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Write a story that ends with'... Aaah! What a nice life it has been.'
 
Life in Malaysia is so good that the ancients called it Suvarnabhumi literally meaning Land of Gold. This is my story in this blessed land.

My name is Lim Boon Hwa and I am a billionaire. My parents came on a boat from China sometime in the early 1900's when there was a tin boom in Perak, a state in Malaya (the old name for modern Malaysia). They came to a strange tropical paradise run by the colonial British from India. They wanted the lucrative spice trade that all Europeans craved and fought for. My father was a farmer and he knew nothing about trade. My mother was an illustrious woman who was quick to take in orders as a seamstress and hawker. She made the most delicious dumplings on earth. With her small enterprise, she managed to supplement the earnings from my dad's little farm in the sleepy seaside hollow of Tanjung Tokong on the island of Penang.

Soon, the farm and business grew and so did our family. There were three of us, all boys. I was the eldest. Although we lived simply, our parents made sure we were well fed and educated. We invited relatives from the motherland to work for us in the new land that father and mother had bought in Balik Pulau and Air Itam. We had ventured into fruit orchards as well. The durians, mangosteens and the blessed nutmeg allowed us to attend the best schools. We even had a car and a house close to Chusan Hotel. It was soon to become 'Millionaires' Row'.

I had attended the Malayan University in Singapore and my brothers too had become accountants. Soon, we returned to Penang and expanded the family fortunes by trading in all and sundry. Our parents found us dutiful wives who in turn bore us beautiful children. We all lived in a beautiful bungalow with three storeys and a sprawling compound that had all the trappings of an English manor. Our aged parents spent their time with the grandchildren while tending to their beloved orchards in Balik Pulau. Penang had since become one of the busiest ports in the world.

Our company had grown into a conglomerate that dealt with not only fresh fruit, vegetables and spices but shipping, cars, property and hotels. As we remain united and humble in our lives we can't help but sigh'...Aaah! What a nice life it has been.'

     
seamstress   a woman whose job is sewing and making clothes
     
sprawling   a large area of land with buildings
     
manor   a large old house in the country with land belonging to it
 
 

 

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