Watched Jackie Chan & Wang Lee Hom’s movie Little Big Soldier aka 大乒小将， over the CNY weekend. well its a family thing. Anyway, it was rather nice. I tend to focus more on nice phrases that I pick up. Wang Lee Hom’s character likes to scold the other guy “小人物”。 Gist of the story is that the scaredy cat soldier captures the general and tries to bring him back for rewards. Quite an interesting exposé on the difference in character and viewpoints of the two social classes. The brave general cum crown prince wants to dominate the world while the soldier wants to get 5 plots of land to plant wheat. hm. plus other things.
Alot of times in our daily lives we encounter such people, these “小人物”, who concern themselves with minor issues, whose lives revolve around such issues, who cannot see beyond the (i forgot the idiom)… who cannot see the forest for the trees. Not to diss them but I just sincereally wish that they will be able to grow up and mature and care more about bigger things in life. Alot of little actions and behaviour all play a part. And we can all try to be better people.
For example, all those little folks who post photos and comments on STOMP, StraitsTimes’ citizen-voice portal, and all the people who make sweeping statements online, and people who only care about their own faith (at least someone cares about them, hardly cares for the atheists, i feel so left out. imagine nobody cares about you when you’re growing up.)
Today i replied nicely to two salespersons, or at least nice in my way, haha. The first was some girl standing outside plaza sing. I suppose selling savings plans or the like. I alighted from the bus and was going to PS. So she approached me. asked me for some time. i said ok but why dont you walk with me while we talk. well if you remember, PS aint v far from the bus stop but its a decent amount of time to talk. Compared to a normal ‘customer’ anyway. Somewhat mean of me to make her walk with me but it was a convenient and very visible time limit. So she asks my name, i answer. She asks if i save at least $10 a day, i say definitely more than that. she proceeds to go through some calculations. all that took up probably half a minute already. talks two sentences about some normal bank interest rate being low. yes. proposes savings plan. i said rate still too low. what do i do. how about investment plan, or something. i said i prefer stocks. upon that point we reach the door. i said something like im not interested in the savings plan. So in a way I might appear to be bullying her, but hey it was a fair trade where I really listened for 2 minutes and answered all the questions and she got to say what she wanted to say. Failure was, at the end of it, I did not know what organization she represented, or what exactly was she promoting. nor her name, nor any namecard, nor any brochure. so that was not a very convincing sales pitch. and i was in a good mood. if im not in a good mood, i dont waste their time.
and then some citibank person called me. again. omg. their outsourced agencies are darn persistent. heck they rejected my card application for some crap reason, so that’s their own fault. anyway i out-babbled the caller and said byebye within 4-5 seconds. its an improvement coz in the past i might have just hung up, but i usually only do that to outright PRC scams. i mean, cold-calling is irritating but at least its not a scam. and i dislike the system, not the caller personally. so im quite clear on that. and since im a nice person (at times), i try to treat people nicely because that reflects on me, not on the caller. but i still try not to waste too much time.
have you ever sung those kindergarten or primary school song with the “小人物” in it. haha. i cannot remember how to sing it. haven’t we all grown up so much
a-muses. it really was quite cerebral for a jackie chan movie.