Language : English
Published : 2018-07-01
Life in Plastic
In this entertaining and often touching memoir, well-known plastic surgeon Woffles Wu lifts the lid on his early childhood, his growing-up years in London and his life as a young doctor in Singapore. He also writes
about his role models in life, going on a remarkable “US tour” to talk about plastic surgery, what it is like being famous, and much, much more.
Filled with short standalone pieces covering the different stages of his life, each page of this book takes you deeper into his mind as well as into the past. One section is about his childhood memories of being in London in the mid-60s with his mother, who was there to continue her law studies, and he writes of moving from one cheap rented room to another.
There are tender tales of Woffles’ great-grandparents and his grandparents – from how they met and fell in love, to his great-grandma’s antique cupboard, which had been part of her wedding trousseau more than a
hundred years ago.
His pieces on being in Singapore as a teen and a young adult – with titles like “Cars in the sweltering 70s” and “Dick Lee gila time” – are a delightful ode to that exciting era, when Woffles and his friends hung out at Jackie’s Bowl and Hyatt Bowling Alley until well after 11pm, shopped at Peninsula Plaza, and danced at discos such as El Morocco at Imperial Hotel and Chinoiserie at Grand Hyatt.
There are intimate moments, too: Woffles recalls how his parents’ divorce when he was just a young child affected him, and what it was like being a junior doctor in the then-Toa Payoh Hospital in the 80s.
The book is divided into four sections:
• Life in 60s London and 70s Singapore (his childhood memories)
• My family (tales of his parents, grandparents and great-grandparents)
• Life in Plastic (being a doctor and a surgeon)
• Postscript (other standalone pieces, for example, on suffering the viral
illness Chikungunya in 2008, and finally buying his son a dog)
The book has a 20-page coloured photo insert, with many never-seenbefore photos of Woffles as a child, and of his family.
About the Author
Woffles Wu studied medicine in Singapore and specialised in plastic surgery while working at the former Toa Payoh Hospital in the 80s. A craniofacial surgeon by training, he moved to Singapore General Hospital (SGH) in 1989, where he worked as a plastic surgeon for 12 years before setting up his own practice. In 1990, he won the Young Surgeon of the Year award for his research on nasal anatomy. He also gained international recognition for creating a patented non-surgical face-lift in 2002, known as the Woffles Lift.
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Language : English
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