My daughter feels like a model since we came to Dubai early this year. People in the malls, beach or in the streets would comment on how cute she is, how lovely her curly locks are, some of them would even take snaps of her. Clearly, the people here don’t know what to do with our little Jap girl.
To each of that attention she is getting, Pristine gamely poses and say thanks.
Last Friday was no different. An Arab guy in long white traditional dress and head-dress came to us while we waited for the bus. Pristine said, “Hi”. The guy reach out to her and pinched her cheeks then proceeded to his luxury car parked nearby. He was waving at us inside his car. When I looked down, my daughter was waving him goodbye too.
As the man pulled his car off the driveway, Pristine blew him a kiss. Whoa, where did she get that!? lol! The Arab guy stepped on the brakes and called me. I did not move a muscle, I was confused if my daughter’s action elicited something negative – we’ll never know, their culture is very different than ours! Will he file a sexual harassment case against a 3 year old?
He pointed at my daughter and smiled and still asked us to come over. I carried Pristine and went to his car, with the passenger window now open. I was nervous when he reach out for something from his dashboard. I could tell my clueless daughter was confused as well, as she was unbelievably silent.
The Arab guy smiled wider as he handed out a 100-dirham bill!! (approx. US$36) I was like, huh? What was that for? He handed the bill to my daughter’s little hands. Pristine refused to accept. We were in a very sticky situation.
The guy insisted so Pristine got the money, but still with eyes open wide with lots of confusion. I had nothing better to say but “Eid Mubarak” – a greeting for Muslims after Ramadan. He replied courteously and sped away with his car.
P.S. – My daughter has no idea about money except for coins for the bus. She asked me what was the colored paper from the man for. 🙂