Thursday, May 29, 2008

88 Ways to know if you're Chinese

I got this tag from Sting quite some time ago. So sorry that I took a week to do it. Sigh... I blame my recently busy work schedules. Ok, here comes all my answers on this very long list.....

1. You look like you are 18.
Emm... maybe 5 years ago yes, but not now.

2. You like to eat chicken feet.
Yucks! I won't eat that!

3. You suck on fish heads and fish fins.
Ewww... I don't like it.

4. You have a Chinese knick-knack hanging on your rear view mirror.
No, none of those things. I don't like having Chinese knick-knack things in my house or car or anywhere near me.

5. You sing karaoke.
No, I don't like karaoke and I don't like singing.

6. Your house is covered with tile.
Hmmm... it's not. Couldn't afford having so much tiles in my house.

7. Your kitchen is covered by a sticky film of grease.
No. We seldom cook at home.

8. Your stove is covered with aluminum foil.
Not after we changed it to an electric stove.

9. You leave the plastic covers on your remote control.
Huh? Why need a plastic cover on a remote control? I don't understand why people does that.

10. You've never kissed your mom or dad.
I have but only on very rare occasion.

11. You've never hugged your mom or dad.
Same answer as number 10.

12. Your unassisted vision is worse than 20/500.
Oh, I'm not that blind technically...

13. You wear contacts, to avoid wearing your "coke bottle glasses".
I wear both contacts and glasses, but definitely not "coke bottle glasses". What is that anyway?

14. You've worn glasses since you were in fifth grade.
No, my first pair of glasses is when I was 16 years old.

15. Your hair sticks up when you wake up.
Not really. I because I have a very soft limp hair.

16. You'll haggle over something that is not negotiable.
No, I don't haggle and don't like to negotiate especially with strangers.

17. You love to use coupons.
It depends on what kind of coupons and on which shops or items they sell.

18. You drive around looking for the cheapest petrol.
Err... couldn't do that in my country because petrol price here are all not much differences with each other.

19. You drive around for hours looking for the best parking space.
Nope. Couldn't afford to do that living in Kuala Lumpur city because parking spaces are so limited and there are too many cars around.

20. You take showers at night.
Only during working days because by the time I reach home from work, it's already night time.

21. You avoid the non-free snacks in hotel rooms.
Yes, of course! How want to pay double or tripple the price for such unhealthy food in the hotel rooms? Well, unless if I'm supre rich then I don't mind.

22. You don't mind squeezing 20 people into one motel room.
I totally disagree with that. I really do mind a lot.

23. Most girls have more body hair than you, if you are male.
Emm... no I guess.

24. You tap the table when someone pours tea for you.
Reall, why should I do that tapping the table when someone pours tea for me? A simple thank you would be easy and good enough. Sry, if this table tapping thing is a chinese culture, I really have no idea.

25. You say "Aiya!" and "Wah!" frequently.
Oh yes! This I do.

26. You don't want to wear your seatbelt because it is uncomfortable.
No, I've never thought of not wearing seatbelt in the car. Unless I'm the back seat passenger.

27. You love Las Vegas, slot machines, and blackjack.
I hate gambling spot!

28. You unwrap Christmas gifts very carefully, so you can reuse the paper.
No, I just rip it open and throws all the wrappers.

29. You only buy Christmas cards after Christmas, when they are 50% off.
No, I only use e-mails and e-greetings now.

30. You have a vinyl tablecloth on your kitchen table.
Oh definitely no.

31. You spit bones and other food scraps on the table. That's why you need the vinyl tablecloth.
Oh! I didn't know they does that by having the vinyl tablecloth because I've never used it before.

32. You have stuff in the freezer since the beginning of time.
Yes.. haha...

33. You use the dishwasher as a dish rack.

34. You have never used your dishwasher.
Doesn't have one.

35. You keep a Thermos of hot water available at all times.
No. I have a water dispenser at home which is connected to the piping, that produce hot and room temperature water at home. So no need to boil any water at all. And it's healthy because it produces reverse osmosis water.

36. You eat all meals in the kitchen.
No, seldome eat at the kitchen dining area at all.

37. You save grocery bags, tin foil, and tin containers.
Only save grovery bags to serve as a rubbish bag later.

38. You have a piano in your living room.

39. You pick your teeth at the dinner table (but you cover your mouth).
No. I try to use my tongue. Hehe...

40. You twirl your pen around your fingers.
Nope. I like to watch people does that but I don't do it.

41. You hate to waste food.
Only sometimes....

42. You have Tupperware in your fridge with three bites of rice or one leftover chicken wing.

43. You don't own any real Tupperware - only a cupboard full of used but carefully rinsed margarine tubs, takeout containers, and jam jars.
My house has a lot of Tupperwares.

44. You also use the jam jars as drinking glasses.
Huh? Does people really does that? That's so cheapskate.

45. You have a collection of miniature shampoo bottles that you take ever time you stay in a hotel.
No, I don't like to collect those things and jumble up my house.

46. You carry a stash of your own food whenever you travel (travel means any car ride longer than 15 minutes). These snacks are always dried and include dried plums, mango, ginger, and squid.
No. Didn't prepare any food or drinks. If needed just drop by those shops to buy it along the way.

