Foreward

by Tang Kar Wai

So Wad is put together by the Dreamcatchers, our NUH peer group formed by adolescents with different forms of chronic illnesses, all of which ranges in severity. These include spina bifida, end- stage renal failure, liver transplant, diabetes, congenital heart diseases and more. These chronic conditions can’t be “cured” and our kids often have to live with the symptoms or side-effects of the treatment for the rest of their lives. 

Living with a chronic illness is definitely no easy feat! However, you’ll discover as you read on in this newsletter that these conditions are not dis-abling and that our patients can and have gone on to achieve so much more! We’re proud for the newsletter to serve as a living testimony of our adolescents’ extraordinary spirit, talents and achievements and for it to capture the snapshots of our adolescents’ life as they grow with and through the chronic illnesses! 

Exclusive interview with Dr Terence

by Poi Wong

With the closure of Project Dreamcatchers 2012, I would like to take this opportunity to have an e-mail interview with someone who has been very supportive of this project; Dr Terence Lim, one of a doctor I’ve been seeing in NUH, a person whom take cares of not only the patient’s physical well being, but also their mental and holistic well being. Here goes...

Arts complementing health: The art cabin - a hidden gem

by Michael Tan (Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University and Art and Health Advocate)

As a visitor to the National University Hospital, you might have spotted a light blue double storey structure at the corner of the open-air playground while wandering around the pediatric wards on Level 4 of the main building. In an environment where monotonous coloured walls rule meandering passageways and apprehensions linger the air, the quirky light blue make shift structure stood out immediately in the seemingly somber environ; intriguing those who have chanced on it. For those who are not aware, that structure is The Art Cabin. If you are feeling a little perplexed, have no doubt. You read me correctly. There is an art space in the hospital premises. Perhaps, you may be wondering this moment, why is there an art space in a hospital? What contribution does art have towards convalescence? 

Singapore Arts Museum

by Poi Wong

This year, Dreamcatchers is honoured to be given the opportunity by the National Youth Council (NYC) to present a youth-oriented event with the theme of “Aspiration” during their SHINE Youth Festival in July.

Before the setting out on the project, let us go behind the scene of Project Dreamcatchers; the visit to the Singapore Art Museum, accompanied by Loo Hwee Hwee an art therapist of NUH as well as Assistant Professor Michael of NTU School of Art, Design and Media. They guided us through a exhibition presenting the work of Lee Wen; a Singapore performance artist.
Lee Wen, best known for his Yellow Man series of work, he’s also one of the pioneers of performance art in Singapore. Let’s proceed into the mind of an artist; Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real.

My Life Story

by Edwin Chew

To start with, I’m a Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patient, a fun loving guy, age 27 turning 28. But on the contrary, I’m not a very outspoken person; hence, I’m not very good in expressing myself. I like to explore new things and places, like most people I’m a food lover, tasting delicious food makes me feel delighted.

A few things I like about myself, is that I’m a self-believer, believing in myself, and I’m a perfectionist, not easily influenced by other people. Sometimes, I even suspect that I had a certain degree of narcissism. I have been seeing the doctor ever since I was 5 I was found to have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Google Singapore Visit

by Benedict Lee

Every one of us has got to use a Google product one way or another in our life. One of the most commonly known and used product is definitely the Google Search Engine. Many of you might have been in the situation where our teacher’s answer to our questions is to “Google” it. But how many of you know what’s going on inside the Google’s office? Is it a place where people are running around finding an answer to your questions? Or could it be something much more exciting?

We were led into their conference room where we were briefed about the Google’s history. This is when we learn on how Google came about. Here is how it goes. In 1996, two guys from Stanford University started Google as a research project. One day, someone noticed the potential of this project and decided to give them USD$100,000 to continue to develop and improve on Google. Soon, more and more people started using Google, which eventually led to Google’s success.