Time passed by very quickly in the blink of an eye, a year has passed since you left us from this world. A strong matriarch who loved her five generations, under her leadership and direction.
Your presence can still be felt when the extended family came back for your 1st year anniversary, preparing your favourite food and offerings for the memorial service.
I will always remember you, stories, thoughts and feelings from my remembrance article that I wrote in dedication to your memory in January 2017. It’s not just me, the entire extended family too, will always remember you, in their hearts, mind and soul.
From the young and bubbly great-grandchildren, to us, the grandchildren and your children, the strength and unity is one of the best testimonials to you as the matriarch who led, controlled and took great care of this family.
Sending money, clothes, gifts and durian to my matriarch, my paternal grandmother in heaven, the entire extended family of 5 generations under her, hope that she likes the gifts when she receives it!
It’s been a while since I went back with my family to Bukit Pasir, a small village, near the town of Muar, in the state of Johor, Malayisa. That’s where my grandmother is staying and it is great to catch up with my grandmother, uncles, aunties and cousins. It was also my first time with my nephew and niece, nice to see and know them !
A nice small village, relaxing and away from the hustles of the city life, immersing myself with the greenery, flora and fauna. Spent time observing the various fruits, plants and vegetables from my uncle’s garden. All fresh and organic, big and juicy fruits ! My family visited Muar too, dropped by Tanjung area and had a great view of the Muar River.
Even though it was a short trip, nevertheless, a nice relaxing time away from Singapore, catching up with relatives. A short holiday is good too, for the mind and soul, to reconnect with people, relax, enjoy and have fun. Maybe it’s time to do my long overseas trip that I have been waiting for 🙂
During my weekend retreat at my Grandma’s 90th Birthday celebrations, I did not visit my relatives regularly and I am guilty of not knowing who my nieces and nephews are, quite a handful of them, some of them were in their teenage years already.
Well, also indirectly telling me that I am not getting any younger …… & the usual naggings from my Grandma and Aunties.
Nevertheless, presenting 4 Generations …..
Grandma and Great-Granddaughter
My Beautiful Cousin
2 Uncles with their Niece
It was fun taking portraits of my relatives and I looking foward to doing more of it, especially getting my cousin to be my model for my future studio portrait shoots.
My relatives lived in this simple and laid back village. Over the years, it has grown and expanded in size, as well as newer houses replacing the wooden ones. There are still many things in their original status, preserving a significant part of the history of this village.
Coming from a rat race and concrete high rise Singapore, it would always be a great escape from the well rounded pressures and hectic lifestyle. Hereby in this beautiful village, you can have access to fresh and big fruits, home grown vegetables w/o pesticides used, kampung chicken, setting off firecrackers and fireworks during CNY.
Introducing my kampung getaway
Anybody keen to visit ?
My grandma is an awesome Iron Lady, strong and fit, with a heart of gold.
On 30th June 2007, we all held a grand yet simple home cooked feast birthday celebration at her home in Bukit Pasir, Muar, Malaysia. Her extended 4 generations of family came under 1 roof to be with her and be part of her grand celebrations.
We drove in and started to help out in the preparations for feast. We prepared the tables and chairs, brought out the food, drinks and desserts prepared by my aunties. It was a really great feast of delicious food and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Soon grandma’s guests arrived and the party began, people came to wish her Happy Birthday, showered with gifts and red packets.
We, the whole extended family network, ordered a giant cake, that has 9 “storeys”, signifying her 90th birthday. It was a great sight that stands tall and proud, just like my grandmother.
Soon after, we all had our fun of photo taking, different generations and groups of our extended family network.
Happy 90th Birthday Granny ! Many best wishes and happy returns !