Tuesday, January 03, 2006
A Happy New Year to all of you!!
Now, I am a year older. More matured? I hope so, but yet....it is hard to delete (computer lingo?) the child in me.
Anyway, during the New Year's holiday, I spent a lot of time around Jalan Petaling, the now infamous street where the seller bullies the customer to buy their stuffs. Luckily, they never did harass me. Usually, when they asked me to see their display inclusive of , shirts, bags, pirated vcds, porno vcds, fake watches etc, I always declined nicely. Unless if I want to buy the items, then I only bargain on the item that I want to buy and then....buy it.
Words of Wisdom on how to conduct oneself at Petaling Street (the way I do it):
1) Always pay for the item that you had bargained and won.
2) Always set the starting bargain price at 1/4 of the price given.
3) Step up the price slowly.
4) Never look at the pornographic vcds sold. (If you start to browse, then the seller would start to force you to buy them).
5) The seller sometimes would call you names such as Stupid, Crazy, etc while you're bargaining, just ignore the names and concentrate on the price. I had an experienced while bargaining for a pair of sunglasses, where the guy started to shout at me at the top of his lung. In the end, I got the sunglass at RM12.00, when the starting price was RM48.00!!
6) Look for tell tale signs that the seller is getting annoyed at you. Sometimes, the price is really reasonable, and when you still press for lower price, the seller's face would get red, the nostrils dilated, his head would shakes from left to right (never up and down), and sometimes just ignore you. Take the hint, and increase the price. Or move to another stall.
7) Lastly, be courteous, smile and bargain nicely. Remember, these people usually have connection to Tai Ko (Kong Si Gelap), anger them at your own risks. (Uh, for you Englishmen, this Tai Ko is just like your Mafia).
Uh, currently reading the third book on the Doona Series, by Anne McCaffery.
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The race of man shall perish, but the eyes
Of trilobytes eternal in stone,
And seem to stare about in mild surprise
At changes greater than they have yet known.
- T.A. Conrad
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
- William Blake,
excerp from Auguries of Innocence.