April 16th, 2009

Fruity Smiles

Unripe mangoes on a tree1) I saw a woman and her grandson trying to pick mangoes off a tree near my flat using what looked like a telescopic pruning saw (there are quite a number of mango trees here). When I got closer, I realised she was just probing the mangoes with a stick. “Not ripe yet,” she told her grandson, “let’s pick some flowers instead.” :)

2) A lady, probably in her early 60s was calling out to another lady (a stranger), probably in her late 40s, “Auntie”*. The younger lady was suitably offended and decided to ignore her and walk the other way without finding out what the older one wanted!  The older lady then turned to me, shrugged her shoulders and laughed! Was she just teasing her? ;)

3) A bag of apple chips on offer at $1.90 (originally $3.95). Semi-guiltless snacking! :D

A bag of apple chips

(*Here, it is common to address older folks, even those you aren’t related to as “Aunties” and “Uncles”. The tricky part is to determine when this could be used without offending the other party. However, a taxi driver is always an “uncle” regardless of his age! I have no idea why!)

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I really love #1. It made me smile! :)
Positively Present  at 9:45 am on April 16, 2009
:) Have a great weekend!
Ginger M  at 6:20 am on April 17, 2009
haha! That's funny about the old lady. She sounds like my kind of "auntie". =D
Mamirosa & Co.  at 4:44 pm on April 20, 2009
Heh. She's a funny lady. I wouldn't be offended. :D
Ginger M  at 10:39 pm on April 20, 2009
Haha, very nice. I completely understand what you mean by the side "uncle" note. It always comes naturally to me when I'm visiting family in India, but after paying the driver, I wonder WHY we call them "uncle."
deepikaur  at 7:39 pm on May 15, 2009
The #2 on the "auntie" thingy seems to be a common thing happening in Singapore. Offensive to certain people but funny though. I guess many ladies just have to accept the fact that "auntie" is just another common term of addressing any woman. :)
Elaine  at 6:52 pm on July 22, 2009

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