Oriental Jewel – Chapter 3

Susan Ho The young woman resumed her impassive manner. “I’m sorry, I suppose you wondered why I laughed? You see I’m Eurasian and it was quite ironical for you to suggest I may have prejudice against you, I’d have expected the reverse. My father is Singaporean and mother English. They met at Oxford when he…

Oriental Jewel – Chapter 2

Sentosa Andy alighted from the cable car and began his familiar progress toward Siloso Beach. Looming in front of him was the back of the gigantic Merlion, symbol of Singapore. It occurred to him he’d never taken a photo of that imposing structure before and wondered where the best vantage point would be to get…

Oriental Jewel – Chapter 1

Andy Andy sat looking out the upper floor bedroom window at Holland Park. He attended an international school in Singapore. Both parents worked, his Mom as a teacher at the international school and his Dad for a multinational banking corporation. They’d been in Singapore almost ten years and to Andy Singapore was the norm. He…

Like Father, Like Son

Bruce pursed his lips and stamped his feet.” You don’t know how to play house and shouldn’t hit me so I’m going home to play by myself!” Ana was holding on to her arm and inspecting it carefully. She looked cross. “It wasn’t nice of you to hit me so hard. I don’t like playing…

Outback Adventure – Chapter 3

Big Decision Trevor was up at 4.30 am to make sure he’d not be embarrassed again when Sheila arrived. This time he took  his day clothes into the small bathroom and was relieved to find a series of nails had been hammered into the back of the door which he assumed were for hanging clothes….

Outback Adventure – Chapter 2

Reality Strikes The swinging doors suddenly opened and a black face appeared. “’Ese Ere!! There was a loud chorus from inside. “Welcome teacher Trevo?” A deeply tanned tall wiry man with red face appeared at the door with outstretched hand. “I’m the local police officer Paddy Morgan, call me Paddy. This is my assistant Jacko!”…

Outback Adventure

Discovering a New World Trevor looked at the creased letter in his hand. It was printed on typical government department paper of the time, a kind of off brown, the contents were just as dismal as the colour. He was a city boy born and raised in comfort and privilege. His father had been an…

  Anita

  Matthew looked out the window of the Taj Mahal hotel at Mumbai Apollo Bander and tried to imagine what life would have been like in 1911. It was called Bombay at that time, but the name had reverted in tribute to goddess Mumba Devi benefactor of fishermen in the original seven islands which had…

Wu Mei – Chapter 10

Vindication Comrade Fong entered his office in Beijing and took his place at the table. The corruption clean-up was going well throughout the country. Some of the leaders in provinces had been misusing their influence and needed to be re-educated. Money arising from exploitation was forfeited to the state. It was their job to serve…

Wu Mei – Chapter 9

Temporary Reprieve When Wu Mei arrived at the office next morning she found Grant sitting in her office waiting. “May, we could have a solution for you. My wife has a job in government which puts her in contact with a lot of important people. She’s not in a position to share what her work…

Wu Mei – Chapter 8

The Surprise Visit Wu Mei picked up her phone and noted on the screen it was Grant calling. She murmured her greetings. “May, would you come to my office please?” Wu Mei put a sticker against the print out she was editing and headed for Grant’s office. “May this man says he knows you and…

Wu Mei – Chapter 7

 The above image is copyrighted to mstecker.com Trouble at Home Wu took his place at the weekly meeting in the Party Room greeting each of the members sitting around the table in turn. He’d known them all since student days and they were regulars in each other’s homes. While orthodoxy was preached in the party…