Dear Bros and Sisters
For us, this trip has
been most enriching, meaningful and inspiring.We enjoyed your
fellowship and treasured the 9 days spent together. Our only regret
is that our children were unable to join us on this trip to share
Our sincere thanks and
appreciation goes to Bros Yee Kong , Chong Jin, Sis Mok Siang and
all the committee members of Firefly Mission as well as everyone (
including the little bros and sisters who liven up our bus journeys)
on the trip for organising , co-ordinating and working selflessly
Although the weather
has been harsh ,some of the journey rather tiring,sleeping quarters
extraordinary, everyone took things in their stride and made the
best of the situation.The spontanous responses and participation at
each stop speaks for itself. We have photos to testify to them!! :)
This can only happen
because of the well-planned and co-ordinated groundwork by FFM, the
well-informed briefing we have had before our departure as well
as the open-minded and benevolent attitude of all towards the cause
we came for - reaching out to the hundreds of children and monks and
nuns in Yangon, Bilin , Kyiathyio and Shwejin.
Sadhu Sadhu !
May You Be Always Happy
and Well !
Henry and Shirley Yeo
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu to Firefly Mission
and salute to all my dear sisters and brothers in this trip ,
~ a mission well accomplished.
It was the most memorable, meaningful and meritorious trip for
me and my family.
Thank you for having experienced so many ''first" with
lots of excitement , suprises,
spiritual joy & METTA.
It is our
first trip to Myanmar
first time traveling with such a big group
first time offering dana continuosly for nine days
first time seeing more than 1000 monks and nuns
first time handled & carried so much cash ( in millions 000
first time received a big Birthday Cake ( i never celebrate my
birthday)# "hern kan tong'
first time sleeping in a monastery school
first time bathing in an improvise " 6 stars" bathroom together
with so many guys
Looking forward to more of such trip in future .
Family with school going children - strongly recommended .
chay su bay
with much gratitude and appreciation
tee & family
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I would also like
convey my deepest grateful thanks to you and Firefly Mission for
giving me this blessed opportunity to experience this enriching,
meaningful and great fulfilling 9 days Myanmar mission trip. A
worthwhile time spent!
It was indeed a well
organised and successful trip! Hurray! :-)
Great rejoice! seeing
everyone of us happily do our little part in supporting this good
worthy cause and bringing joy to the recipients of Myanmar.
The moment I get to
know FFM humanitarian projects in 2002, I was throughly impressed
and have very much wanted to join the mission trips. Sadhu! and
rejoice!.. finally my wishes fulfilled! smile! After
experience seeing personally the FFM humanitarian projects in
Myanmar, especially building the schools and hospital, makes me and
everyone in this trip feels more deeply our dana support is much
needed and worthy of our support.
Another thing, I was
really also very touched by the compassion and great care you and
FFM team have for the group looking in all the details planning be
it big or small, including having the many extra kyats for all of us
to change our money to kyats which most of us do really run out of
kyats and this extras really comes in very important to us so that
we can have more opportunity to give more dana to the many places we
visited. Grateful thanks to Bro Tee, Bro Arnold, Bro KC, for helping
to carry this big heavy bulk of millions kyats around the trip for
the 9 days of our mission trip. Grateful thanks too to Bro Chan
for helping in changing the kyats for everyone of us, a great help
to us! :-)
Once again, Maha Sadhu!
and THANK YOU! to Bro Yee Kong & team & FFM and everyone for joining
hands to make this trip very successful, enjoyable and very
memorable!... Together we light up the world! ...for the benefits
and welfare of the many!
Looking forward to
join the future FFM mission trips again.
May all be well and
"For those I love and those who love me,
life be a blessing and a source of happiness to all beings."
"Death is no cause for sorrow, but it
would be sorrow
dies without having done something for oneself and for the world."
- Ven. Dr K Sri
Dhammananda Maha Nayaka Thera (1919-2006)
with much gratitude and
much metta always,
Thanks for giving us the opportunity to
do so much dana. I will definitely want to contribute in whatever
small ways I can, do keep us in the loop when you need any help.
Betty and I wish to thank Firefly (and specifically you) for giving us the opportunity to gain merit and also bring joy to
the recipients in Myanmar the last 9 days. We are thoroughly impressed with the extremely detailed manner in which
the trip was organised - resulting in a most successful roll out. The smiles and happiness of those whom we interacted
with made it all so worthwhile.
I have only a small suggestion for future trips ie instead of lugging so much stuff from Spore, perhaps we can source
most of the requisites direct from Myanmar. This will also help in a very small way to boost the local economy.
Our thanks also to Sis Charmaine, Bus 3 Co-ordinator who tolerated a lot of "garbage" from us -
but she did a marvelous job!!!
Once again THANKS and May the light of the Fireflies be cast yet further and brighter.
