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    Thursday, November 06, 2008

    Mixed Feelings

    It had been a week of mixed feelings last week. It was busy, it was sad, it was happy, it was juz abnormal. First comes the bad news. My uncle left the world forever in the early morning of Monday morning. It came as a shock to me, cos the last time I saw him during CNY, he was still nice n healthy. But now, he's gone forever. I've had some memories of him though. When I was a kid, I'll pester him to let me play an ornament which was placed at a very high level cabinet everytime I go to his house during CNY. No matter how many times I asked for it, he'll oblidge n never say no.

    Of cos, as I grow older, my interaction with him decreased. Mostly it was juz greeting. He had a birthday celebration on National Day, but I didn't go as I went to the Malacca road trip. That was probably gonna be the last time I see him if I went. But it was not meant to be. He got admitted to the hospital for around 2 weeks complaining of discomfort in his abdomen. I didn't go to the hospital though, partly due to my busy schedule, partly due to the fact dat it's not a very serious condition. Never would I expect dat he'll leave us so abruptly juz 2 days after coming out of the hospital. He complained of breathing difficulty in the middle of the night, n he passed away, leaving behind two daughters(my cousins), wife(my aunt) and four grandchildren.

    Jus when life was starting to be good n comfortable, he left this world. He was only 65yrs old, barely the retirement age set by LEE KUAN YEW. His death makes me feel dat life is quite sad n short. U worked all ur life, then when it's time to take a rest, u're dragged away from this world. I went to the funeral, looked at him lying in the coffin. The dark n oily face of his i usually see was gone. All dat I saw was a face full of cosmetic make up to keep him presentable. He is not talking anymore, not drinking or smoking anymore. He was lying there, waiting to be cremated after 5 days of funeral in the void deck.


    Paper house for the dead

    Paper car for the dead

    Preparing to burn the paper items



    Gone in the flames

    Final day

    The band

    The drummers

    Moments b4 the cremation..

    He's gone for good. I will never see him again. In future family gatherings, he will definitely be missed. Please treasure the ones u love, cos u never noe when they'll leave this world.

    After the Friday's cremation, we were all tired, but it was my cousin's wedding on Saturday. It was kinda hard to switch feelings within a day. In the noon, I was tearing when I see the coffin go into the burning chamber. In the night, I had to smile n be happy for my cousin's last night as a single when we all go to her house. It was weird in a way I never experienced.


    The roasted pig

    Bride came home after goingto groom's house


    Eating the eggs

    Night banquet at Pan Pacific Hotel


    Interaction area

    In the ballroom

    Me n MQ's wine. I almost got knocked out even b4 the dinner started. All thanks to the powerful red wine n my empty+hungry stomach



    Couple's arrival

    Cold dish

    Sharks' Fins!!!!!

    Ah, I Love It


    Apprently, not only the red wine can knock me out


    Mushroom, Abalone, Veg



    Roasted chicken

    Steamed fish

    Broccoli in crab roe

    Fried Noodles

    Yum Seng~


    Yam Paste for dessert

    End of dinner

    The wedding cake



    The family retired for the night n marked a week of emotional rollercoaster. But not for my father. His close friend in the Residential Committee suddenly passed away that very night n he received the call from the deceased wife on Sunday morning. He was only 56 n had died of heart failure. How fragile is life?? In a span of less than 7 days, i experienced two deaths n a wedding.

    WaiZai fumbled with chopsticks @ 11/06/2008 09:18:00 pm | 0 has delicate hands