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 When our father passed away on 8 March 2003, he left behind an unpublished autobiography.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"

Saturday, March 07, 2009

6:3 Golden Wedding!

The great event of 1992 was, of course, the celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary which we had to hold in Penang so that Su Chong could attend.

Note: Because he went AWOL near the end of his military service, Su Chong had been posted ‘Arrest on sight’ and could not enter Singapore without risk of imprisonment! The story was rather sad. Su Chong had returned from Canada after taking his degree in medicine at Edmonton. He had also married Judy Goodwin, a Canadian girl who had taken a degree in Physical Education. After his basic military training Captain Lim Su Chong was posted to Sports Medicine but Judy could not get any employment in Phys. Ed., and moreover, she was not able to settle down to life in Singapore. Judy wanted to go back to Canada and Su Chong decided to go back with her without finishing his national service. The really sad part of it was that Judy divorced Su Chong after all. A couple of years later, Su Chong found another partner in Joanna Reaville, settled in Calgary and became a Canadian citizen.

We got a chalet at Tanjong Bungah and had a festival of music on the theme of Rosie and Ann. Each of our five children played a part in the narrative and the final group photo lacked only three grand-children who were unable to attend. Chong Eu, who was Best Man at our wedding was a guest of honour.

Rosie had mentioned something about celebrating our golden wedding in church but I was cool about it, not knowing what that would entail. Some weeks later, it chanced that Rev. Chiu Ban It, formerly Bishop of St Andrew’s Cathedral, was present at a Wednesday meeting in YY’s house. He was an old acquaintance and I told him about our Golden Wedding Anniversary in Penang. When on an impulse I asked him if he would bless our golden anniversary he said he would do better than that; he was qualified to conduct a wedding, we were in a house-church and he would marry us properly since we only had a registry wedding the first time. So, there and there, without anyone present being aware of what we were doing, Ban It led us through the questions and responses and the vows, “...till death do us part.” It is droll that Chong Eu and Ban It who were deadly rivals in their youth should jointly serve in our weddings fifty years apart.


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