Posted on 11 Jun 2019
Pretty sure many of us want to show appreciation to the person whom we most lovingly call 'papa', 'pops' or 'lao dou' (in Chinese). But he also wants us to practice financial prudence in spending, so don't break the bank this weekend when you bring your dad out for dinner!
Dad was (and still is) a taxi driver. If anything, it would be the value of working hard. Even if things knock you down (you won't believe how many people I've heard run off without paying the taxi fare), life will still go on and hence grit and determination are important factors if you want to succeed in life.
And he led a simple life by most standards. I think a clear distinction between wants and needs will help remind us (his sons) what's important in life and how to make every cent count. That daily $7 Starbucks is replaced by a 30cent nescafe coffee stick. That weekly $20 uber ride is replaced by just setting off for your destination 30 mins earlier. All that adds up.
But nothing would beat a good meal with him. That's just once a year after all.
My Dad taught me the value of working hard. He works really long hours, even now in his 60s - finding fulfillment in what he does. When I was younger - I thought I worked hard, and he showed me over and over again that I didn't even know what that meant.
Even though he wasn't around as much as my mum, I felt his presence through what he provided - literal food on the table, amongst other things.
He also saved tremendously during regular days and spent quite lavishly on us during holidays. We had at least two vacations a year, even if they weren't particularly expensive places like Europe - he and Mum always emphasized that it was important for us to experience what they never got to do when they were young, and to do it properly (which I guess was to spend more to get a better experience LOL).
Typically I do most of these things today as well.
My dad always has the following requirement for food: Cheap and Good. This stems from my father comi...
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