But we never complain about food-stuffs. Preserved food and snacks are always good :)
So me darling mum calls me up from the airport - one day last year - to let us know she's arrived unto Singapore's shores after a couple of weeks in China (work + leisure). And she says: "我买了玩具 给您!" ("I've bought some toys for you!") ... and I gasp a little gasp. Not that I am surprised that she would buy her adult son "toys", but moreso the two poignant words that had flashed thru my mind was: WHAT TOYS?" = doubting her toy-purchasing choice right there and then, without even knowing what they were, or how they looked ... I felt like an ass of a son then, and the memory of it makes me feel like an ass even now.
Mum happily handed her "ungrateful"-son this musty black plastic-bag (feels like a black trash bag actually, more likely is) - which was already suspect, but weirdly more mystifying. And as I opened it up, it felt like a black trash bag filled with "treasures" ... within it were various figurines of all shapes and sizes, colors and brands = a grab bag of toys I have posted below!
What I've posted above is not the full collection of figures in the bag. A couple of Lord of the Rings action figures have been decapitated and stripped for custom-parts (*cough*), as well as a select few Ninja Turtle figures and Power Ranger-figures - forever now in pieces, for yet another custom (*cough*).
She apparently bought them at a street-side make-shift stall - even after I'd cautioned not to buy anything - and remembering my intense pickiness on toys I like (I do somewhat quasi-regular show-and-tells about what toys I blog about, and what I like ... seriously), and of my penchant for flea-market finds (I used to be such a flea-market fiend in those salad days...).
Now, it wasn't the sheer "nigh-desirable coolness" of the toys that were in the bag (*ungrateful-cough*), but the "notion" of them that warmed my heart ... Mum said she knew I could at least find them useful as parts for customizing toys! Let me tell you, I was so proud of my Mum! (Not that I've never been proud of her, yeh? Just this particular episode in relation to toys for her adult son :p)
After then, I will give my mum's taste in toys the benefit of doubt for future choices (will share with you guys the story of the China Olympic Mascot Plushies next time ;p), but I will never doubt her intentions ever :)
My Mum Rawks! ~ Happy Mother's Day to all Mums reading TRE out there in cyber-lalaland!