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu
Betty and Eu Win
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I had minus 10 years of my age, that is 10 years younger in this trip. My wife n I had a very good time and really
enjoyed every minute with the locals. I don't how I had the energy n strength in leading a long chain of dancers
slowly danced uphill, not once but twice. No joke, after two round my leg muscles stiffened. aLL of us, young n
old enjoyed ourselves. Those who cannot sing, also sing; cannot shout, also shout; cannot dance also dance,
anyhow dance also can. What a great joy
we had with the children.
I was in bus B. All bro n sisters n children also got 'crazy' in the bus. We sang, we laughed etc etc etc. In our bus
we had one 'Teresa Teng' entertained us with oldies. Another sister sang chinese buddhist hymns, both sisters
sang beautifully, like professional. Bus A n C have to wait for the opportunity to hear them sing, then u know
what i mean.
I would like to congratulate Firefly for sucessfully organised this trip a very meaningful project. REJOICE!
May all of us be well n happy. SADHU, SADHU, SADHU.
Teo Gee Teck
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Just a few quick words,
as always I'm very thankful to those who has co-ordinated, planned
logistics and volunteered to be the bus co-ordinators and more ...
must thank Chong Jin for the chief co-ordinator of this year's
It has been an
eye-opening, enlightening and close to tear-jerking trip for me! (as
shared at Mountain View Hotel 2nd nite - I believe Bro Yee Kong has
recorded in his mp3 many more I've shared:-))
I must salute to dear
Charmaine for tolerating all the "lot of garbage" from us
(unenlightened beings subjected to unmindful behaviours & sometimes
impulsive and harsh words & possibly unco-operative behaviours)...
not easy as it is not requirements of her career but yet she has
chose to selflessly volunteered her time ... plus taking care of the
Yes! Charmaine, you're
walking the path and I believe ... you will enjoy budding results
for the fruits you've planted this life.
Evelyn Chui (Anjali)
the suffering ones be suffering free. May the fear struck fearless
be. May the grieving ones shed all grief. May all beings find
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Thanks for all the wonderful days, memories, care and help during the trip. My mother and i had a good time. It is definately
one of the most beautiful and meaningful trips i ever had. special thanks to all the firefly committee members such as
bro yee kong, sis mok siang, bro arnold, chong qing, kc, chan, tee and many many more for organising this trip. may all of you
have a smooth sailing week ahead!
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#Time flies! It’s already the second last day of the Myanmar trip while I am preparing this note. This trip has been wonderful
and joyous; most importantly it has been meaningful with a sense of serenity. New friendships were built and I enjoy the
kind of bond that members of Firefly Mission has shared! =)
Started vomiting for umpteen times on the second day but thanks to many sisters & bros that I managed to recover fast!
Thank you Sis Lydia (my helpful room-mate who run around looking for help while I am sick), Sis Siew Wah who have helped
carrying my stuffs while I am dehydrated and many many sisters and bros who always ask about my condition and offering
me special remedies! =)
On a spiritual aspect, I thought I have grown through this trip. Simply too many special moments that I could continue for
pages & pages =)
It was a good and rare opportunity staying in Shweygin Monastry; not used to it but it’s something which I have looked
forward to in such trips. Although there wasn’t much hands-on work in the Bilin Community projects, I would say it’s a
good approach afterall! It would be great if there were a good balance of hands-on (sweat!!) and offering of dana activities.
That’s my only humble suggestion.
The group size is a little too big so not all sisters and bros have an equal chance of involvement. But again, it’s subjective
cos I believe it’s a matter of choice.
This is my 2nd trip with Firefly Mission and I will probably say Myanmar trip is a little “bumpy” than the Sri Lanka’s held
last year. I certainly will join FFM again as there are always new surprises lying ahead. Although FFM is not a perfect
organization yet, I trust that it will soar with determination & compassion and eventually lighting up the whole world!
Thank you FFM.
Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu! =)
Loong Ho Yan
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#Thank you very much for arranging this “mission” Altho we didn’t see the usual tourist sites of Burma but we saw the rural
life which we will never experience! You also gave us a chance to donate towards the people which I will always treasure.
Just a small feedback, “perhaps someone could keep track of time?” Ha! Ha! We really enjoyed ourselves, thank you again.
Betty & Eu Win
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#Thank you for the wonderful, enrichment and enlighten trip. Special thanks to the hard work of all the management
committee members. Would like to suggest the last day be left for free and easy so as to have more time to catch up for
lost sleep and to pack up.
#1 Bring garbage bags for containing used lunch boxes and other rubbish (FOR TEAM CO-ORDINATORS).
2 Inform us in advance on the need to pack extra set of clothes eg for the stay of the monastery after Golden Rock why?
It’s cumbersome to open up the big luggage in the monastery to take out the necessary clothings.
3 Inform ladies to bring a bathing sarong for the use of communal bath area – reduce embarrassment
4 Inform those who’s going to Golden Rock, especially in the early morning (eg for dana, for puja) to bring along a big woven
thick shawl to wrap over their feet during meditation or as a cushion for their resting on marble cold flooring
5 Inform all to bring a small fan (self reliant fan, forget abt battery operated)
6 Remind all volunteers that the offering of dana is not for specific individual but for the whole sangha. Offering to sangha is
immeasurable and incalculable w/o any discrimination of an individuals.
