I wish every reader a very Happy Mid Autumn Festival with all your friends and loved ones. I really miss my parents very much today for giving me the happiest childhood memories filled with moon cakes & lanterns! They had presented me many cute lanterns and I would always be excited to carry my lanterns to parade in our neghbourhood. I was always so proud and happy to show off my lanterns to all the kids next door. These days I only carry heavy laundry baskets to wash. Muahahahaha
A Full Moon Story
Let me share with you a story which I heard around the Mid Autumn dinner I had many years ago. It may sound unbelievable but it's your choice to believe. I had just returned home from United States when my brother broke out the shocking news that my sister was going to divorce her hubby. I could not believe my ears as I thought they made a picture perfect couple and her high profile hubby was always in the IT pages of the newspapers. They had lived in beautiful bungalow houses in Penang and even bought a 4 storey house in Hong Kong's Discovery Bay in Lantau Island that overlooked the rolling waves of the South China Seas. Their last love nest was in Damansara Heights and had friendly Dato' ministers like Leo Moggie and Alex Lee as neighbours.
My sister finally packed up her bags to move out and settled into her new place. It was not easy task for anyone to separate after many years of happy marriage and pick up their lives all over again. Did I say a happy marriage? The ex hubby two timed while he was flying business class every week KL to Hong Kong for regional business meetings. The air stewardess was definitely the best picked to serve on board the Business Class section and she became a familiar face to my ex brother in law. He was tall, handsome and dashing in his business suits. Their eyes met and phone numbers exchanged. One thing led to another and they always slept together in the same hotels in Hong Kong, before he safely kept her in his newly bought condominium in Bangsar. It was so easy to drive and ply between 2 homes! Eventually news of his infidelity went viral until my sister confronted him. He apologized after so many separation threats and begged for time to break up. 2 years passed and that was enough! He never ditched the air stewardess and my sister decided to leave him. He was also devastated with the reality and decided to return to US where he had graduated from Yale and Stanford Universities. He got the PR & Green Card after having graduated and worked for years in the Silicon Valley at Palo Alto. His mistress was pregnant and he had to stay back to live with his new found mess.
My sister had a tough time living her life alone which she bravely picked herself up. We siblings rallied around her to keep her busy and away from suicidal thoughts. My sister was born intelligent, smart and with very attractive personality with her Thai Pan Asian looks. I am the only one that looks like a real China man while the other siblings have Pan Asian looks. My sister had a beeline of suitors and admirers before marriage and I was not surprised that she continued to attract many admirers after her divorce. There was one particular admirer who went head over heels at her and never wanted to give up. He tried so hard and was naturally being nice to get my cookie points too.
His name is Wayne and he hailed from Hong Kong. He looked very tan and had a very muscular built as he was running a construction business in town. He was also a divorcee with a young son at primary school. Both father and son could not speak proper English even after graduating with a Civil Engineering degree from a university in Toronto during the 80s. He was always trying to woo my sister and bought her flowers, dinners and even a big diamond ring! We sat down and ate dinner together too, hoping to build our brotherly relations. Eventually, I was stunned to discover his background along the way.
When Wayne was studying in Toronto, he often had to work part time at the construction sites as his parents had difficulty to make ends meet. He chose the construction industry as they paid well and it was relevant to his civil engineering degree. One summer day, he was working as usual at the construction site which was building a high rise project. He was doing some concrete jobs in between the floors when he heard a loud bang being shot out. He was shocked and frightened as it sounded like a gun shot. He sneaked out to take a peep below and saw a Chinese man running towards the building he was based. That man was staggering hard and dragged his feet with all his might to seek shelter. Wayne ran down to reach that man and realised that he had been shot with bloody wounds on his thigh. That Chinese man begged Wayne in their native Cantonese dialect to protect him by showing a safe place quickly, to hide him away from his enemies. Wasting no time, Wayne helped the wounded man of his 60s to walk using both arms to grab his waist and shoulder. It was a nick of time that man could safely hide himself in a dark room before the triad gang of armed enemies showed up. They questioned Patrick the where about of their targeted victim to which Wayne promptly denied seeing any stranger in that area. They believed him and immediately left to pursue their target in other directions.
Back to the dark room, Wayne found that man had bled profusely and he was dying from severe loss of blood. Being a street smart guy, Wayne knew that he could not bring this victim to any hospitals but to seek help from those TCM practitioners he knew which operated in the alleys of the Chinatown. He wasted no time and drove the half conscious dying man to get medical help. He begged Wayne to save him as he wanted to return to Hong Kong to be with his family. The slugs were successfully removed and the bleeding stopped with the help of the TCM. Wayne nursed this stranger back to his robust health several weeks later and eventually made arrangements for him to fly home. This man was eternally grateful to Wayne for saving his life and away from his enemies who had some long business feuds. He could not stop thanking Wayne and decided to adopt him to be his real sworn God Son. Patrick was being humble and merely accepted out of pleasing the aged man without any expectations at all. The man finally left Canada and returned home to his family in Hong Kong after making his new God son promise to visit him at soonest. He was serious in adopting him as a God Son and wanted to have a family dinner to honour and introduce Wayne to his entire family clan as the saviour and hero.
When it was time for Wayne to make his vacation trip home, he contacted his God Father who was very delighted and looked forward to meeting up. He arranged for his family members to be present in a closed door restaurant in Kowloon to meet his new God son who had saved his life. Wayne being his humble self, casually trooped into the very posh restaurant to meet his new family members. All the happy merrily greetings were exchanged, with all the bear hugs and big hand shakes. All the eyes were met and suddenly, Wayne's jaw dropped in disbelief to see a very familiar & stunning lady who smiled and greeted him. His new God Father's daughter is a very famous actress.