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You miss home the most when you are far away from it. You take it for granted (and probably complain a lot about it) when you are right here.

Those are my takeaways from having lived overseas for an extended period and coming back.

When I was studying and working in the USA, nothing tugged at my heartstrings as much as the rendition of Kit Chan’s Home by kids.

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This is the only copy I could find. The original seems to have been flagged.

The kids must be gangly teenagers or young adults now. I wonder if they know how important their rendition was to the Singapore “diaspora” and Singaporeans overseas.

Now I have a new favourite Home video and this one is an #SG50 effort by StarHub.

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It is particularly meaningful because it was performed by people who are typically at the periphery of our society. There were kids and adults from welfare homes, homes for the disabled, halfway houses, homes for the elderly, the association for the deaf, and the association for the visually handicapped.

Instead of the usual nostalgic look back, this video paints us as we are now. But it also hints at the hope that we can be more inclusive and accepting of those that do not fit the norm. After all, what is normal when you realize how special everyone is?

So I reiterate the message poignantly stated at the end with People’s Park as the background. Here’s to the most special place in the world. Home.

Bonus video: If we are going to look beyond the now and into how to build the next 50 years, we should get inputs from our future, our kids.

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Bonus paragraph: These videos move people and fulfill a national agenda, all without a central committee. Decentralization works if you learn to trust smart, passionate people.

It’s National Day tomorrow! To celebrate, we might watch the perennial favourite, Home.

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When I was living in the USA, watching this video would bring tears to my eyes.

Over the last fortnight, another Home video emerged that also brought tears to my eyes, but for a very different reason. It’s hilarious!

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I look forward to the day when something like this is an NDay item instead of a viral video. Then I know that we have arrived.

In my first double take blog entry, I mentioned how you sometimes have to destroy before you can create. The same applies here, particularly for expectations and mindsets.

I think that the only thing worse than falling ill is feeling it coming. I have been fighting off the persistent flu bug that has been making its way around my workplace (and indeed the country) since the outbreak late last year.

Having to work puts my body in fight mode, so perhaps the Lunar New Year break put my guard down long enough for some symptoms to appear. So I worked at home yesterday to fight the good fight.

I normally feel a flu coming on by the body aches. This time I felt it around and behind my eyeballs. That made it hard to read, so I watched instead. Thanks to a Gizmodo article, I found a documentary called Home by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

This is the trailer.

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This is the free hour and a half documentary.

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The documentary runs like a series of screensavers. It is beautifully shot from mostly aerial perspectives, giving you a God-like view of our planet. And therein lies a message: We have the power to elicit change.

We can do this as individuals or in groups. We can influence as consumers or producers. We can make a difference as learners or teachers.

It’s OK to be skeptical about the movie. But it’s not OK to not take some action, no matter how small. To paraphrase something I saw on 9gag, Talk – Action = Bullshit.

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