“I believe the world is one big family,
and we need to help each other.”
– Jet Li
Dearest Aunt Ying
As I write this letter to you,
my heart is filled with love.
Three years had passed but
the memory of you still warms my heart.
You often spoke about the importance of family.
I believe the Christmas lunch party
which you organized each year
was your way of keeping the family together.
And I’m glad your daughters have kept this tradition going.
You once told me that my presence is more important
than the presents under the Christmas tree.
I came, Aunt Ying on Christmas day
though I was a little late.
I felt your presence when I was in your home.
Your presence is felt on every floorboard,
the walls and the lights.
Your voice is echoed through
every room and hallway.
And I hear you still.
You were simple yet elegant.
And you enjoyed the simple things in life,
one who cared not about status or luxury though
you were blessed with a very comfortable life.
You were connected with nature
through your love for gardening.
You need no wi-fi cos
you had found the best connection
in the beauty of your garden.
I had enjoyed those times
just having tea and chatting with you
in your living room.
I miss your wit and your wisdom.
I know you’re at peace now, Aunt Ying
resting in the arms of our dear Lord.
And we shall meet again one day on
the other side of the stars.
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” ―
“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.”
“If I know what love is, it is because of you.” ―
Mid-autumn festival is also called the “ Moon festival“.
In Chinese beliefs, the roundness of the full moon means ‘togetherness’,
thus the reunion moon is a very special occasion for the Chinese.
The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month every year,
which is a “full moon day”.
Me: “The doctor said if you still have a fever by Sunday, you have to go for the dengue fever test.”
Shaye: “Oh no! I hope it’s not donkey fever.” [Jokes aside, it has been a very stressful week. Shaye, my 8-year old daughter recovered from her fever. Unfortunately, Sydelle, my 12-year old daughter and hubby were diagnosed with dengue fever on Monday, 5.8.19. But they are on the mend and I’m glad they are recovering well and they are in good spirits.]