YK and I were shopping in Bugis Junction Mall this morning when a man approached us. He’s an insurance agent representing Great Eastern Life which has a booth at the atrium this weekend.
He was trying to promote the company’s newly launched products. I declined politely but agreed to fill in my particulars at his request.
He started chatting with YK when I was busy writing down my details. When he found out that YK’s in St Pats School, he said he studied in St Joseph (which is affiliated to St Pats), followed by St Andrews Junior College. That caught my attention. I was from that junior college! I got excited and asked him “Which year?”
As it turns out, we are of the same age and went to SAJC at the same time, but we were in different classes. Coincidence? Yes! But that’s not all.
He saw my family name when I handed him the form. He asked if I’m a Teochew. I said “Yes.” Well, his mother is a Teochew too, with the same family name. Now, our family name is rather uncommon here, so he got excited and asked about my background.
What a surprise to find out that his mother is our distant relative who grew up in our Lim Chu Kang village. Their family owned a provision shop near my grandfather’s. I found out that both our grandparents were good friends way back.
As we were reminiscing about our village, we realized that we even attended the same primary school! I have completely no recollection of this person but WOW, what a small world!
No doubt Singapore is a small island with a population of only 4.6 million, I still find it quite unbelievable!