A letter to Mom on her birthday remembered in April 2015 Easter Weekend

Dear Mom,

The boys did a nice thing in remembrance of your birthday by travelling to the Mandai Columbarium complex on your birthday. Han shared the photo below on your facebook page with the following comments, "So we travelled to Mandai to visit Mom, who would've been 53 today. I had no words this time; I simply cried my eyes out. So thanks, Mom, for nurturing a family that so sorely misses you - your love, your guidance and your laughter. Till we meet again" :

Last year on your birthday, I remember that I was in Kuantan busy writing and trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of our Malaysian plane MH370 and even felt your spirit as shared in our family post here.  

This is how it looked then and today I'm in KL on my desk below

Coincidentally on both occasions when the photos were taken, I was fasting. In Kuantan was a special fast I made for the MH370 passengers and now it is the first Sunday of the month which is our regular fast Sunday for Church which is also happens to be Easter Sunday.

It is just past midnight of your birthday on Malaysian time but still within US time where Fei and Su are. I guess I write best when I am settled in at home when all is quiet outside while the day is filled with having to run about following up on something or other during working hours. Here I am at peace to write to you after returning from a trip to Penang when news came in that Lee Kuan Yew had passed away on a Monday morning of 23 March 2015. As you can see from this recent post, I had already started thinking and writing about his life and leadership in Singapore! It was way before your birthday but I had already started connecting to you due to the passing of LKY as he is widely referred to, as all other names of highways or departments in Singapore, i.e. efficiently using 3 letter acronyms! 

I was closely observing live news updates of online press coverage of the week of mourning and the State Funeral to find a striking photo that reminds me of your departure :

This photo was found on this news post ...

...while this photo is used in our Christmas family post the year you left us.

This photo at Mandai crematorium is found on this news post.

This photo is a screen shot of a video filmed at Mandai crematorium as found in this family post.

Here I am fasting and feeling spiritual as I compose this letter with my Heart and Mind wondering if you will have the opportunity to meet Mr Lee Kuan Yew yourself over the other side of the veil? I like to share another coincidence in ending this letter. If you look at the photo of my desk above, there is a book on the shelf that belongs to you entitled, "The Singapore Story - Memoirs of LEE KUAN YEW".  I had picked the book up to put in there to set the theme of my letter to you that relates to LKY and you.  As I started writing, a thought came to my mind that I did have another book of LKY that was given to me by a friend in Singapore and looked for it from another shelf and found it quickly.

I just took a snap shot of the two books together, the one on the left being your copy and mine is on the right. Here is another strange coincidence. I found a printed copy of Han's email he had sent to the family, slipped inside my book, as he couldn't make it for your funeral since he was still serving on his Church mission in the UK. (The contents of his letter, a must read again for family members who may read this letter, has been reproduced in this post.)

Here is the music he composed for your 50th birthday with the video he created.

I read his letter again and watched the video to find myself with no more words but tears in my eyes.

With love,


Our boy wonder active at Yale-NUS :

Side By Side - Yale-NUS Open Day 2015
We showed you a short clip of our performance of Side By Side at Yale-NUS Open Day 2015 previously. Now here's a full video courtesy of Sau Tsoi from Notes & Ties (another acapella group here at Yale-NUS!)Come catch us sing this song and more, alongside other singing groups under the Yale-NUS Singer's Guild, tomorrow night at the annual Spring Sing!When: 17th March 2015, 8.30pmWhere: SR1+2Tickets are on sale at $2 in the RC4 Dining Hall today and tomorrow at Lunch and Dinner times!Scheduling Club, The Gospel Choir and Notes & Ties are performing too! We promise a vocal treat, SO GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Posted by The Overtime Project on Sunday, March 15, 2015

Postdated development :

About a couple of weeks later I felt the inspiration to look for this oldie in youtube and found it. It was one of the old film strips with sound that brought tears to my eyes each time I shared it as a young missionary and watching it again over 30 years as a video later brought tears to my eyes even before the narration of the story began towards the end of  this video!

Then these thoughts and photos came to my mind...

No wonder I was touched to take amazing photos of rainbows in Utah as above. The film strip memory must have only remained in my subconscious mind all these years when I took those photos and just came into my conscious memory when I started searching for the youtube video above!

I soon captured double rainbows as these two seen over the Provo temple

Even more double rainbows seen with Su when we took a trip from Provo to Moab Utah.

Can't imagine that while I just enjoyed watching those film strip days of old and later movie films and videos that I could years later end up making my own. Above is one in memory of Mom who is certainly proud of her children before and even after she left us.

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