Pretty Pretty


One thing that I’ve noticed is that sometimes people double up their words, and it’s cute.  Similar to how English speakers speak to little kids and say things such as, “Ok, we are going bye-bye now”, or “Do you need to go wee-wee?”  It’s just cute.

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My most favorite thing to say lately is more of an expression than an actual word or phrase.  Instead of saying, “Wow!”, try replacing it with “Whaa!” Start by saying water, but don’t finish with the ‘ter’, just leave it hanging.  Now try saying it with excited eyes!
There you have it, my favorite new thing to say.

Happy Mumbling Monday. WHAAH!

Whaa! Don’t these flowers look like Lego Flowers?

Hello Kitty makes everything better

I like advice.  Probably because I am curious and there is no way to experience everything for myself .  I figure that it’s OK to get pointers from everyone I can.  I got a little nugget of gold from one of my friend’s mothers.

We were downstairs in their basement, and the guys were playing pool.  His mom offered me a beverage and of course I accepted.  We walked over to the basement fridge and she pulled out a cold one for me and we gabbed for a bit.  Eventually I finished up and asked her where to put my empty can for recycling.
She motioned for me to follow her, to my amazement, there was a little bin for recycling next to her ironing board.  She looked at me, shyly smiled and said, “I always have a beer while I iron, I might as well enjoy myself while doing the boring chores.”

While I love the idea, I haven’t quite picked up the ironing and beer combo as my own (yet) but I took her advice to heart.

Now, when I clean the apartment, iron, or do the dishes, I wear this cute little Hello Kitty apron and  it makes things more enjoyable.  A mere $18 HK ($2.32 USD) well spent.  She’s right, everything should be enjoyable on some level.

Hello Kitty makes smiles.


A word I really like to hear, as well as say, is “Zenga”. Say it almost like Jenga (that ultra hip game we all used to play), but put a zee sound at the beginning and add an ‘ahh’ to the end.  It means, “Really”, used most often to confirm something in the same way English speakers use it.

“I held a snake.” -Nicole
“Zengahh!?” -you, the loyal reader

Action: Nicole attaches a photo of herself holding a little red snake for proof.

“How cool, what was it like?” -you, again.
“It was really strong and muscle-y, mostly just awesome.” -Nicole
“Zengahh!” -you, because you also now love saying this word and are mega impressed that I held  tiny snake.

Thanks for tuning into another Mumbling Monday.

Moe Mon Tai

If you happen to get yourself into a situation that you aren’t necessarily fond of, but it’s not the end of the world, go ahead and try out the phrase for “No Problem”.

Say it like this: Moe Mon Tai.

I believe it’s normally used to diffuse a situation, but I haven’t gotten myself into any real issues with anyone, so I like to use it when something small happens, like when the magazine stand doesn’t have any Ying Mon magazines.

“Ying Mon?” -Me, pointing at the magazines.

“No.”-Handy magazine stand dude/lady

“Moe Mon Tai. Ng Goy” -Me

WHOA.  Did I just toss you a 2-fer?  Sure did.  “Ng Goy” means a plethora of things, I use it all the time, and just hope it’s the right situation.
Try pronouncing the Ng part as if you just said “Sing” but with out the S and the I.  Goy is pronounced more like “Guy” but that’s just how I hear it.  It can mean any thing from “Thank you, Please excuse me, Please, Can I, Oops…” and that’s all I know of right now.  If you want someone to get out of your way,  you toss a “Je Je” on the end.
Say that like, “Ng Guy zhee zhee.”.

Thanks for tuning into Mumbling Monday.  Tune in next week to see if I’ve learned anything new or if I just let this week’s 2-fer ride out.

Motivating Lamma Street art

Remember how I was lost?

No inspiration explanation needed for today’s Mumbling Monday.  Please read my Lost in Mong Kok post if you have no idea what I’m referring to.

Quick and dirty, here’s how you say, “Where’s  (a/the)”— then fill in the blank with what you are looking for.

“Hai-Bin-do”… say it like, “High Bean Doe”*

The other day was filled with this phrase, which made it even more difficult when I can’t understand basic directions, but… baby steps. I was saying, “Hi Bean Doe Art Supply Store” which obviously was an inherently flawed question.

Thanks for stopping in and Enjoy your day!

If you can get someone to stop, there are plenty of people to ask.

*My interpretation of how I would say it.  I’m not an official person.  At all.