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A day in the life of Liew Fatt Loy (75 yrs) and his wife Chan Yee Nooi (80 yrs), who live their lives in a small humble abode in a terribly dilapidated Sri Johor Flat, Cheras. 

This album shows how they cope with disabilities, difficulties, and even disaster. It's a story of faith, hope... and most greatest of all that keeps them together through challenges of life... is love. Both have arthritis, and Mdm Chan's advanced stages of it made her unable to walk, making Mr Liew being the only one who goes out everyday to get food for the both of them. Their kids? All gone to greener pastures. Their house? Shambles. This is the day in their life. 

 

All photographs taken using Canon EOS 10E with Ilford HP5+ B/W negatives. Click on the images below to expand. 

 

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Sitting on a dirty floor, Uncle Liew took time to get out of bed to go to the living room. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Uncle Liew removing the bed frame to be cleaned. The effect of arthritis can be seen on his leg. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Uncle Liew tending to a frail Aunty Chan, whom he lovingly call "Ah Nooi"... Both have been together for many many years, and while we tend to see many couples by this age not even bothering with each other, the love and bond you feel looking at them both makes you just want to... melt. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Uncle Liew's sense of humor is still strong, just as strong as his heart for his wife. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Cleaning off the sheets on the floor where his beloved wife sits on everyday, even soiling it at times... © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Aunty Chan gently massages her frail feet. Her arthritis was at a stage where she couldn't walk anymore and needs to be carried wherever she goes. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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The Portrait of Life © Evan Hwong Photographs

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The Touch of Care © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Aunty Chan lying down on the cold hard cement floor unable to enjoy the softness of a bed. Due to her condition, it was more practical to be on the floor than getting up and down a bed. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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The little stuffs that's left for snacks. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Finding anything worthwhile or useful is almost like finding a needle in a haystack. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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The bane of going to the toilet when you have arthritis: squatting. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Hope in humanity: Cheerful, even though back in our minds we know the sufferings they endured... © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Nap time for Aunty Chan in the bedroom as her husband goes about cleaning the house on his own. You can see her legs have not being used for walking for quite some time now. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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It's an Asian thing that whenever a guest is at your home you have to have your house cleaned... and in as much as I told him to stay put and let him go about his normal daily life, he insisted on making me guilty. Haha. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Hmm... what to wear to the market today...? Or not. While we have the latest designs for our wardrobe even if it means it's from IKEA, they have baby diaper boxes to put what little clothes they have in. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Wondering what Aunty Chan wants to eat for the day... © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Putting cleaner canvases on the floor and wiping it clean with a small bucket of water for his beloved wife... So clean, in fact, you can even see his reflection... a reflection of care. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Ahhh.... fresh canvas makes Aunty Chan happy. Oh, I forgot to mention she also has cataract... and while she may not be able to see well, she know what love is and that alone is enough to make her smile. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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I didn't have the heart to show how we moved her from their long gone children's bedroom back to the cooling cement floor of the living room. Those twisted legs you see there? That's what arthritis can do for you. Now imagine how Uncle Liew moves her about everyday on his own. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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You know how cold a cement floor can get... You know how much warmer you'd get with a blanket. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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...and a good tuck in. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Contentment © Evan Hwong Photographs

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"Want anything to drink, dear? Otherwise I'll go out buy food ya..." © Evan Hwong Photographs

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*Grasp* ..."Chicken rice please" © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Try walking everyday in pain with deformities like this. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Laundry time... Even a sheet of cloth for his wife to lay on is a luxury for a day. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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While her husband goes about with his daily chores, all she can do is wait... Wait for absolution? Wait for help? Wait for food? For all we know, waiting for the day that both can end their sufferings together and be in heaven... © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Time to go out to buy food. It's lunchtime. Where's that dang good pair of shoes? © Evan Hwong Photographs

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"I'll be back soon, dear.." © Evan Hwong Photographs

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