Saturday, July 10, 2004


poster girl for Pepsi

Today was our movie day at the House of Joy orphanage. We got there just before 9:00am armed with a DVD player, a projector, cartons of canned drinks and chocolates.

The kids "ooh-ed" and "aah-ed" at Spiderman's antics and it was great. They were enjoying the treat. But nothing prepared me for what happened next.

Most of the kids enjoyed the movie but I would never have guess which scene drew the most response from this crowd. It was the scene when they all sat down for thanksgiving - Peter, Mary Jane, Harry and Norman Osborn and then Aunt May brought out the turkey. All the kids melted at the sight of that turkey. Never mind the amazing special effects. Never mind the choreographed fights. It was a turkey that drew the most response.

It broke my heart.

Sometimes I forget how bad these kids have it. To be without their parents. To never have a mother's love or a father's guidance. And to never have the luxuries that some of us take for granted. Like a turkey meal. Or a box of chocolate. Or even a Pepsi.

Some of the kids didn't even open their drink can. Instead they saved it to savour it on their own time.

A Pepsi is never gonna taste the same to me ever again.


  1. Yeah, in the midst of enjoying the kind of lives we lead, it's so easy to forget what the less fortunate go through. We take too many things for granted these days and we whine and complain when we don't have something. It's time we learn a lesson from these wonderful kids.

  2. Ya, when we look too much at ourselves, we think we haven't got enough. But then, when we look at the underpriviledged, the crippled and the lame, we begin to see God's blessings on us in a different light...
    Pepsi? Nah~ I'll go for a Milo anytime dude!
    God Bless~~
    LEo Koo

  3. Well put, Sara.
    Stories of kids tend to strike a chord in many of us, Eileen.
    Good, Leokoo. Since you love Milo, you can donate all your can drinks to the kids. :lol:

  4. One of the reasons why I don't drink Pepsi or believe in getting branded stuff for children. :p It gives them the wrong impression of life and of people around them. Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest things around you - a warm hug from a parent, a big special meal...that sort of thing. But these days, commercialization has made everything sound/seem so...normal. Bah.

  5. Yes Mei. I can certainly afford plenty of hugs. :)

  6. I'm happy for you and the kids. Maybe you both came out changed after this? :)

  7. James got a lot to hug. Hehehe.

  8. If anything, it changed my perspective, Flip!
    Gina got more!