BOTH my grandfathers passed on in the late 80s. I was too young and could not remember how they cared and played with me. I don’t recall any conversations with them.
Recently, I met Gong Gong Richard. He shared his memories of 1960s Singapore. Gong Gong grew up in an attap house, in a family of nine. He father died at an early age, his mum was illiterate.
Gong Gong wanted to study at University of Malaya and he used to read under a street lamp at Duncan Road. He didn’t get the opportunity as putting food on table was priority.
Ironically, he did study at University of Malaya – but was during the Japanese Occupation. He was given the opportunity to study Japanese.
He got distinctions and was employed as a house boy, serving one of General Yamashita’s directs.
[End of Part 1] #GrandpaTellsMe