Sunday, July 22, 2007

Calling people

Lilypie 2nd Birthday Ticker

I know how to ask for people lately. As I know everyone in Ai Yee’s (Mummy’s sister) family and I will go:

Ah Yee” – Mummy will say that she is at home.

And then I will say “air-rik” (Uncle Eric) and Mummy will say he is at home, at Ai Yee’s house.

Then I will go “che-che” (referring to Ro Wyn, my cousin sister) and Mummy will say she is at home, at Ai Yee’s house.

And then I will go “tor-tor” (as in kor kor, referring to Jo Tien, my cousin brother) and Mummy will say he is at home, at Ai Yee’s house.

And then I will ask for “ta-tak” (as in kakak, referring to Ai Yee’s maid) and Mummy will say she is at home, at Ai Yee’s house.

I will also add “Pa” (referring to Grandpa) and Mummy will say he is at home, at Grandpa’s house.

And then I will ask for “em-mah” or “mama” (referring to Grandma) and Mummy will say she is at home, at Grandpa’s house.

And this whole cycle will start all over again and again.


When Ah Mai (Papa’s sister), Uncle Jason (Ah Mai’s husband), Ah Por and Ah Kong (my paternal grandparents) left KL, I’ve been asking Mummy and Papa:

Ah Mai
- in which they will answer “Ah Mai not here, Ah Mai in LA at home”

Then I will go “Chern” (Uncle Jason)
- and they will say “Uncle Jason with Ah Mai in LA at home”

Then I will go “Tong-Tong” (Kong-Kong)
- and they will say “Kong-Kong in Penang at home”

And then I will add “Por-Por
- and then will say “Por-Por in Penang at home”

And this whole cycle will start all over again and again.


Another family cycle I do also is for Papa’s friend, Uncle Adrian;

I will go “Ah Wai” (referring to Aunty Siew Wye, Uncle Adrian’s wife) and then “air-jern” (referring to Uncle Adrian) and then “Chon” (referring to Shawn, their son).

And lately, I will also ask for the people I know at the nursery;

“air-lis” for Aunty Alice
“ang” for Aunty Ng
“choo” for Aunty Choo
“chon” for Shon
“min” for Baby Madalene

And of course the “che-ches” and “tor-tors” too.

4 comments:

Zara's Mama said...

Haha..

Is this a daily ritual you have there? "Sending your regards" to everybody? :P

mommy of 2 angels said...

toddler's talk is sooo entertaining!

ryeli said...

zmm - oh yes, a daily ritual indeed. many, many times throughout the day with her.

mommy of 2 angels - it is until they start repeating themselves all over again. i'm so looking forward to the 'why's'!

KittyCat said...

This is so funny! She'll be a hit in traditional Chinese households where you need to call everyone before mealtimes...