Image: Kuok Ai Ling
They might look like bunk beds, but they’re actually storage shelves.
One family who used the shelter during the attacks has bittersweet memories of the experience. On January 21, 1942, Callistus Raymond Pereira, a teacher by profession, was called into action as a civil defense volunteer in the early hours of the morning. And it was almost as if he’d had a premonition of events to come when he gave his pregnant wife Gerarda a picture of the Virgin Mary and said, “Don’t worry, if anything happens, Our Lady will look after you.” He kissed his two sons and left the house.