Last weekend when I was in Penang, I inherited a big chunk of history from my dad. He gave me over 1000 old photographs in Black & White and Colour. I wish they were dollar bills instead of so many big antique albums and assorted boxes. My dad was a veteran keen photographer who often competed in competitions during the 50s and swept away some trophies for his best shots.
I flipped through the piles of almost cracking up photos and saw many interesting as well as idiotic faces. Let me start with my grandparents' wedding which should be made into a soap opera series.
Once upon a time, there was a tiny village in the Northern States of Malaya where both my paternal grandparents lived. My grandpa was born in Mainland China but sailed to our shores when he was barely a few months old. He grew up into a tall, dark & muscular hottie during his era. He was so damn dirt poor that he had to walk bare footed 5 miles to attend school daily.
My grandma was born into a wealthy family as her dad was a prominent towkay & headman who built his family mansion on acres of land. They had plenty of servants who waited on hand & foot plus many horse carriages instead of cars. My grandma rode her own carriage to school daily behind her shiny white horse which galloped through the dirt roads under big shady trees. Every morning, she cooly swept past this lanky hottie grandpa who must have moonwalked sexily like a dashing Shah Rukh Khan in her eyes. Always her romeo was perspiring in sweat beads with flexing muscular arms, grandma's knees went numbed like rubber bands with skipping heart on seeing grandpa! Whoooo! Peeewitt!
Temptation grew hungrier each day and soon, grandma offered a free ride for grandpa. It was so unacceptable in those days for a lady to fetch a guy. But I guess everyone said Grandpa was such a very romantic dude that grandma was so madly in love with him. I am not sure if they ever hid and played in the bushes sometimes. I found it hard to believe if they both never 'ponteng' school and went swimming in the river or held hands tightly under the chempedak tree, probably counting kutu.
After a whirlwind romance, grandpa promptly knelt down & proposed to grandma with a bunch of wild bunga kantan & lalang leaves as he was still poor. I bet grandma was hysterical and just grabbed him by his pants without hesitation and replied "Wahai my sayang hottie, kita mesti cepat kahwin okei". So they cepat kahwin and her father threw a big lavish wedding in the hamlet inviting all the prominent guests in town including a photographer to the house's banquet.
This real wedding photo was taken in 1924, outside grandma's family home. They were so Westernized wearing Parisian bridal attires with matching flower gals and page boy. In the photo you will see her brother Dr Teh Lean Swee who founded the first Chinese Maternity Hospital in Ipoh and the bride's maid sister who is the first wife of the Shaw Brothers founder, Runme Shaw. Sungguh cantik kan?
Anyways, romantic romeo grandpa had altogether 3 wives, 17 children and 58 grandchildren! So Twilight is one of the smallest stars still glittering and blogging craps here in English and occasional Tamil with blogger SK.
Happy Weekend To You!