Don't forget to remember me - Author: Raymond Anthony Fernando

His Holiness, Pope Francis in his message for the 2015 World Day of the Sick has urged people to demonstrate compassion that does not judge those who suffer from serious illness. His Holiness invited people to see the world and those who are ill or in need of care with, what he calls – “the wisdom of the heart”, which is pure, peaceable, gentle , open to reason, merciful, certain and sincere. With a fast ageing population coming on-stream here in Singapore, it is prudent to heed the advice of Pope Francis.

Almost every week, there are reports in the press – particularly in The New Paper, of troubled people who struggle with undetected mental health issues, and in some chilling instances, tragedies have occurred.

Depression is also on the rise – both in our youth and in the elderly. But the good news is that with on-going public education and staunch advocacy efforts on the part on individuals, like Caregiver Extraordinary Raymond Anthony Fernando who has the courage, conviction and tenacity to voice out these somewhat touchy issues, more support from the Government is coming in – although not as fast as it ought to be. This is why it is imperative for advocates to continue to be a voice for the voiceless.

In this book, “Don’t forget to remember me”, Raymond highlights the difficulties he is facing after his beloved wife who battled schizophrenia for 40 years passed away and the struggles many others grappling with sickness and mental health issues face in their lonely and isolated lives. This novel is somewhat of a sequel to Raymond’s final tribute to his wife – “She Said Goodbye With A Rose’.

The book retails at $20.

Advocacy book: A CHOICE, A VOICE, A CAUSE: One man's advocacy on social issues - Author: Raymond Anthony Fernando

A CHOICE, A VOICE, A CAUSE:
One man's advocacy on social issues documents Raymond's tireless efforts to raise awareness of mental illness and other social issues, and to secure more support for those who struggle with the stresses of life. This well-known caregiver has written a total of 100 letters to the press – 46 of which are reproduced in this book. Raymond has also taken part in campaigns, given motivational talks and spoken on national television and radio to seek better understanding, support and compassion for sufferers of mental illness and their families.

The book retails at $15. Coming out at in April 2011. Limited copies available.

Poetry book: Poems from the heart –Author: Raymond Anthony Fernando

Poems from the heart
has a collection of 68 poems that is written straight from the author's heart. In this collection of poems, Raymond Anthony Fernando holds court as he leads readers through moments of celebration and desolation, triumph and terror, love and loss.

The book costs $12. All 450 copies of this book have been sold out. However, a reprint of this book will be considered if there is a heavy demand for it.

Poetry book: Feelings- A collection of heartfelt poems – Author: Raymond Anthony Fernando

As a sequel to his first collection of poems, Feelings- A collection of heartfelt poems is a compilation of Raymond Anthony Fernando's personal thoughts on life, suffering and happiness. There are 59 heartfelt poems in this book that will move you to tears and even joy.

The book costs $12. All 450 copies of this book have been sold out. However, a reprint of this book will be considered if there is a heavy demand for it.

Novel: Loving a Schizophrenic – Author: Raymond Anthony Fernando

Loving a Schizophrenic
is a true story written by Raymond Anthony Fernando of his wife, Doris Lau who is coping with depression and Schizophrenia. (*The names have been changed to protect the characters in the story from prejudice and discrimination). A heartwarming story of the healing power of love, this book chronicles the trials and tribulations of their courtship and 30-year marriage. The novel also provides an insightful peek into caring for a loved one stricken with mental illness. This is the first time that a caregiver in Singapore has been written such a book and it is intended to raise awareness of mental illness from an Asian perspective.

More than 3,700 copies of this book have been sold in Singapore, and it has also be purchased in Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, America, India, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. The book cost $15 and copies are still available.

Humour book: Mambo Jumbo with Fernando – Author: Raymond Anthony Fernando

The important message that the author of Mambo Jumbo with Fernando conveys to the readers is that laughter is indeed the best medicine, and that ought to be part of everyone's daily life experience for one to lead a fulfilling life. Infused with inspiration from the author's early experiences as a student at St. Andrew's School and later in adult life, the author presents a collection of humorous poems, jokes, songs and even cartoons highlighting at times, that there is a real and even deeper wholesome meaning to the funny side of our lives.

The book costs $12. All 450 copies of this humorous book have been sold out. However, a reprint of this book will be considered if there is a heavy demand for it.

Poetry book: Joy to the world- A collection of poems for children- Author: Raymond Anthony Fernando

A CHOICE, A VOICE, A CAUSE:
Joy to the world- A collection of poems for children has been specially written to reach out to children between the ages of 3 to 12 years. The book has a collection of 30 poems that is matched with drawings by children. To some extent, the book has been produced for children, by children.

The book costs $12. All 450 copies of this book have been sold out. However, a reprint of this book will be considered if there is a heavy demand for it.

Cookbook: Cook with love- Author: Doris Lau Siew Lang

Cook with love
is a collection of 38 local dishes by housewife Doris Lau that is relatively inexpensive and fun to cook. The author believes that if you add the extra ingredient of "love", the dish will taste much better. This explains why Doris has decided to name this cookbook, Cook with love. Doris has inherited her late mother's culinary skills and that of her Eurasian mother-in-law. As a full time housewife, Doris has found time to experiment with simple and easy to prepare wholesome dishes that is suitable for those leading a hectic lifestyle as well as of those wanting to try out new dishes. Her recipes include noodles, soups, curries and sambal dishes. There is a recipe for everyone for every day of the week. As you experiment with Doris's recipes like Laksa, Assam Fish, Hor Fun, Cutlets, Salted Vegetable Soup, Ikan Bilis Sambal and her other mouth-watering dishes, you will discover that cooking like eating can be such an enjoyable experience.

