BY PETER KRANZ
BEWARE OF THOSE PNG matchmakers
Am I being sexist or racist?
No, I am talking from experience.
I don't think I am particularly prejudiced, and I am happily married to a lovely PNG woman.
Matchmaking seems to be an occupational option for older PNG women beyond a certain age.
They may have nieces, daughters or cousins whom they truly believe could make a better life for themselves and their children. So whities are fair game.
They engage in matchmaking on an industrial scale.
This may not be much spoken about, but is a fact of life.
If you're an expat in PNG you will be approached by an older lady giving you an unmissable opportunity from a young lady who has seen you from afar and wishes to give her undying love to you (plus of course her mother, uncles, nephews and neices and several cousin-brothers).
It progresses from there.
Maybe you are naive enough to invite the young lady around for dinner (invariably she is beautiful).
Then you are hooked.
And the relos descend.
I found a way of countering this. I said to prospective matchmakers - "Meri bilong mi lon Simbu" [‘My wife is from Simbu’]
They get rather worried when told this and made a hasty retreat.
This leaves open the question of how I got to meet Rose, and what she is up to now organising certain things with her sisters.
C'est la vie, as we say in Tok Pisin.