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My grandmother's unconditional love

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

A trip to the small mom-and-pop textile shops at Ang Mo Kio Central used to be a Chinese New Year ritual for my mother and me.

We would go to the stores a month ahead of the festival to shop for fabric to make new clothes for her mother-in-law, my paternal grandmother. In those days, tailor-made clothes were still in fashion and there were much fewer choices for elderly women.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 05, 2019, with the headline 'My grandmother's unconditional love'. Print Edition | Subscribe