This is not intended to be a flame, it is for fellow fishing kakis to be aware from the unfortunate events that happened to me and that it nevers happens to any other fishing kakis.
To the mods, if this falls under the wrong section, I do apologise and hope that you would revert it to the right section.
I booked a night trip for Friday 14th Novenmber. Having been on the boat a couple of times before, which weren't too bad. I spoke to one of the partners of the boat, Ah Eng, the boatman. The other being Tony. The trip was booked on the 4th of November. And I was told by Ah Eng to reconfirm with him on the following week, which I did on the following Tuesday. As the anglers filled the slot, the number came up to 11. Remembering on one trip when Tony me that the boat can take up to 12 people.
However out of caution, I called Ah Eng on Wednesday and Thursday to try and let him know about the number of pax. I was unable to reach him. I tried calling on the morning aftermoon and evenings of the 2 days mentioned, without avail.
I managed to get Ah Eng on 11am on Friday. When I told Ah Eng there was to be 11 people on the boat, he raised his voice over the phone at me, telling me that why I didn't tell him that there so many people. As mentioned I told him that I tried contacting him without avail. Ah Eng then said 'Mai zai mai ai liao' which translates to don't want drive anymore, in short he was cancelling the trip. I then mentioned that Tony, his partner said the boat could take up to 12 people. Ah Eng then shouted back, 'Then you ask my partner to take your trip!'. Please be advised the whole conversation was conducted in Hokkien. Anyway, I told Ah Eng that I was just calling to inform him, no need for him to get so agitated. He repeated the above line again, 'If my partner say 12 people can, then you ask him to take your trip!'. I calmly told Ah Eng that since I have been in contact with him the whole time, I thought he would have discussed with his partner about the trip. I then mentioned if he insisted that I talk to Tony, then I call him for what? The actual Hokkien words were 'Then wa kar heng ler kum lan?' Having been on his boat a couple of times, I have used those two words 'kum lan' with him often. To my understanding that's local Hookien speak. Admittedly, it would seem offensive, but having often with him before, my assumption was it was ok.
What occured next astounded me, he scolded my mother. Using the infamous KNNBCCB. Please ask your Hokkien lingual friends if you're unsure of what that acronym means. He said I used vulgarities on him, and in reply I said, 'Aren't you doing the same now? And worse, you included my mother in the quarrel'. Ah Eng then had the gall to ask me, at this age, 'eh you chup tor lok one?'. In English, he was asking me which gangster society I was from and that I am not happy, set a time and place to 'settle'. I told him, no need for all these, I was trying to do a business transaction with him, for him to run a business and ask me that question is absurd! He then hung up on me.
As this trip involved peoples who are not directly known to me, I had to give them an answer if the trip was cancelled last minute. So I called Ah Eng again, I tried to clam him down. But he simply refused to budge and hung up on me again.
A few minutes later, Tony called me. He admited that the boat took up to 12 people before, but it was because the anglers already reach Buroh Lane, so they 'closed one eye' and allowed the trip to continue. Tony mentioned that the boat is only allow to take up ot 10 pax according to it's safety licence. I told Tony, knowing this earlier would have saved alot of the insults. Tony went on to explain that he had no knowledge of this trip as he has a meeting on Friday evening. And that Ah Eng is doing this trip with another deckhand. So the final decision on the trip lies with the boatman Ah Eng. Tony promised to presuade Ah Eng and call me back.
Within minutes I was informed that Ah Eng refused to take the trip. I also tried calling but was met with very sarcastic comments. That Ah Eng, don't even need my business. I mentioned that cancelling a trip at this last minute is rather unprofessional, considering I have recommended quite a number of people to his charter on Tony's account. I rattled off about 20 names, of which he mentioned they were all his friends anyway. Anyway, these people I mentioned never knew of this charter in Buroh Lane until I mentioned to them. I even know this is Kee Xiong's previous boat, before his current fibre glass one. I even know how much he bought it for. That knowledge aside, on top of these, I had 8 anxious people who took leave on that day for the trip. He refused and hung up on me again.
All that said, I believe anglers here have had boatmen who cancelle d their trip on the last minute but the boatman took the trouble to find a replacement boat for the trip. Most kakis here are Hokkien-lingual(can speak Hokkien), in quarrels, most never bring in the other party's parents in the quarrel, unless in extreme circumstances even then rarely. Neither has anyone in this time and gae, ask someone else what gang they are from, unless you're one gangster talking to another.
Ah Eng, has done the opposite of these mentioned. I am 34, I am in the prime of my health. Those who've met Ah Eng, knows he is in his early 50s. In the event of a physical conflict, chances are on my side. But being civilsed people, was there a need for all these? We're all adults here, though not everyone is on the same level of maturity. My regular kakis whom I have mentioned this to agrees that this was not entirely my fault, though some mentioned that I shouldn't have used the words 'kum lan' which was local speak anyway. My kakis have agreed to henceforth boycott Ah Eng's boat, as this incident has shown him to be untrustworthy to cancel at such a last minute.
Hence, fellow forumer and kakis, please be advised and aware that such charters exist. Me and my kakis are not trying to force our boycott on anyone, rather to let people know what actually happened. If you're still insistent on this charter, please do contact the partner Tony instead.
To the people reading this, my name is Desmond. I have been on this charter on different occasions with Kelvin, Chris and Han before. And I believe I was on this trip: http://www.fishingkaki.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=131219&highlight=buroh
with Danny and Han.
Feel free to feedback. As mentioned, this thread is not intended to flame, rather to inform fellow fishos about such a charter.