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Topic: OVERSEAS VACATION (08/13/15)
TITLE: Neither city, nor culture , nor cuisine
By Caleb Cheong
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The first tourist guide struck us as a worldly wise person who was quick to make a fast buck out of us. During the street tour, he advised us not to eat food from the street vendors since we didn't have "the stomachs of the locals". He then told us, " You can eat at my friend's restaurant and the food is safer for you." And we passed him the money for the price quoted to us. Thankfully, we ate the food as we were hungry and tired though it didn't really taste fantastic. Later, he offered to buy tickets to a cultural show performed by the local artists. Most of them accepted his 'kind ' gesture. Soon my friends somehow discovered that the food eaten at other shops were more tasty and the prices were quite reasonable. Besides, the admission tickets were priced lower if bought ourselves.
Another chap took over as our guide for the last three days. He spoke the language that touched our hearts-he told us several jokes about the local cultures. I remember this one particularly well. Trying to enlighten us on an interesting aspect of the local culture, he said , " Do you notice the dancers' style? When they dance, their two fingers will usually crawl in first, but four fingers crawling out later ." We smiled, sort of understood the implication. "No wonder, there are little savings left because they spend more than they earn!" We laughed heartily at his wittiness. Later, he willingly helped me bargain with a local peddler who sold exotic dry sea shells and corals. The little things he did for us here and there speaks volume of him. That really differentiated him from the other guy.
This young tour guide has indeed firmly rooted in my memory. Doesn't his behaviour speaks to us spiritually that we too should add value to others like the salt and the light that Jesus speaks of? We are indeed Ambassadors for Christ. Yes, neither the city, the cuisine, the culture but Christ that matters.
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