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Write a story that ends with: 'This made me realise how wonderful my life is ...'
 
I was born in 1964 to a lower middle class family on the island of Pangkor. My parents were fisher folk and we had a trawler that we used to eke out a living in the Straits of Malacca. I had four older siblings, all girls-my parents tried for children until they had a boy. I was to take over the family business when I came of age.

My life was no luxurious but adequate. I had a chance to go to school at the small Tamil school on the island. the island was predominantly Chinese, most of whom were well off. Days were spent either helping dad land his catch or indulging in idle play with my friends, exploring the island.

Fortunately for me, the Headmaster at the school, Encik Dollah, was a visionary. He worked tirelessly with the small group of dedicated teachers to inculcate the love for learning among the island children. There was a small library at the clan association on the island that supplemented my voracious appetite for reading. Meanwhile, my dad worked hard to put food on the table. When I went to secondary school I found that my love for Maths and Science paid off. I was the top student in the school and my sisters had also excelled in their studies.

One of my sisters had opted to become a teacher while two went on to study Maths at a local university. The youngest decided to get married to a local businessman and settle down. She ran her own successful hair salon after a stint in Lumut as an apprentice at a salon. I was the last to finish school and managed to score straight As in the SPM.

I had to go to Ipoh to study for my A levels at a college. A kind aunt took me in. My dad was already struggling to meet his obligations to my sisters. I decided to work part-time to supplement my expenses and managed to get a place in the National University of Singapore to study marine engineering. Soon I found myself as a graduate looking for a job. I landed a prestigious position and am currently pursuing a Master's degree. Mum and dad lead a much more comfortable life and my sisters are all happily married. Thinking on my past, this made me realise how wonderful my life is.

     
eke out   to use something slowly or carefully because you only have a small amount of it
     
well off   rich
     
paid off   If something you have done pays off, it is successful
 
 

 

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