A tribute to my grandma

PAYING TRIBUTE IN PRINT: A newspaper article marked the 100th birthday of the writer's grandmother. She died three days ago, aged 103.


    May 26, 2014

    A tribute to my grandma

    I WISH to share a simple story about my beloved grandmother, who died three days ago peacefully in her sleep at the age of 103.

    She was the one who inspired me to moot the idea of Grandparents' Day in 1998.

    Thereafter, from 1999, every fourth Sunday of November was declaredNational Grandparents' Day.

     My grandmother travelled to Singapore when she was 25 to marry my grandfather, a man she had never met.

    She was widowed at a relatively young age and raised five children single-handedly by running a provision shop. Two of her daughters have since died.

    She survived World War II and the Japanese Occupation.

    She leaves 22 grandchildren, more than 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren - a span of five generations.

    She is one of the pioneers of Singapore, an ordinary citizen who never went to school.

    She never owned an HDB flat, but she brought up her children well, despite the hardships she had to endure.

    It was no mean feat and it is indeed admirable and inspiring.

    Without her, there would be no Grandparents' Day in Singapore.