Monday, December 14, 2015

How would you feel?

Because I have a relative who is moving house recently, so I bought a water heater for her as a house warming gift. After giving the gift to her, she asked is the brand from China or Malaysia, she said China or Malaysia water heater are not reliable and she prefer brands from US or Japan or Europe. She said China or Malaysia water heaters may have electric shock if the product is not reliable. She asked for the receipt from me and said maybe she will top up a bit to get a better product so I gave her the receipt.

Inside my heart I was thinking, "Why she like that one? What I bought for her also not bad wah, even though it may not be the most expensive one." It is the thought that counts.

How would you feel if you were me? Sometimes it is not easy getting gifts for people as in the end they may not like what you give them. I feel a little bit hurt because it seems she doesn't appreciate what I give her and even doubt the product. But on the other hand I console myself that maybe if she top up a bit and get a better product also good for her.

In the end, I conclude it is not easy to be a good person "hao ren nan zuo" is what I thought of.

By the way, the water heater I bought for her is a product of Singapore.

9 comments:

[SK] said...

it is how the person who is using it and not about how good is the product I guess.. probably those brands she thought are good are all made in China.. it's rude she commented a gift for her this way..

Somewhere in Singapore said...

So pai seh u always come my blog comment, but i didn't come over to comment...

Thanks from the bottom of my heart for coming and comment... Thanks a lot...

Rose said...

Thoughts thay count. You are right.

I would feel hurt too. Shouldnt say that outright to me.

Twilight Man said...

Oh dear, I would be mad and angry too. It happened to me once and I blacklisted that very good old friend whom I knew since he was at Primary One in my school. We grew up and kept in good contact until he became a prominent architect before marrying a very kiasu woman. When his wife became pregnant, I presented him a very thick 2.5 inch book from Taipei which titled "Pregnancy Bible" and costed me a bomb!! You know what? Months later, he returned me the book with the plastic still cling-wrapped and told me his wife was thoughtful and asked me to save it to give other mothers. She boasted that she knows everything about getting ready to deliver her first baby. I was not hurt by her stupidity but angry at my friend's tactless behaviour. I told him off and pointed out that he should have given to other people without my knowledge instead of returning it to me. That was the end of our meetings as his marriage has strained our friendship due to his wife's reluctance for him to meet old friends.

So your case is due to the similar kiasu attitude of your friend who doesn;t believe that one would die inside the bathroom depending on the karma and fate of individuals. There are more fatal mishaps happened by bathers who used foreign brands. Just type the word "Hot Water Shower Accidents" and you can see thousands of cases in Australia, UK, US and the world.

CL (RealGunners) said...

Stupid. Product of Malaysia, Singapore, US, Europe, in the end also Made in China/Vietnam. There's really not a whole lot of difference anymore nowadays. In the past, those China imitation brands might be crappy because of poor imitation capability, but nowadays they have the expertise due to so many foreign factories setting up shop there so the "things will explode" risk is much lower.

And, I agree, your friend is extremely rude. If me, If I doubt the quality of the gift I am getting, I would probably just keep it and donate to others/recycle for other housewarming wahahaha!

Phong Hong said...

Seriously? You have a right to be hurt and disappointed. For me, even if I have doubts or don't like the gift, I will just say thank you and accept it graciously. Not nice lah to do like what your relative did even though it seems like a practical thing to do.

mun said...

That is why I prefer to give angpow and let the person buy whatever they like with it. In Western countries when they give presents, they always include the receipts as well so that the recipients can return the presents to the shops along with the receipts if they do not like the presents.

Libby said...

Thoughts they count

Libby said...

Correction, the brand I bought is an Australian brand