How to tell whether you're a Sri Lankan !
01. You unwrap Christmas gifts very carefully, so you can save
and reuse the wrapping (and especially those bows) next year.
02. You have a vinyl table cloth on your kitchen table.
03. Your stove is covered with aluminium foil.
04. Your kitchen has a sticky film of grease over it.
05. You use the dishwasher as a dish rack.
06. You have never used your dishwasher.
07. You save grocery bags, tin foil, and tin containers.
08. You use grocery bags to hold garbage.
09. You always leave your shoes at the door.
10. You hate to waste food.
11. Even if you're totally full, if someone says they're
going to throw away the leftovers on the table, you'll finish them.
12. You have Tupperware in your fridge with three bites of
rice or one leftover chicken wing.
13. You don't own any real Tupperware: Only a cupboard full
of used, but carefully rinsed, margarine tubs, takeout containers,
and jam jars.
14. You have a collection of miniature shampoo bottles from
every time you stay in a hotel.
15. You never order room service.
16. Actually, scratch that. You avoid motels altogether, especially if there is an acquaintance within a 250-mile radius of your destination. (16a. You sleep on their floor.)
17. You wash your rice at least 2-3 times before cooking it.
18. You fight over who pays the dinner bill. ("Here, here don’t be silly")
19. You majored in engineering, medicine, accountancy or law.
20. When you go to a dance party, there is a wall of guys
surrounding the dance floor trying to look cool.
21. You live with your parents and you are 30 years old.
(And they prefer it that way).
22. You feel like you've gotten a good deal if you didn't pay tax.
23. You reuse teabags.
24. You have a drawer full of old pens, most of which don't write
25. You always look phone numbers up in the phonebook, or call from a public phone since calling Information costs 50 cents if you call from home.
26. You only make long distance calls after 11 p.m.
27. If you don't live at home, when your parents call, they ask
if you've eaten, even if it's midnight.
28. Your parents send money to their relatives in foreign countries.
29. Your parents use a clothesline. In the living room.
30. Your parents are never happy with your grades.
31. You save your old coke bottle glasses even though you're never
going to use them again.
32. You keep used batteries. If they are 9-volt, you lick them to get an extra bit of usage.
33. You keep most of your money in a savings account.
34. You call an older person you never met before "uncle" or "auntie".
35. The first thing uncle asks you is "where are your parents from?"
36. When you meet a stranger and talk for a few minutes, you discover you're talking to a distant cousin twice removed on your appuchi’s side.
37. You carry a stash of your own food whenever you travel. There’s usually some seeni sambol in there.
38. When making international phone calls, your parents always ask what time
it is at the other end.
39. Your parents don't realise phone connections to foreign countries have
improved in the last two decades, and still scream at the top of their lungs.
40. When your fathers get together, no matter what the topic is, each man is an expert.
41. You have a box of tissue or a towel in your car.
42. You can't park your car in the garage, because you never throw
anything away and keep it there (just in case you need it).
43. You have bed sheets or plastic covers on your sofas.
44. When dining out, your parents think $1 is enough of a tip.
45. You recycle Christmas/Birthday gifts.
46. You head to the clearance rack as soon as you walk into a store.
47. Every foreign country that is visited that is colder than Sri Lanka automatically
triggers the phrase ‘It’s a bit like Nuwara Eliya, no ?’
48.You say ‘Wolksvagen’ instead of ‘Volkswagen’.
49. It's embarrassing if your wedding has less than 600 people.
50. You think an Indian or Pakistani businessman will give you a better deal because he's Indian or Pakistani.
51. You spew forth the virtues of Sri-Lanka, but don't want to live
52. You use Vicks Vaporub (Or Tiger Balm)
53. You've been in a bus where half the people riding are outside
54. All your Tupperware is stained with food colour.
55. You call fluorescent lights "tube lights" or a flashlight a
* If you can relate to most of these statements, we're sorry, but
you're Sri Lankan
* If you can relate to some of these statements, you're probably
a second generation Sri Lankanin a western society.
* If you can only relate to a few of these statements, you're
probably not Sri Lankan.
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