Lam Lamisi (a.k.a Badris Alamsyah). He was born on December 3rd 1926 at Sawahlunto, West Sumatra. He had his economic bacherlor degree at University Andalas in the capital city of West Sumatra, Padang. He started his carrier as a counselor for Indonesian Embassy at was firstly placed in Hongkong in 1954. Along side of his wife, my grandmother, he was placed in many places around the world since the early 50s until the 80s including places like Hongkong, New Delhi, Cairo, San Francisco, Melbourne, Sidney, Wellington New Zealand, and other places which were the places of birth of my aunt and uncles.
In his carrier, he was counted as the succesful one at that time. He was the first person who had companionship with the US to buy Indonesia’s first airline for Garuda airlines and met Ronald Reagen himself! He was the important person back then in the diplomatic world between Indonesia and the US. It was astonishing just to hear it. He had some business held when he had an early retirement in the early 80s. Didn’t mind of getting old, he spent his time doing his business and making sure that his whole family was smiling and happy. He was the greatest grandfather anyone could have. He died on January 21st 1994, on my father’s birthday.
His wife, Muslimah Saibi (a.k.a Chilly Alamsyah) was born on October 13th 1927 at Bukittinggi, West Sumatra. She spent her growing up years there, went to a women’s skills school when she graduate highschool, that’s why she’s really fluent with sewing cooking etc. She was a perfect house wife where ever she and her husband was placed. When she was younger, she was so beautiful. So beautiful she was named ‘The Rose of Bukit Tinggi’. Yes she was a hottie and all of the boys were competing on getting her attention, and my grandfather won. They got married somewhere around the 40s. As soon as they got married, they flew to Hongkong to complete my grandfather’s duty of being the counselor of Indonesia’s embassy. My mum was born there, that’s why she got a weird nick name, Alet, when her real name is Ratna. The babysitter gave her that name.
They went all over the world together. He had gave his best on work and family. He really was a family person. And she is a perfect mother and wife, she’s the type of woman who thinks deeply of her man’s coffee and breakfast in the early morning eventhough he hadn’t woken up. He used to prepare everyone’s meal, clothes, lunches, dinners, vitamins, recreations etc for all of the member of the family, UNTIL NOW. She has 5 little children and she was working all of it alone. That continues until now, she’s gonna be 83 on October this year, she has 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren yet she still managed to call us regulary and ask about our days and ofcourse give us the nicest advice. She’s the best grandmother anyone could have. She now lives in Jakarta, 83 year old and still healthy. She had an accident a few months ago, had to have an operation to get something on her hips replaced. But she was tough and the operation went smoothly. I love her so much it hurts.