The Singapore Shawl

13 Apr 2009 – Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon

img_0044img_9626Sat: Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, Minister of Community Development, Youth & Sports was the Guest of Honour for The Singapore Shawl’s 4th Anniversary and to unveil the Wu Guanzhong’s shawl. Was there to help with the sales and the fashion show; presented my book 1st SIN AT Thru-Hiker to Mrs Yu-Foo.

Sat evening: celebrated Peggy Tan’s 60th Bday. Peggy is an old friend and class mate from our primary school days in CHIJ at Victoria Street. She is also the grand daughter of Tan Kah Kee 陳嘉庚 (1874-1961) who built various educational institutions and the Tan Kah Kee Foundation. His resting place is in Xiamen where a University and Museum is named after him.

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Easter Sun: Met up with a cousin from the paternal grandmother CHEN Swee Ngor. Karen LIM is from Sarikei, Sarawak; at present she works and lives in SIN. Wonderful to discover another long lost cousin and thanks for dinner, chilly crab, one of my favourites. I do vaguely recall Karen‘s mother’s SIN visit in the early 1960s. It will be too overwhelming to go into the extended branches of the family tree. Another long lost cousin CHEN Weng Kei (met him for the first time last year in New Zealand) has their branches impressively detailed.

There is no shame in justifiable failure. There is shame only in the fear of failure – Tan Kah Kee

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