I was at Tesco, waiting outside Watson. My hubby has gone into Watson, leaving me with the grocery trolley. I saw this peddlar with a huge array of tiny bottles. Something caught my eyes. Does that look like sengkuang? Sengkuang? What are they selling?
The promoter saw me squinting from across the corridor. Still curious, I pushed my trolley over and asked, “Eh, ni kan sengkuang? Buat apa sengkuang ini?”
The promoter, maybe an East Malaysian Malay didn’t hear me at first but instead, he broke into his sales talk, “This cream bla bla…”
But I asked again, “Eh, sengkuang ni untuk apa? Krim apa ni? Pasal apa kulit sengkuang ni licin?”
He replied, “Ini sengkuang dari Sarawak. Krim ni boleh hilangkan oh-pan (pigmentation)”
I asked again, “Kalau macam tu, beli sengkuang, tonyeh kat muka pun boleh lah?”
So, the guy asked me, “Eh, Melayu kah Cina?”
I burst into laughter because no one ever mistaken me for a Malay. Not in a million years if they have seen me. Mata sepet, kulit cerah, mana sama Melayu? But probably he hasn’t met nyonya Cina cakap loghat Penang, tak pernah dengaq tonyeh kut?
**From here, change topic. Talking religion, so you have been warned.
Hmmm….maybe I must have read aloud the Bahasa Melayu verses too often, so my tongue can really roll now. Do you know it is so soothing to read the Mazmur and Amsal in Bahasa Melayu? (Mazmur = Psalm, Amsal = Proverbs) I just realized that my understanding of Bahasa Malaysia is stronger than English. When I read a sentence, I immediately understand it, much faster than English. I am a product of 11 years of studying every subjects in Bahasa Malaysia (except English subject).
“Isteri yang baik menjadi kebanggaan dan kebahagiaan suaminya, tetapi isteri yang memalukan suaminya bagai penyakit barah yang menjadikan tulang reput.” (Amsal 12:4, Al-Kitab)
See? Dahsyat kan? It hits you on the face compared to the English one which says something like A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown…..
More on wives : “Rumah dan harta boleh diwarisi daripada ibu bapa, tetapi isteri yang bijak ialah kurnia daripada TUHAN.” (19:14)
I am liking it. Some examples on orang bodoh (foolish people)
“Apabila orang bodoh bercakap mereka terjerat oleh kata-kata mereka dan membinasakan diri.” (Amsal 18:6)
Cun! Straight to the point.
Orang bodoh selalu menganggap diri mereka betul, sedangkan orang bijak mendengarkan nasihat. (Ams 12:15)
Have a good weekend, folks!