Mee, 88, has hopped from one household to another with only one mission in mind: To cook for her grandchildren. Thirteen years ago, she moved to her younger son’s apartment to care for his newborn after having brought up her eldest son's children. Under her care, six children have enjoyed her favourite dishes she has whipped up, which include paper chicken and minced meat egg. Is she aiming to become one of the greatest grandmothers in the world? “No lah, I just want them to have enough to eat so that they can study hard and go to university.”
This mission has brought her to move from Eunos to Kembangan. Not only did she move, her friend of over 20 years ‘moved’ as well. Mee and her friend, Siew Mei, used to practise Tai Chi once a week in a basketball court in Ubi. Now, they practise Tai Chi together in Bedok on Wednesday and Friday nights. However, the 15-minute walk to the place can be strenuous to the grandmother. She admits, "It is very tiring at times, but I feel uncomfortable not doing Tai Chi. It has become a habit." The sport also gave her the chance to meet new people. She reveals that the crowd could add up to a 100 people at times!
With the Lunar New Year approaching, although Mee will not be whipping up any dishes, she looks forward to seeing her children and grandchildren, and not forgetting – her great grandson who was born last July!