Ordinary Grandmother, Extraordinary View On Life



A lone grandmother stares out of her balcony in Singapore.

Amid a backdrop of intimidating high-rise apartment blocks, her petite frame seems smaller, her isolation more severe. Yet, she smiles and in that jolly grin, it’s plain to see that here is a woman content with her life.


Er Sao is an ordinary grandmother with an extraordinary view on life. Age has not weathered her enthusiasm and as she potters around in her unique gait, she gives us a glimpse of what it’s like to be a happy realised senior in one of the busiest metropolitans of the world.


For starters, while she loves her family, she doesn’t make them her sole focus. That they’re all adults and living their lives independently of her comes as a relief, and meeting up becomes a willing choice, rather than an obligation.

With her husband long past, she fills her time with friends at the Seniors Activity Centre. Bingo games and conversations with other old timers put a smile on her face and makes for merry afternoons.


Er Sao is not content to be a victim of time and age, rather this sprightly old lady commands each day simply and to the fullest. She knows all the things that make her happy and she keeps them close to her.

Here’s a refreshing take on ageing on your own happy terms.

Watch ‘Er Sao’ by Ric Aw (Singapore) on Viddsee:

This short film was commissioned by Kreta Ayer – Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee, in Celebrations of SG50 and paying tribute to Singapore’s Pioneer Generation for their contributions in nation building.

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