The inevitable has happened. I woke up today to the news of the passing of our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The Prime Minister's office has been giving timely updates regarding his condition, and it is really sad to read about him getting weaker and weaker day by day. I had been hoping for a miracle, that he could recover and see the 50th birthday of this nation he has built. But the miracle did not happen...... :(
I don't usually make food art on Monday, as I will be busy getting groceries. IT also usually stay back in school on Mondays and I would be busy sending lunch over and making an extra trip to fetch him. However, IT was down with a mild case of stomach flu yesterday, so he did not go to school today. That leaves me with some extra time so I decided to make this food art of Mr Lee Kuan Yew to pay tribute to him.
I did not do a good job in crafting Mr Lee but I'm glad my boys could still recognise him. They did however asked me why his hair is not white? I was actually torn between creating a more up to date image of Mr Lee or a younger one. I decided to choose the latter because it was images and videos of him shedding tears after our separation from Malaysia that left a lasting impression on me.
"I have no regrets. I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country.
There's nothing more that I need to do.
At the end of the day, what have I got?
A successful Singapore.
What have I given up?
- Mr Lee Kuan Yew
Thank you Mr Lee Kuan Yew, for giving your life to build Singapore. Thank you for this beautiful and safe country we are proud to call home. Rest in peace, Sir, your legacy will live on forever.
Writing this section after on 30th of March, after the state funeral of our founding father. The one week of mourning ended yesterday. For the man who had dedicated his entire life in building our nation, we wanted to show our appreciation by bidding him farewell on his final journey. It's the least we could do for the man who did so much for us. I went down with my parents and sister to the Parliament House to pay our last respect and brought my boys to pay tribute at our neighbouring community centre. My boys and I joined my parents and sister at Esplanade bridge yesterday to say our final goodbye. We stood in the downpour and waited for Mr Lee's cortege to pass by, along with many of our fellow Singaporeans.
And it's all over as your cortege pass by, it marks the end of our era, the era where I grew up with you as Prime Minister, where Singapore will always be alright with you around. My boys have learnt so much about you the past week and they too, especially IT, have been touched by what you have done for Singapore. Goodbye, Sir, you won't ceased to exist like you have said, you will always live in our hearts.