is a series of short stories about my paternal grandmother, beginning
with her childhood years in China and tracing her settlement in
Singapore. They serve as a record of my family history, and give
a first-hand account of the migration of the Chinese to Singapore.
The short stories are written like an autobiography, and will be
published on this website as and when I have the opportunity to
speak at length with my paternal grandmother. - PING
paternal grandmother is Chua Sok Cheng (Cai Shuzhen). She was born
in 1921 on 7th day of the 8th month in the Chinese lunar calendar
in a village in China. In early April 1934, she moved to Singapore
with her mother and younger brother, to join her father. Her father
ran a provision shop in Geylang. Geylang was where she met my paternal
grandfather, who lived a short distance away from the provision
shop. She and my paternal grandfather got married and started their
family during the Japanese Occupation.