I am a Eurasian in Malaysia.
Yet my race is always mistaken.
My surname raises questions.
A Pereira in Malaysia.

Pereira, a common surname.
In Portuguese means ‘pear tree’.
A variation in spelling too.
Perera; Pereiro; Pereire; etc.

My race is seldom guessed.
Mistaken for a Chinese, Indian.
No, Hindustani…uh….Pakistani.
I smile. I am mixed.

I, the Portuguese Pereira.
Then, there’s other Pereiras.
The Malayalees; the Sinhalese.
They too with same surname.

The name Pereira is famous.
A capital city in Colombia.
A Portuguese parish in Portugal.
And a road name in KL ’80s.

A blend of flavours.
Mixture of English, Scots.
Stirred in with Malay.
And grounded in Portuguese.

You say a famous name?
A popular name.
Or a common name.
Yeah…it’s my surname.

By C.E. Pereira


Author: cepcarol

I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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