"I’ve always wanted to open a small café of my own. But somehow, along the way, dreams got buried and reality set in, and I ended up pursuing banking instead. Then the financial crisis came and I started having second thoughts. But I stuck around, and after four years of helping companies issue bonds, I was bored and wanted to do something which was more me. So I quit my job and set up Momolato.”“What was the reaction of the people closest to you?”“They couldn’t believe it. To them it was just a passing thought that I would grow out of. But it wasn’t that. I’m used to slogging away, working for 72 hours straight with no sleep. But if I’m working so hard, I might as well work for myself. In banking, the money is good, but you divide it by the hours you put in, and it’s not so much. And there are times when I completely regret this move – but then I think that if I were in my old job, I’d be working for another corporation until 11pm, not making gelato. And I’d rather make gelato.People said that I had everything to lose if I quit my job, but I think I had everything to lose if I didn’t. My customers are happy after eating my ice-cream. They actually smile. And that’s a lot more rewarding.”

"I’ve always wanted to open a small café of my own. But somehow, along the way, dreams got buried and reality set in, and I ended up pursuing banking instead. Then the financial crisis came and I started having second thoughts. But I stuck around, and after four years of helping companies issue bonds, I was bored and wanted to do something which was more me. So I quit my job and set up Momolato.”
“What was the reaction of the people closest to you?”
“They couldn’t believe it. To them it was just a passing thought that I would grow out of. But it wasn’t that. I’m used to slogging away, working for 72 hours straight with no sleep. But if I’m working so hard, I might as well work for myself. In banking, the money is good, but you divide it by the hours you put in, and it’s not so much. And there are times when I completely regret this move – but then I think that if I were in my old job, I’d be working for another corporation until 11pm, not making gelato. And I’d rather make gelato.
People said that I had everything to lose if I quit my job, but I think I had everything to lose if I didn’t. My customers are happy after eating my ice-cream. They actually smile. And that’s a lot more rewarding.”

This was so great. I was helping a friend move apartments, and it happened to be sweltering while I was waiting outside the condo with all the luggage. This very kind lady passed by and asked if I needed any help. I profusely thanked her and told her it was fine, so she left.10 minutes later when I was starting to really feel the heat, she came downstairs with a glass of cold water, invited me to her barbecue, and said:"It’s okay, it’s okay! I’m sure you’d have done the same."Oh it’s the small things :)

This was so great. I was helping a friend move apartments, and it happened to be sweltering while I was waiting outside the condo with all the luggage. This very kind lady passed by and asked if I needed any help. I profusely thanked her and told her it was fine, so she left.
10 minutes later when I was starting to really feel the heat, she came downstairs with a glass of cold water, invited me to her barbecue, and said:
"It’s okay, it’s okay! I’m sure you’d have done the same."

Oh it’s the small things :)

"What’s the one thing you would change about the way people think about charity?""The fact that even the smallest donation can help. And it doesn’t matter whether you give to the children’s cancer foundation or someone else, as long as you’re giving. But people forget that, because they see us, and not the people they’re helping. Last week we visited the children that we are supporting, and it helped us empathize a lot more with them. But I wish more people would do that."

"What’s the one thing you would change about the way people think about charity?"
"The fact that even the smallest donation can help. And it doesn’t matter whether you give to the children’s cancer foundation or someone else, as long as you’re giving. But people forget that, because they see us, and not the people they’re helping. Last week we visited the children that we are supporting, and it helped us empathize a lot more with them. But I wish more people would do that."

"Dear HoS,2 years ago I wanted to kill myself. I was depressed, anorexic, but my brother’s words brought me back from my close shave with death. He told me that he had almost killed himself once, but the only reason he stopped was because he didn’t want to die and let ME think that dying is a way out. It isn’t, and I knew he was going to live and show me that there is a way out - and that way isn’t suicide. I just really wanted to let the world know that such a guy exists, and I feel he deserves all the recognition he can get. It would mean the world to me to see this posted up.Thank you!”

"Dear HoS,

2 years ago I wanted to kill myself. I was depressed, anorexic, but my brother’s words brought me back from my close shave with death. He told me that he had almost killed himself once, but the only reason he stopped was because he didn’t want to die and let ME think that dying is a way out. It isn’t, and I knew he was going to live and show me that there is a way out - and that way isn’t suicide. I just really wanted to let the world know that such a guy exists, and I feel he deserves all the recognition he can get. It would mean the world to me to see this posted up.

Thank you!”

Received this a few days back, figured it’s totally worth publishing_Dear HOS,This is a photo of my 2 year old daughter and my boyfriend. My daughter’s biological father decided he didn’t want to support me half way through the pregnancy and gave up after promising that we’d be a happy family and that he would provide, and after she was born I was offered nothing but abuse. When my daughter was 7 months old I met my current partner coincidentally at a friend’s football match and we got talking online straight away, I asked him out a couple of days later and we are here now. From the day he met my daughter he has accepted her as his own and loved, cared for and protected her like a true father. She has now started calling him Daddy without any of our influence. It is the most special thing to see and hear. He is a true blessing in both of our lives and I think he needs so recognition for being such a wonderful person.Thanks,Laura _Of course he does :)

Received this a few days back, figured it’s totally worth publishing
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Dear HOS,

This is a photo of my 2 year old daughter and my boyfriend. My daughter’s biological father decided he didn’t want to support me half way through the pregnancy and gave up after promising that we’d be a happy family and that he would provide, and after she was born I was offered nothing but abuse. When my daughter was 7 months old I met my current partner coincidentally at a friend’s football match and we got talking online straight away, I asked him out a couple of days later and we are here now. From the day he met my daughter he has accepted her as his own and loved, cared for and protected her like a true father. She has now started calling him Daddy without any of our influence. It is the most special thing to see and hear. He is a true blessing in both of our lives and I think he needs so recognition for being such a wonderful person.

Thanks,
Laura 
_

Of course he does :)

"I’ve been in social work for a long time. The first few months are the hardest though, because you are suddenly hit by stories of children who have gone through neglect, domestic abuse, and sometimes even sexual abuse - when you just don’t expect it in a place like Singapore.""How do you usually find out about them?""Usually through peers or their school; sometimes they tell their teachers. The worst part is when you have to go into their homes and practically take them out and away from their family.""Then what keeps you going?""Knowing that you’ve made a difference?"

"I’ve been in social work for a long time. The first few months are the hardest though, because you are suddenly hit by stories of children who have gone through neglect, domestic abuse, and sometimes even sexual abuse - when you just don’t expect it in a place like Singapore."
"How do you usually find out about them?"
"Usually through peers or their school; sometimes they tell their teachers. The worst part is when you have to go into their homes and practically take them out and away from their family."
"Then what keeps you going?"
"Knowing that you’ve made a difference?"