I can't stand when people out of the blue be it guys or girls call me sayang, dear, baby or anything like that. This is especially to strangers and people I hardly know. For those close to me, I don't mind, I am fine with that.
Those pet names are sweet but to me, it is very degrading towards those sweet names when you blurt it out randomly to random people. Random here means totally random, like you never even met, but at first conversation , he/she already is your sayang or dear or baby ? Why ?
To some, maybe it's not a big deal. Maybe I'm just not comfortable with the fact that strangers sayang me. I know it may not meant literally sayang or whatsoever but that just doesn't work for me. Somehow I feel like I have the right to choose who to call me sayang, dear or baby.