47. You wash your rice at least 2-3 times before cooking it.
Yes, isn't that the standard procedure? Well, unless the rice brand instructions say you don't have to.

48. Your dad thinks he can fix everything himself.
Never heard he say such things. He'll try of course.

49. The dashboard of your Honda is covered by hundreds of small toys.
No such things.

50. You don't use measuring cups.
No. Only when baking and making pastries food.

51. You beat eggs with chopsticks.
No. I use fork.

52. You have a teacup with a cover on it.
I don't own such things.

53. You always look phone numbers up in the! Phone book, since calling information (*69) costs 50 cents.
I don't use Phone book. Just search over the internet or ask others for the calling information.

54. You only make long distance calls after 11pm.

55. If you are male, you clap at something funny and if you are female, you giggle whilst placing a hand over your mouth.
Very seldome does that when I laugh or giggle. I just laugh openly.

56. You like Chinese films in their original undubbed versions.
I don't quit fancy Chinese films that much....

57. You love Chinese Martial Arts films.
Oh, those are my least favourite.

58. You've learnt some form of martial arts.

59. Shaolin actually means something to you.
No. I think it's just some kind of sport and religious matter.

60. You like congee with thousand-year-old eggs.

61. You prefer your shrimp with the heads and legs still attached.
I prefer it cleaned. No heads and legs on my shrimp please.

62. You never call your parents just to say hi.
I do.

63. If you don't live at home, when your parents call, they ask if you've eaten, even if it's midnight.
No, they don't ask me those things. Especially not during those odd hours.

64. When you're sick, your parents tell you not to eat fried foods or baked goods due to yeet hay. No, only my grandma told us that. Else, I wouldn't know that we should not eat fried foods when I'm sick.

65. You know what yeet hay is.
Oh, of couse!

66. You e-mail your Chinese friends at work, even though you only 10 feet apart.
Only on work realated matter. Else I just use phone call.

67. You use a face cloth.
What is face cloth? Sorry, no idea what is that.

68. You starve yourself before going to all you can eat places.
Only sometimes.

69. You know someone who can get you a good deal on jewelry or electronics.
I don't know anyone on that.

70. You save your old Coke bottle glasses even though you're never going to use them again.
Never thought of saving those old Coke bottle glasses. So, nope.

71. You own your own meat cleaver and sharpen it.
No. doesn't own one.

72. Your toothpaste tubes are all squeezed paper-thin.
Ya! That's what my mom thought me. hehe...

73. You know what moon cakes are.
Yes, but I hate moon cakes.

74. When there is a sale on toilet paper, you buy 100 rolls and store them in your closet or in the bedroom of an adult child who has moved out.
haha... it's funny imagining people does that. No, I don't.

75. Your parents know how to launch nasal projectiles.
Huh? What is that?

76. You iron your own shirts.
Of couse!

77. You play a musical instrument.
Not really. I didn't finish my piano lessons.

78. Even if you're totally full, if someone says they're going to throw away the leftovers on the table, you'll finish them.
No, if I can't finish it, I'm not going to push myself to eat it just not to waste it.

79. You've eaten a red bean popsicle.
Yes. I like those.

80. You bring oranges (or other produce) with you as a gift when you visit people's homes.
Sometimes. Never got chance to do much visiting around.

81. You fight over who pays the dinner bill.

82. You majored in something practical like engineering, medicine or law.
Does Computer Science counts?

83. You live with your parents and you are 30 years old (and they prefer it that way). Or if you're married and 30 years old, you live in the apartment next door to your parents, or at least in the same neighborhood.
No, I'm not 30 years old yet.

84. You don't tip more than 10% at a restaurant, and if you do, you tip Chinese delivery guys/waiters more.
Can't tell because I don't really count how much did I tip.

85. You have acquired a taste for bitter melon.
Yuck! I hate it.

86. You eat every last grain of rice in your bowl, but don't eat the last piece of food on the table.
I always don't finish my rice.

87. You know why there are 88 reasons.
Yes, tipical Chinese thinking...

88. You see the truth in this and then send it to all your Chinese friends.
I'm a Chinese but sadly to say.... I generally don't see the truth in this. Well, based on all my answers above, you'll know how so un Chinese like I am. This boils down to upbringings. My parents, my mom especially, is English educated so she also don't follow a lot of those chinese tradition things or culture. Most of the time, we don't even know when is Moon Cake Festival or whatever special chinese callendar occasion. But when is Chinese New Year, of course we know! Hehe...

Now, who wants to do this tag/meme? Be my guest!


Tot's Mom said...

Haha! 88 questions here... how Chinese!! Skimming through, I think maybe a quarter applies to me, the rest nope. So, am I Chinese?!? :)

Amidrin said...

Ya, i also think most of us who are Chinese doesn't seem to be very Chinese anymore. I guess that's what happen when we globalize and mordernize on alot of things.

sting said...

thanks for being such a good sport :-)

btw, it dumpling festival soon! how I know? can see all those dumplings being on sale! LOL!

Amidrin said...

hi sting, yes i saw that too. And that's when i start asking people around me is it dumpling festival now? hehe...

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