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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Another Sri Lankanism

I work at the head office of my company which is in Tokyo. But there are another few offices which are scattered nearby, where lot of my friends work - the Sri Lankan ones, I meant. And some of them live nearby my apartment as well.

This morning, one of the Japs comes to me.

Sach, some of your friends who work at that office live nearby you?

Umm... yeah. There's M.

I need to send a parcel there tomorrow, will she be OK?

Yeah, I guess so.

Then I goes back to work and forgets all about it.
The Jap comes back in couple of hours.

Did you ask her about it?

Ask what?

Well, if she could take that parcel to the office?

WTF, was my first thought. But of course I didn't say it. Instead;

Oh, no not yet. Since she might be busy I thought of asking her during the lunch hour.

Alright. Thanks a lot.

Honestly, it didn't even occur to me that I should ask her whether she could deliver it. But then again, why would I? I just know that she would never refuse, besides just asking someone for a favor - out of the blue - is our way, isn't it? Poor Japs, they don't really know what it is like to be Sri Lankan.

But I sent her a text anyway.



  1. Yes Sach, I have been Japanized very well, during last few years even my mother wonder about what happened to that high demand guy! It is good to nice to other people!

  2. @Dee
    Indeed we are!

    Yup it is bro... But I didn't mean being not nice. Just that we are not overly polite... are we...


  3. Yep, our way of thinking is definitely unique, no doubt.. ^__^ but so is theirs.. hehe..

    oh and does that include forgetfulness as a common trait in our culture? Cuz I seem to hear it too often, especially from Lankans.. =D

  4. LOL oh yeah, we are indeed forgetful alright!
    At least I am. You don't want to get me started on that though!