I hope this is truth
Today very good day. Today I finish map.
Map hang on my wall in my bedroom. Above bed I sleep. Dei to make me look sophisticated. Sophisticated is word that is sophisticated. I found sophisticated in book about vocabulary. Dei to also remind me of past.
I am dik si driver. Read dik si. It is how we name taxi.
I like dei to. Dei to how we name map, I have mine for 10 years. I am dik si driver for 16, from 1997.
Today I take 3 people in my dik si, they help me finish map.
I wait at Admiralty for people every day, usually lot of people at Admiralty. In afternoon 3 people come into my dik si.
Out of 3 people 2 have golden hair. We call golden hair people gwai lo. The third person look local.
I ask them “where do you want to go?” I always ask passenger before they tell me where they want to go. People think I polite, but I do it because if I ask them first, taking them to destination is me do them favour, but if they tell me with me no ask then they order me, which I don’t like.
In past I no take order from anyone. In past I am stock trader have lots of money but eat hang seng zi so, DOW and other stock for breakfast. But everything lost in 1997. Wife, building, money, go away. My parents found me new wife, but I don’t think my lo po really like me. Everything else never come back. Aiya suen la no talk about it. Talk about it make me sad.
In past I travel everywhere. New York, London, Milan, Cape Town, Berlin, Paris, Morocco. But no proof. Never buy anything because working when travel.
This is why I drive dik si, and why I have dei to above bed. I meet many gwai lo when driving dik si and they help me finish map.
Today the local tell me they go to Ocean Park. Maybe he help take gwai lo around.
I ask them “where you two leng nui from?” leng nui mean ‘beautiful girl’, but we use it for stranger too.
I was so happy I nearly jump.
“I been to Italy! Florence, Rome, Venezia, Bella bella! Food so good! Pisa tower! O SOLE MIO! Long time ago!”
The gwai lo smiled. They believe easily. But I think what I said is truth.
The local smile as well but in different way. “Hai geh, hai geh”. It mean ‘ok, ok’ but in way that make me think he don’t believe.
But I think what I said is truth. I want them to believe, so I say “I been to Montana too! Many mountains! But no sea like Hong Kong!”
The gwai lo smile again. The meter beep and I sad. It remind me of what this is really about.
“Here is some Post-it note and a pen! Please write something and sign where you are from!”
I hand them Post-it note and pen, and they look surprised, but they write on it. The local looks out of window.
We nearly arrive at Ocean Park. I ask them “Do you like Hong Kong? Like travel?”
“Yes! I really like travelling! I think Hong Kong is a beautiful place!” The gwai lo nod too much. I drive faster.
The meter beep again. We are there. I tell them “Have a nice day” and they smile. I think I said truth.
They leave, they smile too much. I want to tell them I think I said truth, I want to thank them, but they leave and leave me with silent meter.
I drive back home. I could find more passenger and make money but dei to more important.
I come back to my small flat. No need for big flat because only me and my lo po live here. My lo po ask me “Why so early ah lo gong?” I tell her “Today great day I finish map!” She look at me like I am too happy. She follow me to my room as I put Post-its onto dei to. There is already Post-it on Italy but no Post-it on Montana.
Now there is Post-it on everywhere I was in before. Now I have proof and I can believe myself.
My lo po look and say “Aiya sor lo it no matter lah” and hug me. I hope hug is as true as Post-its on dei to.
This is the first time I’ve tried writing like this– hope you like it. Hopefully the chinglish doesn’t get in the way.