A few months ago I did this online survey about chewing gum and how we reward ourselves with sweets.
It got me thinking and I started to notice all these sweets I used to enjoy. I started to indulge a little here and there.
Maybe this explains my weight gain haha.
My favourite has been the Juicy Fruit chewing gum.
I still remember I traveled with my parents to Singapore when I was young. This must have been 20 – 25 years ago.
We were in church and I was with a group of kids in a Sunday school. I didn’t know anybody.
I was chewing a stick of Wrigley’s chewing gum (I think it was mint flavoured). I felt so cool because I was eating chewing gum, something we weren’t normally allowed to do.
Suddenly one girl said…
“Yer, who eat chewing gum?”
She was the same age I was. I don’t remember her face or anything about her really. Nothing except her question.
I stopped chewing.
Her friends started to look around, and I started to feel so guilty about eating chewing gum.
Guilty not because it was illegal (it wasn’t illegal at that time) but I was eating in Sunday school class.
The girl looked at me and asked accusingly, “you eating chewing gum?”
Yes, blame the Malaysian in the room. The one with suspicious minty breath.
I shook my head, and when she wasn’t looking I transferred my chewing gum to my right pants pocket.
I can’t believe it. I lied in Sunday school. Sinful.
Later my mother was puzzled to find the chewing gum all stuck in my pocket. Well, mummy mystery solved!
So each time I eat chewing gum or hear about the Singapore chewing gum ban, I remember this experience.
There are two other things I remember from that Singapore trip.
First my daddy drove his brand new Proton Saga all the way to Singapore.
Second experience is I got lost in a shopping mall. I was looking at toys in some department store and when I turned around my family was gone.
I remember feeling panic, walking around trying to find them and being too short to see very far.
Thinking back, I don’t think the store was very big. Maybe I was just a small boy so it felt big.
If I’m not wrong, my daddy bought this toy for me on that trip, the MASK Hurricane.
Now that I’m grown up I really understand how big of a sacrifice it was for my dad to buy this toy. It must have cost a lot of money.
And some more need to convert to SGD!
I understand because I would be so hesitant to buy something similar for my kids.