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Lim Su Min AncestryatBukitBrown V7

Lim Su Min AncestryatBukitBrown V7

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Notes to tour of Bukit Brown Cemetery to visit my ancestry
Notes to tour of Bukit Brown Cemetery to visit my ancestry

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Published by: Lim Su Min 林蘇民 on Apr 16, 2012
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Ode to my Great Great Great Grand FatherMy Great Great Great Grand Father's Tomb!I stand before him, silent, in respect and awe.His genes embedded in every cell of mine,We are bonded though the course of time.My Great Great Great Grand Father's Tomb!I sit beside him, sunlight streaming through the trees.I sense inner warmth and joy sublime:Habitat Heritage History entwine.My Great Great Great Grand Father's Tomb!The white stakes declare a restless future:His eyeless sockets shedding copious tears-That eight lane highway: unspoken fears!My Great Great Great Grand Father's Tomb!"Could you not beg them to let us rest in peace?"His silenced tongue in eloquence loudly says :His bony hands grasp me in one last fond embrace. 
THE SAGE OF SINGAPORE [The Straits Times 22 October 1948 Page 4 ]Straits Times interview by Roy Ferroa.Of his 80 years of living, Dr.Lim says that his “happiest memories” are those of hisschool days, in particular of his old headmaster Mr Hullet.“The thing that makes me ever -mindful of dear Mr. Hullett is his word of advice givento me when I left school and was on my way to study in England.Mr Hullett said: You are a Chinese going to the West.Remember to respect yourself and do right. Never mind what other people, the rich andinfluential, may think of you. As long as you do right and remain right you will alwaysbe happy.
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Mr. Hullet also told me “I advise you to keep a Bible by your side and read it wheneveryou have the time. The Bible is the basis of the English language.This, Dr. Lim explained was the advice given him when he was still making headwaywith English literature and grammar.Today 65 years after those words were uttered by his teacher, the pupil follows theirprecept. His Bible, slightly tattered and well worn, is in his hands when he walks aboutin his garden.The Bible has 66 books and one of them is written by a doctor. It is from the bookwritten by Dr. Luke that I have chosen a passage to be read at my funeral. All of you areinvited to my funereal. I don't have the date yet and I hope it doesn't happen soon.
 
But just as a preview, let me give you glimpse.
 
In Chapter 16 verse 19-31 of Luke's book,we read of a parable told by Jesus of an unnamed rich man who was enjoying a life of luxury and a poor man named Lazarus who was longing to eat the scraps of food that fellfrom the rich man's table.Lazarus dies and is bought by angels up to heaven.Lazarus has a relationship with God that began while on earth, and this continues on inheaven.The rich man, however, failed to share of his abundance while on earth thusdemonstrating his lack of relationship with God The Rich man dies and is brought to aplace of eternal torment:For the rest of the story you will have to attend my funeral, but one take home message isthis: We need to be accountable for the gifts that we are given from above, and we needan ongoing relationship with the Giver. Lim Su Min Ancestry Run 21st April 2012 Notes V7.0 
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Highlights:
Tan Kim Ching (
陳金鐘
) (1829 -1892. ) Tan Tock Seng’s eldest son. RecommendedAnna Leonowens, as teacher for children of King Mongkut of Siam ( King Rama IV).Buried in Changi, transferred to Bukit Brown (1940). One of Singapore’s earliest“diplomats” and much respected in the Siam court.Tan Boo Liat, (1875-1934) built his home
Golden Bell Mansion
, 10 Pender Road onMount Faber, naming it after his grandfather. He was a strong supporter of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and member of the Singapore T'ung Meng Hui along with Lim Boon Keng. In 1920he was awarded the title Phra Anukul Sayamkich by the Siam court. Note “Kuo-Ming-Tan” rays on his tomb.Tan Boo Liat’s daughter Polly was the template for Emily of Emerald Hill, written by mysister Stella Kon ( ee Lim). To know that Polly was the niece who eventually married heraunt’s husband 12 years her senior, when the aunt passed away is to understand thecomplex forces at play in creating “Emily”Polly Tan (my Grandmother) is pictured here, aged 10 years. Lady with right arm onarmrest is Mdm Yeo Buay Neo, my Great Grand Mother (Mrs Seow Chye Watt), motherof Seow Poh Leng.Polly at the piano while her husband Seow Poh Leng serenades. An alumnus of theAnglo Chinese School, he instituted a medal Seow Poh Leng Gold Medal in 1936 to beawarded to the top ACS boy at the Senior Cambridge/GCE “O” Level Examinations. 
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