Saturday, 19 May 2012

The Bribes - Game Time

Travelling with a young child can be easy and it can be a headache too. It takes a LOT of compromises and fitting in with their mood, I guess. We are lukcy that Raimie is such an even-tempered boy. He doesn't throw temper tantrums. He knows better than do it because temper tantrums gets him nowhere in our household. But silently sulky boy does get to Mommy, as does a puppy-eyed boy.

As an incentive for him to continue being a good boy, even after hours and hours of walking during our vacation; a reward (or two) would come his way.

One reward was this. What kid can resist a spot of sugar overload? Not just any random sugar overloaded drink, mind you. The bribe reward was a can of either Kamen Rider or Ultraman drink.

Then, there's this.
Of course there is a condition that comes with the reward. He can only play that Nintendo DS  on long train journeys. For local train trips, that would be a ride more than 5 stations + if he has a seat. No game if he is standing.

Definitely no game playing while walking. When one is walking and sight-seeing, one needs to be aware of one's surrounding and enjoy it too. Not be engrossed in one's limited world, staring at a tiny screen.

I never understand why people nowadays can't seem to tear their eyes off the smartphones, iPhones, iPads, tablets etc, even while walking. I also don't understand the need to be fixated at that screen when one is having lunch with people or when people are talking to you. Maybe I'm just an old fart who don't understand modern technologies. Ah well...

24 comments:

  1. Those Kamen Rider drinks are really good and make for a great bribe/reward for big and little kids alike :)

    Japan Australia

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. and make cool souvenir too. We still keep the empty cans. ^^

      Delete
  2. I'm one of those who are looking down while walking, but not as bad as most. Never when crossing the street and only for a few seconds at a time. Busy areas? No. Train platform while walking? No. Tokyo Hotaru? No. At dinner? Maybe, but if there is nothing happening. While with friends? Almost never, but if I have a business e-mail or something, I do have to check. Just names and such. I wish I didn't and I know I don't have to. Addictions are a problem.

    Hi, my name is Dru and I'm addicted to my smartphone. It's so smart it controls me!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You can be cured Dru!

      But the question is, do you want to? haha

      Delete
  3. I agree with you. We (both for kids and adults) don't need to have like iphones always.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. But, the gadget is so inseparable to some people and at the expense of direct human socialising. :(

      Delete
  4. Raimie sounds like a very patient child. You are lucky he is willing to do so much walking and traveling. I guess people glued to their cell phones, computers, ...etc. are not restricted to the U.S.A. I hope this is not a sign of the future where people won't talk to each other face to face.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He is used to it. He has had to do it the past 8 visits! LOL

      I hope we are not reduced to "talking" via gadgets instead of human interaction. That would be scary. @.@

      Delete
  5. He is a good boy! BTW, what do you do in a train sitting a long time?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If I get "tired" from looking out of the window, I read or sleep. ^^

      Delete
  6. Question 1: What do Zaini and Raimie bribe YOU with to behave?! :D

    Question 2: So if we go on our Sky Tree picnic hike, will I get lots of chocolate bribes if I misbehave?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They just need to feed me on time.

      Q2 : no, you don't get a treat for misbehaving. You get a treat for NOT misbehaving. Should I guess that would mean chocolate bribe to be handed out prior to the picnic? xD

      Delete
    2. It means chocolate every half hour. :D

      Delete
    3. Some chocolate shop out there must have had a special reserved place for you, darling. LOL

      Delete
  7. Bribes are good for kids when travelling. I had to bribe my son to be patient whilst I shopped at the bead and fabric stores in Japan. One reward was Mos Burger and the other was the Lego store at Tokyo Station!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bribes makes travelling much easier. Definitely.

      But we have to know the best bribe to eke out for the kids, and done in moderation. No? ;)

      Delete
  8. Thumbs up to Raimie~ Most kids don't cooperate well during travelling, mine included.

    So I hardly travel 10km from my house, lol! Will wait till they are older and listen to instruction (threat!).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We are lucky. In an 8 hour car ride back to Zaini's hometown also he can be OK. Of course wiggle-wiggle a bit in the car. Talk non-stop. But he was and still pretty much willing to be patient.

      Definitely not my genes! LOL

      Delete
  9. I usually give my old dinosaur phone to my son during dine out. He's such an impatient boy when he's hungry. No nintendo, got PSP but spoilt already.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. When we dine out, Raimie likes to play under the table. Last time small can fit lah. Now, cannot already. So big! LOL

      Delete
  10. The world is so much of technology nowadays and ppl are glued to it 24/7.

    I hope we don't seek for surrogates in future like that Bruce Willis' Surrogates film :s Everyone is serving the technology.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We depend and put so much in technology that we can lose touch with human interaction.

      Total dependency of technology is not so far-fetched at the rate we're going now. o.O

      Delete
  11. Technology connects people but at the same time keeps people apart. I've seen two people at the same house but using Facebook to chat with each other at separate room.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I've seen that too. People next to each other but decided to connect through a gadget.:(

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...