My son said at dinner table the other day that these days he has been 'porning' a lot. Thank goodness, he wasn't talking about pornography, but what in local lingo we called "Pontang", meaning to play truant. Apparently, his involvement in school science projects and the rainy weather has resulted in his skipping a few kayaking training sessions.
And that reminded me of a rather traumatic experience when I was at the tender age of 6. The year was 1958. At that time, I attended Primary one at our village primary school called Chong Boon School. It was a Chinese school and they were not very particular about our ages. After one year, my father transfered to Primary One in Anglo Chinese School in Barker Road.
Anyway, one morning, for reasons I cannot recall, I decided to 'porn'. Guess what my mother did. She dragged me to school and caned me with a papaya leaf stem in front of the whole class!!!
Now that's an experience you don't forget even after half a century.
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