~ 19th March 2014 ~
|How old is that building?|
|The homeless' shelter...|
|Bus #260 to Yangmingshan|
|The long awaited bus..|
- She asked me not to sit too near her because it was really suffocating. She has her stuff and I have my stuff but there's no place to even move so I shrink two sizes from my normal size. Yes, you can do that at times. Then, more space appeared between us.
- I started closing my eyes. I have the ability to sleep anywhere, whenever I want it, no matter how noisy it is. This auntie poke me awake and asked me where I came from. I told her Malaysia.
- .... silence for a few minutes.... pure blissfulness except for the loud engine from the bus....
- Auntie said she has been to Malaysia before and she went on to mention that Malaysians are dirty people. Oh, my goodness~! I felt so insulted that I was so wide awake and ever ready to launch into fighting mode. She said the skin colour of Malaysians are dirty... got dark brown and various shades of brown... and she said I, as a Chinese, should look fair... Oi, auntie~! I got tanned skin also because of the sun in Taiwan~!!!!!! And Taiwanese are not even fair and lovely~!!!!!
- I did not argue with her out of respect for an older person. I kept quiet and thought to myself, what kind of toilet brush should I use to scrub myself clean. Then, I shut my eyes and ears and went off to dreamland.
- Then, auntie poked my arm to wake me again. Auntie said Malaysians are unhygienic people. Auntie, why you insult me over and over? I really felt like punching her, excuse my brutality. She said that when she visited Malaysia, she saw people using their hands to eat. Hello, auntie~! That's called the joy of eating... finger-smacking good food like nasi lemak. I would use hands anytime~!!!!!
- Auntie then took out her lunchbox and the smell of bamboo shoot was so nauseating. She went on to show me that, hygienic people would eat using chopsticks. I became very rude to her and I told her that I also used my hands to eat, sometimes forgetting to wash my hands after bombing the toilet with stink bomb... then went on to show her how to use hand when eating, but not touching her food though...
- Auntie quickly closed her food container. She has this horrified look on her face.
- I went to dreamland shortly after with a smirk on my face.
- Auntie poked me again. She asked whether I could understand Taiwan's local language which sounded like Hokkien or more like Singapore's Hokkien, so I told her, yes, I could understand.
- Auntie refused to let me sleep. She tested me on colours. She pointed to one of the passenger's bag, their clothes, their shoes and tested me on the colours in Taiwan Hokkien. I didn't answer wrongly just that some of the words were different. Then she said,"Hah... you don't know!" Wahlaueh, auntie... let me go please...
- Auntie forced me to take out my EasyCard so she could see how different it was from hers, a senior citizen's card and she laughed at me saying I don't have the discounted card for senior citizens.... auntie.... do I look as old as you? I'm very nice to entertain her...
Pinky, my travel buddy, was laughing like a hyena at the back of the bus, then she used her hat to shut out the world. Mi mama wasn't helping me to find a route of escape also. When we arrived Yangmingshan, I was glad that she walked away. Then, she ran towards us and said she should accompany us or we might get lost and all three of us almost fainted upon hearing that. Thank God, she decided not to follow us after that.
But then again, I should thank the auntie for she planned for us the time we should get out of the place so we could catch our bullet train to the next county. It was, give and take, a 2.5 hours journey from Yangmingshan back to Taipei Central. We overlooked that and without her mention of time and her questions of our whereabouts after that actually helped us. It's worth being insulted. She doesn't even know I felt insulted to the max and maybe she's just very lonely. She talked about her family, her life and I think she talked to me more than anyone else. Auntie, thank you.
PS. Don't ever mention to me about how dark Indians look like and how come some Malays look fairer than Chinese and how come some Chinese look darker than Malay, I will skin you alive and you can see for yourself, under that skin, we're all PINK~!