So today is Monday and to cheer myself up (what? you dont feel down on Mondays??), I went for my favourite Japanese grilled fish and had lunch with a book that I have just started reading. It was perfect. Just what I needed before running errands.
And then I started listening to what my surrounding ‘neighbours’ were talking about and who they were.
Couple on left : A gay couple who was so obviously into each other and sweet, that this is totally true.
One of them was younger and the older one was telling him how to write a cheque for paying his new school fees. Relax, he is not THAT young, he was going for additional classes. They were squabbling about the way the cheque was being written and it was just so endearing to listen to them. Then when their meals arrived, they gave each other what the other loved. More pickles for him, more rice for the other him.
Couple to my front: 2 Japanese ladies having a nice lunch with a baby in tow beside. But you know the funny thing – their babies are NEVER noisy, they are all perfectly smiley and quiet. Why is that so? The both of them eat quietly and smile and nod and nod and smile and nod. And throughout the 45 minutes of my lunch, the baby never makes a sound.
Japanese ladies have an innate quality to look so serene and calm all the time. Even when you see them in shopping centres with 2 infants (one on her and the other one holding onto her hand), they are always smiling.
Couple to my right: This Singaporean middle-aged woman and her mother just sat there, not speaking. The woman kept on looking at her iphone and her mother kept on looking at me. I think she has never seen anyone read while eating her lunch. She must think “that poor soul, she must be lonely”. When their food arrived, and the waiter asked who the salmon set is for, she LITERALLY TAPPED her index finger on the table and pointed to the space in front of her without even looking up. That disgusts me.
Oh well, that is typical life in Singapore for you.
What, you mean you don’t eavesdrop on others? ?