Mother’s nurture

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I’VE always left early for my hometown Penang to avoid the festive season snarl, and this Chinese New Year is no exception. It’s not just the returning Penangites living in other states, especially in the Klang Valley, but a flood of tourists, too. So, last week, taking advantage of a work engagement in Penang, I visited my 92-year-old mother, who lives in our family home in Ayer Itam. I’m blessed to have my beloved nieces care for her, and we have a good Indonesian maid to cook and clean the house. We just need to summon that much more patience because she would ask the same questions again and again.
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