Gong Gong says

This is a posthumous blog of our father's (Lim Kok Ann) life. When our father passed away on 8 March 2003, he left behind an unpublished autobiography. We'd like to celebrate his life by sharing his autobiography through this blog.


"I have dredged these anecdotes from memory just to pass the time; if they amuse my grandchildren their purpose will have been served; if they provide any instruction, it will be a happy coincidence; that they are disjointed is probably to be expected.

Aurora was the name of my grandfather’s house in Kulangsu.   Amoy, where I spent the first five or six years of my life.   I still have vivid memories of events that took place when I was barely three years old.

Lim Kok Ann
October 1996"

Sunday, July 20, 2008

1: 24 Leaving for England

In the few months when Rosie went to Holne Chase and before I had to leave for England, she and I were quite close, but early on I made clear to her that I did not approve of long engagements and I was going to be away for as long as seven years (no commuting by air in those days). We would be different people when I returned and might not like one another so well. Better, I said (pompously) that should I return to Singapore and we were both still unattached, we could pick up from then. Poor Rosie thought this very wise and we went on holding hands.

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