Just a piece of metal

Some one year ago, I found that I was in love.

With this!



Somehow only the red version seems to be omninescent (can't spell this word) but the Topaz Gold one unavailable.

After some futile searching, Jealous June announced to me excitedly that she found the phone, sold at $485, at a mobile shop at Bedok, second hand!

I excitedly bought the phone.

Woah, diamonds! So pretty =)

*


Today, I went out with my brother and Wong the Lawyer. The former to see a doctor for his fever (and zits - man he is growing), and the latter to book my basic theory test with(what good is my SLK without a license to drive it?) and shop after that.

My brother, who is 11 this year and a gameboy advance addict, accompanied me to Bukit Batok Driving Centre after seeing the doctor.

Later on, Wong and I decided to go to City Hall to shop, and it is a little silly to ask Clinton to tag along with us as he would be so sian with us/we cannot crack dirty jokes/he is having a fever.

(digressing, yes my brother is called Clinton. And yes, his name is chosen before Bill Clinton's embarrassing affair. And yes, I am very glad I am not called Monica, for it would seem like I am incestuous with my bro. And yes, if I were called Monica and my surname is Cheng it would have the double effect of sounding like Mo ni ca Cheng, hokkien for touching one's bum. And yes, I am pretty glad that my bro is not called Peter and our surnames are not Pan either. KNN)

So I told Clinton to take one of my phones with him (I have two phone lines) so that at least if he is lost I can still contact him. We left him at Jurong East to take a bus home.

I gave him the T500, shown above.

Predictably, the silly git lost it. He dropped it on the bus seat because he was sleeping and predictably, the phone fell out of his pocket.

My mum called me as I was shopping with an innocent Wong.

"Girl, di di dropped your phone on the bus leh. I already called the bus interchange to try to get it back."

"WHAT?!"

"HOW CAN HE DO THAT?!"


Eekean jumped.

I proceeded to give my bro a call to holler at him.

"WHY DID YOU DROP THE PHONE??! How can you do that? So careless!"

"No, because I sleep then when I wake up it is gone ... "

"HOW DARE YOU SPEAK IN THAT TONE TO ME?! Like it is not your fault now is it? Whose fault is it that it disappeared?"

"Mine."

"THEN? Why you speak in that indignant tone?!"

"I feel and discover that the phone is gone then I tried to run back and chase the bus," he mumbled. "But then when I run I got a stitch and it was very painful so I fell down."

Heh. I didn't know what to say. And I cannot just stop hollering like that because it is very out of style so I continued to yell at him (anyway I had to vent my anger on someone) although I felt quite bad that he fell down.

"I don't care what happened after you lose it, you shouldn't have left it on the bus in the first place!"

*awkward silence*

"So what you gonna do about it?"

"I will pay you with my bank's angpow money."

"Yeah, like you got enough money to pay! You think money can buy back the same phone?"

*awkward silence*

"HIYAH NEVER MIND LAH!"

*kup phone on bro*


************


My mum messaged me on my singtel line later on.

"I will pay $300 for your phone please don't be angry with him anymore."




This one little sentence had a tidal effect on me.

Untangling the emotions, this is possibly what I felt:

1) Injustice at being made to sound like I AM THE EVIL GUY HERE and my brother is the victim.
2) Huge pang of jealousy for my mum's protectiveness over him as if he were still a fragile kid.
3) Guilt for my brother's misery (the parts caused by my yelling anyway).


Wong supplied, "Hiyah, then what do you expect her to do?"

True enough.

******************


Later on after asking my mum how come she make it sound like he did nothing wrong and I am the one making him miserable instead of him me, she said he thoroughly deserved the scolding (I felt slightly better) but she also ...

1) Saw that he was sobbing when she reached home ...


and the super kua zhang (exaggerated):


2) Was digging his piggy bank for cash to buy a new phone for me.


**************


I feel so guilty I almost died.

It became clear lah. I was stupid, I was. The phone is just a piece of metal, and my brother is flesh and blood.

No point getting him all upset over a silly phone. I'll apologize to him tomorrow. All the medicine made him sleep by the time I reached home.


Meanwhile, any suggestions on what phone to get??? Seems like all the phones are so ugly nowadays. No, no 7610. Too expensive. Anything else?


Comments

Kee Jia said…
younger siblings are like that...besides, he's only 11. Love your handphone! But digging into his piggy bank kinda kua zhang lah..
sari said…
How about Nokia 6210? My friend bought it aint long ago.. the quality of pictures taken by it is amazing =)
cpt. underpants said…
duude.
brothers are like that. i have one in nerd high. w00t.

my brother'd never EVER NEVER EVER NEVER EVER give me even 2 bucks.






pfft.
bj0rN`- said…
aWw... can tell that your bro is guilty, but don't blame him... I mean, you too left him alone yeah? Perhaps it's fate that you gave him tt phone and he lost it? >.<
viv said…
damn, this entry made me tear a little, not only for the lost hp, but your brother is blessed having a sister like you =]
Ricky Chua said…
You really should give him a big big hug. I think he really needs to feel that you do love him.

