From Australia he came; to USA he’s going. Who is he?
He is Adam Rayan Dula, my 4-year-old grandson. He came to Singapore from Sydney 11 days ago and he is leaving for North Carolina, USA, early tomorrow morning (11 December 2017) to meet his American grandparents and relatives. They met him when he was just a three-month-old baby.
The last time Adam came to Singapore was in February this year (2017). Adam and his parents, Munirah Shaik Kadir and her husband, Allen Dula, came to Singapore enroute to Italy where Munirah, a PhD candidate in a Sydney university, made her presentation in an international educators’ conference in the city of Florence.
So far in Singapore, Adam is having great fun, the greatest being his 4th Birthday celebration. However, his birthday celebration story and photos will be featured later in a separate article.
Adam’s happiest moments were when he meets his cousin, 3½-year-old Nur Iffah Muhammad Imran. They played together, laughed and hugged as close companions.
Adam also went to school – for three days. In December, all students enjoy a month of school holidays. But, a pre-school, Bright Beginnings Learning Centre, located at 38 Siglap Drive, conducted a number of holiday programmes. Adam participated in one of them that focuses on making authentic Christmas gifts. “We recommended this programme for Adam because we thought it would be apt for him to work on the gifts as he is heading out to the USA next week,” said Ms Suriani Suhaimi, the school’s Director.
Ms Suriani Suhaimi has all praise for Adam. She said: “Adam was an active participant in all the activities in the programme. He showed autonomy and took pride in his masterpieces. He cooperated well with the facilitator and the other multi-racial participants in the programme.”
She added: “When asked to whom he would like to give the scrub he had made, his reply was ‘My Nani’.” (Adam calls his maternal grandmother “Nani” which means “Grandmother” in Hindi, an Indian language.)
Adam had also an opportunity to visit the 5-storey Tampines Regional Library in the “Our Tampines Hub”, a 6-storey grand building in the Tampines area. The Hub contains six swimming pools on the top storey of the building, a football field, an Eco-Community Garden, a running track on the 5th storey, and many other recreational and social facilities.
The trip was organised by the Malay Activities Executive Committee (MAEC) of the Siglap Community Centre, whose Chairman, Mr Yacob Hussain, brought along his daughter and 10-year-son, Muhammad Yasir Yuuta, who Adam took a liking for him, calling him “Abang” (Elder brother).
During the talk on children’s books by one of the librarians, Ms Tabitha, Adam participated the most, answering questions posed by her and reacting to her stories.
Adam also had the opportunity to be invited to the homes of his relatives – Uncle Imran Shaik Kadir and Nani Jaiton Mastan.
Adam’s American relatives are eagerly waiting to see him – he will be there for about 1½ months before he returns to Singapore for a week enroute back to Sydney. For now, it’s over to Adam’s grandparents, Fred and Lib; Adam’s aunt, Alson; uncle, Page, and grand-aunt, Judd, to “enjoy” Adam.
(To view photos of the article about Adam’s previous visit to Singapore, go to: https://readnreap.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/adams-days-in-singapore-and-italy/ )
10 December 2017