IN­TER­NAL KONGBUSTION

His mother’s dis­cov­ery of a “time cap­sule” toy car trans­ports the grown-up Dr Kong back to his child­hood.

Torque (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - DR KONG YONGYAO

MMY phone has be­gun to slow down. Badly. The bat­tery is also haem­or­rhag­ing at an un­stop­pable, alarm­ing rate, mean­ing that I rarely go any­where un­teth­ered to a power cord, and live in con­stant anx­i­ety at be­ing punted back to the dark ages by a flash­ing red bat­tery sym­bol. Peo­ple have told me that delet­ing the gi­ga­bytes of ac­cu­mu­lated de­tri­tus in my phone’s pho­tog­ra­phy folder might sal­vage some life yet from the de­vice, but I am loath to. Es­pe­cially not af­ter last Sat­ur­day, when I ex­pe­ri­enced the avalanche of in­tense, bit­ter­sweet emo­tions brought about by this strange, very hu­man thing called nos­tal­gia. My mum was clear­ing out the old apart­ment where I had spent my child­hood years. Deep

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