Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Last week, my maternal grandmother passed away unexpectedly. It was just 2 months ago that I last saw her in Kuala Lumpur; she was still wearing bright red lipstick to lunch, eating all of the carbs, adopting stray puppies and pushing her way behind the counter at her favourite restaurant to gossip with the staff and taste their new recipes. Only a month previous to that, she killed a cobra in the garden with a spade. She was 84. All of these things offer only a glimpse of the amazing woman she was: the matriarch of our family, a strong mother to 5 children and the ultimate example of growing old with grace and glamour.
p.s. that's her in the middle looking like a Chinese Jackie O, with my mum in front of her in the little checked shorts.