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12 February 2005 @ 12:58 am
minor money matters  
i'm feeling quite bad now 'cos my dad just told me that he was gonna charge me the excess of the ten-plus dollars for my last month's phone bill, and becoming immediately quite pissed and defensive that he was being so jin jin ji jiao and icky-picky about such nitty-gritty details, i went and dug up the textbooks that i had bought for this semester and listed down their costs one by one and told him that he could transfer the money back into my account after deducting the amount for the excess of my phone bill. he looked a bit shocked. upon that, i'm overcome by just-a-little-less-than-guilt-and-regret for having momentarily lost myself again to sudden impulse and anger. but it's a bit too late to take it back now, and it's a bit stupid to say i didn't mean to do that at all, and go take back my receipts now right? my family, maybe some leftover bits from the traditional conservative chinese/asian culture, doesn't very often say outright sorries and stuff like that... it does happen, but usually only for the far more serious stuff lah. so how now, brown cow?

in contrast to what some people might think, little as my allowance is/seems, i don't actually claim everything from my parents. well, i used to do that... in jc... when i had like... five bucks a day? but i haven't been doing it for a long time, after my a's, and especially after i started getting a bit of money for myself. except for extraordinary purchases. which means something like above fifty bucks... which happens only on average at most once every two months. and it's not like i feel like i'm wei qu-ing myself or anything to not "claim back" my expenses, it's just that i let my pissiness get the better of me this time. uh... so, although i do admit i'm possibly getting more than enough to keep myself going quite comfortably, don't think that i'm really that pampered... and maybe instead, start wondering if you (generic) could get by as comfortably as you might be now, with your current lifestyle but my current allowance (make a guess lah), including tenth-tithing, books, occassional splurges etc. seriously, except for my little-bit-of nike obsession, i'm a much lower-maintenance, lesser-spending person than most kids my age are.

okay, who begs to differ on my penultimate statement?
Mood: blah
Music: cai hong -- fish leong
(Anonymous) on February 12th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
wat lower maintenance person!
well, i get ur point but ur wordy made it sound like ur putting urself down.
no worries man, everybody got diff spending habits wat
well, even I sometimes wonder how come pple can actually spend so muchiE at one go....
a little less than the girl next doorin_transit on February 14th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
no lah i not putting myself down lah. i'm just trying to point out that i'm the best choice for a daughter or wife. haha. :>
a little less than the girl next doorin_transit on February 14th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
that was a joke by the way :p
(Anonymous) on February 12th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)
low maintenance? don't make urself sound like a possession la..
i've been through the exact same crap that u're going through now..
ended up with me paying everything by myself.. due to my stubborn nature..
i used to be "low maintenance" too.. maybe spend 50 bucks a month only.. haha... that was before i got injured though..
no sports to keep me occupied now..
but personally.. i think a person should be allowed to splurge and pamper him/herself occassionally la..
although parents don't seem to see the point usually.. cos in their "days" nasi lemak was only 5 cts.
and parents only used to give 20 cts allowance a day =)

so.. yea.. just "ren"!! "yi ren rang yi bu hai kuo tian kong!"
(btw.. just do some casual chatting with parents and everything should be fine la.. i always do that.. and u can see from my blog that i get into arguements once every 2 days.. hehe.. )

a little less than the girl next doorin_transit on February 14th, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
no leh your blog doesn't highlight arguments with your parents leh. only something about gambling once... haha. yah i totally agree with you about teh 5 cents nasi lemak thing man... up 'til now, my parents still go on talking about how they used to get 10 cents only everyday and that 5 cents went to the bus fare, and that if they lost their money, they'd hafta walk home blah blah blah... hai, they conveniently forget the term "inflation", and that times change!
winkibowinkibo on February 13th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
i'm suddenly reminded that i havent been reimbursed for my $200+ modem, haha...

aiyah, we complain abt parents, parents complain abt us; it's a vicious cycle, so dont feel so bad. afterall wat u did wasnt really that bad lah, who knows, it allowed richard to see sth which he would rather realise than overlook?

And comparatively with so many others, i know you spend sensibly, i know.
a little less than the girl next doorin_transit on February 14th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
haha so have you been reimbursed yet? :p you posted 3 comments telling me you haven't been reimbursed haha. anyway richard transferred $15 less into my account 'cos he never listen to what i say carefully... and i also paiseh to tell him, after all i didn't really mean to ask for it until he gek-ed me that day. so i guess it's okay liao now.

btw due to the wedding dinner (which i ended up not going due to some horrible reason which i won't mention here), i am super broke this month. first time i give angbao leh. cool hor. haha.
Narcissisthowie_lee on February 13th, 2005 11:56 am (UTC)
Yep I agree u r qt low maintenance..not dat u r a possession but even if u were I tink u wud b qt easi to maintainn bah..especially in SIng Dollar =P Good ger gd girl....SMiLeZz ok =D
a little less than the girl next doorin_transit on February 14th, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
glad you know i'm good lah. now you can go fan xing fan xing.

and congrats on the baby ah, by the way. after thinking a bit, i agree *mercy* is a pretty nice name lah, so can add my vote in, if it counts. keep me updated. :>