By Ling

It was my farewell party the other night.  Yes, I am leaving my current workplace due to disagreements with the practice owner – which I won’t talk about right now.
Anyway, we had dinner and then drinks, drinks and more drinks.  Although I was born and bred in the UK, I am more Chinese than I am British.  I don’t get the Western drinking culture.  I work so hard to waste it on alcohol?  Erm, no thanks.
I was like, “Yeah, water for me.  Tap, please!”

No, I’m not THAT cheap.   I didn’t say “tap”

…unlike Mr Geek!!  A while ago, we were on a works night out with all his medic colleagues in this posh West End Italian restaurant.  The waiter came round and asked everyone for their drink orders.  “Beer…diet Coke…beer…vodka and lemonade….”

It was Mr Geek’s turn and he said “Water please”

The waiter asked, “Sparkling or still sir?”


Everyone around the table stifled their laughter.

And then it was my turn.  “Water please”

“Sparkling or still?” (no ‘tap’ option still)

“HOT water please!”

This may be an overgeneralisation, but why do Western people not drink hot water.  Drinking hot water seems to be a foreign drink for them!

In conclusion :  Chinese people are cheap.

7 Comments on H2O

  1. tiko_tusukimi
    July 24, 2006 at 10:32 am (8 years ago)

    my tumble dryer’s older than me too!!!

    haha, i order water at restaurants too! =P maybe it’s an auyeung family trait?

    yes…im pretty ashamed of my swearing vocab…the neds bring out the worst in me, haha



  2. cheesecakelai
    July 24, 2006 at 7:55 am (8 years ago)

    majority of chinese ppl aren’t cheap when it comes to food and eating… but everything else then yeh, they are a bit stingy sometimes (like how my mum wont change our tumble dryer which is in fact older than me coz it still works and it doesnt even match the kitchen =.=”)

    and waters healthy innit


  3. thepianogenius
    July 23, 2006 at 5:39 am (8 years ago)

    and we probably spend more on food than westerners do anyway.


  4. thepianogenius
    July 23, 2006 at 5:38 am (8 years ago)

    hmm not sure if chinese are cheap, i think we’re just not really into drinking! anyway water’s the most healthy and best….the best things in life are free!


  5. da_coolraymo
    July 22, 2006 at 8:11 pm (8 years ago)

    At these most chinese folk aint in debt….

    concerning the water, its all a culture thing innit?


  6. enoch_hlh
    July 22, 2006 at 6:37 pm (8 years ago)

    oh we must feel so shameful then coz we were much cheaper than you 2 based on what ive seen 3 months ago when you were here in cardiff! :D


  7. thebiggee
    July 22, 2006 at 6:17 pm (8 years ago)

    Yeah its strange, Western people react funnily when they hear we drink boiled water.  Yet they complain when they drink unclean water.  Boiling kills germs we must keep telling them.

    Chinese people are ‘cheap’ because they work much harder for their money.  At least here in UK, majority of Chinese slave away in Chinese takeaways so every penny they make/ save counts.  Poor Chinese have to save more.  Rich people become scrooge.  Sad, but true.


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