Was asking this acquaintance I met in school yesterday:
Me - How much does the electrical engineering recommended textbook cost?
Him - 40 bucks.
Me - Oh ok, then, I supposed I can try to get a second hand one at around 30?
Him - Huh? Why bother? Its just $10 and its your parents’ money anyway.
Me - .....
(Ok… end of conversation… disgusted, walk off, said I better go for my class…)
For one thing, I dun leech money from my parents anymore since NS. In fact, sometimes, in order to make ends meet, I have to contribute my ns savings to settle some bills. Yes, it can be really bad at times. There, got a picture of my family financial situation? So when other students are merrily preparing for their term test, I was filling up forms for bursaries and worrying about my tuition fees. Taking a freaking long bus ride to school when there is the mrt, cos the bus concession is quite a good deal. Taking up 5 tuition kids at one point in my life and currently down with 2 due to obvious reasons, in order to save up and take care of my daily expenses in uni. Saving up as much as I can in ns while people can use up their entire allowance in just 1 week after pay day. I have an officer friend whom I met in a course during ns telling me: “Aiyo 1k where got enuff? I have to buy this this this and that that that, and also girlfriend leh? Huh? You managed to save up one arh? Amazing!” There, it should be the other way, how you spend every freaking single cents truly amazed me. And still have the cheek to tell me that its not enough for him. So there get it right; I am using money that I saved up plus the pay I got from the 2 kids. So dun come fuck around saying I can always depend on mummy.
Second, it makes me wonders, just because you are using mummy’s money, you can just spend it as though it has no value? From the attitude he portrayed, that guy is obviously the pampered type who has a lovely silver spoon stuck in his mouth since birth, dun have to worry about anything that involves money. Your parents worked so hard and there you are spending their money like as though it is in abundance. Probably you parents also pay for your tuition fees and they might be saving up and are as thrifty as possible to send you to uni but not telling you about their problems so as not to let you worry and that you can concentrate on your studies? So, are you doing justice to their efforts by making such comments and spending like as though their money has no value? Now, I am not against spending your parents’ money; you have the absolute right to do so. I just want to bring out the point that, dun be like this freaking arrogant brat with such sickening mentality which I totally detest.
Offended? Dun be, if you are offended, it means that you belong to that group and I urge you to truly contemplate upon the value of money and dun take everything for granted.