Chatting with a Confucian mate via msn messengerThe following is an excerpt from an msn chat I had with a chinese mate - whose name has been replaced with ‘mate’ to ‘save his face’ - of mine from singapore this morning. It has been unedited, hence the abbreviations, bad grammar/spelling, and, vulgarities, taught to myself by my many chinese friends in the past - all in good humor of course. That which is ‘parenthesised’ are translations for the benefit of the reader. Vulgarities, however, will be left without explanation - so that I can use it in the UK without raising any brows.
(half way through the ‘conversation’, ed finally gets pissed off.....)
ed: u ah. chat with me and nothing to chat about. brain off right?
ed: ‘hehehe’? respond like filipina when kenna pluck(get scolded) some more
mate: too much bad influence
ed: i attend demos here n u don't ask. u only interested in sg lifestyle i see.
mate: its been quite boring since u left
ed: thats just one example...chia lat (terrible). as usual ah u.
ed: singaporeans only talk about what sg train them to appreciate. any new experience n they get nothing from it.
mate: i keep trying to find some inspiration
ed: nothing to do with that. What u want? Viagra for the brain or what? if u have no interest in people, n only interested in yourself u will never have inspiration, or wil have inspiration for the same thing. if u came to UK i would ask u all about yor experiences there to learn and grow.
mate: i know what i have to do
ed: u know. but u don't do whats the most obvious.
ed: i’ve tried for years, but can't stimulate curiosity in the chinese mind dei. u read my stuff, and kno me long time. u should kno by now. I put video of demo and you people think nothing of it. If i put chicks and food and shopping, then u ppl say something. same thing wen talking to others also.
mate: yes, do agree there is still huge degree of chineseness in me....
mate: i got to kick myself to do something about it
mate: tel u million times also no use. u r really suited to sg ha
ed: if u went overseas and wrote about it and put up video i wl ask becos i want to learn and grow from yor experience n becos i'm interested in u as a friend
mate: to be honest, there are many situations i've remembered and applied alot of principles that i've learnt from u
mate: i've not make full use of what u've taught me...
ed: u only make use of what u can use n not what can make u grow. u r like all of them dei. u won't change for anyone. u expect everyone to conform. how to associate with exceptional ppl like that.
ed: chee bye. scold u there, come here n scold u thru msn about same thing for 10 years. haha
mate: thanks for the reminder yet again. i'm glad we chat.
ed: dont kk (pretend, be insincere). u thank me as if it worked. lan chiao ok.
mate: because none here can offer any sincere and indept discussions
ed: giving me the same shit excuse. How come i never give that excuse. I also mix with ppl there n u right? I already said that before n u stil dare say the same shit.
ed: i learn from the best amongst everyone i meet, while u prefer to learn from the worst or do what everyone do becos it takes little or no effort n ignoring all that different. doesn’t that attitude sound familiar?
mate: hmm.. that's true..usually easier that way. yah, like all the people here. I kno.
mate: can u offer some suggestion on some blog design pls?
ed: give me blow first
mate: ni na bei
ed: http://bloggerindraft.blogspot.com/2010/03/blogger-template-designer.html. New feature. Any idiot also can do. So no problem for you. haha.
mate: terimakaseh ('thank you' in the Malay language)
ed: read carefully. don’t look at the obvious in the instructions so that you can action immediately. Don’t discount info n u can do it
mate: how's your involvment in the trade union and socialist party there?
ed: dont kk (pretend, be insincere) now
mate: wanted to ask already lah, b4 kena fuck
ed: then no point. no real interest. cannot learn anything dah kotei.
mate: we talk abt other things first mah...
mate: dei, sorry, got to go...meet ahmad for dinner
ed: Anyway, send him my regards. he’s a good guy.
mate: what's your tel no there? i'll text u
ed: no need my number dei. Can skype what. Free mah.
mate: yeah, need to download the prog. in mac
ed: until now stil don’t have? don't wait for Year of the Cockroach to do that. It wil never come.
ed: nex time can lim kopi and cakap. maybe play chinese chess ha?
mate: haha... u cant use the same strategy
ed: yah i know. u already know how to defend against it.
mate: ok, man...take care..send my regards to v.. mail me if u need anything
ed: alright dei. take care kuya