美國 符氏族譜 is for those interested in Foo Genealogy. This is specific for those who have linkage with Foo Hong 大焕 (31-73-108): means he is the 31st generation from 有辰（You3 Chen2）, 73rd from 雅（Ya3）, 120th from 黃帝（Huang2Di4）, 101th from 周公（Zhou1Gong1）. How remarkable!!Those from wen2 tang2 cun1文塘村 can trace their ancestry from the published genealogy book of the village. This blog may have links/ interesting materials important for all those Foo brothers from Hainan to trace also to their ancestry.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
friend 1960 ksl
On 1960, Mr. KS Lim’s family including his mother- in- law
came to Brunei. Dad said, “I have a car. I will meet them in Customs and help
them settle in our house at 3 Jalan Teraja.”Dad designed and built that house for Booty &Edward on leased land
from Mr. Cheung. Mr. Lim moved into the smaller northern section of the house
with a separate staircase (right side of the left picture below). That night “There
was a blackout. It turned out KS tried to fix something and triggered a circuit
“He was a very hard working young man. He borrowed a tricycle,
carried the unwanted wood and made furniture himself.” Dad was also very
impressed by a very memorable feast organized by Mrs. Lim and their mother.
In order to make ends meet, KS and dad soon took a side job conducting
pilling survey/evaluations at SOAS college. This required both of them to dig a
big square holes 4x 4x6 feet for $50.They took turns to dig and to carry out the dirt. They concentrated so
hard , they forgot to eat dinner. The
wives went all over to look for them and Mrs. Lim was in tears when she saw her
loving husband in the hole digging. They soon quit this laborious job and took
up lighter contracts to do Fence and window screen work. The family became very
close , and we called him Uncle Lim. Soon, Uncle Lim was transferred to Kuching
after 2.5 years before they returned to Singapore a year later.
“Uncle Lim is very kind to me. Every time I went to
Singapore, I always had a room. I stayed sometimes up to a week without any charge.
I was introduced to all his family. They were all very kind to me.” I vaguely
remember that Mom and I stayed with Uncle Lim’s family in Singapore several
times and enjoyed their hospitality very much.
“I borrowed money from him, many times, sometimes up to
S$7000. He always gave me the money without question asked. He was not rich, It
is likely he borrowed the money from his
family.” A college graduate might get S$300 /month. I questioned why Dad needed
so much money on his trips to Singapore. He explained, “I did not have enough
cash and I had to send money to China.”
“He helped me with variousarchitectural work. This included
a 6 stories Hotel in Tawau, North Borneo. After that, I wanted to give him a S$5000
bonus for his work and kindness, but he refused.”
On my last trip to Brunei 2011,I taped many hours of Dad’s audio
stories.It has been a challenge to pin
him down and have him concentrated on one subject.
He has shared stories about three of his very best friends
in life. I have summarized the experiences here.Money, house and other material aspect were
mentioned to give some perspective of the times andjust to show lucky we are today. I am amazed
of his memory of the details.
These stories show me certain life lessons: It reminds me
that life is quite random, that small interactions can mean so much. We should
be mindful of how we treat others. And we could make our trip on earth a
pleasurable one with these lessons in mind.