brief encounter with a fellow malaysian

21 Feb

london 2.38pm 15.9C cloudy sunday 2016

i met a fellow malaysian in the waitrose in paddington this morning. we were admiring the bouquet of cut flowers. she said the chrysanthemums looked very nice… and i mentioned the roses have no scent. i commented that the chrysanthemums are fully opened, which means they wont last long, as they have reached their peak. she said, for giving to people it does not matter as it looks the best.

hmm, makes me think, it kind of shows how a person view life. if appearance is everything, than what she says makes sense. whilst if u like waiting and making something last, than u would prefer  my way of thinking. haha. 

anyway this lead to us asking where we are from, and i found out she is from batu pahat,  a small town in johore state. she had been here in london since 2000. though she said earlier on she travelled to the far east for her work, some kind of marketting , she told me but even so, i had no clue what she does really.

it must be high powered because she said she was in hongkong and malaysia and travelling in and out of uk so much that even the immigration officer got to know her because she came in at about the same time  each flight, and it happened to be his shift.

she asked if i want to have a drink, and we can chat some more and she suggested going to malaysia hall canteen. its been a long time since i have been there, so i was glad to go. but sadly it is not as good as it used to be. she had teh tarik, i , malaysian coffee, but nothing like what malaysian coffee tastes of. it was very weak coffee and there was hardly any condensed milk. and her teh tarik was not pulled at all, just came out of an urn. and the menu have no rendang , though they said it is available on saturdays. all in all, not really worth the money …the dishes are £5 . the fish , catfish, looks good, though they cost vary £3-5. the girl at the counter explained but i could not quite catch what she said, and did not ask her to repeat, for fear that even if she did i would not understand her. haha.  the drinks were £1 each, but i dont think they are worth the money even at that price.

durng the course of our talk there she mentioned eating fried durians, in cheras, in kl. they cost 5 for 30ringgit. she was so surprised she exclaimed out loud , so expensive! but she said after they ate it, it was so good, she told the stall holder where else they have sell it, and that it was totally worth it. i thought the insides  would be all flesh, like pisang goreng, which if the banana is really ripe, can be like custard, and can be delicious, soft and gooey inside ,the crisp batter outside. and i can get some idea of that if it is durian, but she said it also got  the seed inside. fried durian is something i have not eaten.

it was nice to have a chat with a fellow malaysian. as a group we dont have a association or meetup group to meet. i wonder why? 



5 Responses to “brief encounter with a fellow malaysian”

  1. MELewis Sunday February 21, 2016 at 6:47 pm #

    Is it so rare to meet a fellow Malaysian in London? In any case, it is nice to feel that you are among people who understand each other!

    • alifesgayventure Sunday February 21, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

      yes, it is rare to meet a fellow malaysian. of course it is because i dont go to malaysia hall, where all the malaysians will gather. but i have noticed many of them there are malays. the chinese and indian malaysians are not very apparent in london. as for understanding each other, i am afraid it is not always the case. i could not understand what the girl at the counter was saying about the way they price the is most probably my fault. i am a bit deaf. but yes i know what u mean, we can agree on most things said by fellow malaysians, because of our common experiences. certainly she said she got on better with me, than with her flatmate, a scandinavian woman who she says is very unsocial. she do not reply when my new found friend says good morning, or greet her when they see each other. i said it is quite normal in this country. so many are real grumpy before they have their coffee…haha.

      • MELewis Monday February 22, 2016 at 5:39 am #

        I can relate – I am also deaf in one ear and grumpy before coffee! 🙂

  2. Garfield Hug Tuesday February 23, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

    I believe there must be a malaysian group. I know we have a Singaporean group as whenever our PM Lee or President visits London or USA states of SF or NY there are Singaporean societies that keep gatherings going. In HK there is and when I was in Oregon, I was part of Singapore Society. You may want to google to keep in touch with your society. Good luck.

    • alifesgayventure Tuesday February 23, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

      i think we malaysians are not so socialable like that, i mean we dont particularly look for our own kind when we are abroad. when we do see each other , we recognise each other and we will chat… like i did with her; but generally we dont group together. or perhaps i should say, i speak for myself. haha. i know i dont particularly want to restrict my socialising only to malaysians. so it is just me.

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