When it comes to men, you wanna know what I hate most (besides B.O)?
Let’s say, I have this great conversation with a decent looking man where we share lots of insane laughter and exchange of endless silly stories mixed with some really intelligent ones, and then all of a sudden he says,
“Hey, where were you 10 years ago? I wish I had known you then.”
I really hate that.
What is he really implying?
Is that some kind of flirting going on here? Or he’s trying to tell me that he thinks I’m trying to flirt with him and by all means he’s okay with it? Or it’s a kind of test? Or he’s indirectly trying to ‘mengumpan’ me in case I am something in between Gabby of Desperate housewives and Samantha of SATC?
Or maybe it’s one of those lame pick-up lines he needs to practice just to know the possible results if he uses it on single girls. Aiseh, wrong guinea pig for the wrong experiment lah brother.
I know for sure I’m an accidental flirt. I always mean well, but the body language, voice and eye contacts suggest otherwise. I’m famous for sending all the wrong signals. I need to learn on how to synchronize my mind with my body language.
It’s difficult. Especially during my first few months at Uni. You see, I was from an all girls’ school. It’s so normal to tease a friend then ‘angkat-angkat kening’ just to irritate her more. But when I did that to boys, they thought I was trying to flirt with them. Aiyyoh.
Those days, sometimes I wished I could wear a sticky note on my forehead that read: ‘I make a lot of silly jokes and enjoy teasing people, but trust me I’m not trying to flirt with you.’ Translated to BM it should read, “Aku memang macam ni, aku bukan nak ngorat engkau.”
Since I couldn’t find a 5inch X 5inch yellow sticky note then, I only managed to tell a few female friends about it. One of them had the guts to tell me,
‘Ye, kau ni kadang-kadang memang nampak gatal.’
An even gutsier friend said this:
‘Kau tu aku tengok rajin sangat melayan, itu pasallah diorang tu jadi perasan.’
I think I have this problem till today. Being friendly, attentive (puke), attractive (puke some more), bubbly and talkative can cause a lot of misunderstanding. You know, lah… the male species. They’re damn good at deciphering signals that they can’t detect the un-encrypted ones. Most of the times, “No” means NO. Get it?
Because of all these uninvited problems, I have been wearing my ‘garang’, ‘sombong’ and unapproachable looks for some time. An older work colleague once told me that before he got to know my name, he nicknamed me as the girl with the ‘jangan main-main dengan aku’ look. I guess many people fear me by now. Hmmmm…. That’s good. Suddenly I have this really nice and comfortable feeling. Must continue with the Warbook game, my General and the Kingdom has been neglected for some time.