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.

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“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 difcult 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

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