Anyway, one day angmoh Sales Director decided it would be a good idea to buy the motivational book "Who Moved My Cheese?" for the entire sales team. The young ones flipped through the book enthusiastically while the old guard scratched their heads and wondered if they could get us to translate the whole book into Mandarin for them to read.
At the meeting where we would be given copies of the book, the Sales Director launched into a tale about a mouse and his ambitions. Everything was lost on the old guard who nudged the young ones from time to time. "Kong si mi lai?" (Hokkien: What's he talking about?)
Then came the moment where it would lead to the unveiling of the book. It was The Moment the tale of the mouse had been leading up to. It was The Moment where Sales Director asked the team, "And what do you use to tempt a mouse?" Assistant Sales Director, a local Chinese guy, helpfully translated for the old guard.
Up shot an enthusiastic old guard sales. "SOTONG!!!!!!!!!!!"
The deflation of the Sales Director when his underlings explained it to him (after they'd stopped laughing) was priceless. For how was he to know that Malaysians use dried sotong to bait the local mouse/rat traps and not cheese?