Sunday, 21 November 2010

Am I back in secondary school?

Throughout my primary and secondary school years, because my name is a rather uncommon name, I received more than my fair share of teasing and taunting about it because you know what kids are like, they tease and make fun of other kids. That gradually disappeared, thank god, and I sailed through the University years without any reminder of what else or how else my name could sound like. 

On my name tag which I wear during work at the supermarket, I have requested only my first name to be put on it, which is 'Peng Peng'. These are some of the comments I get from it, as far as I can remember.

"Is that your real name?"

"What a beautiful name !" -- now that, I don't mind at all.

"What an unusual name !" -- define 'unusual' please...

"Is that your first name and your surname?"

 "Your parents like your name so much they named you twice?" -- do they even think when they say things like that?

"Your sister must be called 'Peng Peng Peng' and your other sister 'Peng Peng Peng Peng'....." -- what?!?!

Anyway, these are only some of the comments I can remember.... bear in mind I have been working at the supermarket for nearly three years now and I'm sure there must have been more than that said to me at the check out by people who cannot resist to say 'witty' and 'funny' things to the check out girl.

Can you imagine what it would be like if I had included my surname in it?! 

2 comments:

Rosfida Abu Sufi said...

Hah...so immature of them to say that last bit about your sister having Peng3 or Peng4!!! Ridiculous!!
You know what I was called...Mospida sempena nama watak karun Jepun..Siot betul!!!
I feel ya Babes..

Fely said...

Some people don't seem to be born with speech filters. Shit comes out of their mouths like they suffer verbal diarrhoea. Most of the times, it's better not to stoop to their level. Other times, a word or two of retaliation would be very much needed. There's nothing wrong with your name, and it's a beautiful one at that. Hugs! XXX

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