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One evening as we passed through the Island Road of Sibu and walked towards the Channel Road, my grandmother decided to stop by the fortune teller who had a bird in a cage. He had a small candle light next to him also,. The flickering light actually attracted people towards him. I found the situation rather eerie. I was then about 7 years old.
Grandma was interested in fortune telling and it did not cost much, perhaps only a dollar. She asked the fortune teller to ask the bird to tell my fortune.
The bird hopped around and then came out to pick a piece of hard board.
Of course I could not read anything in the darkness but the fortune teller seemed to have very good eyesight. He told my grandmother that I could overseas to study and that I was capable of shooting birds from the sky.
Well having said that, he stretched out his hand and my grandmother put a dollar in his palm. Next he gave the bird something to eat. Or did I imagine it in the darkness.
Grandma was happy that my fortune had been told and she told me to study hard.
to this day I remember the incident very clearly but I do treasure my grandmother's concern about my future.
Later as I exchanged my views about foretune telling with my Christian friends, I found out that most grandmothers would secretly do this...perhaps just for some kind of assurance that their grandchildren would do well.
January 3, 2016
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