I come from a mixed race background, I was born in London and raised by my single mum who is Chinese Malay, but most of my family have emigrated to New Zealand so we’ve got no family here.
My po po (maternal grandma) gave me this watch about 12 years ago, I am one of the few people that I know who still wears a watch because a lot of people use their phones. I like to think that I’m not sentimentally attached to things because I feel very passionately that all I am is an accumulation of relationships, rather than objects. But this is very special to me. I don’t wear jewellery but I will always wear a watch.
My po po said, you will keep this watch for the rest of your life and my mum had a watch which she has also kept so when po po gave this to me, I saw that as very symbolic as a continuation between me, my mum and my grandma. I’m very aware of the three of us being a unit because my po po would come to London to look after me.
I always wear it with the watch facing towards my wrist so it is protected. I keep it on the inside because I know that people instantly protect this as quite a sensitive area so I know that if it’s there, it will be cradle and protected.