6 months plus ago I had my first encounter of ‘beggar’ asking me for duit bunga (money) right in front of my house porch. What a scary experience that was!
Last Sunday afternoon, we had a Chinese man walking into our porch asking for money. Our house is currently under renovation and we don’t have a gate outside you see. So anyone can walk into our porch. He was standing right in front of our ‘inside’ house gate for a very long time, smoking a cigarette and talking in Hokkien.
At first we didn’t realize there was someone outside. Dad was at the living room watching TV and everyone was at the back. Chester was barking but I didn’t bother about it. He sometimes bark at passerby, neighbor’s car, etc. But his barking went on and on so I went outside and check.
I thought the man was looking for my dad so I called dad but once we heard him talking about ‘fa chai’ or something like that we knew he’s asking for money. Quickly I dragged Chester to the back of the house. Dad walked away. I told everyone at the back and we quickly stand beyond this man’s sight.
He waited and waited and waited. And we hid and hid and hid. Finally he’s gone.
Then this morning, two Indian guys in a motorcycle came to our house. One of them came to the ‘inside’ house gate and requested to see the boss. Behind our locked wooden door we told him the boss is not here. Then they were gone. They came back in the afternoon just now according to my grandma.
Do they think we’re loaded because we renovate our house? Of course that is the impression always. Most people have to save money for decades before they have enough to renovate their houses. Hard work!
I don’t think this is the end of them, surely they will come back or maybe another beggar will come asking for money. Just hope we don’t bump into them outside.
Any suggestion what we should do in case we run into them face to face? For me I think we shall ignore them and walk towards a neighbor’s house. Don’t open our house gate. Who knows they will follow us in.