A relative (through marriage), on the maternal side of the family, visited Metro Vancouver recently. She updated me about the happenings, back in Singapore, at my mother's side of the extended family since my maternal uncle's death. None of what I heard surprised me. Since young, I have discerned that despite my mother's blind loyalty to her so-called "perfect" family, her family was (and still is) "多事非" [literary: "many rights and wrongs", i.e. many conflicts of interests]; including manipulating siblings, their offsprings and maids in their games.
It occurred to me that one blessing of migration for me is 耳根清净 [literary: "roots of the ears are quiet and clear", i.e. "peaceful and unaffected"]. Like my dad and my late-paternal grandfather, I only wish to live a simple, contented life.
Contentment, thank you for visiting me once again.
9 months ago