Special day when everyone's home

Special day when everyone's home
NDP tickets winner Ronson Seet, 24, with (from left) his sister Sue-Ann, parents Mary-Ann and Ronnie, and sister Lou-Ann.

SINGAPORE - For one jet-setting family, there is one day in the year when everyone comes home.

Today, Mr Ronson Seet and his family converge in their semi-detached house in Bright Hill Crescent for a double celebration, as it is his father's birthday as well as the nation's.

"It's nice to have one day when everyone is around," said the 24-year-old who recently graduated from Nanyang Technological University.

His businessman father Ronnie Seet, who turns 56 today, often spends months away from home. His mother retired earlier this year after 31 years as an air stewardess, he explained.

The tradition started on Aug 9, 2003, when Mr Seet and his sisters Lou-Ann, now 22, and Sue-Ann, 20, took photos with their father with a birthday cake and a flag. They have continued since, capturing annual Kodak moments with the same poses.

Mr Seet's photograph of their collection of yearly portraits is one of the winning entries in The Straits Times' National Day Parade photo contest.

He said it was a very literal interpretation of the theme: Our People, Our Home.

"These are the most important people in my life, back home together on Aug 9."


This article was first published on August 9, 2014.
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