Monday, 27 February 2012

The Bribes - Sugar Overload

How do you keep a 9 year old happy, walking and sightseeing daily hours on end for a fortnight? By bribing of course!

Exhibit no. 1 : sugar bribe.

Not just any old thing. For this boy, it's Daido's Ultraman and Kamen Rider drinks. 
 
Worked pretty well in previous years too.
They cost 100yen at the vending machines. Can't choose what you can get over at the machines so if you want to try to collect a complete set, a better bet would be to head-off to Yamashiroya nearby Ueno Station. They sell this stuff too, with tax at 105yen.

Of course, a bribe is only effective if used sparingly and wisely. You can't be bribing left, right, center!

For Son - one sugar bribe a day. That's the limit and usually handed out when the energy level was way low. 

24 comments:

  1. Glad you found an inexpensive bribe. Does he collect the finished cans?

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    1. He sure does. Plenty of empty cans in the house because of that drink. ;p

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  2. Yes, it devalues the bribe if you give more than once a day! but very useful! Do I understand it that they have different collectable cans for the drink ? If so, that is an original marketing ploy.

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    1. Yes, they do have different designs. And sure a clever ploy to make fans of the series;not only children but also adults go crazy buying them. ;p

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  3. travelling isn't thateasy with kids so a little bit of that bribe is quite understandable though of course with limits!

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    1. Limits needs to be enforced, otherwise children won't know discipline. :)

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  4. When you come for your next visit, you will achieve wonders if you sugar-overload-bribe your friendly foreign local Asakusa guide, too. :D

    PS: I can never decide whether Raimie looks very naughty of very innocent. Probably both? ^^

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    1. I will keep that in mid and ensure a backpack of sugary bribes for the friendly South African guide of Asakusa. ^^

      He's innocently naughty? ;p

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  5. A good idea and once a day is not too much :)

    Japan Australia

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  6. If it keeps the kids quiet and happy, then I am all for it.

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    1. Hahaha... what we parents would do for peace and quiet (and less pouting, tantrums, nagging, whining) that our kids are prone to do. ;p

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  7. As he grows older you have to bribe him with fancy toys and electronics! XD

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    1. Who says we need to wait for him to be older for such bribes? See that second photo of him holding a handheld game? That's a bribe errr.... incentive too! ^^

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  8. Alamak, bad parenting lah. >< Kakaka
    Cannot teach your son to makan rasuah at that age lah.
    We need more people to join the Bersih party. ;)
    Reformasi, remember!

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    1. What to do. Malaysian mah... rasuah so ingrained already. But to make it sound better, let's call them incentives. Same thing what...

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    2. Ha ha... This is actually what we call "repackaging" lah.
      You know, posh restaurants in London rename "custard" to "creme anglaise" - but it's just the same thing.

      Somehow you feel posher when you order your food in French. Ha ha!
      I love French pastries, cakes, macarons... Also like their cheese lah. :)
      You must go to Paris and try proper French cakes, drink coffee like French people one day lah.

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    3. How to feel posh when I can barely pronounce the words! LOL

      And a kampung gal like me would be so intimidated by snotty waiters! xD

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  9. Recently the price of drink is rising. !00 yen is low price..

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    1. The Ultraman & Kamen Rider can drinks are really cheap compared to other soft drinks. So buying them is a bonus. Son gets his soft drink and also got to collect the cool cans. ^^

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  10. Yes, bribing is good but never over-bribe! : D

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  11. Our government should follow this too. Can be generous to Rakyat and give handouts; but when you over-give - no good already. xD

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  12. bribery!? report you to the Corruption Bureau. lol

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    1. Alamak! Here, you kena report to MACC. ;p

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