A reading room goes fourth to multiply

By Julia Tan

August 2013 FEATURE
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The hope is that reading rooms will mushroom all over Penang. The first model is up and running in little Che Em Lane, thanks to Cecil Rajendra.Walking up a narrow wooden staircase, each step I took creaked with the sound of years of wear. At the landing, I was greeted by the smell of incense and the sight of dried mango leaves hanging above the doorway. A sign indicated that I was at the right place – the Reading Room....

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Julia Tan

went to primary and secondary school at Convent Pulau Tikus before continuing sixth form at St. Xavier’s Institution; any other school was out of the question. She misses the fried rice at the school canteen, and laments the passing of the wan tan mee lady.