Tuesday, May 17, 2005

PANDA NAMES

Lilian, who has the extraordinary power to make my stomach growl many a time with her Penang Faces photos, was a bit-bit surprised that I was using my real name and not a pen name.

My dad was never formally schooled.

Me thinks, he just mumbled my Chinese name to the clerk at the other side of the counter.

Am now suffering from the consequences...

That spell checker never fail to prompt if I am 'Long', 'Prong' or 'Wrong'.

Duh!!!

I have a good friend from primary school whose name is 'Torng'.

Try beating that...

Then, there were five sisters at my village.

Four of them share the same name... 'Hong Ah Moi'.

The clerk purportedly asked their father each time he came to report a birth; 'Ah Moi? Ah Moi?', intending to inquire if the child was a girl.

And the father nodded and nodded...

And, ever wonder why pandas are usually labeled with double sounding names?

Ming Ming... Bong Bong... or Toing Toing...

While not a panda, I recall reading about a certain Dr. George George in Malaysia.

And, surely, a certain Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the foreign minister of the interim Afghan government.

Many Myanmarese have double sounding names too...

Maung Maung... Lwin Lwin... and so on...

I once knew a cool Myanmarese guy by the name of Tun Tun.

I told him to migrate to Malaysia.

He'd instantly be almost royalty...