Tanjong Rhu is a story about the relationship between Mr. T. W. Li, is a rich businessman in the shipping business and his mother, Ah Ma. Mr. Li's office is Shenton Way is a modern as he is. His mother however, is a traditional with strong religion beliefs and pratices ancestor worship. Ah Ma and Mr Li have a close relationship. The day after Ah Ma funeral, Mr Li recalls the day he brought his mother a pair of binocular.
Mr. Li's excitement was dashed when his mother didn't use it the way he want to. Mr Li wants her to have a better vision, but Ah Ma can only see Tanjong Rhu of the past through the binocular. Indirectly, Ah Ma is trying to make Mr. Li remember who he was before he bacame a serious businessman. Mr Li cannot remember all the details of his childhood and when he tried to ask Ah Ma, she had already became too sick to talk to him.
The story ends with Mr. Li trying to fulfill Ah Ma's wish of getting the key to the drawer that keep her important things for the altar. In the process of looking for the key, Mr. Li suddenly could see Tanjong Rhu.