Our maid has been with us for 5 months plus and during this time we’ve caught her in some unsolicited actions such as embezzling our candies/chocolates/grandma’s herbal soup!, destroying property (scratches on the wall) and using our belongings without approval (electric shower). She didn’t admit to all the charges but we’ve cautioned her not to do it again. So far there have been no new cases. Good eh!
She is quite absentminded. Even my grandma remembers better than her! Talk about age difference… more than half a century man! All these are just some minor shortcomings. We’ve had some great funny moments together where all the women in the house just sat there laughing.
She’s hardworking though she bad at cooking (have never seen vermicelli until now). Over at her village, rice is all she eats. She’s observant. She’ll watch what you’re doing and she’ll follow ‘em. For example we didn’t tell her which key is for the front gate and one day she just ‘selamba’ took the keys and opens the gate. Oh yes, we must guard our action well. Ahh and she calls Chester as Che-Cheh or Che too. That’s Chester’s special nickname that I invented! Ishhhh!!!
As good and as bad as we may see, my sis and me believe that she understands Hokkien! There have been some incidents where we were talking in Hokkien and there she is commenting 1 or 2 short words regarding our conversation in Malay language. Or we say something funny in Hokkien and she’ll laugh. Ironically she never demonstrates she understands Cantonese.
I’ve asked her “You faham cina?” (Do you understand Chinese language). She said no. But isn’t it funny? If a person doesn’t understand what the others are talking will he/she laugh or answer them back? I know I won’t (I don’t laugh at my Japanese bosses ‘funny’ remarks). Ummphh maybe just maybe she’s an alien in disguise?
So how can I trap her to reveal her true self (whether she understands Hokkien)? Give some idea, please.