Wednesday, May 18, 2005

On Guard


Exactly what is the most civil, the most diplomatic, the most strategic way for you to inform somebody that their breath stinks? Especially to someone important like your client?

Yesterday, this brick of thought hit my head, as I coughed profusely the moment my client opened his mouth during a one-on-one meeting.

“Are you ok?” he asked.

Yes Datuk, I whimpered. It must have been the Laksa I ate.

“This morning?”

Yes, this morning. Smooth Muddy, smooth.


Blogger Pojan said...

haha.. i don't think that you can inform someone that his breath stinks without offending him, no matter how civilized or how diplomatic you are, unless you're his doctor and the conversation could go something like this..

You @ Doc : Datuk, you have to be careful with the constipation problem. It doesn't just affect your bowel movement but it can affect your BO and give you a bad breath. You must drink lots of water and eat a lot of vegetables and fruits.

Datuk: err..ok Doc (can't wait to get out of the room to try to smell his breath)

haha..isn't that civilized and diplomatic enough??

5:53 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

Pojan :

Hahahaha...that's a funny comment! :P and guess what? i did try the offering breath mints trick, but he was like, "No thanks. Mints give me air." Oh boy!

7:41 PM  
Blogger Inn said...

muahahahah! MUDDY! u're so hilarious la. adoi... *penat gelak*

For me, if it's friends.. it's easy. But for clients er.. er... heh! *scratch my head* .. er

7:51 PM  
Blogger random-girl said...

oh that is funny. i was about to suggest the whole offer a mint thing but i see that didn't work!

and pojan definately has a good point! te he.

10:03 PM  
Blogger MarinaDelRey said...

Muds, you're the true author of Laughing Matters allright!

Next time why don't you pull out some gum or breath mints and pop some in your mouth and say politely: "Care to join me for a snack Datuk?" and if he refuses say "I insist."

works for me, but of course, it wasn't a datuk i offered the mints to..hehe... :-)

10:32 PM  
Blogger Murni M. said...


Guess, when someone offers you mint, it's not always charity eh? Lol!

Funny lah u! Nice blog:)

11:11 PM  
Blogger Little Ms D said...

whoever you are, you're funny :)

1:17 AM  
Blogger kepala_angin said...

interesting dilemma there.

btw, amusing blog u have here. thank you for sharing the laughter..

1:46 AM  
Blogger disco-very said...

It was enough to make you cough? Groooosssss! ahahahahahaha

2:30 AM  
Blogger nais said...

bleugh, muddy! someone needs to tell that poor man he's got bad breath! when it comes to things macam ini, i'd rather talk to someone with bad breath than BO. thinks.. haha :)

p/s: ill answer the questions asap! thanks love!

4:53 AM  
Blogger K. Light said...

My boss insists on having meetings after lunch. And during lunch he usually chugs down bottles and bottles of wine which would give him THE best breath ever.

I once resorted to pulling up my tshirt over my nose hoping he'll get the hint. He said "You're not japanese enuff to pretend to be a Ninja. Now pay attention."

4:58 AM  
Blogger Elina said...

Ugh, think of what his 'air' must be like if he's already got halitosis.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Vlad said...

Tough situation there.

I usually quietly chant, "Help me!Help me!Help me!" with what left of my conscience.

5:59 AM  
Blogger aeyya said...

amad dun u IMUNE with that kind of environment..lemme recall back in 2001 at PalmGarden "BOBO" was ur housemate okay..uhhh puhlezzz admit it hahahah ur nose juz get se to it i suppose ;)

5:25 AM  
Blogger mangolisa said...

it's not bad breath... no no it's not even stinky - it is halotisis ;-) make it medical and it will be less offending - it's not about him at all just something is not working in his plumbing hahahaha ;-)

12:51 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

from looking at your blog i think you would get a big kick out of

1:54 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

Inn :

Hey babe, you think? hehehe...thanks, flattered all the way. And yeah, friends are easy. With friends I would be like, "Go brush your teeth NOW!" Mehehe...

Random-girl :

Yeah, but I ain't a doctor. :( But as an update, his personal assistant told me that she have hinted to Datuk about his bad breath. But, as blur as the day can be, he still doesn't get it...

Marinadelray :

Yeah, but mint gives him gas! Muahaha...I rather go for bad breath than constant gas from Datuk. Muhahahahah...

6:12 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

Murni M/Lil Ms D/Kepala Angin :

Wow, thanks for findiing my life amusing ( sad) and thanks for dropping by! :)

Discovery :

yeah, that bad. bad enough that I seriously think that the smell got stuck on my work shirt...hehehe

Nais :

Hehehe...don't get me started with BO stories (have tons stored in the attic...hehehe). And yeah, look forward to your answers...

6:17 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

Anuar :

Hahahaha...oh man, I had always wanted to be a ninja. To think about it, it entails a cool job description...hehehe...

Elina :

Ewwwwww....gross. Mampus nanti babe. Hahahahah...

Vlad :

To add to my misery, my boss would always postpone or shift any appointments with the Datuk to me...damn.

Aeyya :

Hey babe!!! got my bday wish? :) Anyway, yeah, remembered BOBO clearly. Thought I might write a whole post on him, but I thought, that wouldn't be nice. hehehe...

Mangolisa :

Babe, you're back!!! hehehe...yeah, his plumbing doesn't work. Let's call in the plumbers...hahaha...

Mike :

Hey dude, thanks for dropping by! And yeah, that dude is hilarious!!! :P

6:30 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

Chick-arse :

Appreciate that you are dropping by my blog, but I do appreciate if you DO NOT publicize my friendster address on it.

If you are wondering why, you don't have to. It's my blog, and I can do whatever I please.

By the way, who the fuck are you?

12:13 AM  

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