If you are from Taiwan, you can maybe get away with pretending to be Malaysian Chinese. If you're from India, you may be able to feign being Malaysian Indian. But when you're orang puteh (Caucasian) there's no way to blend in.
I've gotten used to people staring at me, whether they do it rudely or surreptitiously. I'm aware that for the people who don't have much contact with us, I am as interesting as a green Iguana - sort of horribly fascinating.
One of the funniest conversations I had recently was with the teenage son of the owner of one of my neighbourhood shops. He sidled up to me, checked his dad wasn't around, and said, "Hey, can I ask you something personal?"
When I nodded, he asked, "Are your eyes really that colour?" I told him they were.
"And your skin, is it really that colour or do you paint it white?"
"This is tan!" I said with mock outrage. I showed him the underside of my wrist, and he was amazed it is even paler than my arms.
"And your hair? Is it really that colour? And why is it lighter on top than in your neck?" Clearly he'd been inspecting me really closely.
I explained my sort of hair bleaches in the sun.
When he paused and gulped, I knew what he was dying to ask and daren't. "The tits are real too," I told him kindly.
My mate grinned, and rushed off to talk to his pals who were hanging out at the back. From they way they kept looking at me, I guess the questions had arisen from group brain storming.
I don't mind that sort of thing because it's pure natural human curiosity. There's no rudeness or malice intended.
At times those questions can be really funny. Like the time I was standing in a supermarket when this little kid squealed, "Hey look, Mummy! That lady looks just like our cat!"
"Shutupshutupshutup!" the mummy whispered fiercely.
I knew what the problem was, "You have a Siamese?" I asked the kid.
The kid nodded and the mummy went red with embarrassment. I didn't mind that either. I've got the pale hair and blue eyes, but I know that comparing me with a handsome Siamese is purest flattery.