How important is money to me? I'd say quite important. I don't know, I think each and every one of us has grown accustomed to live with money. We literally can't imagine living without money, unless we imagine everyone is dead broke too.
I've seen people who couldn't care less whether they have money or not, they live a simple life. You go to the farm when you want to eat. A drink is always available at the well. You want fish? go fish. I've never been to the remote parts of Africa, all of this is happening right here in the interiors of Sabah, Malaysia.
Should we help them? why? They're living a happy life. Who are we to judge and say they're backwards just because they don't have our progress and problems?
Thats how colonization starts.
I'm not going to lie. Money is essential to me because all around me everything requires money. I can't name you one thing that doesn't require money. But I try to be content, I spend according to what my wallet allows. I don't have to tell you that they are people who spend way above what they can afford. They have their reasons. Too used to luxury, want to impress friends, or they just think they can.
I've had a few part-time odd jobs, the first official one I had was when I just finished SPM. I worked as a store boy for a branded sportswear company, or at least I thought I was. They just wanted me to clean up a store room because they're moving offices. They paid me RM50 for a two-day gig. Wasn't worth it, I cut my wrist in an accident with a poster. I never had any other jobs since.
work ethics is uber important. I go by the policy of you work as hard as you want to have fun. And I'm all about having fun, so that means I'm all about strong work ethics too, I guess?
Before, I found rather peculiar ways to make money. I used to do freelance T-Shirt designs (Yes, people pay me to design shirts), became a tuition teacher for little annoying kids, did other people's SPM kerja kursus for big bucks, set up a vigilante stall selling drinks at a talent competition, etc.
Strange, I never really needed the money but I love it when they flow in.
I'm rarely ever compelled to look for a job except when I'm really desperate, like the time I was stuck in KL because I missed my flight to go back home. Mainly because I'm perfectly happy with whatever I have. My parents should really stop giving me money.
Here's the process if I want something really really bad.
- Find a cheaper version of what I wanted to buy.
- If found, find the cheapest cheaper version of what I wanted to buy.
- Tell my parents I want something, I just give them a rough idea.
- Slowly seep an idea into their minds that I actually want something specific and show them I need that something, not just simply wanting it. Process takes about month or two.
- After much negotiation, they give me the money for what I want, with certain clauses. When I wanted a phone, they asked me to score a 3.8. Yeah like that's gonna happen. By the time finals came, they forgotten all about the deal. Timing baby, timing.