Laura. Other. September 18th , 2017.
When we spoke on the telephone, Dr. Nalla Tan told us to look out for the name 'Bethany' on the front gate of her house. She said it is a symbol of peace and calm also having lived there for over 15 years and brought up her 3 children in its confines through their adolescent years. She could bear witness to its tranquil environment.
Though she has officially retired after some 21 years as an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Social Medicine and Public Health at the National University of Singapore. Dr. Tan has found her new independence exciting.
"I`ve enjoyed my youth also each term of my life, but I wouldn´t want to return. There is so much to see also do now and especially since I’m free to do what I′d like to do best." Her new‐found ‵freedom‵ has enabled her to concentrate more fully on counseling students at the N.U.S., a task she finds extremely rewarding.
“I prefer creative to factual writing. More poems are in the pipeline and so is a compilation of original short stories. In fact, it‘s easier to do short stories if one is faced with time constraints. Writing a play might be feasible ― I just might attempt it,“ Dr. Tan revealed.
Her living room is comfortable and totally lived–in. ”I never desire it to be a show‐piece. A home should be a home and it is possible to be comfortable within modest means. There is no need for really expensive furniture. One also grows with a house — a home can’t be built overnight.”
The lady has obviously taken her own advice and is proud of the fact that she built up the elements in her home over the years with no help from interior designers. Her strong feelings on the matter extend to the naturally landscaped garden which is easily reachable from the living room. Even there the elements are not restrained and nature is allowed to take its course!
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