This morning, I wanted to go buy dried seafoods, waxed ducks and stuffs for Chinese New Year. The shop is manned by these old, old men who wear the blue cotton boxers tied with string as pants and they use the abacus to calculate your bills. And they had to calculate twice! Freaky, man. They probably had stayed in Malaysia for like 50+ years (assuming they came to Malaya at 20 yrs old) and they only speak mainland China Cantonese and nothing else. Ok, you get the picture.
So, the shop was packed like sardines and everyone was grabbing dried sea cucumbers costing hundreds of Ringgit Malaysia like they are Viagra. All these Chinese foods are so expensive. So, ok, I cabut-ed fast, fast because no way am I going to buy my ikan bilis (anchovies) and dried shrimps in that crowd! Malu ler.
Ok, ok, out of topic. Must rant first after a stressful Chinese New Year shopping. Our car was parked right in front of this shop (photo above). So, what else? Nothing to buy from the Chinamen food store, spend money at this red-red, gold-gold shop lor.
Beautiful 3-D paper decorations made with velvety cloth, shiny stuffs are going for mere RM4 and thereabout. (Check out Living Cabin, they are also selling very cheap stuffs too.)
The other day when we got home from KL, wallah, our apartment management had painted our fences temple red! Fulamak! Pengsan! Good oso la, no naughty ghosts dare kacau us during Hungry Ghost Festival (twice this year) ‘cos they think it is a temple.
Never mind, I got what I lurrrve berry much! Chinese Pussy willows! Love them ‘cos they are available once a year, they are soft and furry white when bloomed and they are my Chinese New Year countdown trees. Each day, they will bloom a little and it is fun to see the shells drop like finger nails. I got mine from Batu Lancang market, RM25 for 6’ branches.
Now, only one Chinese pussy willow bloom. And I had hung up all my jinjiang (Jinjang folks, dun sue me!) trinkets which I bought from Berjaya Times Square. Glad I bought it there ‘cos those I found here in Penang are really jinjiang. At least mine are made with antique Chinese coins and jades.
Translation please. Every one of the stuffs here. Please, tell me that none of these Mandarin words contains “Choy San Dou”. The above is Pic. #1.
Pic. #2. I know I should have asked the shopkeeper but do you dare? You got see the old man standing akimbo in the top photo? I asked him if the ‘Hock’ is hock and he already jeling at me. You think I dare to ask him, “Taukeh, can you translate for me? I don’t know Mandarin. I Christian so not nice if I put things to invite Choy San hor. Nanti my Jesus ketuk my kepala.”
Taukeh will probably spit on me and go, “What kind of Chinese are you? Cannot read Mandarin? KNNMCBMPKNN. Phulangkang! Niamahcheekok. Dahmade!”
Pic. #3. I am so excited for Chinese New Year, I had even put up my ‘chai’, the red cloth at the door. This one was bought something like 10 years ago, a family heirloom.
So, all the abang-abang, adik-adik, siewjeh, taikor sekalian tolong please translate these Mandarin words for me? No need to translate oso can, just let me know if there is any choy san yeh name inside there? Otherwise, it is fine. If not, I present the choysan for you?
CHINESE NEW YEAR PANTIES
I got 3 pairs of new shoes, more than seven new clothes (dare not count after 7, feel guilty) and all the foodstuffs liao. BTW, did any one of you see the Chinese New Year panties? Fuwah, got some lucky Mandarin word right smack on the triangle. I tell ya, if my mom is around, she will say, “Siao meh……anneh suey, how can put ‘huat’ on the chowcheebye? Afterwards, the cheebye terus kembang.” The panty I saw was at Jusco, going for RM15 for three (hock, lock, siew). Quick, go grab some and pose on your blog? I very filial to mom, so cannot pway-pway with putting lucky words on the part mom said is the most suey (unlucky). She sure tell me that semua, hampalang good luck oso lari lintang pukang (good luck run away ‘cos Chinese traditionally considered the female private parts as the ‘dirtiest’)
Kamsiah, xiexie, dorjeh.
Are you excited in celebrating Chinese New Year yet?