Task 1A Exploratory



Second hand smokers are getting a lot more worse than first hands. Some are too ignorant or oblivious to their surroundings. This happens often amongst family members and friends. Statistic shows that secondhand smoke has caused nearly 34,000 heart diseases each year during 2005-2009. Us secondhand smokers have a higher probability of death as compared to smokers themselves. 


Newly renovated Wisma Geylang Serai which caters to Malay Muslim community. Retaining and sharing the Malay Culture despite Geylang having more people from other races moving in. 3-Day event with a theme of Past, Present and Future. 


Number of elderly living alone has tripled since 2000. Some of these elderly were either left alone by their family members, refused to move in with their children or have no one else to rely on. Some of these elderly may face depression due to the lack of interaction with the outside world. We may not know what’s happening at their home with no one keeping an eye on them.


-Some have it worst than others. The society tends to think that period cramp is nothing and will deem women as “weak”. It is important to raise awareness on how periods affect us women as an individual.


Having horrible cramps during training. Told coach I couldn’t train. Coach told me, “It’s just cramps.”

What am I focusing on?


Causes 7,330 deaths from lung cancer and 33,950 deaths from heart disease each year. Secondhand smoke contains hundreds if chemicals known to be toxic or carcinogenic. It can trigger a heart attack, even for secondhand smokers.


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Dialogue In The Dark: Reflection


When I first entered the room, I thought it was all fun and games. But as we moved on further, I started to realize how serious it was to lose your sight. Being someone who relies a lot on sight, I felt suffocated and wanted the tour to end quickly. I kept bumping into the walls and my friends despite given the walking stick to find my way. The amount of “sorrys” heard during the tour was endless. I was getting tired and my eyes felt strained, somehow. Despite all those challenges faced during the tour, the guide taught us how to find our way by using other senses such as touch, hearing and smell. During the river boat ride, we can hear the engine roaring, the water splattering and the breeze in our face as we rode past different locations. I realized how we can still enjoy the things around us using our other senses too. As a sighted person, I realized that we have a major benefit in the world. Since we are the privileged, we should use it to take care of those who aren’t. For example, helping them board the bus, getting the blind around, and simply explaining/describing things to them such as the menu at a food outlet. I swear if the guide wasn’t there to describe our surroundings and guide us through, we would just be walking around in circles and tripping endlessly. 

By having a first-hand experience of something we’re not familiar with can change our perspectives and empathize more with the person who has to live with it everyday. We, as humans who are “perfect” (gift of sight, hearing, health etc), tend to underestimate, neglect and assume the importance of accessibility of those who were not given that privilege. It’s simple for us to think, “What’s so bad about that?” as someone who has ease in living a normal life. It’s the same concept as telling someone with no legs to “just walk”. Creating products/designs for the less-fortunate takes much more effort and research to get to the end product. Through the technique of role-playing, it helps us realize how the simple solutions we thought of as “healthy” humans, could result in so many “what ifs” for the less-fortunate.

As the Malay proverb goes,

“Berat mata memandang, berat lagi bahu memikul”

Translation: As heavy as our eyes see the hardships of other people, it’s even harder/tougher for the one who is going through it.

Sometimes, it may not be solely focused on physical disabilities. It could also be mental disabilities/impairment such as depression, dyslexic, dementia and so forth. We tend to overlook these health issues as it is something not seen on the surface. Though it may be hard to tackle this topic, I feel like it is a need to understand things from their perspective and to create awareness to the rest.