14 Jul 2009 – Hello, I am alive
Joel was right, 1 day for every hour of time difference to recover. 12 day since my return and I am back to life with John CHENG, who arrived from HKG yesterday. He helped with the China trip or I would have been very lost in translation! Thoughts and ideas have been flooding the mind as to how we can preserve the LAM Heritage with some dignity. Have designed the above logo for this project… Chinese character for LAM using bamboo as the family tree!
Grandfather LAM Song Kee & granduncle LAM Ji Chiew were humble & generous. After making their fortunes in Sarawak around the mid 1900s, they returned to their village in Jiangmen, Guangdong province, South East China, where they built 2 houses and an ancestral hall. (See posting Happy Mother’s Day from China for pictures). They also hired teachers using the ancestral hall as classrooms. Coffins were donated to those who could not afford them. In Kuching, Sarawak, they donated a large piece of property to the township on the condition that the road is named after the bank, Jalan Kwong Lee Bank, still existing.
Mass emailed the family to update them about the ancestral house & hall to get comments, feed backs, ideas etc as to how we can go about this project. No expectations, just hopes that the majority will wish to support for keeping the LAM Heritage like I do. This will show our respect to the ancestors and will also give our descendants with some knowledge about their heritage.
To bear defeat with dignity, to accept criticism with poise, to receive honors with humility-these are marks of maturity and graciousness – William Ward