This cookbook costs $12. All 1,000 copies have been sold out within 3 months. However, a reprint of this book will be considered if there is a heavy demand for it. This cookbook is also available as an E-book. To purchase an E-book copy, click here :https://payhip.com/b/M4kd

Poetry & cook book: The pot that cooks & the pen that moves- Authors: Raymond Anthony Fernando & Doris Lau Siew Lang

The pot that cooks and the pen that moves
is a first ever book jointly written by a husband and wife team that has a collection of 28 recipes and 20 moving heartfelt poems. This book is a sequel to both authors' earlier successful books. The recipes produced by Doris Lau Siew Lang are easy to cook and the poems written by her husband, Raymond Anthony Fernando are very readable. Included in this book are recipes such as Steamed Fish, Mutton Curry, Mee Soto, Soup Kambing, Fish Sliced Vermicelli, Fried Rice, Kangkong fried with Blachan, Chicken Chop and the ever-popular Chilli Crabs. There are also sambal dishes and soup dishes to add variety to your weekly menu. The second part of this book has inspirational and heartfelt poems such as "Unseen Journey", "Tidal Waves, Tidal Graves – In memory of the Tsunami Disaster", "Sacrifice" and many other messages that focuses on real life

This book costs $15. All 500 copies have been sold out. However, a reprint of this book will be considered if there is a heavy demand for it.

Novel: Beautiful memories, precious love- A trip down memory lane- Author: Doris Lau Siew Lang

What was it like living in a kampong in the 60s'? What about the pace of working life in the 70s'? Beautiful memories, precious love takes readers on a nostalgic trip during this era and tells of the author's early childhood days when she lived in a village in Lorong Napiri. The story also brings out the powerful message of love that the author inherited from her beloved mother and passed it on to many people that walked into her life. Beautiful memories, precious love also revolves around children who grew up with the author and her husband and who have made a deep impact on their lives.

his book costs $15. All 1,000 copies have been sold out. However, a reprint of this book will be considered if there is a heavy demand for it.

Children's storybook: Tell me a story, then I'll go to bed – A collection of bedtime stories for children - Authors: Raymond Anthony Fernando & Doris Lau Siew Lang

Tell me a story, then I'll go to bed – A collection of bedtime stories for children
has a collection of 10 (ten) short stories, each matched with a poem that is connected to the story. As kids relate well to pictures, the authors have also commissioned an illustrator to draw some lovely sketches of each story in full colour so that children will find this book interesting. Each story has a clear message of the virtues of doing charitable work, performing acts of kindness, caring for the animals and birds, and nurturing family bonding.

This book, which comes in full colour costs $18. All 550 copies of this book have been sold out.

Novel : The face behind the front - Author: Raymond Anthony Fernando

The face behind the front is the sequel to the author's all time bestseller, "Loving a Schizophrenic". As a solitary caregiver to his wife who has schizophrenia, The face behind the front focuses on the author's many challenges he faces in caring for his loved ones, who include his beloved wife, Doris, mother and twin brother. The book reveals that beneath the mask of a happy face is a hidden face – a face etched with years of emotional pain, suffering and depression.

The face behind the front also speaks of the many people that have walked into Raymond Anthony Fernando's life and they include his classmates, teachers, office colleagues, his friends and his church – people that showed one face on the outside and another on the inside.

If you are a caretaker for your loved ones, The face behind the front will inspire you to continue the difficult journey, strengthen your resolve and help you find meaning in a seemingly thankless task. This is a story of a caregiver's emotional pain and how he overcomes tremendous odds to bring hope to the mentally ill as well as chart new directions in his life. In this book, the author-caregiver also provides useful caregiver tips in managing persons suffering from mental illness.

All 700 copies have been sold out. The book costs $20.

2nd collection of Children's storybook: The glass slippers and other stories for child - Authors: Raymond Anthony Fernando & Doris Lau Siew Lang

This is the authors' 2nd collection of stories for children. The book comes with 10 adventure stories that will keep children on the edge of their seats. There is a local flavour that is blended in some of the tales. Each story is matched with a poem and a drawing in full colour that captures the theme of the story.

All 550 copies of this book have been sold sold. The book costs $18.

Novel: There's LIGHT at the end of the DARK TUNNEL - Author: Raymond Anthony Fernando

In this book titled, There's LIGHT at the end of the DARK TUNNEL, Raymond present 18 chapters, many of which will show that if we have faith in God, He will always be there for us. And He will rescue us in our weakest moments. What is important is that we trust in God and continue to believe in Him, to worship Him.

The book opens with Raymond discussing why there is suffering in this world, then moves on to his sharing some ghost stories, strange encounters and untold paranormal incidents. There's a happy ending to this collection of true stories when Raymond recounts moving testimonies of God's love and how he have finally seen light at the end of the dark tunnel.

All 700 copies have been sold out. The book costs $15. However, a reprint of this book will be considered if there is a heavy demand for it.