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For the past three months, this guy
has been shooting the basket all alone
from 7pm to 9 pm every day.
I asked him why
he was so interested in shooting
the basket but
never care to be a team player?
He told me that was none
of my stupid business.
I borrowed the ball from him
took a sharp shot
The ball went through the ring and the net
dropped on the cement court
He became friendly
and wanted to know if I ever represented
The conversation went on and on
Eventually he had some trust in me
I repeated the question of his three months
shooting the basket
At last he confided that the girl who used to
do the same thing at the same hour every day
suddenly never turned up again.
She refused to give him her address,
E Mail or otherwise,
She also refused his coffee
She completed her assignment
in Singapura and had to return to China,
without telling this strange guy
This poor guy,
still thinking that his beloved was
currently in Singapura
He wanted to hear the words
from her own beautiful mouth
that she did not like him.
What a special request?
I told him to advertise
in the Chinese papers all over China
Hopefully by then she would come to her senses
and give you her address?
The Kiasu always take any defeat as
the greatest blow on earth.
He refused to advertise because
the whole world would laugh at him.
I told him if he was really in love
with this fair Chinese lady
he would not mind if the people
from other planets also laugh at him.
Why didn’t you follow her
up to the flat to see the unit number?
I was afraid she might call the police.
If she did call the police
what can the police do ?
The worst they can do is
to ask you write down the places you
visited during the past seven days, and
then perhaps kick you a few times
on your bulging stomach
should you become uncooperative
A few kicks on the stomach
is a little price to pay
if you can successfully court her
Won’t you try again?
Copyright © 2004 by Poh Tiong Ho
Kiasu is a Chinese word for a person who has an irrational horror of failure, that he dares not try doing it.