We had an interesting conversation in the lift today, after a trip to Kiddy Palace, and it went like this…
Papa Long’s Spiel in the lift:
那些小玩具真的很贵… 一只是一个穷人的两 盘菜饭。
[Translation: know those small toys are really damn expensive? One toy can be a 2 meals for a poor person.]
Yah, a bit ex(pensive) lah…
*give act blur face*
等你真的穷的那时候，肚子饿， 你拿那个toy 来看， then you say to it ” Ohhhh, let me eat your head first for lunch now, later I eat another part for dinner…”
[Translation: wait till you poor and hungry, you will look at the toy and say to it ” Oh, let me eat your head first for lunch, later I eat another part for dinner…”]
He was talking about the little tikam tikam toys we have been collecting since we first found them in Woolsworth supermarket during our Perth trip.
And since we came back, I have added probably another 10 more or so to Little Foot’s collection which she keeps in her Hello Kitty backpack.
I have to admit, he is right. At S$4.90 for a blind buy Disney Princess and S$5.90 for a blind buy My Little Pony, they really don’t come cheap.
The elevator speech made me muse about how different we are and how appropriate it was for a spendthrift, never-wanna-grow-up me to have married a person like him. Otherwise, as he also often like to say, “If I also spent like you, we will be living under a bridge already!”
And you should have seen how he says these things with a straight face… totally cracked me up and made me remember how he once made a similar spiel about “those expensive bags”.
I must say, for an engineer who talks very little, he really could make people sit up when he does make such in-your-face speeches.
Now, to learn to remind myself not to always just buy whatever Little Foot wants, because he also pointed out how I caved in and ended up buying her 2 big toys and many of the small blind buy toys when she was supposed to buy only 1 toy for herself and 1 toy for a birthday party we are attending tomorrow.
Really an over-indulgent mama!