Aman’s Story

The next morning, Aman came to visit me again. He had a toothy smile, and he reminded me of an uncle who worked in a Chinese Traditional Medicine store. Something about him just made me want to trust him. He also seemed to command the respect of the guys in the cell. Perhaps he’s some…

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The First Night

After shower, we gathered around to play cards and I showed them some magic card tricks. Very soon, almost all the prisoners were gathered around me, being entertained and laughing as if we were all at a cafe. For a moment, we forgot our sorrows and fears and were lost in the surreal world of…

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First Shower in Prison

Alexi and Andry sat me down to give me a brief about some unspoken rules in prison. Andry told me that if I had wanted to buy anything such as cigarettes, food or drinks, I can pass the money to Alexi and he can help me. I was eager to please and took out 100,000…

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First Day in Prison

Before going to jail, everyone has to go through a medical examination to make sure you are fit for jail. So I was no exception. Saprudin accompanied me to the examination room, which consists of a few very ancient looking medical apparatus. I thought the place reminded me of a scene from ‘The Hostel’. An…

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Breakout

Just when I thought that it’s time to give up on Channel 8 dramas, along comes Breakout . Jeanette Aw has an absolute breakthrough in her acting. So has Guo Liang. The plot is riveting and the acting realistic. Do check it out. Support local production.

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24 hours at the Police Station

By the time I reached the police station, I was completely sober and in shock. They confiscated my phone and refused to let me call anybody. My main worry, other than going to jail, was whether they were going to confiscate my USD$20K. There were altogether 4 policemen and to be honest, they look more…

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Caught by the Police or What not to do when partying in Jakarta

I realized I have been postponing writing this interesting episode of my life. How did I end up in prison in a foreign land? Every time I watch the National Geographic series “locked up abroad”, I get reminded of the incident. I guess the reason I have been putting it off is that I don’t…

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The embarrassing life of Sum Ting Wong – Part 2

Today is the school PE lesson. I don’t really like the school PE lesson cause I believe Mr Tan is a bit of a sadist and he enjoys making the boys carry the super thick mattress and running around the bloody tracks. I have been asking my mother to write in to complain about this…

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