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Praise for That’s How It Goes

“A 69-year-old romance. He was a top dental surgeon and she was his childhood sweetheart. His book chronicles their love and life. The book is a heart-warming part-memoir, part-history lesson, written in a simple and dignified fashion. It tells of the author’s life story, beginning with his rustic childhood days at his family’s seaside bungalow in Tanah Merah, to adulthood when he married the love of his life just a week before the Japanese invasion. They spent their honeymoon in an air-raid shelter. It captures the simple joys of life and the indomitable human spirit through the arrival of his three sons, especially the remarkable birth of his second child Rodney in the harsh and spartan conditions of the Bahau colony—an isolation camp for Eurasians in Negri Sembilan, constructed by the Japanese—under Japanese-occupied Malaya.”

The Sunday Times, November 16, 2008

“Born in 1921 to a long-established Singapore Eurasian family, F.A.C. Jock Oehlers lived through many of the island state’s pre- and post-independence landmark events. His memoir, That’s How It Goes: Autobiography of a Singapore Eurasian, adds an extra layer of richness to its diverse social and cultural mosaic. A post-war graduate of Singapore’s King Edward VII College of Medicine, Oehlers enjoyed a distinguished career as an oral surgeon and medical academic. He and his wife Ursula retired in the late 1980s to Perth, Australia...Oehlers’s extended family lived in a sizeable bungalow named Oehlers Lodge, set in extensive grounds at Tanah Merah on the northeast coast of Singapore and the pre-war pattern of life there is lovingly described. The book is rich with fascinating personal details; vignettes of everyday life are richly documented. Eurasian food customs, in particular an Asian influenced method of using western-style meat and vegetable left-overs, have recently enjoyed a renaissance in specialist Singapore restaurants.”

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