As said in many other posts, my parents in law from China had been visiting us. What are good Chinese people doing when going abroad? Right, buying some little gifts for their family, friends and colleagues.
We went to many many stores, clothing, home decoration etc. On the question “What are they looking for” I got normally the reply “Something nice and not too expensive”.
Here the first problem started, as we live in one of the most expensive countries in the world, there is nothing really nice and not too expensive…
I got a great idea and I thought it might be perfect for my parents in law so I said “Lets go to IKEA”
They found so much stuff they liked but as we approached the cashier, they saw that every single piece they had selected was made in China. Oh no, a no go for them “Why should we buy things made in China? Chinese quality is bad”.
After that I pointed out that all the clothes they bought were made in China but apparently that was fine as “It was expensive, so its good.” – What the hell??? So stuff made in China which is on a reasonable pricing level is bad because the quality is poor but other stuff which is terrifying expensive and made in China is good because of the price??
Well here you go, Chinese logic, or just my parents in law.
last time I wrote a bit about my seating strategies in restaurants when eating with my Chinese relatives. As I said before this is due to the insane habit of Chinese mothers to force feed their children…and their spouses. See more about that
The thing is, I try already to eat less and less, coming up with excuses not to eat etc. and then the parents in law are wondering more and more why I am not hungry whereas they are hungry 24/7, even right after having some huge lunch or dinner.
They always say (especially mom in law 妈妈) I should eat more to stay healthy and that I eat too less normal man. Guess what happens every time for traveling and checking its weight forcing me to check my own weight at the same time.
“Oh, that is really heavy”
“That is pretty fat”
And so forth…well I eat like hell for several weeks when I am with them!!!
But then again, they don’t mean anything bad but still, some insane logic they have.
So, my parents in law were just here visiting us and they were amazed by the contour sheets for the bed. So they decided to buy lots and lots of them here in the stores.
Mom in law wanted those sheets in a huge measurement like 200×180, no questions asked by me, because she should know herself how big the bed is…
So the other da my wife got a message from her mom (who is now back in China) that the sheets do not fit SURPRISE!!! The bed is only 150cm or wide.
My wife asked then why she had to buy so big sheets and the answer was:
“These are contour sheets so I thought they would fit on any size”
Okay okay, sounds already a bit weird but it gets better.
My wife wasn’t too happy about it because we bought the sheets for the parents. The great idea to rescue the situation came by her mom once again:
“I come back to visit you anyways in half a year, so I just bring the sheets with me so you can return them”.
SURE, bring back opened sheets after half a year to the store.
Asian logic? Chinese logic? Or did I just hit the jackpot with my parents in law? 🙂