By Aunty Lu Lu. Year 1977 (16 years old)
My Ah Mm was talking about Taiwan jade and china malau (Red jade), colour that she had seem but one that caught my attention was the jade bangle with blood veins in it. Actually I don't really believe it unless I see with my own eye.
A person have to wear that jade for more that 30 to 40 years so that the jade will came a life or bonded with the owner. Well after some time I totally forgotten all about this topic.
At 16, I got my first full time job at Thomson Yaohan. Every day going to work is a routine, one week morning shift with 1 off day and other week in afternoon shift with 1 off day. Every morning I would go to work 1 and a half hour early so I could have breakfast at the canteen.
That particular morning as usual I took the 161 bus to Thomson Yaohan. I alighted alone at the bus-stop, but for some reason I stood idly admiring the blue sky with a cooling breeze when suddenly I realized something. "Why so quiet? Why No car? Why no people, why no bird chirping?"
Then I saw her walking past me, or should I said she glided past me. She look very neat, skinny, kind looking and her hair styled up in a bun with a "U" shape gold hair pin. She looked at least 90 years old, wearing a light blue long sleeve blouse and black pants (some old 'ah mah' like to hand sew their very own clothing with china button) and she had this jade bangle on her left wrist with blood vein in them... Wah!
Why I said that?... Blood vein in jade bangle... Because when she walked past me, it was in a slooow motion. I was in a trance. When I woke up a few seconds later, she was no where to be found, imagined the whole stretch of upper Thomson road towards the church. I could not explained to myself how a 90 years old 'ah mah' could walked so fast in 3 to 4 minute...
Did not tell my ah Mm, do you think she would believe me?
Hope to meet her again. Who knows this time she might stop right in front of me and asked: "Ah Muay you want to join me for a morning walk?"
Well! Who knows I might join her, she look harmless, lonely, kind, better then my Ah Mm.
In the 60s son very precious, daughters always get 'rotan' even if you done no wrong, every time have to depend on mother's mood.^-^