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no idea what anyone’s saying

I’m spending the 3rd day of New Year with my family and there’s an air of excitement because the NY horse racing is on the TV. It is a big event and I think some of them have placed bet and might have attended, rather than watch it on tele’. But the virus problem means only members and owners are allowed to go. Cannot say I would have been tempted, the Chinese gambling gene seems not to have been in my DNA, though I do love the 2p shove machines in St Ives arcade, and if I am honest I am wishing I could be beamed up there right at this moment.

It’s hard to be surrounded by 10 people all chattering excitedly when you simply have no idea. I can pick out the odd word here and there, but even then don’t know if I am right, as one word can mean any of eight words in a tonal language.

On the plus side though, my understanding of numbers is getting a good work out as I try to name the horses, and for now I guess I’ll just have to be happy with that.

Throughout the afternoon dish after dish is placed on the small table, and now a little cake for my nephew’s daughter’s birthday. We celebrated last week but it seems as she is a rat and it’s her year, then the celebrations continue on. That definitely gets my vote.

update. it seems Emily, Eunice’s Mum, has a line into a member at the races who is taking telephone bets for us. I have bet on number 7, as the jockey wearing red. perhaps I do have gambling Gene’s after all.

Everyone laughs as I urge on number 7.

because I shout cat, cat thinking I’m shouting 7, 7. but I am apparently shouting stupid scrotum? oh dear:
cat6″. The original character is “𡴶”, which means “scrotum”. On the contrary, in modern slang uses, it refers to the penis in a flaccid state, and commonly written as “𨳍” or “柒”. The implied meaning is thus “useless”, “stupid”, etc.

but even with the language divide I can feel part of this excitement. come on number 7! Wish me luck.

By backstagestives

Looking for my long lost family in Hong Kong
And previously....
Fell in love with coastal living 5 years ago. And moved to stunning St Ives. A place to create and grow and flourish. Got me a home and a job. And never looked back. Everyone talks and writes about the famous dead people of St Ives. Virginia and Alfred and Ben and Barbara and Peter and Wilhelmina. Well I thought I’d introduce you to some very nice folk, and they’re all very much alive and make St Ives a much the better town for it.

6 replies on “no idea what anyone’s saying”

Hang in there roomie. Never mind the language barrier what’s with all those numbers around the TV? Need a technical brain to work that lot out! 😂😂 Hugs to you on this grey St Ives morning. Xxx

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hello. now having a seafood and champagne extravaganza . abalone and giant prawns and scallops and…..
needless to say I’m sticking with vegetables tea and rice. thanks for Janie update I’ll write to her poor thing x

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Hi Lovely just finished a lovely stretch class with Kylie, just me and your roomies , It’s absolutely pouring here and is grey and miserable. Enjoy your family time . Take care xxxx

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hello. now having a seafood and champagne extravaganza . abalone and giant prawns and scallops and…..
needless to say I’m sticking with vegetables tea and rice. thanks for Janie update I’ll write to her poor thing x

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