Minding Other People’s Business

Posted: February 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                         Stardate: 63594.1 (Feb 4th, 2010)

The Chinese Kay Poh is the English busybody, obviously one who always minds other people’s business. And with all due respect to its residents, I wonder how a road which is off River Valley Road is named Kay Poh Road…

Out of curiousity, I had asked one of my senior colleagues when he was my partner for our recent tour of duty, whether he heard of such a road. He did so, as he had drive there a few times before. Also, he reminded me not to confuse kay poh with chai poh, as he had some of his non-Chinese friends confused with the terms.

Subsequently, it reminds him of an ugly scene that stays vivid in his mind, about a cruel incident on an old Hock Lee bus when he was much younger. As far as he can remember, there’s this dark, skinny woman, quite old by the appearance of wrinkles on her face. According to him, she was, however all dolled up, and was slow in getting off the bus, moving like some prima donna who was so conscious of her looks. And at the same time, touching her scanty permed hair now and then to make sure no strand came loose. As soon as she disembarked, the impatient conductor was heard grunted in Hokkien: “Old like chai poh and yet so hiao!

According to my colleague, Chai Poh is a dried, salted vegetable that looks brown and kinda shrivelled. Hiao can best described as vain and flirtatious. In comes to a circumstances, such a woman displayed with such an intention that was mentioned above is said to be inviting trouble from men.

And don’t be surprised when comes to men themselves, especially if that person of such an questionable repute is an old man. Therefore, he’s a Chico Pek.


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