One of the highlights of the night has gotta be my conversation with Lena, one of Cynthia's friends who tagged along to Farrell's cafe in Victoria Park. I don't know who the heck Lena is and I'm pretty sure she doesn't read kennysia.com or even know much about blogs at all.
What's strange is that as soon as pulled a seat next to her, she started to quiz, grill and interview me CNN-style.
Lena : What do you hope to achieve in the world today?
Kenny : *giving her the wtf-are-you-nuts look* Err... world peace?
Lena : What do you think of the current Malaysian prime minister?
Kenny : What is this? Some sort of beauty pageant interview?
Lena : No, I heard you're a blogger so you must have lots of thoughts. That's why I'm asking you what you think.
Kenny : Well, I reckon Badawi is doing a great job. I certainly like him better than Mahathir for sure. Mahathir's burnt too many bridges with the Western world for my liking.
Lena : What do you think of beauty pageants?
Kenny : Why are you asking me this?
Lena : Just now you said something about 'world peace', so I thought about beauty pageants lor.
Kenny : Err... It's great opportunity for us to cuci mata (feast the eyes) lor.
Lena : What do you think of this year's winner?
Kenny : Gloria Ting? Other than her elvish ears I think she looks pretty good. Certainly better than (Miss Universe Malaysia 2004) Andrea Fonseka.
Lena : What do you think of Andrea Fonseka?
Kenny : Gee... I don't have much nice things to say about Andrea Fonseka. Don't wanna risk offending people in case some of you guys know her.
Lena : It's ok. You can just tell us what you think.
Kenny : Look, I'm pretty sure she's a nice person, smart and all that. But looks-wise, I don't think she's ready for it. First and foremost, she looks horrible in a swimsuit. She looks as good as I do in a bikini! This is a BEAUTY pageant and you have to expect to be judged on your body. I think irregardless of how smart you are, you gotta at least look a certain standard before you sign up for it.
Lena : *Unimpressed* It's sad how society thinks that women have to have an hour glass figure in order to be beautiful. The other contestants in the competition can't even string a proper sentence in English! By winning Miss Malaysia, Andrea is the ambassador for Malaysia. And you gotta have someone smart for that position.
Kenny : I know, I'm not saying it's her fault she won the competition. All the contestants that year were pretty bad anyway. But still, brains shouldn't the only thing you need to have to win the competition. If that's the case, anyone can just pick the smartest professors off the University, put them in a beauty pageant and expect them to win Miss Universe.
Lena : Hmm ok. You gotta admit that she has a lot of guts going for that beauty pageant.
Lena calmly took a sip from her vodka orange. I was still puzzled why she seemed so passionate during the conversation, so I asked "Why are you asking me all these? Are you related to Andrea Fonseka or something?"
That's when she put her glass down, looked at me dead in the eyes and said "She's my sister."
I just wanna crawl my ass into a box, lock myself up and throw the key far far away.