Not Again!

Every mother’s son is playing tourist in Japan.

My super wealthy but thrifty – I use that word “thrifty” because I’m being polite – 72-year-old friend and his wife are avid travelers. Their destinations: Johor Bahru, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands, Bangkok, Japan, Johor Bahru, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands, Bangkok, Japan, Johor Bahru, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands, Bangkok, Japan, Johor Bahru, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands, Bangkok, Japan.

You get the idea. They go to the same places several times a year.

They are going to Japan next month and have already made bookings for yet another trip to Japan in July. And I bet they will go again at least three more times this year. Also Johor Bahru, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands, Bangkok…

I am 67 and I don’t think I will live as long as my dad, who is 90 plus this year and healthy physically and supersharp mentally. The United Nations say there are 195 countries in the world. Although I consider myself quite well-traveled – hey, I’ve even been to Russia, Cuba, Israel, Bhutan and North Korea! – I have still not been to many many countries. I don’t have all the time in the world. So I don’t want to visit the same old places over and over again. In my sunset years, I am no less adventurous, no less open to explore new experiences.

Well, I guess some people are motivated differently.

For example, I know someone who lives in District 10, owns a fancy car, is rich as fuck – shopping is a hobby – but goes on arduous bus rides  – “sorry, not driving!” – to Johor Bahru to buy egg tarts and to seek dental treatment because everything’s cheaper there.

Know what I mean?

Yet, the preoccupation of this person’s family members is turning up their noses at others they deemed deserving of scorn.

Ironic, isn’t it?

Yup, it’s one of those families whose members think they are the only ones with brains, and that the rest of the world are idiots.

I know. I have a couple of cousins like that.

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