“Ya, it’d be really good to be able to fix him up with some team – a kind of
“Hmm”, another flick of a page and still no register of interest.
“He should play for Kedah, they’ve got a good....,”
“What? No, he should play for Terengganu! They are better”.
“Better? What if he doesn’t understand them? What would he make of, “Ha, mung pah pah bola tu molek-molek!”?
That made him sit up. When he put the book down, I knew he was ready for this interstate war of the Wans.
“And what made you think he can understand Kedahspeak – “Hang main baik baik, jangan lok lak, jangan dok tertomoih!”
And it went on and on and on....all because T came back with another trophy from the three aside tournament recently. He scored most of the goals and was quite proud of it too. Recently he played with a team of Malaysians in
The atmostphere in the Wan household in this part of west
“But they scored rubbish goals, Mama,” he said to me when his brother wasn’t around. I suspect, he said this to reinforce his confidence in the team he has been supporting since he turned his back on Arsenal at the tender age of seven.
H, on the other hand has been a die hard Arsenal fan since he was five. As parents who know nought about football, we learn to cope with the stress, joy and tears everytime Arsenal wins or loses. We sigh with relief when Arsenal wins cos it means H bounding in through the front door and leaping with joy. But, you wouldn’t want to know when Arsenal loses. It is not a pretty sight when a grown-up man cries.
But what do we as parents do? Parents who know nought about football? My husband once tried to console his eldest when Arsenal lost by asking him to change his team. “Daddy, I’ve been supporting Arsenal since I was five!” he said, the hurt obvious in his voice, the pain so plain on his face at the very thought of shifting loyalty. He has every Arsenal jersey that comes on the market and that must have cost us a fortune. He has even queued up in the rain to meet Ian Wright. He was even featured in the sports page of The Independant when Arsenal hailed Arsene Wenger as their manager, and Daddy wants him to change teams????
Personally, I dread the seventeenth of May. Somehow it has a familiar ring to thirteenth of May. Bloodshed no matter what happens. I worry not just for the two brothers on opposite sides but also for us non-football fans parents caught right in the middle.
In the meantime, I am making my move, navigating my way to achieve my goal in the Kedah vs Terengganu game.....
(In the meantime too, we are not sharing pillows!)
Heh heh, Kak Teh, sharing pillows with the'enemy' sounds like some spy story. GO KEDAH !!!! (tertomoih .. I like that word!!)
hehehe...gelak baca cerita kak Teh pasal interstate war...seb baik lady ni sama2 dari Melaka tapi Melaka ni bab bola...hampeh...
Tapi at least Kak Teh berjaya menarik perhatian dia dari buku tu...hehhehe...
Anak lady tu die hard fan Manchester United...
I'm all for Kedah! Hijau kuning tanahku, Darulaman negeri Ku.. hehe
Queen - memang kak teh pun suka the word tertomoih! orang terengganu tak faham tu! - ya - and i like thattoo - sleeping with the enemy!
Kak lady, - we are ready for warrrrrrrrrr!
Ewok, u can be the cheerleader and recruit Raftah!!!
hahaha...my johor team dah tak shining lagi - dah tertomoih dah :)
Go Barca, Go Barca, Go Barca. But next week there'll another mouth watering encounter - ManU v. Chelsea. Go ManU!
dehehee.. adeih.. cant help with the WIDE smile. heheee..
i would be as torn in between too. i have godmothers from both tganu n perlis. (timur vs utara) Raya pun jadi isu.. heh.
sorry kak Teh, tumpang lalu
Go Ganu GO!!! pettehhh! :D
Huh? Sorry, clueless about football.
kak teh, your london time clock is showing winter time. Bukan dah lama ke kita change to summer time? it's 1 hour behind :-) Happy long weekend break...
I'm all for kedah and Kelantan..Divided betui.Guana demo ni? Guana betui la.hehehe
(mum org kelantan, late father, kedahan!)
hehehe Kak Teh.
u made me laugh...thanks for that!
simple, true, and funny...
kakteh, this is hilarious ! I say no need to manipulate the boy, just offer him mama's service of goreng pisang, ur famous sardine rolls and hot epok-epok after every training and he will run to Kedah , I tell ya! Tumbling and all!! And oh! Abang Teh will come running too ! ;)
mama rock, macam mana boleh tertomoih???
