As promised, after Tax exam I said I would do a nice long post with lots of pictures.
Pictures make everybody happy. So miscellaneous photos first; and then the topic of today: The Revival of the Traditional Asian.
Have you ever tried to study/teach somebody anything online? It can be heaps distracting...or really productive. Here are two MSN screen prints which demonstrate this.
[I've annotated it for you all, but feel free to click on it for a better read. See how unproductive MSN can be? I got little done at home]
[In the end i did manage to learn the entire six weeks of Tax in about eight hours. Missed out ALOT of marks because of that last question. Dang it! Used 43 post-its for this unit so far]
All these lessons are in an attempt to revive The Traditional Asian; the non-swearing, hardworking, Teochew/Cantonese/Minor dialect/bad Mandarin speaking martial arts oriented, cheap-ass hoarding warrior that belonged to the generation before us. And bought everything on the basis of Bang for Buck.
Our parents however decided not to teach us this (no idea why!) and decided we should be the Modern Asian; who are characterised by their constant cursing and procrastination, their over use of Mandarin-from-Chinese-School to the detriment of their ancestral dialect, DotA/KTV oriented, inability to understand bang for buck and slackness.
I want to revive the Traditional Asian and I'm gonna do it. The Modern Asians shame the last of us.
So here we go...
After Buddha's Birthday the other day, the wonderful people at FKS gave us a heap of tokens to go and buy lunch around the Festival. Pretty much coupons with $1 or $2 or 50c written on them and you trade it for food. I'm guessing they later get reimbursed for that stuff.
Anyways, so with my meagre five dollars I set out into the festival to find some food. On average things were about 3 dollars-ish. Some stuff was darn expensive too! Like Turkish bread, with the Vendor only accepting cash.
But back on topic, my first port of call was a lovely sticky rice stand tended by a pleasant innocent Malaysian-Chinese-Honky-FOBish-with-ABC accent girl around my age. So I carefully ripped off one dollar and went to talk to her to see if i could get a $3 sticky rice for a buck.
Down to four bucks i saw a $3.50 Ice Kacang vendor with a pretty depressed girl as the vendor. In light of this i wandered over to say hullo (she seemed familiar...turns out i didn't know her). We chatted for a little bit and finally i walked away with another great bargain. One Ice Kacang for a dollar. No need for a picture.
I finally blew the last 3 bucks on a bubble tea. I only managed to get the girl to give me 50cents off, but hey...that 50 cent is one share of Yellow Rock Resources (YRR).
But from that short story we have seen me milk five bucks into an Ice Kacang, a Sticky Rice and a Bubble tea.
I'll tell you how, by just being friendly and nice. Being well spoken and eloquent helps but its not necessary. Don't come on too strong when you are bargaining/asking for a cheaper price cause they just get scared. And if you really have to, just flick the flirt button on.
Just a hint, no more. The crooked smile, the slight tilt of the head, the wave. We are all grown up here. Don't deny it. You know who you are. And its not me. I use my smooth talking and elegant body language to get my discounts. Or Jedi mind tricks.
And if well spoken and flirting/Jedi mind tricks gets you nowhere with a discount. HELL Show your abdominal muscles. That woos everyone. Why else have them?!
gaginang" works wonders and will open many doors. Only if your Teochew though.
And some more miscellaneous photos from the day. The captions are important.