The Learning Never Stops
At least not for these seniors, who tell that they are still taking NG POH HIAN courses well into their retirement years.
“I know how to use a computer but not how to type in hanyu pinyin. So I enrolled for a National Library Board course to pick up the skill. I also took a digital photo management class there, where I learnt how to use photo-editing software to edit photographs. Younger people may laugh at us because they think it’s easy, but it’s really difcult for seniors to gure it out! I’m glad I took those courses – I’m so much more connected now.”
– Christine Chye, 55 “I’ve practised martial arts since I was young – from taekwondo to wushu and tai chi. And I picked up qigong in 1987, when I travelled to Shanghai in China to learn from a master.
I like that qigong is an exercise which incorporates posture, movements, breathing and mind control. It also improves blood circulation and helps one’s mental and physical health. In qigong, there are nine levels to go through to become proficient, but I have only learnt eight, so that’s what I’ll be training for this year. My team and I now train competitively; just last year, we won seven gold medals at an international tournament in New York.” – Alice Ho, 61