Last night (16 April 2010), I drove for almost 2-hour (due to evening after work traffic congestion) from Selayang to Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (SJBA). It was a worthy trip.
This was a rare opportunity to see and listen to 112-year old Teresa Hsu of Singapore.
For the benefit of those who may not have a chance to encounter her, the followings help explain why she is able to live that long while the average age of Malaysian is about 75.
How can we live a longer life? Ha! Ha! Ha!
What is your favorite food? Vanilla ice-cream.
How many hours do you sleep per day? I do not have a clock.
Congratulation for conferring an honorable doctorate degree. It was a mistake.
How to deal with difficult peoples? They are the unhappy people in society. Transfer merits and happiness to them via medication.
What if these difficult peoples continue to make things difficult for you? Keep a distance or just walk away.
How do you console people whose loved one just passed away? Tell him or her that the loved one has gone to heaven and live a happy life there. I will ask if he or she likes to listen to a child song. If he or she is ready, I sing one to cheer them up.
Do you ever fall sick? No chance to fall sick.
Why do you encourage people taking vegetarian food? We should not enjoy life at the expense of animal suffering.
How do you perceive death? I have no experience.
What is your advice to us? We are all brothers and sisters. Let’s show our love and compassion towards each other.
Sister Teresa Hsu was on wheel-chair as she had a fall recently. I hope she will recover soon.
The next time meeting her, I will make a request to hug her. May she live longer in good health.