Everybody called him ‘Quick Man Tan’ when he was a young man. That was a long time ago. Now people called him by his real name – Caleb Tan.
Caleb liked to talk about the old days. He talked to anybody who was interested. He told them that when he was younger he could catch a fly in his hand.
That was how quick he was. Sometimes tourists came to his café for coffee or maybe some chicken with rice. When they had a meal was best. Then Caleb had more time to tell them how quick he once was. ‘I was the best,’ he told them. And, just to show them, he moved his hands in the air. He moved like the fighters in kung fu films.
‘Nobody could fight like me,’ he always said. ‘I was the best in Singapore.’ But he wasn’t very quick now. He still knew what to do, but he was slower.