Not Actual Portrait ( Representation Only)
Swanky Cars Which Children Bought Shortly After Patriarch's Passing.
Good Vehicle Which Doubled As Family Transport Vehicle.
In the 1960’s/70’s, a Chinatown businessman started off life selling Chinese pastry and cakes which he made himself from a road-side stall. After years of hard work, he saved enough to rent a shophouse to produce his range of pastry and cakes while the family lived upstairs. Inspite of not knowing a word of English, he took on a brave diversion in his business taking on the agency of a very famous brand of radio from Holland. It proved to be very profitable and his wealth multiplied by a few folds. After a couple of years, he could afford to buy a bungalow in Katong, where most rich Chinese families lived. With the new house, the family commuted daily from Chinatown to Katong. But, there is a marked difference between his family and his Katong neighbours. Keeping to his frugality, his family were ferried daily to-and-fro in one of his Volkwagen Goods Vehicle driven by his wife. .The business man refused to entertain all requests from his wife and children to buy any saloon car for the family to use. He held firmly to the view that private saloon cars were unnecessary luxuries and a waste of money. To him, using the goods vehicle to ferry his family served the purpose albeit not so comfortably as a saloon car. Meals for the family were cooked by an employee working in the pastry and cake shop and eaten together with other employees.
However, within a month of his passing, each of his children bought for themselves, a swanky saloon car. They were only interested in enjoying themselves with the wealth left behind by the father. Very soon, the previously very profitable radio agency business suffered serious losses due to mismanagement and cheating by dishonest customers and staff. The business closed not long after.
His only luxury in life (or rather death) ? He was cremated in a famous Buddhist temple in a large coffin made from very expensive timber imported from China. Good quality sandal wood formed the funeral pyre and sesame seeds were scattered around the pyre to enhance the aroma of the sandal wood.
After another few more years, even the pastry and cake business was liquidated.