I wrote about my late blogger friend, Kelvin, a couple of times. Prior to my trip, I wanted to find out where his ashes were interred in Singapore. A few years ago, I saw a partial death notice. It only had a few lines and but you had to go to Singapore’s main library archives to get the full printout. Or you could pay them to retrieve it and have them send it to you. I found some address of columbariums but none of them had email addresses. After awhile I gave up.
Once my trip was finalized, I decided to check again but got the same results. I wrote a letter to the agency to see if they might have information. I told them I was traveling and to respond by email. I was already in Taiwan for a week and didn’t hear anything. One morning, I got an email back from them. They provided me with the date of the cremation and confirmed the ashes wasn’t in any of the public columbariums.
I was a bit sad and I didn’t want to spend time in Singapore calling cemeteries. That afternoon, I was at a temple in Kaohsiung, I thought about Kelvin and hoped he would understand. Then I felt a sense of calm. I looked at the various figurines and statues and then I noticed something moving to my right. It was a gecko (lizard) on the window. I know they are common in Asia but that was the only time I saw one on my trip. Kelvin had a tattoo of a gecko. I smiled and nodded. I knew I could just enjoy my time in Singapore.