I nodded. Along came her friend, a more tanned Chinese lady. As they had so many bags, I offered them to put them on the chair beside mine. The fair lady straight away gave me the stuff and before long she went to order her food, leaving her friend to wait for her. There were no thanks or anything.
"Ma man chi ah..." (eat slowly) she said. She must have seen me 'gulping' down my food. It wasn't that I wanted to get out of the table quickly, but more because I was hungry (or was the food good?).
Her statement got me a lil surprised - no one has really mentioned that to me, apart from close relatives or friends. But here, a girl I offered a seat is telling that to me (of course in a nice way).
We started some conversation on where she came from. Because she was slightly tanned, I wasn't too sure of her roots - she could be Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian or from mainland China. Honestly, she looked local to me - maybe above average with her big bambi eyes like. But her earlier gesture made me wasn't too sure - I had a feeling she might just be from China.
True enough, she was from Shanghai. We continued the conversation on China-Singapore and her being here. She was really friendly sharing modestly about Shanghai. In between her friend came back with her food. Plonked her plate. And if I was gulping my food, she was one step more. She did join in the conversation a lil - actually just one sentence before the food was back to her main attention.
I left shortly after. But with some questions.. 2 people from the same country, yet so different. One so friendly and nice - similar to those that I've been mentioning on Ni Hao... while the other is the one many people see and have different thoughts - the swift, no-nonsense, I-come-first behaviour/ attitude.
Have you had any encounters with the mainland Chinese - either in China or back home? Or you yourself from mainland Chinese? What do you say? :)