I went on a heritage trail during the term break together with two other friends. It was something I did not expect that I would do in a small group as most of the time a heritage was planned by the school and teachers.
I went on a heritage trail, ” Following the footsteps of our Fore-mothers”. It changed my mind on a few things.Women don’t get recognized as much as men do but yet, during their time, they kept doing what they are passionate about and that is to make an impact with their talents or actions. In their time, women were also labelled as a child giver and a housewife only and wasn’t permitted to do anything except for the two roles given forcefully to them, it made me realize how much they have to sacrifice in order to be one of the pillars to support their family. There wasn’t a lot of women that dared to do what they love in the old days, those who did, made amazing and inspiring achievements.
The heritage trail consisted of 9 different places.
- Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations
- Sculpture Square (old Methodist Girls’ School)
- Stamford Art Centre (The Theatre Practise)
- National Library of Singapore
- Singapore Management University (Old Raffles Girls’ School)
- National Museum of Singapore
- YMCA Building
- St. Andrews Medical Dispensary
As my group of three went from each place to another, we found out that all of the women were very determined and passionate about in their career/talents and skills. However, we couldn’t complete the trail as the last place ” St. Andrews Medical Dispensary” was demolished and moved to Simei.
As I read the plaque of the different ambitious women achievements to the other, it made me realize how much work it takes to have your ambition succeed and how they made their geographical distance a non limiting factor of their success. It also made me look at how I should make my geographical distance a non limiting factor to succeed. For example, Mother St Mathilde Raclot and three other sisters went sent to Singapore to spread the message of God and within ten days, they have built a convent named CHIJ. This blows my mind simply because having something established so quickly in a foreign land and with sheer determination and passion in their religion, they made it happen.
Somehow during the trail, I could picture myself in their shoes and how difficult it was to overcome the different obstacles for example, in the Stamford Art Centre, Goh Lay Kuan and her husband were detained without trail in 1976 for alleged communist in their works which her husband had to be in jail for 4 years. She have to raise her two children alone for these four years. It makes me wonder how tough both physically and mentally one must be to successful in their ambition. I aspire to be like tough both physically and mentally like Ms Goh Lay Kuan.
This trail was a trail to not be forgotten, it left an impact on me during the trail while hearing the amazing achievements made by the inspiring women and not only did it inspired me, it actually made me want to learn more about what other achievements did some other woman do in Singapore. During the Heritage Trail, we went to visit the tribute to the Samsui Women, who helped built Singapore, I have learnt so much like how the Samsui Women actually were Chinese Immigrants who actually wanted to return back to their homes in China and never could because of their finances problems and never saw their husbands and their child that they left behind.
Overall, I enjoyed this trip very much and have taken alot from it, I hope to apply those newly learnt mentality to my life in the future. 🙂