Gong Gong says

This is a posthumous blog of our father's (Lim Kok Ann) life. When our father passed away on 8 March 2003, he left behind an unpublished autobiography. We'd like to celebrate his life by sharing his autobiography through this blog.

"I have dredged these anecdotes from memory just to pass the time; if they amuse my grandchildren their purpose will have been served; if they provide any instruction, it will be a happy coincidence; that they are disjointed is probably to be expected.

Aurora was the name of my grandfather’s house in Kulangsu.   Amoy, where I spent the first five or six years of my life.   I still have vivid memories of events that took place when I was barely three years old.

Lim Kok Ann
October 1996"

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

4:8 Family

By 1969 Sing Po had finished University, majoring in Philosophy, and was an Assistant Lecturer in the University; she also married Mark Kon, a dentist in the Faculty of Dentistry. Su Chong had won a Colombo Plan Scholarship and had gone to study Medicine in Edmonton, Canada. It was about 1966, I think, for he won a prize with his entry, “Five Stars arising” in the First National Day song-writing contest. Su Min had graduated and married a class-mate, Sing Yu, the daughter of Ling Lee Hun from Sarawak, a rubber and pepper trader and a prominent member of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Lee Hun was of Foochow origin as many Chinese in Sarawak are. He spoke highly of my Grandfather Hwang and was a devout member of the Foochow Church. At the wedding dinner, held in the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the bride and groom escorted by their parents lined up on the stage and proposed the grand toast with orange squash (F&N). It was the first time I had seen this done, but routine in the Foochow church and appropriate for a groom whose name included the name of his Saviour. Su Min had joined the University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Kandang Kerbau hospital; his wife had entered the government medical services.

Amak died in 1969, at the mahjong table. She had long suffered from hypertension, and her mahjong partners were shocked when in the middle of a game she put her head on the table and passed away. What a way to go! She was buried in the Christian Cemetery at Chua Chu Kang. She was a great character, a typical nonya, and a fine representative of the Tan Tock Seng family. Amak left each of her nine grand-children, four by Eu Jin and five by Rosie, one of the block of nine houses she had in Cairnhill Road, numbered 128-128H. They were fine nonya-styled dwellings and in 1995 each was worth nearly a million dollars.


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