(Updated) Won 3rd Prize Kampong Spirit Parents Photo Story Competition by KiasuParents!

Blog published date: 11 June 2017

Competition period: 22 May – 21 June 2017 

Voting period: 23 June –9 July 2017 
Submit your entry through a photo story at kampong-spirit-parents.kiasuparents.com

Kampong or Kampung Spirit is defined by the Wiktionary as “A sense of social cohesion in a community where there is understanding and compromise among neighbours, even as preferences differ from household to household.”

In April 2017, Lianhe Zaobao raised awareness of this spirit being part of 10 SPH-produced short form digital video series as part of a pilot Public Service Broadcast initiative called “Why It Matters”(关我什么事).

Channelnewsasia shared in 7 Aug 2016 that “Only 1 in 10 Singaporeans have any shared memories with their HDB neighbours.” “Barely 10.3 per cent of the more than 7,000 households in a 2013 HDB survey indicated having any shared memories or experiences with their neighbours. “

Todayonline dated 21 Jan 2016 reported that “High on the Ministry of National Development agenda will be to create inclusive communities and inculcate the “kampung spirit” among Singaporeans.”

With references from the above, we could see that the government had shown concern and taking steps to get back this kampong spirit which was lost to many. Maybe it is due to the infrastructure of staying in HDB where we all live our own life with door close after we reached home or people had changed to be more entangled in the hustle and bustle with the fast paced work in Singapore when finding work life balance is still a challenge for many. 
Many a times, we forgot to slow down to listen to people around us, to see the struggles of people, to show empathy, to love regardless of gender/race/religion/age/culture and coming forward to lend a helping hand no matter how small it is. Even a simple smile to a stranger would make an impact to his/her day. The best things in life are priceless. Love.Faith.Joy.Hope 
I was encouraged and motivated to share this photo story contest when I saw KiasuParents having it. It had been a long time since I entered in any contest. I felt that the intention to encourage parents to openly share their parenting experiences and knowledge with others and rekindle the kampong spirit amongst parents in Singapore was certainly worth my effort in sharing.

Enough of my thoughts. Allow me to share more about this competition:
This competition includes a photo story competition for parents to share inspiring photos of themselves working or having fun with their children, between 22 May 2017 to 21 June 2017. Entries must be accompanied with a photo story to share their parenting experience. 
A total of $10,000 cash prizes has been set aside for the winners. To qualify, all participants need to do is share their entries on social media, either on Facebook or Instagram, with the key hashtags #KiasuParents, #KindredSpiritParents, #AXA and #FlyingCape and encourage their friends to go to the contest microsite to ‘Like’ their favourite photo. 
A total of 100 entries will be shortlisted as finalists based on the most number of ‘Likes’. These 100 chosen entries shall be posted on the contest microsite for public voting between 23 June 2017 to 9 July 2017. Winners will be chosen based on a combination of popularity votes and organisers’ judging scores. Members who vote for the winning entries will stand to win prizes too. 
A prize giving ceremony cum photo exhibition will be held on 15 July 2017 at Lattice80, #08-01, 80 Robinson Road.


1st Prize: $3000 cash
2nd Prize: $2000 cash
3rd Prize: $1000 cash
20 consolation prizes: $200 each
10 voters prizes: $100 each

Appreciation Awards:
Best 4 Family Vacation Photo: 2D1N Staycation at D’Resort family room worth $220
Best 28 Fun Family Activity Photos: 14 KiwiGarden Hampers and 14 Mother Earth Hampers, each worth $70
Best 12 Savoury Photo: Mini Party Sets by Stamford Catering worth $158
Best 18 Wacky Pose Photo: Glovia Hamper worth $30
Best 5 Cutest Photo: A pair of eXplorerkid (peak unlimited play) admission tickets worth $60

Updated as of 16 July 2017


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Celestia Faith Chong

A blessed single mom of three kids, Celestia came from a humble background with a roller coaster life journey. Single-handedly, she overcame the challenging hurdles and strived for success.