An unforgettable affair


Alice, I and Makiko, Feb 20, 1984 at the Old Opera House, Frankfurt

A future-Doctor, Alice, Smit, I and Jakor, May 1984 at the Alte Oper

Alice came from Vietnam, living with her husband and two young sons. We met at school and became close since we lived nearby. Smit and Jakor were both Yugoslavian and teachers at the Bach. Alice loved Jakor. Jakor fancied Makiko. Smit liked Alice. Makiko was bit air head: I don’t quite know it was due to language barrier or it’s her way fending off the chasers. To hang out with Madam M, Jakor would always come to me, Smit and Alice tag along. The night outs with them were quite comic yet depressing: they were all paired off and making out … one of the boys would drop me off before taking his Madad M to a hotel or his Alice to a wonderland.

Few times later, one evening as Alice came to me (she would come to me then we both waited for Jakor or Smith to pick us up) for another night out on the town with the boys and Madam M. I was about to go down, so she opt to wait on the narrow street with apartments on both side. It’s was a lovely evening. When I was ready, I leant out of the window and told her I was coming down. Just then, I saw her husband came. They first spoke rapidly, then arguing and .. then .. he hit her. I was taken aback and felt very embarrassed. Hitting someone isn’t nice, let along it’s his wife. It made feeling small and barbaric bec we were all Chinese.
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What were they all thinking?!


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