I had a blast with ern, sien, karin n c wah over at Times and Sg Wang on sunday. Sien was *cosplay-ing -technically as she was there to help a friend out but she was on stage nonetheless, speaking japanese!- and it was my first ever experience, being in a cosplay event.
Very surreal; I felt like I was an intruder because I have no idea whatsoever who or what they're portraying on stage and what their performance all meant when everyone around me-in the front, sides, back knew at once.
"Oh ! She's Nana !" *screams*
"That's Oko-na-so-dunno-what!" *screams*
"She's doing the scene where Princess Sakura..." *screams*
But it was fun nonetheless.
We parked at Times Sq for almost 12 hours !
My mother has always been vocal in disapproving dating while being in school and I've always respected that. To quote her : When you go out there you'll realize just how many better guys there are.
Well, I don't know about that, but I digress.
Eventhough my brother is already 24, my mom has never pushed him to get married or question him incessantly. In fact, she says he's too young to settle down. Suffice to say, she never bugs us to get hooked and she's always on our side whenever aunties or uncles ask the million dollar question : When are you getting a boyfriend/ girlfriend?
Or so I thought.
We were drinking coffee, yet again, at Kluang Station, Ikano, watching the world pass us by when an elderly man walks by holding small child. Out of the blue, she said,
"When only will I get to carry my grandchild?"
My brother looked at me and I naturally, turned to look at him. Before he could say anything, I retorted
"Koko, ka yau! "(Elder brother, add oil!) and continued concentrating on my tea.
I should have known the pressure would come! You see, earlier we bumped into a mutual family friend, Auntie A and her family. When two acquaintances meet each other after a few years you can almost predict what each will say.
First, there would be the customary "How are you's?", "What are you doing here's?", "Eaten already's?" and then the conversation will revert to the children.
Mom: "Eh? Your eldest son leh?"
Auntie A : "Aiya, he doesn't follow us already, he's out dating with his girlfriend. I'm supposed to go to China with him, but now since he has his girlfriend, he doesn't want to follow me, so I'm bringing my youngest. That's why I'm here, to buy winter clothing, China very cold, nowadays."
Mom : "Oh. Wah, your daughter so thin already ar!"
Me! Me! My turn! Say I'm thin too! Quick!
Auntie A : "Yeahla, everyday study, study, study, she was on the Dean's List since forever. She's studying in ... . She has a boyfriend too you know."
I have a feeling Auntie A is not gonna say I'm thin.
Mom : "Wah.."
Auntie A: "Her boyfriend's father drives a Mercedez, you know!"
Mom : "Wah.."
So there we were, at Kluang Station when she related the whole story to my dad, placing great emphasis on China, China, China, winter clothing (adding that the only cold place she's ever been to is Genting), boyfriend and Mercedez.
So actually I wasn't very surprised with all the grandchild thingy. It's just a phase. I'm comforting myself.
Then she added, as an afterthought: "I almost wanted to say that my daughter's boyfriend's father drives a Jaguar!"
Thank god she didn't!
Because the last time I checked, I don't have any boyfriend's father driving no Jaguar.
I don't even have a boyfriend. Period.
*Cosplay - a contraction of the English words "costume" and "play", is a Japanese subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, tokusatsu, and video games, and, less commonly, Japanese live action television shows, fantasy movies, or Japanese pop music bands. However, in some circles, "cosplay" has been expanded to mean simply wearing a costume.