Remember the feeling of exploring a new place with a group of people you never met before? Though we may not be able to enjoy overseas tours, the experience is still very much alive. Mr Low Teck Lee, volunteer of 21 years, enjoys bringing this experience to residents through RC tours. He cites that it is more than a tour, it is also a great avenue for the community to bond as many get to meet their neighbours that they may not be familiar with. With COVID restrictions kicking in, it became arduous to get residents together and enjoy the tours that they love. So his team adapted rather enthusiastically and decided to resume their fond experience virtually instead. After months of preparation, they managed to arrange a Peranakan Virtual Tour for residents in Bukit Batok East. Mr Alvin Yapp, owner of The Intan - Celebrating all things Peranakan! and host of the Peranakan Virtual Tour, was initially against the idea of virtual tours but is now a proponent of it. “I realize that it can be an intimate session. I can share more stories with the participants and they are not distracted by wefies or selfies”, he shared rather candidly. He conducted the virtual tour for about 40 participants and added that “It was great to bring this experience to those who may not be able to leave their homes due to mobility issues.” When asked if there were any challenges dealing with virtual programmes, Mr Low remarked, “It actually helped us to embrace technology more than ever. More elderly residents are now adept in using platforms like Zoom. We are continuing to reach out to more residents who may not be digitally savvy so that they can enjoy this experience with us.” #PeoplesAssociation #LiveLifeWithPA #ACaringCommunity
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