Hello Strangers! Caught our briefing this weekend?


Be it the Friday evening or the Saturday afternoon briefing we had, we will like to give thanks to you guys who took time out to attend the briefing. You could have been shopping, catching a movie, hanging out with your friends, sleeping at home, or having forever alone time but you made the choice to join us! That choice you made is an absolute affirmation for us and for Singaporeans to know that we are ready for a change. We are ready to meet strangers. We are ready to let go of our stern faces. We are ready to step forward. 🙂

For those who missed the briefing and have emailed us your concerns, we hope you have received an invitation to join us in our make up briefing session some time next week. If you have not gotten it, please email us to let us know. For those who are still keen to join us but unfortunately did not sign up in time, you guys are on our waiting list, if we need any more ambassadors, definitely, we will inform you in a flash. Of course, you can still just drop by Orchard Road on 23 June to soak in the atmosphere!

Back to briefing, we had so so so much fun and laughter. I tell you, a weekend with strangers can sometimes be so much more memorable that it keeps us thinking about it all week. That icebreaker and the way strangers huddle just to “save” each other from “dying” in the game was heart-warming. Okay, honestly, it was extremely hilarious too. Grown people, screaming when the music stops, rushing for newspapers, giggling and giggling and more giggling. Ha. But how often do you get to scream and run around like kids with people you just met at the playground? Almost never these days.

Someone once told me, the best sort of people are those who are willing to laugh at themselves. You people must be from that category of awesome people. 🙂

This week will be non-stop working for the team. Getting all logistics ready. Working out the final draft of our operations plan. Preparing all collaterals. Finalising everything. Closing the chapter of background work, getting hyped up to open up a new window of hope.

Ambassadors of Class of Project Hello Stranger 2012, are you guys ready? 😀

Team Project Hello Stranger

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Hello Stranger, We are on Lian He Wan Bao!

Thank you thank you thank you to Wan Bao for featuring us! It is always (and will always be) our honour to get any feature in such publications. It feels almost like an affirmation from your boss. We are so gonna frame it up and let this article be hung up on our wall of glory. Ha.

Just saying, actually most articles are still lying on my desk. I better get down to laminating them up.

This is indeed a great encouragement for us to conduct our 1st session of briefing tonight. Are you going to be there? 😀

Time: 745pm

Venue: YMCA Studio 9

 

Bubbling up with love again,

Team Project Hello Stranger

Hello Strangers, Its Always Good to Dream

Happy happy Monday!

Here’s a video of what fellow Singaporeans and Team Project Hello Stranger dream of our little red dot. We dream big for our country and we know it is definitely possible. Do you have dreams for Singapore too? Something less materialistic and economical, something less tangible and financially driven? Have you thought about how it would be like to have a country where you feel a great sense of belonging to? A place where strangers are not weird beings who lead their own lives but a place where strangers get to say hi or drop a compliment to each other anytime anywhere?

Just some food for thought this first weekend of June.

Have you thought why is it possible overseas but why isnt it so in Singapore? Huge countries out there can manage such an open friendly culture, why cant we? Is it that hard for us to be a little warmer?

Okay, glooms aside. *pushes dark clouds away* We hope we can achieve this dream one day. It has been a veryveryVERY (cant emphasize more!) enjoyable road for us and we want you to enjoy bashing through this road with us too! Lets set milestones in Singapore’s culture together! Take part in our 23 June event!

No wait, you have not signed up? Here, click this link and start your journey with us. 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/events/305324249560411/

Lets keep our hearts aligned and envision the home we want to live in,

Team Project Hello Stranger

Hello Stranger, Thanks for the meet ups!

Trust us when we say this, we never knew there will be so many strangers out there in full support of our cause. In our tiniest minds, we never expected people coming up to us, sharing ideas and brainstorming magic with us. We are truly truly grateful for the opportunities bestowed upon us.

