Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Azhar Dayok, Maknor Kerah & Ali Tong Geh.

Cooking gas tanks are made to last but don't ask me why people call him Ali Tong Geh when he's built like a baby tortoise; always hungry and moving ever so slowly that he'd be the last person you wanna have around when you've got an important thing to do like trying to catch the attention of a girl who has just moved in to a big white house with her family.
People say her father is a big guy in Eastern Mining Company and he speaks English like white folks do. People say he's from Penang. People also say her mother is a very petty woman from Kuala Trengganu so it's only natural that her three daughters are fair and pretty just like her. As a matter of fact, the eldest sister would later win first prize in the Ratu Kebaya Dungun 1970 competition. Wong the photographer from Kedai Gambar Hollywood would have her sit with the rest of the ugly contestants for a picture which he would later produce in large-sized prints. You can still steal a glance at the pictures in the showcase of his shop if you happen to find yourself in a dream and wake up in Dungun of all the places in the world.
People say the eldest sister is the most beautiful girl ever to come and live in Dungun but I don't think so. I'm ready to bet both my feet that the youngest sister is the prettiest girl I've ever seen in real life. Of course I've seen the prettiest girl before in a movie poster Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor. I've never seen Elizabeth Taylor in real life so I won't know for sure how pretty she is outside the movie but for now, I've got me the prettiest girl living right next door to our house and I've got to find out who she is. At least her name so I can think of something like call her name out loud and run as fast as I can so she won't see me.
Which is why I'm having second thoughts about making Ali Tong Geh the kinda friend I should be with. The way I see it, he is getting in the way of my scheme of things but I gotta keep him thinking that we are best of friends. He may be slow but he's quick to spread a secret if you have one to people like Azhar Dayok and Maknor Kerah. These two are not the kinda people you wanna have around when you've got someone like the girl-next-door whose attention you're trying to attract. They are from a kampong further down and they watch too many Hindustani movies for their own good.
I'm thinking of cutting off the friendship with these three stooges. Who needs them when the prettiest girl in the world is staying in a house right next to mine.

8 Comments:

Blogger tokasid said...

Salam Bergen:

At last the story of Dungun childhood is back.
And just to remind you, before your umrah during Ramadhan you wrote about your Penang days with (?)Yusof and you promised to write more about Penang.

But, Dungun is as good too.

10:56 AM  
Blogger NJ said...

Bergen Sir,

Keep on writing.. I definitely wanna know more about this pretty girl the 4 boys/guys were squabbling about..:D

12:15 PM  
Blogger cakapaje said...

Salam bro,

This is not a case of Living Next Door to Alice, is it? Hmm...for all you know her name is Alice, or Liz, or even Elizabeth but not Taylor. And maybe, just maybe lah, that could be the ice breaker you need, like: "Pardon me, but I could swear Elizabeth looks so much like you; your name would not be Alice, would it?" If you decide to use it, tell me how it goes; might just want use it myself later :)

ps Azhar Dayok sounds more Sarawakian.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Bergen
No one ever forgets a pretty face, huh?

4:27 PM  
Blogger Zawi said...

Bergen,
This is a beginning to another great story. Keep on writing cos you have an entertaining style of your own.

1:54 PM  
Blogger muteaudio said...

Salam,
This reminds me of 2 sisters yg baru pindah dan belajar mengaji kat surau. Ramai yg sanggup dr mengaji waktu mlm tukar ke pagi.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Mek Na said...

salam Bergen...keep writing more abt penang..and that prettiest girl u ever met...sape eh? curious :p

10:26 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Tokasid: I know I'm writing less and less these days. There's a lot to do now that a few investors are interested buy the company. It's an easy way out to get the money and run, he he. And classes at UIA are getting tougher by the day. More to read but heaven knows if I understand a quarter of it. The stories are in drafts but it wouldn't be right to publish them since there are still details missing and things like that.

Thank you for your support, doc.

NJ: The pretty girl lived next door. Will get to writing about it soon.

Cakapaje: It's not like that Smokie song, sir. It's not like having lived 25 years of waiting for a chance he he. A dayok in Dungun's term would be red indian in cowboy movies.

Fauziah Ismail: I know I don't, ma'am. If only I could marry all the pretty girls I've met but that's now how it is in this world.

Zawi: Thank you, sir. You've said nice things there. It's a great encouragement for me to do just that.

Muteaudio: LOL, men would do anything to win the attention of a pretty girl. I know I would. And I have in my life. Many times. LOL.

MekNa: Thank you for visiting. This is a nice day to receive a visitor by this name.

To everyone who dropped by this way, thank you for coming and stay sharp, y'hear?

12:00 AM  

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