That's how it Goes: Autobiography of a Singapore Eurasian

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Select Publishing, 2008 - Eurasians - 235 pages
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reprinted from Amazon.com by me, Aunty Glory:
This review is from: That's How It Goes: The Way of the 90-Year Life Journey of a Singapore Eurasian (Kindle Edition)
I had fun with this book
especially since I have been living in Singapore for the last 30 years and know the areas written about. Oehlers writes in a straightforward style which is enjoyable to read. I knew about Changi prison but I never knew about Bahau in nearby Malaysia. It was a real eye opener to read the daily life of Eurasians in an internment village.
His description of the Japanese invasion of Singapore is detailed and vivid. I will use some of the history of the medical students as told by Oehlers in my own book. He described how a medical student was injured during a raid and died. The next day during the student's burial a eleven men and women students were killed in another attack. I knew about this occurrence but Oehlers knew the people involved and makes it come alive with little-known details.
Sometimes he comes across as too over the top in describing his own fine character but the information in this book is more than worth the poor parts. After all, the book was first written for his family as a personal memoir and not for general consumption.
The addendum in the more recent addition was not appealing to me as it was his life in Australia and sounded like a conversation around coffee with my next-door-neighbor telling me what has happened to her since I last saw her. And sometimes he uses the book to get back at certain individuals, hehe. Well why not, he spent the time to write this very enjoyable book. If you are interested in historical Singapore this is a must read.
 

Contents

Why Jock? Chapter 2 My Childhood
6
My Parents
11
Oehlers Lodge
19
Tanah Merah
23
Sports Recreation and Entertainment
29
ADecision to be Made
36
That Day in November 1939
41
Studies under Gathering Storm Clouds
43
The Challenge Ahead
111
Life Must Go On
127
The Turning Tide
139
Liberation At Last
147
From Shadow to Dappled Sunshine
159
Back to Professional Pursuits
167
A Sojourn Abroad
175
Days of Unease and Days of Pleasure
185

Studies before the Storm
47
The Aftermath of the Bombing
54
January 31 1942 and the Days to Follow
61
A Year of Fear
70
Second Year
95
An Insidious Deception
105
More Eventful Days
190
Mostly Sunshine
203
Towards the Autumn Years of Life
221
Lyrics and Score
231
Bibliography
233
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