Four generations, one big reunion

Madam Tiow Seng (centre, seated), 92, enjoying a four-generation reunion lunch with (clockwise from left) her son Michael Chan, 54; grandson Chan Hong Kai, 25; daughter-in-law Regina Chan, 51; son George Chan, 60; grandson Dex Lee, 39, carrying his 1
Madam Tiow Seng (centre, seated), 92, enjoying a four-generation reunion lunch with (clockwise from left) her son Michael Chan, 54; grandson Chan Hong Kai, 25; daughter-in-law Regina Chan, 51; son George Chan, 60; grandson Dex Lee, 39, carrying his 10-month-old son Dyllon; grandson Jeromy Tan, 13; daughter Chan Geok Eng, 65; Ms Pris Ang, 35, who is Dyllon's mother; and grandson Chan Hong Kiat, 23. The clan enjoyed a lo hei lunch at a Havelock Road restaurant near Madam Tiow's home. The family members who gathered at the restaurant represent about a quarter of the "very large" clan.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Madam Tiow Seng (centre, seated), 92, enjoying a four-generation reunion lunch with (clockwise from left) her son Michael Chan, 54; grandson Chan Hong Kai, 25; daughter-in-law Regina Chan, 51; son George Chan, 60; grandson Dex Lee, 39, carrying his 1
A shopper looking at decorative monkeys at the Chinese New Year bazaar in Waterloo Street.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Madam Tiow Seng (centre, seated), 92, enjoying a four-generation reunion lunch with (clockwise from left) her son Michael Chan, 54; grandson Chan Hong Kai, 25; daughter-in-law Regina Chan, 51; son George Chan, 60; grandson Dex Lee, 39, carrying his 1
The Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan and the Thian Hock Keng temple (above) are organising a 16-day festival, which started yesterday, as part of its Chinese New Year celebrations.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Four generations of this Singapore family gathered for Chinese New Year celebrations for the first time yesterday.

Madam Tiow Seng, 92, enjoyed a reunion lunch with her family, including her three children, four grandsons and 10-month-old great-grandson Dyllon Lee, at Liang Kee Teochew Restaurant.

Dyllon, the youngest member of the family, wore matching red T-shirts with his father Dex Lee, 39.

The 12 family members, representing about a quarter of the "very large" clan, raised their chopsticks for their first lo heiof the year.

A larger gathering was planned for yesterday evening, but the family decided to have lunch at the Havelock Road restaurant as well, as Madam Tiow lives nearby and uses a wheelchair.

Daughter-in-law Regina Chan, 51, a sales manager, looks forward to spending time with the family.

"During Chinese New Year, those who work overseas come back and we get to see them," she said.

Tiffany Fumiko Tay

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 08, 2016, with the headline 'Four generations, one big reunion'. Print Edition | Subscribe