I worked today despite the public holiday.
I had initially wished the double chin Chinese guy to invite me for a day outing, but he didn't call.
After work, I texted him to ask if he was interested to at least have tea with me.
He replied in the affirmative.
I then picked him up at his place.
It turned out that he was cleaning his apartment the whole day for Chinese New Year celebrations. Some Chinese guys are very particular about cleanliness...but some not even bothered to shower in the morning. The double chin guy belongs to the clean type. Lucky me.
Okay, he eats pork, but there's nothing I can do about it....for now.
We ended up at the Oasis in Subang.
Since I had told him I'm dieting because of my excessive weight, he took me to the vegetarian Secret Recipe restaurant there.
I'm now almost 50 kg.
Need to reduce it to at least 44 kg within this next three months.
He ordered a fruit salad, veggie salad with cashew nuts and a soup like salad with tofu and mushroom. He drank mineral water while I was having my favorite Earl Gray tea. Strictly no sugar.
The meal costs RM51.20. He paid.
As I was munching on the mostly veggie meal, I can't help but remembered the current in-thing sinister jokes about PM DS Najib Razak. He is being ridiculed as a "kangkung PM". My vegetarian meal didn't include kangkung.
Najib is apparently getting whacked from both sides of the political divide over his now infamous "kangkung" remark.
The guy simply can't speak in a lighter mood (which I believe was what he did) without getting whacked.
Remember, when he made that remark about MCA needing a political viagra to revive itself during the party's AGM last month? That was supposed to be a joke but ended up with the likes of Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider coming to a conclusion that Najib had meant to ridicule the MCA.
For me, those who believed in the pro-Pakatan portals' spin were themselves "kangkung" with no brain to think for themselves.
I guess Najib need to come up with a new strategy to handle issues so that they do not become a PR disaster like this stupid "kangkung" episode.
Well, if it's any comfort for the Najib's camp, at least it is kangkung and not some other more sinister vegetables such as aubergine or bitter gourd.
And after all, when I was very young and in school, my teacher once told my class that eating kangkung (or in english water spinach), was a sign of being intelligent.
According to my teacher's story, once upon a long long time ago, the Sultan of Malacca was invited for an audience by the Emperor of China. Malacca was a vassal state of China at that time and therefore the Sultan had no choice but to be present.
The Ming dynasty's court protocols required all those in the presence of the Emperor to bow their head. Therefore, no one really knows what the emperor looked like.
The Sultan of Malacca had really wanted to see what the Emperor actually looked like and devised a trick so that he could do so.
For the banquet, he asked for uncut fried kangkung to be served at his table.
So, when it is time to eat, he lifted the whole of the uncut fried kangkung above his head, tilted his head backward and slowly started munching at the vegetable dangling above his head from his fingers.
And of course he therefore got to see what the Emperor looked like as others bowed their head throughout the banquet.
When the emperor asked why he ate the vegetable that way, the Sultan said "Oh, that's how we Malays of Malacca eat kangkung."
The Emperor knew the Sultan was merely bullshitting, but being a nice guy that he was, he let it passed as he felt that the Malay chap running the small piece of land called Malacca was such a smart fellow.
The Emperor had even decided to marry one of his daughters from one of his hundreds of wives to the Sultan who at that time only have a paltry of three wives and have only one slot left according to his religion.
Well, it pays to be a smart guy like that Sultan of Malacca.
Hopefully Najib will be smart too and do the necessary to stem the current tide against him.