It started with The Hakka deciding to go to Guangzhou, China, to source for products for his business projects.
客家人 － 酷酷的，穿着有品味，年轻，很瘦但好看，有时下流行的发型。
The Hakka – cool, dresses well, young,very thin but good- looking, sports the
The Hakka contacted The Foochow who has had business dealings in China for ten years already and is currently residing in Guangzhou.
Being a good friend, The Foochow happily welcomed the coming of The Hakka and was most willing to be a guide and help.
福州人 － 讲话大声，偏向胖的那一边，满脑子生意经，对服装与时尚等无聊东西一点兴趣都没有，房间里也没有镜子。
The Foochow – loud, more on the plump side, very business-minded, has no interest in fashion and such nonsense whatsoever, does not have a mirror in his bedroom.
Oh, did I mention The Hakka invited The Hokkien to come along, for reason only known to The Hakka himself?
The Hokkien is not important in this story, he is just the writer here.
After a day of sourcing around, The Foochow had some observation, but being very polite and not wanting to embarrass The Hakka, he secretly told The Hokkien that The Hakka isn’t business-minded enough as he is too straight and trusting, “he can be easily slaughtered by some unscrupulous business people in China,” The Foochow told The Hokkien.
But as The Hokkien observed, in fact The Hakka seemed very happy to be slaughtered thinking he had got some very good deals.
So being very kind and very Hokkien, The Hokkien told The Hakka what The Foochow said.
But being very typical of The Hakka, he remained cool and couldn’t be bothered with The Hokkien’s honest advice.
Therefore the only thing The Hokkien could do was, whenever The Hokkien saw that The Hakka seemed about to strike a deal on certain prices, The Hokkien
would quickly cry out to The Foochow to come and intervene and rescue. Then The Hokkien would quietly walk away because the loud negotiation technique of The Foochow can be quite embarrassing.
After two days, The Hakka got what he came for and was free to roam around and shop for souvenirs. Very randomly he wanted to buy a Chinese teapot though I had never seen him drink Chinese tea before. So he acted like a real pro looking at the teapots and asking the lady of the shop whether they sold limited designer’s edition teapots… The shop lady said all were designers’ limited editions!
But The Hakka could not find one he really liked， he was looking for something modern and creative…
Oh, come on, get serious man, Mr. Hakka, we are talking about Chinese teapots here! Modern design with daring
Then The Hakka overheard the lady boss spoke in their mother tongue and discovered with great joy that they were from the same village in China!
Wow, The Hakka felt as though he had found his root and his long lost sister in China. They only fell short of hugging each other and cried.
So the “kind” Hakka lady, full of compassion to help her possible long lost Hakka brother from Malaysia. She felt very concerned for The Hakka and said he would surely be slaughtered if he had gone to the other shops, as The Hakka’s various questions about teapots immediately betrayed the fact that he was only an amateur in teapots. So she comforted The Hakka that he had come to the right shop as
since they are from the same village in China, she was most willing to sell him very cheaply a designer teapot for RMB380 only! She said others would have easily quoted RMB1,000 and above since The Hakka appeared so raw in this trade. Of course The Hakka felt very touched by the love of his new sister.
At this juncture, seeing The Hakka was about to be slaughtered, The Hokkien quickly asked The Foochow to intervene again…
As a result, the very cheap RMB380 designer teapot was sold for only RMB150 to The Hakka!
The Foochow said if we were not rushing to the airport, he would have insisted on just RMB100…
I think we should all ask The Foochow to be our guide when we go shopping in China…