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Teo Kah Seng II

It has been a week since I found my paternal grandfather’s “lost” grave in Kopi Sua. Today, Tiak, my dad and brother, and I cleaned his grave.

We came prepared, with jugs of water, a broom, scrubs, and a toothbrush. We swept and scrubbed, and watched years, maybe even decades, of moss and muck disappear!

The result was stunning!


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Now, many words carved on the grave which were previously indecipherable, can be read again.


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The four characters can be seen now: From right to left, “Bai Zi Qian Sun”, or “A Hundred Children, A Thousand Grandchildren” - a blessing upon my grandfather’s descendants, which I guess means a blessing upon me too.

Intricate ornamental carvings on the sides of the grave appeared after the scrubbing:

This phrase, part of a couplet, reads “Qing Shan Zang Ji Di”, or “The Green Hills Harbour Auspicious Lands”.

I hope you’re feeling good, Ah Gong! From now on, your grandson will visit you and clean your grave often.

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