Eat, pray and exercise to live long, says 100-year-old

Abdul Rahman cutting the cake at Rose Charities Penang’s New Year celebration for senior citizens at Fort Cornwallis, George Town.

CENTENARIAN Tan Swee Hong was all smiles as she mingled with the crowd during the New Year Celebration organised by Rose Charities Penang Branch at Fort Cornwallis.

“I’m so happy to be invited to this party. The vegetarian food from Tzu Chi Foundation was delicious. I also enjoyed the stage performances as well,” she said at the event on Saturday.

Currently residing at Than Hsiang Wan Ching Yuen charitable home, Tan, 100, said her secret to longevity was to maintain a healthy lifestyle and pray frequently.

“I sleep at about 7pm to 8pm and wake up at 3am daily. I will then do some simple exercise like stretching and cycling on a stationary bicycle.

“My daily diet is vegetarian food. I pray to Lord Buddha everyday and attend meditation sessions often,” she said.

Another guest Hoe Lin, 94, came with his daughter Hoe Fong Sew, 60, a freelance nurse.

“I seldom go out. I must thank my daughter for bringing me here. It was fun,” he said.

Tan and Hoe were among 2,000 senior citizens invited for the party on the second day of 2016.

Organising chairman Lawrence Cheah Seong Paik said the event was organised to let the senior citizens know that they are still part of the society.

“We want them to feel love and care. The younger generation should also spend quality time with their parents,” he said.

Cheah added that the New Year Celebration was open to senior citizens above 60, and they also invited people from 30 charitable organisations to join the event.

“Ten Rapid Penang buses were used to ferry the guests from different destinations,” Cheah said.

Also present were Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and state Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Chong Eng.

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