25.3.16

A CHAT WITH ALICE LEE / QUENSTOWN RESIDENT / MY TEAMMATE



Alice, can you introduce yourself?
I am a resident of Tanglin Halt. I have lived here for 38 years. I am 67 years old.I have two children, one boy and one girl. My hobbies are going to look for places to eat. I’m a fussy eater but I like to look for new things to try. I like to eat together with my friends. I also like to travel, to go overseas with a group of friends. Eat together! Enjoy together!
                                                        
What do you think of your artist?

<Laughs> I think she looks very young. And what she is doing is very meaningful, so I try my best to help her. For example, she used the games that we played in Singapore 50 years ago. She’s bringing them out to the public in Singapore again and in other countries also. This will remind Singaporeans of the games we used to play when we were young. This shows how children used to play in Singapore, so we can teach the children today of these “forgotten” things. 
                                    
How do you feel about performing together with Núria?

I thought it was very meaningful. Her movements are so beautiful, they really attract people to watch. I wanted to watch her more, but I remembered the filming so I tried not to turn my head.  Also when we were together, we could communicate and connect through the performance.
                                     

What do you want to tell people about Tanglin Halt?

I want people to know that Tanglin Halt is a place where the people have a lot of empathy. We have the KAMPUNG spirit! We eat together, talk together about what we are doing and thinking. The community is very close and feels warmly towards each other. Whenever anyone has difficulties, we will come together to help out. For example my neighbours and friends give me the keys to their flats. When they go out, if they forget to turn off the lights, or gas, or close the window, I will go over to help.
    
                                                                
Last question, Alice. Why did you give Núria the saga seeds when you first met her?

These saga seeds are very meaningful to me. I have kept them for more than 12 years already. I collected them with my good friend when we went every morning to exercise together. Until now, I cannot bear to throw them away. We were very close friends. We helped each other a lot. When she was sick, I bought food for her and looked after her. She lives at nearby at Queens Close but something happened, some misunderstanding so from very good friends, we are now very distant. I still say hello to her. But these saga seeds remind me of her. I will think of those times we walked together and picked them together. Life was simple. I don’t blame her for anything. I trust her even now. So I keep these seeds by my side for so many years. She doesn’t know that I kept them. If one day she comes to my house, I will show her the seeds that I have kept. When you trust someone, when you have a friendship, you don’t throw it away. This is why I thought it was worthwhile to give Núria the seeds when we first met, because they hold a lot of deep meaning for me.