TNP's Throwback 2014

TNP's Throwback 2014

MAY 8

Bitten by snake in toilet

Madam Noraslinda Asat was on the toilet in her home when she was bitten by a 3-m-long python on May 1.

She had just sat down when she heard a soft bubbling noise, and felt a pain.

And when Madam Noraslinda, 34, looked down, she saw the snake, which she described as brown with patches of dark brown.

The ground-floor resident of Block 826, Eunosville, at Sims Avenue, was then rushed to hospital and given an injection.

Pest controllers eventually caught the offending snake the following week, but that was not the end of snake sightings for Madam Noraslinda and her family.

ANOTHER SNAKE

A month later, her sister's helper, who was in Madam Noraslinda's master bedroom then, spotted another 3m-long snake through the window just outside the flat.

Again, they called pest controllers to get rid of the reptile.

But those incidents have left Madam Noraslinda living in fear, she said in a recent interview with TNP.

For example, she now has a phobia of toilet bowls and checks her toilet before using it.

"Even public toilets," she added.

She also said she now flushes bleach down her toilet bowl whenever possible.

She has also sealed the windows of her toilet with tape.

"It's stressful living here. I hope to move out soon," she said.

MAY 19

Mixed news for supermum

She is already working long hours every day of the week

Madam Seah Yu Ping, 46, does it so that she can provide a better life for her son and family since her bitter divorce eight years ago.

In May this year, TNP chronicled her son Malcolm Teo's journey from the Normal (Academic) to Express stream.

He came to our notice when we were told he was getting a bursary from the Management Development Institute of Singapore.

It was then that we learned of the sacrifices Madam Seah made.

Not only did she look after her son, she tended to the needs of her parents and her brother and his wife. The whole family lived in the brother's five-room flat.

When we caught up with her two weeks ago, Madam Seah had good and bad news.

In October, Malcolm scored six As and two Bs in his Secondary 3 final-year examination, recounted a beaming Madam Seah.

But, she told us she had lost one of her three jobs in September. This meant her income is now $1,400, which is $500 less.

Still, the woman whose meal consists mainly of cup noodles and water to stretch her dollar, said: "I am very proud of Malcolm who is always studying and taking school seriously. He's grown up to be a very responsible boy. He even wanted to work during the holidays because he understands our situation.

"Everything I do, I do because I want him to have a better life."

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