Checking into Hotel Singapore can be a nerve wrecking experience. In the old days, circa 1970/1980s they would look up your name in a big black folder - look you over sternly and you wait in apprehension for the stamping of your passport which affirmed that you are kosher enough to enter Fortress Singapore.
Much has changed for our hero since he left Singapore in the late 6os. He had transformed from this ......
|Shah, my brother's son was dragged into the picture.|
As soon as he left Paya Lebar Airport our hero got busy on his fieldwork - he was after all on sabbatical leave from his university.
He also made additions to our cache of Chinese bowls and plates, the everyday domestic crockery that was in use from the 40s/50s - not Ming and Sung vases though.
In true Malay fashion our hero washed his hands before eating. How I screamed with laughter when he said to me mum, "Mak, saya sudah mandi tangan." The old lady had to stifle a giggle and corrected him, "Basuh tangan Iain, bukan mandi tangan." Often, I am told to 'Tutup atas' when I remind him of this linguistic bungle.
He then departed to Sabah to conduct the real fieldwork....
BACK ISSUES OF FoL
Prelude to FoL - 25 April
Episode 1 - 28 April
Episode 2 - 7 May
Episode 3 - 30 May
Penultimate Episode - 3 June
This is what little Shah looks like now.
|Shah, Adam and Adila - about 39 days ago.|