Farewell, Emma, See You Again

Last night at 12.10am Emma Yong passed away.

Words are pathetic, ineffective, lacking, a rough-hewn tool to express what so many hearts and souls are experiencing now: the loss felt by her husband, her family, her friends, her community, her country — the lives, the stages, the atmospheres she lit up with her Tinkerbell voice and indefatigable hope.

My first memory of her will ever be my favourite. Emma in her RJC uniform standing behind the counter at her aunty’s comicbook shop on the second floor of Serene Centre, calling me “Aunty Theresa” (cough, sputter — I was merely 27 to her 18), asking if she should pursue theatre overseas or locally.

I am glad she brought her immense talent home. We never spoke much after that, but she made her dreams come true and for that I was so, so glad.

She gave of her face and her fame to an anti-trafficking campaign I ran for my women’s group, Women Make a Difference, together with the other two precious Dollies, Selena and Pam.

Cancer might think it’s won this round, Emma, but I believe you ultimately won the battle you so valiantly fought. I believe God heard your prayers, and I believe I will see you again, singing in your gorgeous Tinkerbell voice with the angels as your backup.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Peter Boudewyn
    May 03, 2012 @ 04:20:07

    Well said Theresa !!! I didn’t REALLY know Emma, but i was sooo won by, not just her talent, but also her demeanour. She really had an aura about her. We’ve lost another lovely one 😦

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  2. Lydia
    May 05, 2012 @ 12:19:18

    Hi Theresa I stumbled upon your inspirational blog while reading about news on emma yong’s death. You’ve convinced me that I should start doing my monthly breast self examination 🙂

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    • threezframe
      May 05, 2012 @ 13:23:04

      Hi Lydia, thanks for your comment. Emma passed away from stomach cancer. Cancer, in whatever form, is a terrible thief. We need to be vigilant in every way – breast self-exam is important, yearly pap smears are important, and if you are still young enough to get the HPV vaccine, it’s important to get it, and protect yourself. Do take care!

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      • Lydia
        May 05, 2012 @ 13:34:56

        I’ve already got my HPV vaccine and I go for pap smears every year. The only thing I’ve not started on is BSE. And so I shall. Thanks from a fellow convent gal 🙂

  3. Willyn
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 12:17:38

    Hi Theresa, I felt sad upon reading your post, I knew losing someone is something we can never be accepted easily what we need is to hold tight to memories as a comfort zone. And yes your right, we should not neglect our health issues.

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