My mum looks at me unimpressed

I’ve told her I’ve left my clothes out to dry


According to Chinese belief it means

bad luck

Just like when I’m 20 years old and cut

my nails at 8pm in my aunt’s condominum

in Melaka

and she looks at me with horror

exclaiming I immediately need to stop

I’m 19 and my mum tells

my relatives in Malaysia

that I’m travelling to Kuala Lumpur to

travel around South East Asia on my own

They send my cousin Cheryl to meet me

at the airport

and it takes me at least a month until

I am able to go to Bangkok by myself

to spread my teenage wings

and expand my world view

without the watchful and worrying

eyes of my family who believe there

is only danger out there for a young

girl like me


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