed and is slated to open this year. For those with green fingers, they are already planning what to plant in the community garden. For those with dogs, they are thinking of the games they can play with their fur friends.

There’s so much in store for Goodview Gardens residents, and I hope to have a date with you all at Bukit Gombak Park!

When I walked and stood along Hillview Avenue, the road which leads to Hillview MRT and a cluster of condos, I met many residents, some walking and some in their cars. Those who were walking greeted me with wide smiles and some cheered me on.

Tricia introduced her two dogs to me, and we took a wefie. Many residents in their cars waved back with gusto. They all made me feel like we’re all part of a big Bukit Gombak family.

As quite a number of residents are working from home, I was able to meet them during my house visits and took the chance to share with them our plans for Keat Hong Axis. The seniors I chatted with were quite appreciative of the enhancements and how we intend to make the estate even more senior-friendly.

Every time I meet Mr Soh Eng Tiong and Mrs Soh Oi Yin the Chinese words, “白头偕老” meaning to age lovingly together, comes to mind. They are such a loving couple who continue to do everything together. Look, they even sport “情人装” or lovers’ attire with their identical masks! What a beautiful example for us all!

Even behind the mask, I could recognise Daryl Tan. Nine years ago, he was shorter than me but he has grown into a healthy, strapping young man almost a head taller. He showed his support with a friendly elbow bump during my coffeeshop walkabout. Thank you, Daryl!

In the same estate that afternoon, I said a big ‘hi’ to some of the pre-schoolers coming home from school. Mr Soh and the little children made me reflect on the Singapore’s future once more and feel even more determined to support our residents in every way we can.

Phoenix Estate is one of the most established ones in Bukit Gombak and some of the neighbours have lived here many years, and have become like old friends. I always enjoy catching up with Phoenix residents as this spirit of camaraderie is a comforting welcome all the time.

In the same estate that afternoon, I said a big ‘hi’ to some of the pre-schoolers coming home from school. Mr Soh and the little children made me reflect on the Singapore’s future once more and feel even more determined to support our residents in every way we can.

I was greatly heartened by Mr Soh Ah Yew’s story when I met him twice, in his home and then downstairs again at Axis Keat Colours. He is a chef by profession and works in the hotel industry. Although hotel sector has been affected by the Covid-19, he shared with me that he is happy to hold a transition job facilitated by WSG and his hotel. His present work as an SG Clean Ambassador allows him to maintain an income for his family.

In the same estate that afternoon, I said a big ‘hi’ to some of the pre-schoolers coming home from school. Mr Soh and the little children made me reflect on the Singapore’s future once more and feel even more determined to support our residents in every way we can.

It’s often the simplest things that make our day. Like how this resident from Bukit Gombak has kept on his handphone, photos of all the memorable events in Bukit Gombak he has attended. To my delight and surprise, he showed me a photo he had taken with me recently during my coffeeshop walkabout. I am so encouraged by his sincere appreciation. It warms my heart to know that the activities we organised had meant so much to him and other residents.

Inter-generational bonds are one of the strongest ties that strengthen the foundation of our community. I was very happy to hear from Ruby that she has been recently promoted to being a grandma. Ruby is overjoyed that she can now see her first grandchild, Lucas anytime she wants. It was hard having to keep away from him during the Circuit Breaker period. So glad to be able to share Ruby’s joy and that of many other residents.

I love seeing the familiar smiles on the faces of Pavilion Estate residents. From fist bumps to thumbs-ups and cheers of encouragement (jia you!), it’s great to be able to reconnect with Pavilion Estate residents again since the last house visit I had made four months ago. Thank you for cheering us on!

Although Keat Hong Axis Colours may just be a few years old, many of the stallholders here have become friends with residents in this estate. Since the Circuit Breaker was lifted, residents are now able to catch up with their favourite stall holders. These friendships enhance the social fabric in Keat Hong Axis Colours. Our coffeeshop stallholders play an important part in our heartlands. They not only provide an essential service, but contribute to the daily life of our community in Keat Hong Axis Colours.

I bumped into Shen Kwang near the MRT and he caught me for a we-fie. Happy to see this energetic young man who is full of positive energy. He recently contributed a thoughtful article to the news publication, TODAY about his grandpa.

His reflections underscore how our seniors value and look forward to spending time with their loved ones. They have a wealth of stories to share. Thank you Shen Kwang, for the reminder of treasuring our family ties.

Our Bukit Gombak Family continues to grow with little ones in our midst.

Met this young family – Christine, Douglas and Elliot on their day out. Little Elliot has grown so much and is turning one soon. And… he will be a Big Bro soon! Congratulations, Christine and Douglas on expecting your second child! We love welcoming children to our kampong! Am also touched that the family made a detour to the MRT just to talk to me and to specially show their support and encouragement.