There Will Be Wine

There Will Be Wine

Recently I had the privilege of helping to conduct the funeral of my cousin-in-law, Tat Teik. He had been residing in Melbourne and passed away after a gallant fight against cancer. His widow, Bernice’s cousin, told us that Teik had been baptised the day before he...
No Special Favours

No Special Favours

St Teresa of Avila (1515–1582) is supposed to have told God once when she was bucked off her horse into a river on the way to visit one of her monasteries: “Dear Lord, if this is how You treat Your friends, it is no wonder You have so few!” Quite a number of God’s...
Reunion Dinner

Reunion Dinner

To come home you must first leave home. So the first time I came home for Chinese New Year reunion dinner was in early 1975. The year before, I had left Penang for Singapore to start my dental studies in the University of Singapore. Coming home from Singapore meant...
What the Hell?

What the Hell?

I first saw Les Misérables, the musical, in Singapore in 1996. Saw the movie recently. My favourite scene: When Marius sings “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”. Really hit me hard, especially in 1996, because of the losses I was struggling with in my own life. Second...