Sunday, August 12, 2007

Plastic Raffia String

Normally we use the plastic raffia string to tie up things especially plastic bags or boxes. However, I found out another usage for raffia string while seeing a patient in the clinic few weeks back. When I examined my patient, I noticed she used the plastic raffia string instead of belt to tighten her shorts. Yeah, she is one of those from the lower socioeconomic group. I guess she couldn't afford to buy a proper belt and I'm indeed amazed with her idea of using plastic raffia string in replacement of belt. I have seen several poor patients using pieces of clothes as belt but using plastic raffia string? This was the first time...

34 comments:

may said...

hmmm... it's ingenious, though. who knows, maybe rafia string belts will be a fashion item soon!

I used to make pom-poms with shredded rafia string. pom-chak-chak!

L B said...

I wanna tie that MUDPIE with H O W C O M E string!

angel said...

Ker lian de patient...
*donates a belt to her*

Pink Cotton said...

BOOHOOOHOO
i lagi poor...i don even have rafia string to substitute belt...cos i don tie anything wan leh!!

Berberboo said...

rafia string for belts are cute... my neighbour uses it as a dog leash... =.= evil people...

Chen said...

may,
hahahaha.. betul jugak huh?
who knows raffia string belt will be the in-thing in the future.

aiks, why i didn't think of the pom-pom woh.
Piak own head..
Kkkkk..

*pom chak chak*

LB,
Hahhahah... can tapao the Mudpie cake or not?
Oops.... or are we talking about the "human" Mudpie? LOL

angel,
yeah, very kolian :(
I was surprised when I saw her using raffia string as belt, but i didn't show it on my face lah...

Chen said...

pink cotton,
aiseh.. say till lidat pulak
u mana ada poor woh?
u ada Nintendo woh
(I also dun have leh) :P

i also dun keep rafia string mah
but if u tapao drinks or food back, they will tie the plastic bag with rafia string mah.. if u collect it, then u will have the free of charge rafia string loh :P

berberboo,
dog leash? o.O
My goodness..
kesian the dog :D
(what a scene !!)

luckily they didn't use it as collar :P

Kok said...

chen,
I did see someone using raffia string as belt. Quite sad, right, when you still see people doesn't even have proper stuff to use even though government is trying to get rid of poverty.

ehon said...

sampat! like that also one post liao! very creative har u! :P kekekekekeke.

why u didn't give her your belt?

Winn said...

aiyo so sad la ur story...feel so sorry for her...

yenjai.net said...

I have seen quite a few ahpek did that

papercrazy said...

rafia string to tie food?? hmmm.....interesting

Rafia string can also be made a rose yunno???

Chen said...

kok,
Another sad scene is seeing people picking up food from the rubbish bin. There are many who simply wasted food out there but still there are some who don't have anything to eat :(

ehon,
this is not sampat leh..
this is called kesian :P

must keep it short and simple mah.
if too cheong hei or loso, others might doze off leh, since it is late in the night liao..
Kkkkkk...

Why i didnt give her my belt ah?
Coz I don't wear belt mah :P

Chen said...

winn,
Yeah loh, so kesian :(
I think Liucas and Ah Boy might shed tears (doggy tears, not croc tears) also if i tell them the stories..

yenjai,
Wooo.. seems like many has used this method before liao. Besides using safety pin to tighten up pants, raffia string is another option too huh..

papercrazy,
hah? who use raffia string to tie up food ah? :D

U very creative woh, i dunno about that leh.. Can u made a rose for me with raffia string?
*blink blink eyes*
Kkkkkkk....

eve said...

Not uncommon leh..I have seen before..Most of them Ahpeks..like wat Yenjai said..

Kenny Ng said...

I did use rafia string as belt before leh... no kidding!

Chen said...

eve,
Mmmmm.. seems like those ah peks are not that poor after all, huh? Cos they can still afford to see GP mah.. Hehhehee :P

kenny,
wah, really ah?
That must be during your younger days liao ? :)

Hor ny Ang Moh said...

Aiyah! This wan not big deal wan! In fact only when I start working I have a proper shoes lace. Last time I even use this string to tied up my undi*es! Have a nice week!

Monk[+]Icon said...

the poorer ones are actually more creative than the ones who are not poor.. they use all sorts of things in their everyday life to make things easier for them...

this i truly respect...

Chen said...

hor ny ang moh,
i see.. I have seen those unker and ah pek using the thick white coloured strings to tighten their boxers too.


monkticon,
I truly agree with u regarding this matter. They will use all the available resources and they indeed deserve our respect :)

Kok said...

chen,
that's very true. I even saw some of the poor waiting at those coffeshop. Once people finish their meal, they will go over and eat the leftover...

Simple American said...

So here is how you become rich Chen. Make the string in different designer colors and add some buckles. Sell it and become rich rich rich!!!

Chen said...

kok,
yeah, there are many out there who are still living in poverty, and always in hunger, especially those from the 3rd world countries. Nowadays i made try to made it a habit not to waste food unnecessarily.

SA,
Hahaha, that sounds good. I can generate a significant amount of side income then. LOL ;)

Cocka Doodle said...

Nowadays I see some of the bra straps on some young dames also looked like rafia strings.
Is that the fashion these days?

papercrazy said...

ok ok....i send u the flowers on yr birday

Giddy Tiger said...

Yes, a potential fashion item this..

eastcoastlife said...

Raffia is very versatile one. One of my female Chinese wards use it to hold her napkins on her monthly dai yee ma visits. yucks.

Chen said...

cocka,
Dunno woh..
Might be they have great taste mah :D

papercrazy,
sure boh? Kkkk..
raffia string rose woh
sibeh lomantik :P
Hhahahhaha...

giddy tiger,
Might be in year 2010? ;)
Hehehhe...

ECL,
*faint* She is indeed creative to come up with such an idea. I know there are people who use white ropes to tie lah, but raffia string? Mmmmmm....

Bibik Nyonya said...

i used to make waist length eig from rafia string and pretend like little mermaid last time also. Ha ha ha!

Chen said...

bibik,
wah....
and doing those hula dance too? ;)

*twist twist twist*
*shake shake shake*
hehheehe...

water_angel said...

hrm...I guess it just goes to show how innovative some people can get, even if they ARE from the lower income group =)

Chen said...

water angel,
Those people from lower sosioeconomic group are indeed creative. They will use whatever resources they have and made full use of it :)

_butt said...

creative! I would not have thought of that... but then I presumed she have to make a 'ribbon' of it, otherwise the knot on the raffia string will not budge, right?

_butt said...

duno if budge if the right word... sudah blur sotong me lol