If you’ve ever been to these resorts that sell timeshare ownership you’d probably know what I will be talking about. I’ve never seen people so pushy and pretentious trying so hard to get you in debt believe me. They try their darnest best to work on your ego first to get you trapped like ” wow, you have really lovely shoes – where did you buy them ?” (sales agent referring to my wife’s Nine West pair). “Can I try them on ? ” As if it wasn’t enough, she calls her supervisor and the darn scenario almost turned into a fitting session at a shoe store. It didn’t end there. I knew my turn was coming 😉 As expected, at some point Miss Piggy pulled her antic on me. “ That’s a really nice looking watch. The numbers are so clear. I’d like my husband to have one like that.” In truth, I don’t expect a woman to fall in love with my Swiss Army watch in a rugged dirty look iron casing, black face with olive canvas strap. But then that was probably the only item in my person she could bestow a compliment on 😉 It would have been worse if she said “ nice haircut. I’d like my husband to have one like that! ” Now that would have been a contrived ass licking comment which could send your customer packing wouldn’t it ? 🙂
Speaking of haircuts.. I normally have my monthly haircut ritual at a barber shop close to my neighborhood but one day, when I was at an Asian mall, I noticed this interesting hair salon run by an eldery Chinese man. All of his haircutters were female and he seemed to have a clientle of men who preferred to get their hair done by him only. Hmmm. I thought perhaps I should try him out. He charges half the price of what I pay and in this time of recession, saving a few bucks is not a bad idea at all. Look now, I wouldn’t compromise my head to look like a scorched patch of grass just to save 8 bucks mind you. The man looked like he could cut hair 😉
The moment I sat down, I realized how loquacious the man was, almost making me feel that he could finish the job much earlier if he just stopped talking. So he starts off with the usual scratching-your-back comments like ” oh, I like to cut your hair. You guys have nice wavy hair you’ve inherited from the Spaniards unlike the normal Asian hair that sticks out like rice stalks 😉 Man, I chuckled. This guy is either a real suck up or so misinformed like the controversial Hongkong news writer Chip Tao ( remember him? ) who released his official apology to the Pinoy nation in Spanish. Wake up boys. We are now in the 21st century ! Then he says, ” you Pinoys speak English well – no wonder why you get the better paying jobs“. Hmmm. Well, being conversant with English can become a liability too. Pardon the cynicism but unknowingly, knowledge of English had made Pinas the number one exporter of servants abroad 😦
The man could not stop talking. The topics can jump in and out of jobs, politics, life in Hongkong – its high standard of living and cramped real estate, the free health care and pathetic winter in Canada, the succulent Philippine mangoes. I was trying to figure out what the man really wanted to say when at the end he paused and asked me the question. “What can I buy with 1 dollar in Hongkong ? Nothing. Hey, with my dollar here at least I can buy a couple of Philippine mangoes for 50 cents each, even if they are expired for a few days but that’s OK with me ”
He combed my hair, tidied me up and said “there – you look even more handsome now. Sorry for talking too much. Hope you come again”. I most certainly will 🙂
JEALOUSY IS LETHAL
I’m being dragged back to my previous post about Hayden Kho’s leaked sex videos and the still unanswered and unresolved question of WHODUNNIT? I’d be very cynical once more but methinks someone with a real ax to grind with the gigolo must have done it. What could be more compelling than a serious fit of jealousy from some woman who would like to see his reputation destroyed, along with the women he had amorous relationships with? Find out if that jealous woman exists, do a bit more passionate, unimpeded sleuthing and you have won half the battle. Sometimes you need not worry too much about the intricacies of actions. Certain actions don’t stray too far from its logical blueprint.
JEALOUSY by Frankie Miller