OSH - Man U is a dirty word in this household. Tak boleh sebut.
Fatihah---wah, tengganu lawan perlis? Kak teh sokong peroleh lah kalau gitu.
Ubisetela -ha, ni orang teganu kita dah sampai!
jane matahari, me too - but had to learn from the boys. Dont really understand by all these men run after one ball. And when they failed, they cry!
anon..ish kak teh tak tukark lagi ka?
putri, lagi satu east west divide!
idham, i wish i'd be laughing on the 17th too...er, can i link you at sentraal station?
uja, I wish it is that easy. He might lure the boy away with keropok lekor!
simah. trima kasihhhhhhhhhhhh!
even dari belakang T looks good
-Mak Cik Tenah
Kak Teh tak nak share pillow, baik-baik jangan "offside" sudah. :-)
Lama tak berjemaah ni no? PC Ok dah ka? Kawan kita sorang tu balik Johrr pulak dah.
"...I knew he was ready for this interstate war of the Wans."
This is a great sentence.
Of course-lah, support Kedah!
yes, kak teh .. kechik tapak tangan ... nyiru saya tadah kan...bagus jugak tu kalau kak teh link di central station tu...am honoured, honestly.
Enjoy the weekend!
Kak Teh :
Me no football comprehendo.
I once thought MU was just a team from Univ MALAYA and wondering wht is the big deal abt them !
mak cik tenah, tengok dari depan, lagi mengamcam hehehe - (sayangmama, kan?)
auntyN - takut kena tackle masa tak sedar!! hahahaha!
aneeta, could it be title of a movie??like war of the roses?
idham, i will - but i will have to give a caution to underaged readers - hehehe! Didnt realised it is THAT hot!
MA - samalah kita...! buat-buat tau tapi sebenarnya taktau!
Kedah and Terengganu - for sure Kedah lah!! I miss the days when KL used to be such a force in Malaysian football.
Arsenal and Barca - The answer is well, I'm a true blue MU fan who's terribly sore with the 3-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge last night, and so whoever wins the Champions League, it doesn't matter, coz it ain't MU. But!! Will either team be able to win it in the dramatic fashion MU won it in 1999? I doubt iiiiiiiiit!!! Hehehe
For what it's worth, I'd like to see King Henry do his "magic".
ish ish ish... takkan pasal bola mak bapak split-pilows?... but no worries Kak Teh... Noni has the solution... get him to join Johor!!! No pah-pah, no tertomoih. As long as he can cakap Melayu, sure can paham punya... kalau tak paham jugak... Auntie Noni can give crash-course... IDOPPPP JOHORRR!!!
the last time i heard of kedah soccer team was when singapore was in the malaysian league. now? i know nothing....but still surely know Ian Wright and Ryan Giggs of MU!
Blabs, Man U is dirty word in this household!
Noni, hehe, yes he can indeed understand Malay, my Malay!
Ely, the last time I saw Kedah played Perlis, *whisper* they scored the goal for Perlis and lost!
Blabs, hail Man U - even though Kak Teh said its dirty twice already. I bought the MU treble limited edition wrist watches to celebrate that.
I'm all for Barca! :))
In Tanah Serendah Sekebun Bunga, the Kedah word 'tertomoih' is 'ttumuh'.
Wuhooo baju hijau kuning tu!
i go for tganu..kekeke
btw hubby cuti semata2 sbb nak tgk champions league tuh nyer match..sabo jela...
saya dengan my husband tak sokong mana2 pasukan bola kat M'sia... kalau tidak haru juga la :)lately kami sokong MyTeam...
Hahahahahahaa... of course! The joy of seeing Gunners through to the CL Finals!
Kak Teh, I am very happy to know that H is a die hard Arsenal fan! I am a fan since I first set foot on Highbury ground back in 1988! And NO WAY am I going to change team, through thick and thin!
btw, in earlier days, I have more interest in footballER than in football. As time goes by, the interest is equalised. Hiihihihiii...
If H is here now in Msia, I'll bring him to watch the CL Finals at our local Arsenal Fan Club in Bangsar! Don't worry, I'm old enough to be his mom. Heheheee..
tertomoih??? kekekkeke my husband selalu ketawakan i bila i cakap utara especially when it comes to the word "tertomoih" and i at him whenever he mentioned "royak" ... (kelantanese dialect)
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