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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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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That taxi ride or what not to do when taking a taxi in Jakarta

I closed my eyes and said a secret prayer of thanks that I managed to escape from the girls’ clutches. As I sank down in the back seat, about to drift off to dream land, a bump on the road shook me right up and back into reality. A sudden sense of panic grabbed me…

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Experience of a lifetime

Today, an interesting experience happened to me. I was literally bolted and locked in from inside my house. The story behind this interesting experience is that I owe the landlord rent payment. Actually it’s only two weeks late but unfortunately I was too embarrassed about it and tried to avoid all contact with her. As…

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A story I am working on – The Embarrassing Life of Sum Tim Wong

My Name is Sum Tim Wong Now first things first! I have just about had enough of people laughing at my name. I mean, I am not just talking about those childish classmates of mine. Today, even our principal Mr Sivalingam guffawed aloud like a hyena (although I have never heard a hyena guffaw but…

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