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Oct232006

My Grandma

I was browsing through a whole lot of DVDs for my supply when I came across some titles which took me back to my childhood days. These are Chinese movies my mum, aunts and grandmother used to watch. I selected a few titles which looked familiar as gifts for my mum and aunt.

There was a particular title which brought back memories of my grandma, The 14 Amazons.14 amazons.jpg It was one of the rare occasions when my grandmother took me to the cinema.  Unfortunately, I do not have a single picture of my Ah Por (Grandma) She was a formidable woman. The real stuff, made in China. I remembered her being very big. She wore size 8 shoes. In those days, women were tinier. She passed away when I was 14.

Ah Por only spoke the Hakka dialect. One of the distinctive things I remembered about her was her colourful language. Her conversations were littered with profanity. Every other word was a 'swear' word. I think, by God's Grace only, was I prevented from picking up that trait.

She will wake up early every morning and spent hours in the bathroom, tying her hair. She did not have a single hair out of place. She had a very effective way of removing 'baby fine hair' around the face and on the nape. She used a piece of string.I wish I remembered how she did it. She was always immaculately dressed in silk samfoo. She washed her own clothes and they were always starched. I even remember the crisp crackle that her clothes used to make when she walk by. I remembered the trousers being able to 'stand' on their own when they were dry. She will spend a long time ironing them. In fact, on the day she suffered a massive stroke, she was squatting on floor ironing. She did everything squatting on the floor.  

My Ah Por's favourite TV series was WWF and Star Trek. She also enjoyed a series called vttbots.jpgVoyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Mmmmmmmmmmm, the thought suddenly occurred to me that my grandma was a Trekkie! She would squat right in front of the TV and nobody else would be able to see anything. In the later years, I concluded that she was probably short-sighted but nobody knew. It was quite a scene when WWF was on. Ejaculations like "Beat the **** out of him" in Hakka and in more colourful terms was common.

When she passed away, she left a big void in our lives. In fact, till today, my mum or aunt will say things like, "Ah Por would have said this, or Ah Por would have done that................" 

 

 

Reader Comments (1)

cute...sounds a lot like my great grandma...
October 23, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJi Jian

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