Think about it.

From the time you kup his phone till he reached home, he must have pondered and regretted and blamed himself repeatedly all that while till he arrived home sobbing. He must have felt terrible and awfully sorry.

He's even willing to dig out his piggy bank money to pay you back and we all know how precious that money is to kids that age.

He probably suffered many horrible hours of his life over this matter which i bet he wouldn't forget for a very long time. Do make the extra effort to show him that you love him and that you've forgiven him. It would do him a lot of good psychologically.

I can so feel his pain...
Audrey said…
at least he tried to dig his piggy bank to give u the money...

my sis cant even be bothered even though is has a few hundred bucks in her wallet...
and she is a year younger than ur bro...

i tink ur bro deserves a nice big hug...
though he will find it disgusting, at least u know u hugged a a little gentleman who wanted to pay u for losing ur phone...
Contradictories said…
He's only 11, and he will learn his lesson for being careless. And looking at his reaction after losing the phone (sobbing and digging his piggy bank to buy u a new phone), oh well, i have to say u r lucky to have a bro like him.. :)
Ee said…
my brother gave me his bone marrow aka stem cells and save my life ...

Pls note bro not only is human but he might one day be your only closest flesh and blood that you could rely on.

Money also cannot buy you another brother ....
tubao said…
u can try nokia 6230 or sony ericsson S500i(coming out soon i think).
Marla S said…
wah, finally i can make a comment.. the commenting system had been giving me failed connections for the longest time.

Yeah.. I am a sucker for tiny heartwarming stuffs like these. Like viv, my eyes(YES, EYES only) felt warm and moist.

The digging of piggybank does sound a little soap opera-ish, but makes people go 'awwwww......'

Sickly lil boy who then lost a phone, had stitch, and fell.

Fear overwhelmed and took over his being. Got yelled over the phone.

Worse, with zits infesting all over.

Hardly his day. Can I give him a cuddle? Wahaha, I am sounding like a paedophile already.
whinyyyyeeee said…
that phone is fucking gaudy man, looks abit auntie. dunnoe much about phones as well.
whinyyyyeeee said…
that phone is fucking gaudy man, looks abit auntie. dunnoe much about phones as well.
Zen|th said…
Awww.. That's so sweet. Haha. At least your brother tried to do something about it and even felt so guilty. You're right, the phone is just a piece of metal but your family is your flesh and blood. :)
kao said…
you are a good woman.
boliao said…
you said
"I feel so guilty I almost died."

Cannot quite picture you as a elder sister until today.
Diana said…
well look at at this way: at least your mom is willing to pay you S$300 cos your brother lost your phone.

And she did not yell at you for yelling at him.

You're one damn lucky girl.

If it was me (of course its not), i can't yell at my bro at all as he is the Sun King himself (to my mom la of course) and if he lost it, my parents would say "too bad" to me and just make him say sorry (sorry no cure lor) and I can't drag it on and on or else they would yell at me for yelling at him. and no, they won't offer to buy me a new phone at all.

Maybe buy the Motorola that has that square camera thingy?
Jayaxe said…
Hmm.. I reckon this could be yet another touching scene in a movie like 'I Not Stupid' starring Wendy and brother. hehehe..
deedee said…
I love my brother. I'm told so many times by my envious friends that we are like the closest siblings (elder sis + baby bro) in the world. However I can't imagine ourselves in TAR. We buy each other sweet things, treat each other to nice meals, watch movies and soccer matches together, even shop together... but I can't imagine the two of us running about like lunatics and doing rediculous things like begging for money in a foreign land or chasing after flights together.

Can you?

I think people in TAR are really amazing! So I conclude my baby bro and I are not the world closest siblings on earth.
deedee said…
Anyway my mother will not pay me anything if my bro or I lost each other's stuff... think we'll have to fight it out ourselves, and my mum will just gloat over the lost since she never likes us to buy expensive items anyway.
Miao said…
you are a really understanding sister :)
fluff.bluff said…
clinton's so sweet.. i bet ur hrt muz hv melted whn u heard what ur mum said abt him crying n digging his piggy bank..tt's really cute of him.. if i were you,all anger wld hv disappeared, esp whn he's stil such a sml kid..
- LuN - said…
haha our dear xiaxue shows more of her humane side :D
- LuN - said…
haa.. our dear xiaxue shows more of her humane side :D
So Angeline said…
Haha! Reminds me of the time when my li' brother ate my share of Goreng Pisang by mistake and I screamed my head off at him. I was actually venting my frustrations from preparing for A levels at him. So bad eh? He didn't say a word and he bought me lots of tidbits for me to snack on when I burnt midnight oil. I felt like World's Evilest Sister then...

