While he wants her to eve better vision with the binoculars, she however hopes to see her husband’s shipyard in Tangoing Rah with the binoculars. She uses them but does not see anything. Instead, she tells Mr. Lie she sees his childhood days when they enjoyed walks on Tangoing Rah beach in her mind’s eyes. Mr. Lie cannot remember all these details and wants to ask Ah Ma further. But, she becomes very sick and unable to talk much. She manages to convey the urgency of a hidden key to the altar before she draws her last breath. He promises to fulfill this last wish of hers.
A successful businessman in the shipping industry. 2. Has a happy childhood with his family in Tangoing Rah. 3. Happy family life – wife, son and daughter. 4. Close relationship with his mother but does not open up easily. 5. Modern in his ways and ideas – take pride in his modern ways – makes sure no one is about when he show respect to his dead parents. 6. Tolerant – does not interfere in his mother’s traditional ways. 7. Meticulous -? keeps track of number of ships every day by counting them. 8.
Patient and respectful – waits or mother to finish prayers although he had to leave for office – does not hurry her. 9. Filial – made sure funeral of mother is done in the right way -? full of customs and traditions. 10. Strict and does not entertain disrespect from the young – expects daughter to respect elders. 1 1. Regrets not talking to Ah Ma and never listening when she asked. Ah Ma ( Mr. Lie’s mother ) 1 . Traditional with strong religious belief -? values Chinese tradition of ancestor worship – talks to husband who has passed on for 10 years. 2.
Meticulous – keeps all the prayers paraphernalia under lock and key. . Determined to do things her way – refuses to allow Wing to do the praying – “do you even know how to speak to your grandfather? ” 4. Good memory – can recall the childhood of Mr. Lie well. 5. Old fashioned -? does not believe in having eye operation for cataract 6. Proud and refuses to admit to old health. 7. Clings to the past – refuses to accept changes 8. Proud of son’s success – voices her feelings to dead husband.