Walking from Chander Road to Kerbau Road was restaurant employee Grace Rivera’s usual way of going home.
That night, the fighting and shouting made the Filipino retrace her steps back to Gurkha Palace Restaurant. They were screaming words in Tamil that she could not make out.
Back inside, her boss pulled down the metal shutters for fear of their customers’ safety. Elsewhere, bottles were hurled.
Grace, 36, then planned an “escape route” via the car park of Hotel Grand Chancellor.
On her way, she saw a drunk man lie flat on his face a few steps in front of the vehicle gantry—blocking off the only exit route.
Thankfully, another foreign worker who was nearby pulled him away onto the parapet, she adds.
“I could not help but laugh at the drunk man at a time when things were getting out of hand nearby.”
For Grace, a sense of humour is a sense of proportion.