As I was collecting reprints (receipt reprints by the department store), I passed by my own counter and saw a cute girl-woman walking from the opposite direction.
She stopped in her tracks and so did I. She looked familiar! My uncle’s wife!
She pointed at me, “Eh! You are…”
She pondered then exclaimed, “[My father’s name]’s daughter!”
I nodded profusely. I asked her, “Shopping ar?” I saw she had a big plastic bag holding a box.
“Yeah lo. Your uncle is somewhere..”
Just then, her handphone rang and she told the person where she was.
It was my uncle. As he came over, my aunt said to me, “He’s getting fatter hoh?”
I nodded, “Yeah lo. You keep him warm and big. Hahha..”
She laughed too, “No lar! He eat so much!”
We chatted for a long time and I served customers in between.
After they left, 1 of the colleagues/friends working at the department store came over. Let’s call him mmm… ThickOpenLips. :D He’s cute. Ugly and adorable. He reminds me of a thin tall Sesame Street character.
“Who are they? Your friends ar?” he asked.
“No lar. My uk kei yan.”
“Your brother ar?”
“No lar. Ka yan. My father’s father’s elder brother’s son.”
He repeated after me, “Father. Father. Elder brother.”
“Suk kung loh!”
“No lar. His son.”
“Ohh.. Ku cheong loh!”
“Yes. So smart you!”
“Of course,” he smiled smugly.
Then another guy came over, this time it was Roger.
“Who are they? Your friends ar?”
ThickOpenLips told him, “I just asked her this.”
“Uk kei yan.”
“Let’s ask him,” ThickOpenLips said. “Father. Father. Elder brother. Son.”
“Ha… that is not uk kei yan! Uk kei yan is people staying in your house!” Roger said.
“Not meh? Got blood. Ok la, ka yan (family),” I rolled my eyes.
“Ah Suk lo!” Roger answered so confidently.
“Cho!” ThickOpenLips slashed his forefinger at Roger. “Hee hehe, I smarter.”
Roger looked at ThickOpenLips, “Na!”
ThickOpenLips said to Roger, “Suk kung jai ah! Ku cheong ar!”
Roger thought for awhile and finally agreed, “Yeah lo, ku cheong. Haha!”
Later, GuyFromAnotherDeptStoreOfMyBrand dropped by with his friend.
I immediately leaned over my monitor and the new shirts I was taking out to display. I shouted to the guys, ThickOpenLips at my front left, Roget at my front right.
I gestured towards GuyFromAnotherDeptStoreOfMyBrand. “This is my friend! My ok kei yan! Ka yan ah!”
We all laughed. Except GuyFromAnotherDeptStoreOfMyBrand and his friend.