Monthly Archives: March 2009

Obviously I’m Invisible!

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just got back from the store with some groceries, mainly i went to buy bananas coz i want to try to make banana bread and i had another encounter with the locals. don’t know why generally i have negative things to report, and i’m usually a tolerant person who has nice thoughts of people. 

when queueing up to pay at the cashier, here comes a man and a woman (they’re together) who suddenly out of nowhere stood in front of me. i was a bit confused coz i thought ‘hey, i’m also in the line, isn’t it obvious?’ but then they didn’t seem to notice me at all; guess i’m JUST A STICK! – oh, but Arielle is a person sitting on her pram, coz they acknowledged her and they made baby talk to her. 

because our line was slow, the couple decided to move to the other line. and then i tried to align the pram and station my body to show to all that i’m in the line (i know, it’s so stupid. how obvious can it be) and also to ensure that no one squeezes through. but with just a turn of the head, the front guy moved further to the front just an inch and then suddenly those two were back and they squeezed through to stand in front of me again. the thing that ticked me off is they treated me as if i was not there at all!! instead, they asked the guy in front of me, and not me, if they could cut the line. i don’t care if you needed to go first, if you’re in a hurry, please… but at least look me in the eye and smile. that’s the least they could do even if you can’t speak my language or think that i’m brainless. and then they turned back and looked at Arielle and again make baby talk to her. at that point, i was so pissed, i didn’t even look at them. 

throughout the 5mins walk back, i kept going through my head the scene that just went through. part of my head said to the couple ‘God bless you man’ but in my heart and most of my head thought of multiple things that i could have done/said:

1. i could have grumbled in Chinese since i assume they think that i’m unable to understand Slovak/English. coz i’m just a housewife and i’m Asian: ‘si lang ah moh kui, boh ah-kai eh. khi chiak sai lah!’

2. declare audibly in English: ‘OH! either you guys are blind or i’m just a freakin’ stick!!’ but even then, i don’t think they’d understand coz they seem uneducated to me. ooops! did i just think that out loud?

3. confront them and say ‘Prepacte’ (excuse me in slovak) and give them a question mark look that says ‘hello!! i was here first’

4. purposely knock them with Arielle’s pram and ignore them; whahahahakakaka! funny! 

*takes a deep deep breath and exhales loudly* 

GOD BLESS YOU MAN!!

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Scene: the Mall

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1. lots of good looking and tall people – they dress nice and they have nice facial features; most people here are fit, maybe because they take a lot of walks (it’s one the recreation here). there are a lot of blond ladies here, and from what i observe, mascara/eyeliner is a compulsory makeup. 

2. dogs – sleeping, inside bags, strolling; all really tame. no cats though; i’m assuming ppl here love dogs more.

3. men with baby prams – it’s a rare sight if it’s M’sia, but here it’s a normal thing. the menfolk take their babies for walks (outside malls) too. just them and the baby, how nice! 

4. baby prams – i can’t help myself, i keep checking other ppl’s baby prams/strollers. that’s coz the prams here are sooooo canggih (awesome); it’s like men watching their fav luxury cars go by. i esp like 3-wheelers with the babyseat higher than normal so i don’t have to bend so much. what we own right now is an equivalent to a Kenari (in the Perodua range).

perodua

5. latest english songs being played in the background/in boutiques.

6. nicely decorated and child-proof corner for kids to play in.

7. lots of kiddy rides where you put in a coin and it moves.

8. ppl staring unsmilingly at us, just coz we’re foreigners (this is the intimidating part). but when they see Arielle, they would smile. there were some old ladies who started speaking to us in Slovak, but it’s too bad we couldn’t understand. 

9. ppl smoking everywhere inside the mall!! esp at coffee corners.

10. clothes, clothes, CLOTHES!! SHOES!! and some more nice stuffs that i had to control myself from all the time. (sighs* if only i earn my own money). even most of the things here for babies/kids seems to be much nicer and with affordable prices. my current fav shop is Peacocks & H&M with both shops carrying apparels for women, men and children. (ooh… there’s actually a dress call ‘Ra Ra Dress’!!) 

 

here's proof!

here's proof!

 

 

 

Recent happenings

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Our Just In Time Manager (purchasing dept), Mr Morikawa left for Japan after serving in SONY Nitra for 2 1/2 years. Was a sad day for that dept; a couple of staffs cried during his departure. He was a very friendly person; when I was first posted here, he took the time to explain some of the interestings things to do / visit in Central Europe. I hope our paths will cross again someday. 

 

Mr Morikawa and me

Mr Morikawa and me

We had a farewell dinner for him at the expat’s favorite Chinese restaurant in Bratislava, The Jasmine. There, my boss became Arielle’s baby sitter for the night. 

 

Mr Shimoda and Arielle

Mr Shimoda and Arielle

Arielle is an absolute social butterfly; she’ll strike up a conversation with anyone (in her own words la).  Definitely has a bright future in the PR world. 

And here’s a random pix of Arielle sampling the shoes around the apartment. Here, she’s wearing my kok-kok shoes.

 

Steady leh?

Steady leh?

Next Top 5-to-do list for summer holiday…

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1. Renew passport and international driving license

2. Get Arielle’s long-awaited present (consider her investment), a gold necklace and pendant.

3. Reformat Li-Ann’s laptop; Vista has probably given us the blue screen of death like a million times. Probably downgrade to XP if Microsoft 7 is still not out by then. 

4. Hong Kong seems to be a likely detour

5. Try not to die from the heat