Friday, December 12, 2008

Kiasu Daddy and Son

Last Saturday, I read from the newspaper that Giant is offering Mamy Poko Medium size 66 pieces for RM43 something. Ryan is still on disposable diapers at night because he can sleep longer. We have tried Drypers Wee Wee Dry but it was not as good, especially for overnight use. In fact, Ryan developed nappy rashes as a result. We have since changed to Huggies Ultra and recently, we have also tried out Mamy Poko. Both were fine but we find Mamy Poko offering Ryan more comfort due to its design.

Hence, when I read about the offer, I quickly got my younger sister to drive Ryan and me to Giant at Sunway Pyramid to grab some. Mommy was away for the PC fair in Ipoh and Penang for the weekend. Despite being there at 11am, there were only 2 packets left although one could buy 3 per transaction. Well, without any hesitation, I just grabbed the last two and headed for the counter.

See, parenthood have really made an `auntie’ out of me. I am becoming more Kiasu now. You wouldn’t see me at Tesco, Giant, Carrefour or Jusco sale before. I detested the crowd and the queue. But with the current economic downturn and the necessities for Ryan, a dollar saved is a dollar earned. If you see an uncle lugging packets and packets of Mamy Poko in front of you at the cashier counter in the future, smile to that uncle. It could be ME!!!

Definition of Kiasu according to Wikipedia:-

Kiasu (Traditional Chinese: 驚輸; POJ: kiaⁿ-su) is a Hokkien (a Chinese spoken variant) word that literally means 'fear of losing' (Mandarin Chinese: 怕輸). However its actual usage would imply a meaning more approaching that of "dog in a manger", and yet not quite. Examples of kiasu behaviour includes accumulating too much food on one's plate during a buffet lunch in case there is no more later, or joining a queue many days in advance just to ensure that one successfully gets hold of the limited free tickets to events, promotions and shows such as Singapore's annual National Day Parade.

This word is so widely used by Singaporeans and Malaysians that it is incorporated into their English vocabulary (in the form of Singlish). It is often used in describing the social attitudes of people, especially about South East Asian society and its values. Its widespread use is often because these attitudes are common—to not lose out in a highly competitive society (e.g. by above-cited examples), or to the extent of parents imposing heavy study labour on their children in their wish to make them at the very top of all other students. Growing up with this attitude, these students often become ambitious businesspeople, with the desire to be on top in wealth and prestige regardless of whether the most prestigious careers are aligned with their true capabilities.

It is often perceived as part of Ah Beng culture.

12 comments:

MommyAngel said...

Hahaha ..... good job Daddy Ryan!!! I think we are in the same group, I love buying MP during sales, why should we pay more, right???

Anyway, post up your picture here la or else, I am afraid I might be smiling to the wrong 'uncle' leh then sei-foh lo :P :P

Kristie said...

yes we have to be kiasu in times like this... that's a good start for daddy hehe...

yes, even i change after becoming a parent.

Daddy said...

Aiyah Mommy Angel. You can see our photo at this post :
http://babynme2008.blogspot.com/2008/11/milestone-ryan-attending-his-first.html

So, don't smile to the wrong uncle lor...hehe

MommyAngel said...

Hahaha .... thanks for showing me your nice family picture there. In the picture, your son really looks so much like you leh (happy lo daddy) :) :) What a lovely family picture you have there ....

Ok ok .... photocopy in my brain liao so taht I won't be smiling at the wrong person :P :P

Daddy said...

Thanks MommyAngel. I better go and look at your profile and see can see your face or not. Otherwise, I don't know how to explain to my wife when strange ladies start smiling at me at the cashier counter. Haha. Have a nice weekend.

MommyAngel said...

Hahaha ... that was so funny of you. I think you can find my face in one of my recent blog entry. You too have a great weekend.

Vivianz said...

you are one wonderful daddy! my husband will not do all these in order to save some money!!!

cheeyee said...

Hehe me cant escape to be not kiasu also. :) Even just a dollar, sedikit-dikit lama-lam a jadi bukit. :)

Natalia said...

Hahaha...you're not kiasu at all. In fact you are a good daddy. My hubby wouldn't even check the newspaper for diaper promotions.

My son also experienced nappy rashes when using the drypers wee wee dry. Now change to Huggies & Mamypoko.

4malmal said...

doesn't it make us so proud to have a word defined JUST for us in wiki!!

Mummy to QiQi said...

wat to do, Mamy poko has got no competitor.

2ma said...

don't worry daddy, i am sure they are many others like u *hehe* no matter what, it is all for the kids ya!

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