Meet up with Choa Chu Kang ITE students:

These students were crazy enthu. Ha. We love it like that. They were so filled with energy despite being in school till so late (our bad, one of us had to do a little overtime at work). They have big plans and were keen on exploring ideas with us. We got so much to learn from them. Their unity, their curiosity, their keenness to impact their schoolmates’ lives! How many of us really cared to make a difference in our schools. Lots to learn from them!

Meet up with Yu Huan from Social Innovation Park:

This lady here is an inspiration. Firstly, she walked to her meetings all around town under the hot sun. Ha! We learnt alot more about Social Innovation Park (http://www.socialinnovationpark.org/) from her and its awesome knowing the cool stuff they do. Go read up about them!

Hello Stranger has really taught us so much. Taught us to be unselfish. Taught us that through sharing, alot more can be achieved.

Meet ups always welcomed- we LOVE coffee chats,

Team Project Hello Stranger

Hello Strangers, Step Right Up!

This will be our maiden voyage.

And we want you to be with us!

Date: 23 June 2012

Time: 2-8pm

Place: The hippest place in Singapore, Orchard Road 

On the day of the event, ambassadors of Project Hello Stranger will give out lots and lots of brightly coloured balloons with a simple instruction saying “Make a friend today, Pass this on to a stranger!” One stranger gets a balloon and then pass it on to another stranger and another and another! Its almost like that childhood birthday party game of Pass the Parcel, only this time round, there will not be a stop to the music, there will not be any sabotages, it is all going to be friendly and real.

Besides that, sashaying up and down the Orchard runway will be more ambassadors holding up “Hello Stranger!” signs, smiling and bringing cheer to every shopper they see. Hello Stranger cards will be given out, the public’s curiosity will be fed, they will know what exactly is going on.

You will see balloons passing on from stranger to stranger, you will see smiles, you will see new friendships formed, you will see the difference you can make.

We are looking into sparking off the change in Singapore. We want Hello Stranger to be a new culture, to be a reminder to all Singaporeans that its time we all shed that cold front and break into genuine kind gestures. Lets be who we really are inside- warm, fuzzy and eager to befriend a stranger. 🙂

Click this link below to find out how can you help on 23 June: https://www.facebook.com/events/305324249560411/

Spend that special Saturday with us making a difference we want to see in our community! 🙂 It may not be easy planning something so huge, but Team Project Hello Stranger will hang in there and plan the event to its bestest of our abilities!

Working hard like ants and bees and cockroaches (they never die!),

Team Project Hello Stranger

Hello Stranger had a blast at HeyHiHello Strangers!

Never in our wildest imagination did we think we can end up here one day. 60+ sign ups from people who believe in our cause, who see the power of the community, who know that they can make a difference in Singapore’s culture, who want to be that change. We really wanna thank all of you who took that dive down the bottomless valley to join us, we sincerely hope you guys had fun and feel empowered as an individual. We really can be that change that we want to see in our society!

Now that you guys are like ambassadors for Project Hello Stranger. We hope you grab hold of the project like your baby. Smile with us when it progresses and frown with us when things happen and most importantly, share with your friends what we all envision Singapore to be. That happy little island where hellos are exchanged so commonly.

So yes!! We had so much fun on Friday! We had so much fun that alot of us couldnt fall asleep when we got home, the heart was still thumping with so much enthusiasm. It all started from the moment people started streaming into NVPC, alot of us got extremely anxious and awkward. We had to really push ourselves to start interacting with strangers and helping everyone feel comfortable. It was really amazing how gradually, people starting opening up and when you guys started laughing genuinely, it made us feel so encouraged, especially at the end of the day when we started sharing chips and drinks, it became so clear that we are starting to become friends!

Now how cool is that. 😀 WE SAY ITS WAY TOO COOL AND OUT OF THIS WORLD!! *Throws yellow balloons in the air*

Age didnt matter. Backgrounds didnt matter. Even names didnt matter. Ha! We huddled and took that family portrait. Now for those who came, did you imagine you will randomly be a part of a gathering where you dont know majority of the people but ended up playing catching or giving high 5s or sharing chips with? Sweet.