Back to your phone, get the new Samsung phone? E6000's cool, looks like S300 but with camera, MMS functions and more. And the price is lowered recently due to new Samsung models.
mon said…
awwwwwwwwwwwww. (:
xiangrui said…
Hello Wendy, my surname is Pan and people call me Peter Pan. Let's go fly someday X )
guardian said…
I really think your brother's very very sweet and repentant. I tell you, I have a younger sibling that threw the ashtray on me when we quarrelled a few years back. Horrifying. Especially it's a she. My younger sister by one year.

It's really rare to see a younger sibling repentant about his mistake, realizing it and digging his piggy bank for money just to pay you back. I'll probably forgive all his sins for the next few years to come. XD
Michelle said…
Be thankful u have a brother like him, he's one nice guy! Try the new Samsung phones like E600c, or maybe the nokia 6230 :)
kat said…
You'd make a great Jie Jie. ^^
Jonus Doggie said…
Good on you for forgiving your brother for loosing your phone. Real classy move.

As for the phone, try the Motorola E398. There is no radio but the surround sound speakers and mp3 playback are worth the sacrifice.
Queen of Dopes said…
hello! you've got a new fan here. thought it was really nice and sweet of u to forgive you lil' bro so fast. think i'd take like weeks to do the same! :) as for hps.. i'm so in love with the Samsung E800C!! but of cos its rather pricey.. try the samsung e600c or the E700A which are slighty less ex?? flip or slide phones are simply the best! :) take care!
Anonymous said…
Very heartwarming :(....

Me think your bro got quite a sense of zhen4 yi4 gan3, from the way he tried to chase after the bus, and from the time when he wanted to make the police report when your maid was molested :D!
Panadol said…
If you could wait a little while more, you might want to take a look at these :

http://www.nokia-asia.com/nokia/0,,62968,00.html

and

http://sg.motorola.com/pcs/preorderv3/
Gum said…
Dear Xiaxue,

Seriously, 7280 is gonna be good.

Just wait for another 2 months, and you are in time for the christmas Telco Sales. Talking about great deal.
Neo said…
0410060640:

I can't help but have a feeling tt some guy who is now
holding on to the XX's phone is treating it as some kind of rare treasure, with it's price seemingly greater than it's weight in gold, knowing tt it's the XX's phone;
Capricorn said…
hmm youre becoming famous...that makes me kinda jealous lolz...dont get so high on the popularity thing or you'll find urself going down....using your picture as ur layout...typical self loving. though i like it. :D

awww your bro is so sweet, he is only 11 give him a break and are you serious? your mum actually offered to give u 300 dough dang nice mum.
Hmmm. I like the Sony Ericsson S700 myself. It has a 1.3 MP camera and it looks neat.
Capricorn said…
ok now that i have look over the whole thing...you are SO full of yourself...hair this hair that....oh yea and whats up with that fued with "eccentric eddy" ? MAKE A GODDAMN TRUCE
Monkey said…
wah such a sweet brother... do treasure him ok? may the person who pick up the phone and using it now... hands will rot to hell!!!
alan said…
You should go to him when he wakes and give him a hard slap with "FUCK YOU BITCH!! ,THAT'S FOR THE PHONE !"

Then hug him back say , "nvm la, who ask you to be my only brother... Love you...".

Then before you leave his room, slap him once more and say "THAT'S A WARNING FOR YOU NOT TO LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN !".

There, happy ending for you as you able to vent your anger, letting him knows that you do love him, and giving him a warning too.
Jessica said…
Alan, you're so mean.

Shooo shooo... Xiaxue, don't listen to him.

Let us know if you really apologize. I'm rather curious on that.

As a sister myself, I cannot picture myself apologizing to my didi. But I'll be extra nice for the next few hours and I'll be back to the "old" self again.

I think that's pretty common among the siblings lah~
Mike said…
Get a Sonyericsson K700i. It's affordable the screen is excellent, the customization abilities (like hundreads of available themes at mobile9.com) and video recording, built-in radio, MP3 playback, Internet access, etc etc etc...
scott said…
samsung e800c ...
justine said…
you had two handphones..

WHY GIVE HIM THE SPARKLY DIAMOND ONE??

The moment I read about the new phone and the word "brother" I knew sure gone!

:~(
dxxxxxxx said…
heh, so you do have a heart

lol, I bet someone could make a tv show on your life ^__^


Stories like that make me wish I got to know my younger and older brother better...
Anonymous said…
your bro and mother so ke ai!!!
>.<
I reckon you should just go up to them (yes immediately) and tell them how much you love them~
isis said…
I was reading all these comments that say ur bro is so sweet n i cant help but snigger. That lil rascal! Everytime so rude towards you at home!

