Tuesday 21 September 2010
YK is so passionate about his reef hobby that he reads only marine reef journals for leisure. He's quite happy to spend his weekends and holidays helping out at the fish farm (the same one he patronises) without getting paid. The lady boss treats him like her own son.
I think it's great that he's gaining experience while doing something that he enjoys. Dealing with suppliers, colleagues and customers has enriched his life in so many ways. These are life lessons that he can't learn while sitting at home, watching TV or playing games.
Last night, he was at the airport with the boss to send a worker off. The worker's 2-year contract has ended, so he had to return to China.
YK felt particularly sorry to see him leave. "Can you imagine he didn't have any luggage with him?"
"He came to Singapore and left without a suitcase. All his belongings were packed in carton boxes. So poor thing."
As it turns out, he had one carton too many and didn't want to pay for the excess baggage charge of US$200. So he opened up the box and gave away bottles of liquor and birdnest (presents meant for his family back home). All that remained were some of his old clothes.
"I gave him my backpack. Hope you don't mind", YK said.
"The Victorinox one that you bring to school everyday?!" I asked.
"Yes. So he could put his clothes in and board the plane." he replied.
I'm not sure if it's a good thing or not, but deep inside, I'm secretly happy that my son has a good heart.