Tuesday, July 01, 2008

I don't think they know what a monkey is.

So my mother, in her continuing effort to own every piece of furniture on the planet, decided to buy a second dining table the other day because she found a little bit of extra space somewhere in the house.

The table arrives on a day when everyone is out, except for my mom's maid, who walked out in the rain to greet the delivery guys and get the table into the house. This woman has served my mother for 20 years and she runs the household beautifully.

As she walks to the gate, she hears my mom's neighbour say "Excuse me, but someone threw a cigarette butt outside our gate. Can you please pick it up."

It's not us, she said. No one in this house smokes.

What about the delivery boy? I think they threw it, came the smartass response.

Ok. I don't know. I'll pick it up for you after I've told them where to put the table, she said.

No. You pick it up now.

So my mom's maid walks out in the pouring rain, to the front of the neighbour's house (48 Swiss View Singapore 288054) and picks up a wet cigarette butt to throw it away. As she picks it up, she hears the neighbour's little girl say:

Monkey can smoke cigarette!

And then the little girl pointed at her and laughed.

And then the little girl's mother said:

Yes! Monkey can smoke cigarette!

And she also laughed and laughed.

I'm really not sure where these people get off calling someone a monkey. Perhaps they've never seen a monkey before. Or perhaps they think they're monkeys too. I wonder what the Philippine Embassy would have to say about someone calling one of their most honest, hardworking, trustworthy citizens a monkey, just because she decided out of the goodness of her heart to pick up a piece of trash in front of someone's house as a personal favour.

27 Comments:

At 11:20 PM, Blogger Little Miss Drinkalot said...

At the risk of sounding Nazi, this is precisely why I think certain people should not be allowed to pro-create.

 
At 12:22 AM, Blogger expat@large said...

Wonder if monkey can throw molotov cocktail through front window of house?

Or just shoot them and say monkey mistook them for burglars.

 
At 1:29 AM, Blogger monkey girl said...

It shows just how that kind of racism is passed down thru the generations. How very sad.

I often call my girls, "little monkeys" as it was an endearment my father used to call me.

I hope your Mother or you say something to the neighbor. That kind of racism should not be ignored.

 
At 2:07 AM, Blogger -ben said...

The purpose of love, sex, and marriage is the production and raising of children. But look about you: Most people have no business having children. They are unqualified, either genetically or culturally or both, to reproduce such sorry specimens as themselves. Of all our privileges, the license to breed is the one most grossly abused. (Edward Abbey)

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger ene said...

LMD: I agree with you. 100%.

How about taking a picture of a monkey off the internet, photoshop the words "This is how a monkey looks like", make it poster-size and install it on their front gate?

Alternatively, suggest gently that they visit the zoo to differentiate between a monkey and human.

Or what the heck. Go back to school to learn basic manners.

 
At 1:29 PM, Blogger the VirginPornStar said...

Ironic really, considering they're the ones who're acting uncivilised. I think even monkeys have more manners than they do. Disgusting.

 
At 2:12 PM, Blogger Fore! said...

Racism is one of the 2 things in this world that I detest the most. The other is niggers.

 
At 2:45 PM, Blogger Michael McClung said...

fore!-

You're funny! Like trichonosis.

 
At 11:15 PM, Blogger DilettanteP said...

Yes I so agree with Little Miss Drinkalot and Ben!

Ok, how about taking a picture of those sorry asses and their house and send it to the newspapers?

Btw, what suburb is Swiss View?

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger Dutchess said...

And people wonder what's wrong with Singaporean kids today... it's all very simple, monkey see, monkey do.

I blame the parents.

 
At 6:50 PM, Blogger HairyDonut said...

Swiss View is in the Upper Bukit Timah area. People who live in that area are supposed to be wealthy enough to afford a proper education for their children.

My mom's maid says tossing a molotov cocktail could damage the underlying structure of the shared wall between the neighbour's house and my mom's house and therefore this is not feasible.

However, she has agreed not to pick up any more cigarette butts for them.

She also said Texan burglars are bigger and easier to shoot. The neighbours are from Hong Kong, and make for smaller targets.

 
At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Han said...

no wonder! I hate hongkies. almost all the ones I know are racists, those slitty eyed bastards.

 
At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't you sue or do something legal to educate them the cost of their racist bile?!

 
At 1:37 PM, Blogger swallowyen said...

Horrible conversations! No wonder kids nowadays are so...

You know what I mean.

 
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