But true la, when I asked him about what happened to ur phone, he replied sheepishly that he lost it. What else can you do but to forgive him right?

Scarlet Ting is feeling wet & moist somewhere else while reading abt ur sweet lil bro! Haha.
R said…
i must admit that i really enjoy reading your blog. you seem like an utterly genuine person to me & your entries are both hilarious & moving at the same time. love you!
Apple said…
xiaxue..ur brother reminds me of mine!
sometimes i yell at him too and then i feel guilty because he will do what your brother will do lah...
anyway, this is such a sweet entry. =)
WanAhLun said…
heya... well... we get angry all the time... so i guess it's easier to blast it out then to go through with it slowly ba... no wrong or right so it's alright to react the way you do... Just maybe hollering might not change anything so why make things worse right? Nice blog.
pixie said…
woah you've got an slk?
Kimberly Low said…
i know exactly how you feel. i cried reading this post. sigh blood is thicker than water!
tube said…
aw man i think the "dig into piggy bank" part just brings about a sad touch.


good script. i think i'll go shoot a video with it. =D
freaky tooth said…
Xx.. treasure ur bro. he's damn sweet.. see it more positively.. such things r prob fated to make u guys get closer =)
Mark said…
Why not get a jewelry designer to make a housing for a cheaper, more ugly phone? You can as many diamonds on it as you wish! And it will be as unique as you!!

Remember though, 'the more we have, the more we have to loose'.
Jolene said…
xiaxue... i can just imagine how adorable your brother looked..crying and digging in piggy and all. He's so genuine!! At least he didn't shout back at you right?

Ahahaha...my brother will turn rude on me too if I yelled at him like that. Which happens quite often. But maybe because he is only 2 years younger.

Yours is 9 years younger..! See, at least he respects his cheh cheh right?:)
luzzio said…
jolene (above) is my sister. hmm...very iresponsible of your bro. when he gets a new handphone that might be better then yours, take the liberty to borrow it from him now and then...
winnie said…
eh, hw bout samsung e600c? my fren juz got it and the resoultion's not bad.. cheap too.. =]
baey said…
oui saw your just was your website.. Army has made me super suaku man.. looks like you're famous.
So how're you?
janicia said…
have u ever joined any blog competition of some sort? do you still have the entries during that time? when was it?
wenlin said…
MY BROTHER DOESNT EVEN GIVE ME TEN CENTS!







pfft. lucky you.
eileen said…
girl, im touched by yr brother's effort and the exaggerated part where he was digging and when he's down with a fever, ...

My sis, doesnt even pay me the lunch i help her bought, use my things, bla bla...

If only i had a brother.

^^ , i had tears coming out of my eyes when i read yr entry.

Exaggerated? but true.
sze eng said…
haha, all of u have good brothers,mine is a crazy lad who joins NPCC n march in the house all days,when i loses something n its his fault,he will just scold me for nothing or say :"bu shuang ah??"and starts vending his "little anger" as making a mountain out of a molehill .guess wad age am i???
It's good that you creatively inspire the value of family-ness in this blog entry. You know, people should remember the positive side of you. You are a great blogger, and I know it. Will always support you!!

You have a dedicated Bruneian fan Ohh =)
breakdanceh said…
Treasure your brother. I was reading post and i started to tear. Your brother obviously loves you a lot and he really respects you as a sister.
breakdanceh said…
... Its been 2 months and no one commmented again?! LOL Anyway, wanna exchange brothers with me? I WANT YOUR BROTHER. I dont care if he's name is Clinton, i'll just call him Clint. AWW PLEASE.
Norman said…
For those who complains about your younger siblings..

Please do reflect on yourself first, like what have you done to make him/her like that? Are you mean towards them? Hog up things? Taking advantage of you being the elder sibling?
livelyabsurdity said…
You have a really good brother, he loves you a lot and really respects you. you got to treasure him. my brother, he only knows how to take my things without asking. but sure, he stayed up late nights to accompany me do project. XDXD
Christina said…
ur bro sounds cute. he still uses a piggy bank.

yeah if i were you, i'd feel guilty. but then again, you and your bro would BOTH FEEL GUILTY. which is very ridiculous.
Annessa said…
Hello Xiaxue . Your brother so cute man , but you're a little mean to scold him like that . Although I understand at that moment that you were suoer angry that he lost your precious phone . Ha , I'm glad everything's okay already . & your brother is so nice to dig his piggybank to wanna buy a new phone for you(:
Natalie Tan. said…
Wow, you have an uberly cute and sweeet brother lor. usually i'll be damn guilty when I scold mine, but if I scold yours, I can die of guilt. -.- he is so cute lah!

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