The only consolation we had from the past few days was the chance to rummage through their lifetime of possession. I’ve seen this coming for years. My grandfather have told me time and time again exactly which of his collection would go to which grandchild.
He is a mad collector. He collects stamps that date back to the 1930s(pre-war days). Stamps from every country, some I’ve not even heard off. He has got about 7 albums full of it and an array of miscelleanous stamps in clear plastic bags sorted out by country and states.
Then there’s the matchbox collection which I am still looking high and low for. The jars and jars of coins that he has collected over the years. I found an entire box of keychains. At least 200 there.
The most surprising discovery I made was my grand father’s vinyl record collection. Perhaps there are about 200+ of them. 45rpms and 33 and a half rpms. I don’t know what that means, but I’ve been doing a bit of reading on vinyl records seeing that they’re probably worth some money.
My grandmother’s not much of a collector but she does enjoy collecting postcards. Will try to see what I can do with it when I do find it. Hoping to stumble upon some vintage costume jewelry. That’d be so cool.
Dad’s thinking of auctioning off all the “maybe got value” things that my grandparents own on eBay and the profits will be used to maintain my grandparents house in USJ (ie. for bills, repair works etc.). The process of finding and auctioning it will be fun though.
Malayan stamps!! No kidding.
Sarawak pre-war stamps!!
Some UK stamps in the 1970s. In the upper left corner you can see some stamps commemorating Charles and Princess Di’s wedding.
Stamps, stamps and more stamps.
His keychains collection!!
There’s one of a naked girl. Speaking of naked, we stumbled upon some naughty magazines… and ughhh, those girls date back to the 1960s. With the hairstyles to boot. The fashion then was not to bikini wax. Uggh. My brother, cousin brother Kwan Hoong and myself were looking at the price of the mag and it said, “1 pound!”. We wondered for awhile how my grand father managed to get one from the UK before realisation dawned upon us and we went, “AHHHHHH..hahahah..”. Our dear Uncle Terry in UK sure knows how to spoil our grandfather.
Aunty Judy who was studying nursing(and eventually lived there for about 30 years now) gave this locket to my grandmother.
How old school are these? Laser discs from the mid-90s!! Not of value, but quite exciting all the same.
His coins collection! Arranged to countries. Very organised old man, my grandfather.
33 and a half rpms vinyl records. Aunty Judy said that these were the singles then.
There are more. I wonder if they’re still playable.
Really flower power man. Rod Stewart, Santana etc.. Maybe some of my dad’s teenage stuff are in the pile.
I’m quite the sentimental fool so I’ve looked through every single photo album in my grandparents’ home and decided to share these with you guys.
My grandmother’s parents’ wedding. Even then they knew how to cut heart shapes. Wow. Circa 1920s/1930s.
My dad at age 4. SO CUTE RIGHT? I don’t know why his head so big though.
Aunty Susie and Dad at age 8 and age 11.
Aunty Judy(Dad’s oldest sister) and Grandma(who was 17 then.)
That’s me. With a Nike shirt. I was more brand concious then compared to myself now. Should be about 2 years old.
A haunting pic of my grandmother.
My father’s 5 year old birthday party. He’s the little boy with a black tie(he was wearing a tie already!!!) and white shirt. Very ‘heng’ those number-shaped birthday cakes back then.
Grandma’s photo to granddad. “Lovingly you/only/always” or something like that.
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this but do you know that my grandmother’s grandmother is pure Thai? So yeah, I have mix blood. But sorry lah, I didn’t turn out to be much of an exotic beauty. 🙁 All the chinese blood got summoned into me and I got all the features a typical chinese girl should have: small eyes and flat nose. 🙁
Maybe some Thai Blood came into me and gave me these boobs.(pays homage to boobs). Height, I’m not sure. Are chinese typically tall?
Granddad also fat hiau and sent one back.
Two years before they got married. Heck, she was only 14!! Anyway, I didn’t know grand dad’s a christian before?! Last I know, he was a staunch taoist.
Damn drama right? But very nice.
She got married at the age of 16. Grand dad was 22.
I don’t know why she looked so moody in all her wedding photos. It was not an arranged marriage.
My poser father and his younger sister, Aunt Susie. About 1965.
Grandparents were quite the camwhores.
top l-r: Grandma, Greatgrand-dunnowho, Greatgrandmother, Grandfather
bottom l-r: Aunty Susie(age 1), Aunty Judy(age 7) and Dad(age 4).
A 1964 photo. Dad was only 7 and can’t possibly be interested in photography. Granddad loved photography as well. Now I know where I got my mo liu photo taking gene from. Even my dad likes to take photos of mo liu things. I remember how I used to dig through the stacks of photo in the cupboards as a child and got frustrated when I saw albums and albums of inanimated objects.(read: photos that did not have my cute baby face in it.)
A nice photo of grandmother.
Granddad was in the reserve police during the Japanese occupation era. Great grand mother used to object against their relationship because he always carried a gun. Right.
Someone should have told him that smoking kills.
My grandma was 23 years old in this photo. Imagine, I will be THAT age when I graduate from my dentistry course. Without two children. Gosh,I’d better not have any children at that age!
Found too many cute photos of myself. Here’s one of me. I had a phase at about age 2 during when I hated the camera so much. It was the damn flash.
See what I mean? Mum was pregnant with Mervyn, by the way. That was about late 1988.
Hated it so much.
This was taken maybe 5 years ago?
Aunty Susie and Aunty Judy clowning around.
Cousin Shevie enjoying her meal at age 3. She was SO cute. She finishes PMR on Tuesday. Lucky, lucky.
My grandfather had always loved gardening.
I HAD TO PUT THIS UP. A very horrid photo of my dad. I’m sure our kids will look at our photos and say, “UGH MUM WHY UR HAIR SO STRAIGHT/UGH DAD WTF YOUR HAIR SO SPIKY FOR?” .. so that’s why I’m not rebonding my hair just yet.
Dad and I on our birthday. He was 32 and I was 2.
Grandma and me. I was 3 years old!
Grandma’s family. She’s the little girl on the left. I think she was 5 years old. Aunty Peggy is the one who is being carried by my great grand mother. The other little girl is Aunty Dolly who is their older sister.
Grandfather and dad. Circa 1964.
Grandmother and granddad. Taken in 1964 as well.
This photo is too funny. My grand dad is the one with his head resting on his palm. Tsk, tsk. Look until like that. HAHA. He’s a good man, my grand mother was there as well so it’s not like he went alone. lol. Oh gosh. What an ugly stripper though. It was during the late 1950s. My dad insists that it is Rose Chan.(famous striptease artist back in the 1960s) I don’t think so though. Maybe it is a man.