“The hardest part was telling my mother. I started by leaving my bottles of medicine around in the hopes she would ask me. And she did. But every time I lied about it. I guess I freaked out. I was not ready to tell her. This went on for 6 months and she asked me about it four or five times. Finally I knew I had to just say it.
"I first came to Singapore 30 years ago after I was tricked into marriage. I was a teenager and a boy from my village who really liked me kept charming my parents with presents and kind words. I wasn’t interested but eventually they agreed to have me go over to meet his parents for dinner. I still remember the last thing they said to him as we went off to dinner was,
Therese is 100 years old. So what’s the secret to longevity?
"I’ve loved sports my whole life. I played everything. I was even on Singapore’s first girls hockey team. People looked down on me for being such a tomboy when I was young. But that never stopped me."
"Well it paid off. You have great legs for a 100 year old!"
With a wry grin she pretends to expose a bit more leg. The entire rooms erupts in horror, “Gran! OMG you can’t
“When I was 7 I was really skinny. Everyone on my father’s side is quite thin so it’s probably genetic. But relatives kept saying I needed to put on weight. So my parents put me on some drug that made me hungry all the time. It also made me tired. I went from being a pretty active kid to a pretty lethargic one. But it did get me to put on weight… and more and more. I was only on the drug for a year, but