Huawei & Jean Stodden
Almost tipsy, on the cab, nearly home, an unfamiliar ringtone disrupted the silence from the right of my seat. Puzzled, I answered the phone and immediately knew that I had the responsibility to return a phone that was not my IphoneX.
I was on my auto-pilot mode, returning from Sing Jazz 2018, when that fateful tone awoke me from my drunkard stupor - an inebriated state that was almost natural as the sunrise every night.
As with most Aesop's fable, we have been inculcated well not to expect anything in return of a kind deed. But this person, Xavier, an apparent French, presented me with a bottle of wine as a form of gratitude.
I must say that I surely hadn't expect this nice gesture as with Singaporeans, we all know a pathetic "thank-you" suffices.
On the contrary, it feels good to have done a great deal of a favour to this guy, whom I can imagine panicking over the potential loss of his contacts. In a land where network is more important that the bills, I could see pure gratitude flowing from his eyes as I returned his phone.
There is a popular saying: One rather lose the wallet than the phone. What about you? Would you rather lose your phone or your wallet?
Melvin vacillates between writing and teaching in his free-time. He is working on his book aimed to be published in 2019. Currently a contributing writer for ELEMENT Magazine, he began writing for luxury media before working at SPH Magazines. He also has a corporate job at a non-profit international think-tank organization because he knows that writing cannot be his means to an end - not in Singapore anyway.