05 Feb '12, 5am

Their darkest hours

A dream saved Madam Soh Peck Ann and her foster parents from certain death when Japanese bombs razed their two-storey provision shophouse in what is now the Zion Road area. They had deliberated on which side of the shopfront to build their basic air-raid shelter, a room filled with sacks of rice. "My parents were Christians. So (my mother) prayed about it and she dreamt of the roof on the building's right side falling down. And it actually happened," said Mdm Soh, who was seven at the time. "When the bomb dropped, it landed somewhere on the right. We were very fortunate that our shelter was on the other side. My mum had just crawled in when there was a very loud noise and a very horrible smell, like tyres bursting many times over." Afterward, the family fled their home with "only two bags of clothing". All Mdm Soh remembered seeing was the shop's signboard bearing her fath...

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