Ah Nya is in Hokkien. Translation:
Bahasa Malaysia – Cik adik
Tamil – Minachi
Cantonese – Siew mui mui
English – Little girl
So, I have a message for women who grumbled being called ‘auntie’. Take it and take comfort.
‘Cos I has just been called ‘Ah Nya’. And I feel like puking. Oh my goodness!
I went out to lunch with my four kids. Whenever we go anywhere, we are a spectacle because the eldest would act cool, the middle two would fight and the fourth would scream if he cannot get his way. So, I have a choice of wearing like an Ah Soh and be the harrassed housewife or put one some make-up and wear proper clothes.
There is this 70 yrs old nice, friendly old man who sells fruits. And the conversation went something like this:
5xmom : Give me two pieces Bali pineapple and two agar-agar (jellies). Put in separate plastic bags. (meant for my kids and I)
Ah Pek : Wah….your sons ah, Ah Nya?
5xmom hair stands. Nod a bit.
5xmom : Pineapple put white salt. Don’t want plum salt.
Ah Pek : Wah….Ah Nya, your bebe (baby) very ‘sui’. You also very sui.
5xmom : Give me the white (colourless) jelly. Don’t want colour (pink) one.
Ah Pek : That one your eldest son ah? Wah…he very ‘kuan tua’ (tall and big). Just like you. *grins his toothless grin, eyes sparkling with white hairs eyebrows*
5xmom : -_-” (cold sweats)
Ah Pek : *packing pineapple* Mai chiak ong lai cheh-cheh hor?
(Don’t eat too much pineapple, ok? Chinese have this joke that if you missed a period, eat pineapple. It is not a very flattering joke. Boh lai chiak ong lai.)
And here is what I wanted to say to Ah Pek but dare not.
Ah Pek ah, you so old until got glaucoma liao. Why you still want to be fresh like your fruits hor? I take the papaya and smash them on your head baru tau. Then, I take the banana and stuff your mouth. You are such an adorable grandfather and I do love your fruits because they are so fresh and sweet. But when you start telling a 40 yrs old auntie she is ‘sui’ and repeatedly call her Ah Nya and got that humsup look on your face, then you are a certified DOM!
So, call me auntie anytime.
*sigh* Out to park again. Hope don’t get harrassed by monkeys again.