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So much for ‘say no to consumerism and materialism’

Today (Sunday) see me waking up at 8 am because I was especially motivated by Father Moses Lui yesterday. Gee….I wonder what will happen to our very ‘too structured cathedral’ if we have a fab priest like the bad tempered Moses Thunder Tiger Lui. These are his own descriptions.

Father Moses Thunder is from Melaka St. Peter’s church. He came to our church yesterday for our CCC. He is the scariest thing, ever. First of all, he uses Latin. He wrote something Christifidelis Laici and all I can think of are those juicy, sweet lychees. But he turned out to be the kind of priests I adore. The kickass, doesn’t mince his words and I think he fits into the obnoxious category.

This morning, he celebrated mass and I had the bad luck of being asked to take care of the OHP. (but of course, I am joking because I do not mind doing anything if needed) I was panicky because I thought he is going to have bizarre style of celebrating mass and I will faint if he asked me to skip from this part to that part because I still cannot tell what is what as our slides of over 70+ are in sequence.

Anyway, everything went well except for the part where someone comes to me to ask me to insert a ‘will the car owner of PHY 123 please remove your car’ notice just before the Lord’s Prayer. I shoo-ed the person away because no way am I going to touch the scary buttons of the powerpoint slides as one wrong button, the whole sequence of the mass will be messed up. So, I was desperately half-lying that we are not permitted to do so because Father Fab instructed. Because of that, I forgot to change slides. And poor Father Thunder Lui was standing at the altar, looking right, left, right, left, praying for something to happen. Meanwhile, the organist dare not start his organ because sometimes some priest let us sing the Lord’s Prayer, sometimes some priest allow us to flash the Lord’s Prayer to read them and sometimes, some priest will smack our head if we do that because we are supposed to pray from our heart. Finally, I hit the ‘Enter’ button and the Lord’s Prayer began. Muahahahar…power in my hand, babe!

Father Lui preached a lot about families and the kind of values we must instill in our children. He went down during collection, walking around the pews. I think our church collection today must have shot up by 40% because the tiger is prowling around. I think our parish priests are going around too, next time. People will drop a red note instead of a blue RM1 note, I think.

After mass, I attended Martin Jalleh’s session. Today, he talks about consumerism, materialism and etc etc. So, I was like yeah…..I am not such a bad parent, you know? When my son wants a USD130 pair of sneakers from USA, I told him I cannot buy for him based on principle because I need to buy four pairs to be fair. See? I am such a good parent, eh? Good in bluffing through.

But today, my 13 years old son finally got his first handphone. Nokia 5130 at RM499 with 2 years warranty and other stuffs. He doesn’t really need the phone because school doesn’t allow handphones. However, the poor guy has been asking for a long time and I feel bad being the bad guy who has to turn him down all the time. I ran out of excuses already.

You know lah, I had been attending Father Huan’s class on human development, in particular child psychology and he talked a lot about the eldest, middle and youngest child syndromes. And I know getting a phone for my middle child will help him more in terms of positive affirmation that he matters as much as the older ones and pampered as the youngest one. Moreover, I don’t want him to deny me to a pair of dentures when I am too old to make money blogging.

So, I took him to Charlie at Gurney. At that time, the paymaster was parking his car. Mother and son plotted by sitting down comfortably with handsome Charlie and select a phone. When paymaster came, he went, “Huh? What? Why? Who?” But my ‘kung fu’ very high one, so he boh pien agreed to it. I don’t even need to say anything, just whispered to him, “Next time when you are old, your son won’t buy you a pair of shoes because you didn’t allow him to buy a handphone at 13 years old. Then, you will be walking barefoot, I tell you.”

Anyway…it has been a very spiritual weekend this week. Praise the Lord!

See? It is not so boring being a Christian, you know? LOL, we listen a lot but we shop alot too.




11 Responses to “So much for ‘say no to consumerism and materialism’”

  1. Sei lor! You scare me here la..was thinking what happens if Charleskey won’t wanna buy me reading glasses next time just because I didn’t buy for him the zoom lens he so wanted.

  2. Ehhh……something wrong with your page lah, when the main page comes up, your May 1st till this current posting not shown one? The last entry when going into your main page is about the johnson shampoo…..
    You crashed the systems ah?

  3. Oh, not that May 1st till this current post not showing, the order of the post is out…..the Johnson post is somehow displayed at the top as your current post…..

  4. 9pek9bo – LOL but if we say yes to everything, ended up pokkai now, lagi chialat wor.

    toolan – You no pay $$$ so got no say one….

  5. I am the middle child. This explained why I have 2 kids.
    This post has good parent-child reasoning over buying stufss. 🙂

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  6. OIC…….”ke ching” reason….

  7. I’ll keep that in mind when my kids reach their teens year….. LOL….

  8. My mom would probably have spanked my sibling and me til kingdom come if we were to ask for something worth 500 at age 13. X^D
    *Shudders thinking about those rotans.

  9. omg!!! FR MOMO (moses lui) is my church priest and i adore him till bits!! He really taught me alot of things. I am glad u like him too. *he’s not well like by ppl cuz of his moods lar*… hehehe..

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  10. iamyuanwu – I forgot to mention – My hubby bought an MP3 for my 6 yrs old (much against my approval). The kid only used for one day, put it in his pants pocket, went into the washing machine and rosak ledi. RM139 koyak. It made his face green with fear but he didn’t kena lah. Luckily the thing worked again after the next day. Now, I am the owner of the MP3 that has been washed, rinsed and spin. My kid is now so fearful of owning anything expensive again. He doesn’t want to have anything to do with MP3 anymore. Thank God!

  11. I remember Fr. Moses Lui well:) and was actually there at his ordination as a priest! Aiyooo – (realizes that I have just revealed my vintage)! He’s originally from Kluang. When you mentioned in another posting about attending Mass in Chinese – it brought back some memories. Sometimes my family would attend the Chinese mass (I think it was Canto) on Sunday mornings, although we’re not of Chinese descent and could not speak nor understand the language. Fr. Moses’s parents were very active in Church – his dad pretty much ran the choir for the Chinese masses and played the organ. He had a big booming voice which would wake you up when you were dozing or not paying attention. As far as I remember, Moses (b4 he was ordained) actually was my Catechism teacher circa 9 yrs old and he was so nice and smiley. So thanks for the memories and keep up yr writing. I’m now learning more bad words to add to ‘Lan’ thanks to you.Cheers!