We are back – from a fabulously lovely Bangkok family holiday. There are so many photos, I have not even begun to look through my camera SD card to sort them out. Bangkok, to me, was a great experience of shopping, feasting and awesomely affordable massages! (My Bangkok posts WILL come, I promise!)
I am in a pseudo-theme of writing on creating memories for the kids. We went for the photoshoots. And now this trip with Jay. More than the purchases, we were happy to have a chance to also teach him some real-life lessons.
Of toys and beggars
Jay was pretty excited to get some new toys. We had a part to play in that expectation, naturally, as we kept telling him he could get some (cheaper) toys in Bangkok rather than the usual pricier ones in Singapore. So he waited. The first day went by, and nary a toy. The whole of the second day was largely spent in the 7-storey Platinum Mall, which I was repeatedly assured by my travelling mates would have some toys for Jay... On the fifth floor. Well, to future kid-lugging parents after me, let me tell you. There are HARDLY any toy shops in the Platinum mall. HARDLY. Sure, we saw a small stall soon after we got there, but when Jay started fiddling with the toy machine gun, I gently reminded him of
our my "No toy guns" policy. The shop owner probably understood English, as she curtly told Jay to stop touching the toy. Well, that struck me as being rude, given he was merely pulling the trigger, and while I was resistant about toy guns, I was in the market for a toy for Jay. Her sour attitude stopped me from purchasing any other toy from there! Unfortunately… there was barely another half decent toy shop! We only managed to get some toys for him the next day at Chatuchak Market... And on the last day, as we were walking around another mall, he turned and asked the hubby, "Why are there so little toy shops in Bangkok?"
Now most of us are used to toy shops around every corner, but we also used it as a chance to tell Jay the reason for the lack of toy shops was probably due to the fact the Thai didn't buy toys that often for their kids (I don’t know how true that is, but to us it kinda made a little sense! Haha...) Nevertheless, Jay understood, and for all the times we have reminded him how fortunate we are to be living in a country like Singapore, and how some kids really get by with hardly any toys at all, this little object lesson was a real eye-opener for him!
Walking down the streets, we also had the chance to see beggars on the street. We also took the chance to teach Jay about how there are so many less fortunate than we are. Empathy, kindness and contentedness are some things that we want to build in the kids, and sometimes in the luxury of life that we live in Singapore, we can often overlook these areas. It just takes a simple trip to give some object lessons that beats just describing it.
So apart from spending the whole weekend together (and having a blast!), I am really thankful to also be given the opportunity to instill and reinforce certain values in Jay.
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