The W/H Series...Part 4


Interview With The Terminator

I decided that for once, I was going to do a post that had not much to do with me. I thought that it was high time for me to not be so selfish and focus on someone else ("& the whole purpose of blogging is again?" I hear you say. Yeah well...the Internet wasn't primarily for the masses now, was it?) .

Anyway, getting back to matters at hand. When I was in secondary school, my friends and my brother's friends used to call my mom the Terminator. That's probably not the first thought that comes to mind when you meet my mom - she's short, small sized and looks pretty harmless. But my mom has perfected the art of 'If looks could kill...". (Plus, she was really strict with us! We had a friend who used to skip his Friday prayers and hang out at our house only to be berated by my mom. All I can say to that is "Padan muka" -
serves your right! This friend also stubs out his ciggies whenever he sees my mom. Now how's that for shooting a look?)

So...I rang my parents up and had a chat to them and then said to mom "
I've got some questions for you".

Questions for me? What is it for?"

Got-lah. You'll find out later".

& so now we begin...

Q: When did you get your first kiss?
When did I get my first teeth? Huh? Why do you want to know when I got my first teeth?
*line crackles* No, KISS!
Huh? Gigi? Spell it out for me!
K-I-S-S!!! KISS!
Ooohhh!!! Kiss. The day? Or how old? Ermm....22 - 23 like that-lah. I think it was 23. Why?
Me: Just asking.
(Can you imagine kissing at 22? Kids nowadays do it in their tweens!!!)

Q: When did you and daddy meet?
I met daddy when I was 20 years old.

I thought it was in secondary school?

Yeah, in secondary school. We were organising our round island trip.

(I can't even remember the first time hubby & I met!!! And it wan't even that long ago! I can tell you the year we met though!)

Q: When did you know that you and daddy were going to get married?

In April 1972. Ah Kong (Grandfather) told daddy to get married. But in December of 1971, he gave me a pen for Christmas and it already had Mrs. YLH engraved on it.

(I must talk to my dad about the idea of romance. Flowers, chocolates, diamond rings...Although...it might be a littl' bit too late now...)

Q: When did you know that you were pregnant with my brother?
When I started having morning sickness. I was only overdue by 10 days.

What about me?

With you, it was different. I only started morning sickness after 3 months.

(Figures! I always knew my brother could easily make one nauseous)

Q: When did you and daddy buy your first house?

Mom: Your auntie booked daddy a house.
I was too busy and she asked if I wanted a house and I said "OK".

What? You mean you didn't go pick a house?

That was the only house and it was booked for daddy before we got married. Last time the houses were very cheap. It was only $19,000 to buy a house.

(Should have bought more houses then! Ah hindsight...always 20/20 vision)

So? Any more questions?

Yah. Last one...

Q: When did you know that you wanted to become a teacher?

Erm...when I was 10 years old. There was a teacher that inspired me to be a teacher.
(And I'm still figuring out what to do with my life. Great, just great! What am I going to do with the rest of my life?)

So....what are you going to do about the answers?

Well mom...I'm not sure how you feel about having your answers in print. But here they are.


binx said...

how come i didn't know bout the terminator bid? when we used to hang out at ur place, i've always thought that ur parents are really cool and sporting compared to mine...

and yeah.. ur dad's really romantic lar.. the pen thingy was so schweet...

ninjabee said...

maybe it's a teacher's thing! my mom was a teacher and all she had to do was give us a look!! menggigil lutut!

izso said...

Ho ho ho.. Terminator. Maybe I shouldn't say anything for fears of retaliation the next time I go to your house. XD

And don't forget - RM19,000 was really big money in the old days. Most meehoon goreng cost only 5 to 10 cents back then. So it's not really hind-sight. Just economics.

And there's a reason why I 'asked' my gf in a specific place - easy remembrance. Hahaha.. Mine was under the stars, next to a rushing waterfall in the middle of the night wrapped in a blanket - in Berkelah camp. 3 years ago on the same day we're going to get registered. Heh. Easy to remember.

pugly said...

I hope your mum doesn't mind your blogging about about it ;-)

P.S.: Thank God she's only been lovely to me so far!

Faith said...

Moo, your mother is a lovely woman. So's your dad! I can't really imagine ur mom as a very strict person. Haha!

NinJaMoo said...

binx: Trust me, there were Terminator moments. More cases for my brother than me. & a pen? SERIOUS??!?!?!?!??

ninjabee: I think some teachers have the look. Some teachers like sotong only!

NinJaMoo said...

Izso: Hahahaha...you've had a glimpse of the Terminator! & yeah...you're right abt $19k being lotsa moolah. So that's how you proposed! I never did get the full story! ;)

Pugly: She doesn't know yet...I'm currently debating if I should send her my blog link...

NinJaMoo said...

Faith: Hahahha...you didn't meet my mom when we were in secondary school!!!

izso said...

Moo - oh no no.. proposal was totally off the scale. Hehe.. it was all videoed by Jocelyn. If you're coming for the wedding you'll see it on the display. Berkelah camp was where I asked her to be mine. :P

And your mom is a nice lady la. What parents isn't protective of their daughter? Sons usually have a little more freedom because they are male. And M'sia isn't exactly the safest of places to be for females to be roaming about in the middle of the night.

naz said...

Unless you've got Izso with you ;)

ninjabee said...

sotong eh? that's the new teacherslah. i think during our time (or maybe my time) all the cikgus have their own individual look to menggigilkan lutut!

FairyGodmother said...

Huh?! Your mum? Garang? nooo laa...Okay, maybe a bit...but she did let us hang out in your house...and you could have birthday parties and all...so, cool what!

I thought the pen bit was soooooo ROMANTIC! Old school, sweet stuff...me likey!

NinJaMoo said...

Izso: Hahaha...I didn't say my mom isn't nice. I just said that there's a Terminator side to her. & don't think I can make to for the wedding =(

Naz: You hafta remember he's bigger than you ;p

NinJaMoo said...

ninjabee: True...true...but I think we had like 1 or 2 sotong teachers.

fairygodmother: Hehehe...yeah, pretty cool. & a pen being lomantic? REALLY??? Better go and tell your kemek ;p

Takakohazelnut said...

Yeah I thought the pen thing was super sweet! It's nice of you to share about your parents' romance. Now it can "live" on forever in people's hearts in print.

NinJaMoo said...

takakohazelnut: You're back! How was your trip?

maggie said...

Me thinks engraved pen thingy is sweet too! ^_^

Takakohazelnut said...

My trip was good :) Will blog about it when I have the time!

NinJaMoo said...

Maggie: Oh man! I am so outnumbered here!!! =Þ

Takakohazelnut: Will look forward to it! =)

izchan said...

your mom is cute. :P

And I know the look ... i think all mothers have them.

NinJaMoo said...

izchan: hahahha...I'll tell my mom that ;)