When Tavia Was Young
Tavia revealed, “When I was young, I liked to play with my elder sister. I would normally forget the time, and would return home late for dinner. My mom would shout at me, and after quarreling with her, I would run to the park for solace. I would shout until I felt better before returning home.” Although the park is still around, however, it had been redesigned and re-landscaped, and no longer looked the same as it did.
Wun Zai Gao (a kind of dessert made of glutinous rice flour and steamed in a small cup)
Tavia was rather piggy when she was still a primary school student. Everyday, she would buy bread and wun zai gao from a vendor nearby. Recalling nostalgically, she said, “At that time, I was studying in an afternoon session. After school, come rain or shine, I would always buy these snacks and eat them before going home. Ten years later, the shop is still around. However, the lady boss no longer recognises me. But her wun zai gao is still just as yummy with lots of red beans.”
As a young kid, Tavia was quite naughty. Besides fighting with her sister over toys, and getting caned by her mom in the process, she also liked to play hide and seek with her neighbours’ shoes. “We would leave our shoes outside the house, and I would hide one shoe. I also had my shoes hidden, and until now, I still don’t know who the culprit is.”
Besides being a pest, she was also very daring. The slide, see-saw and swings – she was not afraid of any of them, especially the swings. She would swing as high as she could go. If it was today, she would definitely be very scared and she marveled at her bravery when she was young.
She also recalled that when she was young, her mother would always cook the meals, and eating out was a rarity. So whenever they got to eat at the roadside stalls, she would be very happy. Her happiest moment would be drinking coke out of a bottle and basking in the warmth of her family. Every weekend, Tavia and her family would go out to ride bicycles and eat chicken porridge. “When I was young and stayed with my family, we were very happy. Now as I grow older, I have my own job and lifestyle, and increasingly, I don’t spend time with my parents anymore. That’s a little sad.”
Photo and story sources: Oriental Daily