Monday, February 27, 2006

Humiliated in Sunway Pyramid

If you ever visit the Sunway Pyramid mall with your significant other then you HAVE to read this story.

Date : Saturday, 25th Feb 2006
Time : 9.10pm
Venue : Steel bench, outside TGV Sunway Pyramid

My fiancé and I had just finished dinner and was waiting for the movie 'The Pink Panther' to start at 9.25pm so he suggested we sit down and chat instead of aimlessly walking around. I thought it was a good idea to catch up since we had both been so busy with work the past few days. We found a seat nearby the cinema facing a Nokia phone shop. Having had a rough week at work, I was unloading on him and he in playing his part as a good partner was his offering support as he reached over and gave me a squeeze on my upper arm as he half hugged me with his right hand. Sometime passed before a guy suddenly, abruptly and rudely cut us off in the middle of our conversation.

We look up to find ourselves staring at a Malay guy in his mid-20s to early 30s. He was thin, with short-cropped hair and was wearing a striped Polo T-shirt and black slacks. In his right hand, he was holding an A4-size paper clipboard. I cannot remember what he said word for word a 100% but I was angry enough to remember the gist of it. He glared at us and hissed 'Tak boleh buat macam itu! Ini tempat public you tau tak?!'. Directly translated he said 'Cannot do like that! This is a public place you know or not?!'.

It took me a few seconds for the absurdity of the situation to sink in. I was like 'Excuse me?! WHAT did you say?!' and my fiancé was equally incredulous as he asked 'Tak boleh buat macam ini?!' (Translation: 'Cannot do like this?!'). The guy was looking at us with such contempt as if we were having sex right there on the bench for all the world to see as he responded with 'Saya dari Sekuriti; I boleh suruh you keluar dari sini! Jangan buat macam itu!' (Direct Translation: 'I'm from Security; I can ask you to leave this place! Don't do like that!')

I was beyond boiling temperature at this point when I countered back with 'Apa tak boleh buat macam itu? Sini banyak orang macam ini! You pergi beritahu mereka semua la!' (Direct Translation: 'What cannot do like that? Here lots of people do like this! You go tell them all la!') while gesturing at the other couples in the crowd. He seemed at a momentary loss for words and then he just walked off leaving us angry and dumbfounded.

What is wrong here? Was it a crime to have my fiancé having his hand around me or is it a backward mentality of this man, whoever he is? I have never felt this outraged before. I really felt like running after him and giving him a good scolding when he walked off. Luckily for him my movie was starting by then. It was a really funny comedy with many people in the audience clapping their hands over the jokes but I was still boiling inside to enjoy it fully.

I cannot believe that Sunway Pyramid hires this kind of person in their Security Department, that is if he is telling the truth about working there. I do not intend to visit Sunway Pyramid again if it means being humiliated in public by their staff over something as innocent as having my fiancé’s arm over my shoulder. The whole situation is totally ludicrous, totally ridiculous!

Monday, February 06, 2006

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Corniest of Them All?

I dunno if it's fated or what but come every Chinese New Year, I will surely come across some stupid shows on TV that makes me wanna crawl in through the TV set and stick my foot up some arses but since I obviously can't, I'm compelled to blog about them. Last year it was the Alan Tam and Hacken Lee's concert. This year it is the Miss Chinese International 2006 Pageant.

I don't have any problems with the looks of the candidates as beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all and there are actually a few who would make my head turn a few times if I am a hot-blooded male. It was the pathetic performances they put on and the moronic answers they give during the Q&A session that really gets to me.

The performances were nothing to shout about as many were just flinging their arms about mindlessly under the pretext of some cultural dance that was just embarrassing to watch. It would have been less painful to watch paint dry. I also can't stand the stupid 'beauty pageant wave' they all gave. Whoever taught them to wave like that? Graceful my foot! It makes them look retarded, that's all.

Things gradually got worse during the Q&A session. They were supposed to pick out a Chinese food item at random and describe how the item is similar to them. There were items like 'pau' (bun), fried rice, etc. One particular contestant that nearly got me vomiting blood was the one who got the 'zhu sau' (literally means pig hand). In answering how it was similar to her, she said, 'Kei sat leh, chu hai hou chong meng geh'. Translated, she said, 'Actually leh, pigs are very smart geh'. What the fuck?! Since when have anyone heard that pigs are Harvard material? Apparently this broad has never heard of the expression 'Chun kor check chu' (Dumber than a pig)!

I don't remember which genius candidate that was but she certainly didn't win the title. Thank God! On a sadder note, I think I've just killed a few brain cells for having glimpse part of the show. What a load of crap TV is feeding us these days. Hmmphhh! Oh heck it, at least the Ang Pows I collected are in abundance this year. Hip hip hooray!!!

Gong Xi Fa Cai everyone!