this morning, while i was on my way to work... (conversations between a cab driver and myself)
Me: good morning, i'd like to go to..
Cabbie: morning, ok.
Several seconds passed....
Cabbie: miss, are you malaysian?
Me: ah? oh yes, i am. why?
Cabbie: oh, i thought you’re a foreigner.
Me: eh? what made you think so? i'm malaysian, all right. i'm from Sabah.
Cabbie: oh, Sabah. no wonder. no la, just that i've been driving taxi for so long and from my personal experience, only foreigners greet me when they hail my cab. that’s why i thought you’re a foreigner. local passengers never bothered to do so. i never expected this, it’s really nice of you. i think your parents have raised you well.
Me: why, thank you. actually, sabahans are generally friendly. (yang kambang lubang idung kijap ni)
Cabbie: ya, you’re right. i heard that a lot.
Me: thanks (smiled)
it’s a good feeling when someone compliments you on your simple courtesy, and you didn’t even see it coming. you think that because it’s a daily fixtures of life, people won’t notice your simple routines but there are some, who actually noticed it. yes, it is such a good feeling indeed.
just wondering whether malaysian kl-ites are that stuck up..or maybe it's all about the 'simply can't be bothered' attitude. hmmmm...
LESSON - simple gestures & courtesy will bring you everywhere.