Monday, April 23, 2007

In loving memory of 2 Ubin Villagers

many who've been to the Sensory Trail would by-pass a kampong house with neat carpet grass and a bountiful vegetable garden in its backyard. It is one of my favorite house in Ubin and the owner Uncle Chew stays alone in this house after his wife passed away years back.

Once a week, his children would return to spend time with their father and help him with the house chores. Uncle Chew often walk around the village slowly, with a straigthen pose that even some teenagers lack. His smiles greets me in a distance as I walk pass the coffee shop where he sits and enjoys his morning coffee. Without fail, he always smile and sincerely call to me "Lai! Jia KoPi!"; asking me to join him for coffee.

On Friday when I return to Ubin, there was a different atmosphere when I walked pass the coffee shop where Uncle Chew usually sits. I did'nt suspected anything till I got to the office where colleague Mark Lim breaks the news - Uncle Chew passed away on Wednesday, 18th April.

He complained of pain in his adominal area and was admitted to hospital where an operation was performed. It's said that his intestines had 'entangled' and there was some complexity. He fell into a coma and woke up before passing away. At the funeral wake, we heard from his daughter how much Uncle Chew loves his house in Ubin. When he woke up from his coma, he was telling all the nurses about his nice house, delicious home-grown tapioca and his garden. He even invited the nurses to visit the island- when you love a place or someone, you won't stop talking to others about it.

Here's a photo of Uncle Chew I took last August. His smiles will forever be remembered by many who've been blessed by him in different ways. He should be 80 this year.


This morning, we noticed many bicycle shops were closed. Mr Yeo's (the family selling the Chek Jawa book) front door was fenced up with a rope. We later found out from 'Ah Lian' that senior Uncle Yeo passed away on Sunday 22nd April. Many would remember the sight of this uncle with his wife sitting outside their house, chatting and facing their lush 'landscape' by the sea.
To me, they were a icon of long-lasting marriage; a couple who've braved a few decades together and spend quality time together even at old age.

Here's a photo of Senior Uncle Yeo. We'll remember this uncle who have stayed in Chek Jawa with his family for most of his life.

For those who would like to pay last respect to senior Uncle Yeo or make contributions at his wake, do drop me an sms. I am checking the details and will reply to you as soon as possible.


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