Chapter 25

“Your father has a legendary temper.” Everyone who knew my Dad says this of him. He was fierce ...

Chapter 24

My Dad spoke no other languages apart from English. I could not tell if his vocabulary was better or the other relatives’ were better ...

Chapter 23

Both Hwee Cheng and I were at the Girl Guides and we played truant. So the fact was that I graduated from the Nanyang Primary School ...

Chapter 22

Since these two persons came back I rarely went upstairs again. Times I could visit Por Por was when I was joining them for meals ...

Chapter 21

I was not allowed to watch television. Television was prohibited from me because I couldn’t help watching the Cantonese drama ...

Chapter 20

I was out of St Nicholas’. Now I was in Nanyang Girls’ High School. Today was the first day of school ...

Chapter 19

I spent my childhood education in two schools: St Nicholas’ Girls and Nanyang Girls’ High School ...

Chapter 18

Since these two persons came back I hardly went upstairs again. Times I could visit Por Por was when I was joining them for meals. It was usually lunch ...

Chapter 17

I was not allowed to watch television. Television was prohibited from me because ...

A necklace I never had a chance to wear

A child's recollection of the past which does not bear any account to the true events

Chapter 16

I came out of St. Nicholas now. I was in Nanyang Girls' High School. Today was the first day at school. I put on my school uniform ...

Chapter 15

I wanted to get out of St. Nicholas Girls' School but didn't know how. I must have prayed. So ....

Chapter 14

I was sure that my mother asked herself whether she needed to go to U.K.

Chapter 13

I had not grown up yet. We were still in the same year. But my Dad appears now. He was a fatter version of Uncle Han Min ...

Chapter 12

I finally saw her. She carried a red jacket on her arm and she smiled and she came up to me and hugged me ...

Chapter 11

Today the sun was strong and Ah Fong brought the rattan tray with dried lemon outside to sun ...

Chapter 10

He is a lawyer who began as a history teacher. He was the disciplinary master in a boy’s school ...

Chapter 9

Granma had four other children apart from my mother so that my mother had a younger sister ...

Chapter 8

Today I swallowed a fish bone. The doctor was called to attend to my throat. I was coughing throughout ...

Chapter 7

On my fifth birthday I did not see my Dad, neither did I see my mother. In any case ...

Chapter 6

So far I only mentioned my mother’s side of the family. On my Dad’s side, it was less imprinted and more opaque ...

Chapter 5

Since that afternoon I had been waiting for my mother’s letter to come. I looked forward to what the piece of paper told us .....

Chapter 4

Por Por was watching television again. She sat cross-legged, and she peeled the skin on her feet ...

Chapter 3

No, my mother was not in heaven. My mother was not dead. And I knew her ...

Chapter 2

Thank God for me today Por Por wasn’t at the table eating with me. I took my spoon and dished out a large portion of ...

Chapter 1

If you asked me how I remembered my mother, I would tell you that she is a depressed woman who ....

My doll house

You could see that I had to make a choice between the doll house and the amusement park