Thank you for trusting us and believing we are not a scam. Thank you for spending a good few hours of your Friday night with us (we know how precious Friday nights are!) Thank you for bringing those chips, chewy juniors, sparkling wine, popcorn, kuay, etc to share. Thank you for stepping out of your comfort zone and entering this zone of uncertainty with us. Thank you for nodding and smiling when we were sharing about the project. Thank you for dropping us sweet notes during and after the event. Thank you for laughing right from your heart. Thank you.

For those who wanted to join us on Friday but couldnt, no worries! We still have you in mind and we still welcome you with open arms to be a part of us. 🙂 And if you dropped by but felt that this is probably not what you believe in, nah, dont worry about it! We hope you had some good old school fun too!

And now, we got to rock and roll!! Time to take Project Hello Stranger into our bare hands and let it level up! Lets infect this red dot with openness! 🙂

Recharged with 100% battery life and ready to paint the town yellow,

Team Project Hello Stranger

Hello Strangers, Jitters Jitters Excitement

Say what! 1.5 hours more to a celebration!

We are human beings too and we get nervous as well. Butterflies in our rumbling tummies. Are our tummies rumbling because its going to be dinner time or is it cause of the dreadful nerves? Who are we going to meet? Will you guys find us weird? What should we say? Will plans go smoothly? Please oh please, say you like us and you believe in our cause.

So if you are nervous, lets talk about it later. Maybe we can calm each other down. 🙂

That aside, we are really enthused about sharing about us and learning about you. We always believe magic happens when strangers meet. Lets all look forward to that spark, that new friendship that awaits tonight. Quoting American band, Fun, “Tonight, we are young. So lets set the world on fire, we can go brighter than the Sun.”

See you there in a bit.

JSFHALFHJKLNJLDKNW (anxiety),

Team Project Hello Stranger

HELLO STRANGER WANTS TO MEET YOU!

We hope you wanna meet us too! 🙂

Free this coming Friday, 1 June from 7-10pm? Give us a chance to be friends with you!! Join us in this night of bonding-info session, we promise you its gonna be alot of fun! Expect groovy games, lots of camwhoring, nice comfortable chats with the team, exclusive information on our June event, and we are planning to have a mini campaign during the session as well!

Dont worry, we may be crazy, but we are normal shy human beings too. Its definitely time we all step out of our tiny comfort zones to  meet new people!! 😀 Never know what magic the meeting of strangers can bring!

Event: HeyHiHello Stranger

Time: 7-10pm

Venue: Tentative (we will email you once you’ve signed up!)

Dresscode: BRIGHT BRIGHT ATTENTION SEEKING COLOURS!

Bring your parents, your siblings, your partner(s), your bffs, your enemies, whoever! Lets all get together!

You are also encouraged to bring a bag of chips- any type will do! Dont we all love some junk food? Heh.

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To signup, please email to project.hello.stranger@gmail.com with the following details and the subject head “HeyHiHello Stranger“!

Name:
Gender:
Mobile Number:
Email Address:
NRIC Number:
Age:

Dont splash cold water on our hearts of diehard enthusiasm!! Sign up asap!! 😀

Waiting for YOU,

Team Project Hello Stranger

Hello Stranger at Cold Storage Kids Run 2012

Kids. Kids. Kids and MORE Kids. Now, how can Project Hello Stranger miss out on this opportunity to cheer them on? Before we blabber on about the amazing experience we had, we wanna thank the organisers for the Cold Storage Run for bestowing us this chance to be there for the kids and their families! THANK YOU SO MUCH. It is definitely a joy watching kids encouraging each other to run, watching parents completing races with their kids and definitely an inspiration to watch Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore end of the whole race with their determination and fighter spirit. It is our honour to be there!

This time round, we had to wake up really early again! Ha. We somehow can never shake this off. We got up as early as 4ish in the morning and headed to the Padang. Attire for the event: official tee, berms and sport shoes. Sport shoes. Its been quite a while for some unhealthy members since we wore sport shoes. Nevertheless, its always nice to don on some sporty gear for a change!