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#I wish to thank the committee members, bus leaders and those who organize the memorable trip especially for the stay in
the monastery. The monks and helpers with their minimum resources have tried to make our stay as comfortable as possible
and even met our basic needs. Unfortunately some members of our group with the “ugly Singaporean” habits (ie littering in
the toilets, bath areas, monastery compound and being noisy during the monk’s speech and dhamma talk) have tarnished
the image of our well developed nation.
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#Firefly did a good job in helping to educate and feed the orphans. Hope your future project can be in the aspects of health
promotion and birth control. It is thru birth control that the number of orphans can be cut down and juvenile diliquency
eradicated. Health awareness is important if their life span is to be lengthened beyond 50 yrs.
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#1 Instead of 1 bus co-ordinator, it is important to have an assistant co-ordinator to assist/to take over temporarily when/
should the co-ordinator be sick or assist to collect $ & count $, to disseminate information & to round up people on to bus.
2 A separate individual each should be assigned to take care of either sangha member (male) or (female). This individual can be
the assistant co-ordinator at time or a separate person who has no other logistic or co-ordination responsibilities. It is very
important to see to the needs of the sangha member attentively as it sets an exemplary behavior to new Firefly Members or
nominal Buddhists. This person needs to be brief on certain basic vinaya rules to preserve the discipline of monastic rules
3 Listening & Explaining the Dhamma
It is important to explain to the new Firefly volunteers on the importance of dana – why are we doing dana, how it helps us
in our spiritual practice, what is the right mental attitude to adopt when doing dana – before/during/after, also the
spectrum of merits (or encourage to play the audio CD by Ven Aggacitta on the bus on 1 Kusala, Purita, Parami (No 1)
2 Worthy Deeds, Worthy Wishes
(No 2) 3 Spectrum of Merits (No 7).
Should this be not fulfilled, how else would Firefly Mission differentiate itself as a Buddhist Missionary gp vs other charitable
4 Chanting/Puja at the beginning of each day. For a smooth start, it will be good to make it a habitual start on each day to
do the basic chanting – helps with mindfulness and reminds us on the purpose of our trip each day. Also to boost confidence.
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#Our heartfelt gratitude for giving us & everyone this precious opportunity to practice Dana. We really appreciate all the
hard work, preparation and arrangement done by the committee and volunteers. It has indeed been a very fulfilling trip
for everyone and us.
Good points to highlight
· Pro-family trip, children are also involved
· Un-scheldulled visits are pleasant surprises, very worthwhile going
· Each & everyone are well taken care of, esp the part on ensuring all have the chance to present the dana
· Team building & briefing before the trip are very beneficial
· Everyone was helpful, kind & friendly towards each other, wonderful synergy
· After morning puja, short introduction on the place to visit, esp official ones. Eg number of students/monks/nuns/
orphans, area of involvement by FFM in the particular project, how needy is this project, how FFM get to know it, etc
· People to volunteer as “official” kapiyas for monks/nuns (2 person, one for backup) to better take care of them
· More organized in cultural performance
· Advise and remind volunteers to observe noble silence in monasteries and nunneries
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
Seow Khoon & Woon Wee
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# my heart:- What touches
nunnery (1st day) It seems to send vibrations to the core
of our heart, feel like crying
was rented especially to carry the luggages so that the buses can
provide more comfort to all
of buses because one of the teammate was not comfortable with the
smell of the bus
were taken to ensure the comfort of every team mates even though we
are supposed to be prepared for the “uncomfortness” on such trips
Monastery, thanks for making my birthday a memorable one. Very
unexpected, especially given the lack of “facilities” condition.
Very touched for the thoughts. Thanks for bhante for the efforts to
ensure our “comfort” given the limited resources.
have done better :- (suggestions)
“coordination” in terms of job allocation in big group settings.
Felt that resources “not fully utilized” given that there are 62 of
learnt during the trip:-
beyond 1st impression – local food may not look
appetizing but can be quite tasty if you are able to get over the
“look” of the dishes, especially we are used to “nicely presented”
This is an
eye opening trip for me and are better prepared for “tougher”
mission trip in future. Thanks for the efforts and thoughts to
ensure the comfort of all team members are being taken care of.
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is well plan and the program is meaningful and enriching for both
children and adults. If there is any opportunity, I’ll recommend to
those Buddhist devotees to join FFM trips.
impressed by the way the venerable run the education, health and
spiritual monastic activities in the village
done a great work in engaging the appropriate persons to execute
their program and check the progress of the projects particularly at
Shewgyin Monastery that adopting the hydroelectric generator
that the people in Myanmar is very calm, warmth and have inner
happiness although live in poverty environment. The kids are willing
to learn at ZBCC
fantastic tour guide Shirley at Bus A
done a good caused for this trip!
Lim Cheng Kuay