This posting is a tribute from Elson Soh 苏奕铨, founder of Project Awareness to our lovely Orchard Cineleisure old lady (婆婆). Thank you Sharian Shariff for all the photos. Project Awareness would like to thank everybody who brought some of her stuffs in the past and do continue to spread your love around.
Project Awareness also thank everybody who help to share the posting of Orchard Cineleisure old lady (婆婆) and lastly a big thank you to Mandarin Gallery Management as you guys had never chase Orchard Cineleisure old lady (婆婆) away when she is selling her stuffs there.
Message from Sharian Shariff: Hi Elson, Just read the tragic news of the Cineleisure Aunty's passing. Thank you so much for spreading this news, I wouldn't have gotten to know about it if it weren't for this page.
The Aunty was someone I held close to my heart. I would usually see her sitting with her head down, with a packet of tissue paper on hand. That was for the first few years that I've seen her around (I didn't approach her because I was shy and scared then). It wasn't until late December last year that I got enough courage to have a seat in front of her and just start a small conversation. And I never regretted that moment!
Trying to get to know her was a pleasure even though she would speak in Mandarin most of the time and I'd just nod my head trying to understand what she was saying. I got to know that her name was Tiok Lang (yeah I probably heard it wrong but it's a name I call her affectionately), and she'd talk about where she lives, the things she has on sale (a 3-in-1 instant oatmeal drink and an umbrella! who wouldn't want that :p) and the occasional grumble and complaint about paying expensive bills and doctor check-ups.
I'll usually buy a packet of tissue from her and give her a hug before heading home. For the following few occasions that I pass by Orchard and was fortunate enough to see her, I would always sit in front of her chair and mat and say hi. It's a shame that I couldn't get to meet her before she passed on. But it truly warms my heart to see so many comments of past endeavours, from simply buying a pack of tissue from her or giving her a ride back home late in the night. And it's a testament to my belief that us Singaporeans (no matter how reserved or 'uncaring' others might perceive us) are nothing less but compassionate and kind souls.
Attached are a few photos I took of Tiok Lang for my school assignment in December. Hehe hope she won't have to grumble too much in Heaven God bless her soul and may she rest in peace. I pray for her safety and happiness in the afterlife too. Yes she will be missed by all of us, and I'm sure she's in a happier place now.
I've read about Project Awareness and I'd just like to thank you for the amazing work that you're doing! It's for such an amazing cause and I too strongly believe in giving and sharing with others. I'd love to help out if you are ever in need of volunteers.