SOUNDS LIKE YOU WERE QUITE THE DISCIPLINARIAN.
Denise: She was a mu lao hu (tigress in Chinese) – all my friends were afraid of her! When Gerald and I were naughty, Mum would chase us around the house with her cane. Once, in primary school, I came home to see her lugging her suitcases towards the door. My brother was clinging to her arms, and she was saying, “I’m fed up. I’m leaving!”.
I burst into tears and begged her not to go. Then she said: “I just wanted to teach you a lesson so that you know how important Mummy is.” After that, she made our favourite dishes for lunch.
(Laughs) Mum ruled us with an iron fist, but never failed to show her love for us.