Posters, PomPoms, Shakers, Cheer on!

Heres the game plan: our team stands alongside the track, screaming cheers and flagging our signature yellow posters. We were so glad we were allowed to run with the racers on the track as well! Nothing beats personal interaction for us!

Honestly, we thought, “Yeah! How fun is this, cheering kids and ogling at how cute they are!” BUT NO. This is probably by far the most tiring activity we have done. After the 1st race of cheering to our utmost ability, most of us had lost our voices and cheering went out of tune. Hilarious. We were perspiring profusely and our tees were soaked by the first half hour. Go check out photos of our sweaty wet hair on Facebook too! Of course we had to press on, especially when you see how these kids put in their best to the race, we just couldnt stop cheering. We felt really encouraged to see parents showing us their thumbs up, kids giving us high 5s, runners sprinting after hearing our cheers, families giggling when they saw how crazy we were. We got our energy from the crowd! Thank you so much for letting us know you enjoyed our presence, it means the world to us to know that what we are doing have been well-received!

It is really a heartwarming experience for us. Many of us actually felt that this event was so awesome for family bonding time! We do hope that more families can join such events and have more parent-child time. How often do you see kids holding their parents’ hands and completing a task together? And through an event like that, it reinforces how powerful the love of parents can be. You see parents carrying their kids during the race no matter how tough it was, you see parents worrying for the kids when they got tired, you see parents so proud of their kids, filming down the whole run. That whole atmosphere of love was truly inspiring. 🙂

Say Hi to us on https://www.facebook.com/ProjectHelloStranger if you were there at the race too!

Still feeling the after-effects of happiness from the race,

Team Project Hello Stranger

Hello Stranger Video #3:

Hello Stranger Video #3:

Project Hello Stranger sings in the Heartlands

Labour day and Toa Payoh Central will have very different meanings to everyone who is part of Project Hello Stranger. On 1st May 2012, our lives were touched by many of the aunties and uncles who lived there. This would not have been possible without your suggestions. You guys wanted us to head for the heartlands so we thought, why not!

With mother’s day just round the corner, we felt that this will be a great way to show appreciation to all the parents out there for the sacrifices they have made. And what better gift than our very own voices. With two guitars, two song-lists, a tambourine and many “songbirds”, we started our melodious journey through durian stalls, kopitiams, ice-cream bicycles and more.

Frankly speaking, we were a little scared initially. We were unsure whether the ahgongs and ahmas will start running away from our beautiful voices or how exactly were we going to go about doing it. It was then when we stopped ourselves in our tracks and thought: What’s the worst that could happen? And then we asked ourselves again: Will this bring a smile to at least one person’s face? With our answer to the latter question being a resounding YES, we got our act together!

For many of us, this third episode meant the most. We all started Project Hello Stranger with a very small wish, just like the words taken out of context, from the song “Try” in Peter Pan- faith, and trust, and pixie dust. This project grew into something much bigger than we could have ever imagined and in many ways, we are proud and thankful.

As you would have seen in our video, many whom we approached had reservations. Some of them wondered if we were part of an organization or whether they were going to be charged for such a service. Many of them couldn’t understand why a bunch of teenagers/adults have “nothing better to do” on a public holiday and some were confused about why we were doing this. Sometimes, we ourselves were also stumbled by their questions, “No reason, we just wanted to be there”! At this point in time, I would love to emphasise that Project Hello Stranger is made up of a bunch of friends from different walks of life- some studying, some working and even some are serving the army!

All of these people whom we sang to were at least twice, if not three times, our age. The wrinkles on their faces represent the life experiences they have. Sometimes, we wonder what lies behind those smiles. Along with the thank yous, many of them started sharing with us about their struggles. We may not understand the burdens they carry but the least we could do is to sing them a song from our hearts, with no strings attached.

Lastly, Project Hello Stranger would like to dedicate this video to a new friend we met and sang with on Labour’s day. Thank you for showing us what it means to be brave in caring and courageous in loving. You are our role model!

So here’s the video, ENJOY!

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