A beautiful book compiled by the granddaughter of Siew Fung Fong and Wan Kwai Pik. The book was adapted into a theatre production by TheatreWorks in Singapore in 1989, and is not just an emotional love story, but a wonderful description of Singapore and Malaya in the early 20th century.
From the dust jacket:
‘Today is the pleasantest and the happiest day I have ever enjoyed during my twenty years….”
Thus wrote Wan Kwai Pik in his diary the day he saw Siew Fung Fong swimming beyond the waterfall at Chanderiang, Perak. He had fallen deeply in love with the girl weeks earlier at his father’s birthday celebrations, and he was certain that she was the one he wanted to marry.
Besides beginning a diary in which he ardently made notes about her, Pik also began to write to the 14 year-old Fung. These love letters, to which she soon began to reply, was to continue through their marriage until he was taken away by the Japanese in 1942, never to return.