“We’ll definitely come back again next year.” – that was what I wrote at the end of Cheng Beng at Sam Poh Tong last year.
Over the years, I’ve been following my parents to offer prayers to my grandparents.
Traditionally, families burn spirit money and paper replicas of material goods. In Chinese culture, it’s believed that people still need all of those things in the afterlife.
When I was there this year, I can’t help it but to notice what the other families are burning for their ancestors.
So, these are some of the material goods I saw on that day…
A bundle of colorful papers. Not sure what it is though, perhaps their ancestors like colorful stuff?
A huge treasure chest. I believe it contains essential needs such as clothing, food and I don’t know what else.
Then, more of the bigger stuffs.
A red van – with a driver included.
Ahh, this one is expensive. A BMW – it’s definitely gonna be a good ride up there eh? Fast and furious with the deities! ;)
For the ladies, a pink handbag. It should have girly stuffs such as packs of tissues, 10 different lip glosses and other cosmetics, snacks and lots of other junk.
Then, the most coveted one – the LV (in this case, LW) handbags!
But it makes me wonder – were our ancestors so materialistic that they want LV (paper) bags sent to them?
Next up, a huge house or bungalow – with furnishings all illustrated over it. So luxurious.
A massage chair, probably an OSIM one. Life’s definitely good for the ancestors.
Then, a Full HD television with a complete set of home theater. I’m sure it’s pretty happening on the other side of the world eh?
Well these days, it’s the era of touch screens and tablets. Hence…
The iPad and iPhones for the ancestors as well?
Wait… do they even know how to use them? Coz it used to be phones with big buttons, paper pads and medication tables back then.
But you know what, even before the announcement of the new iPhone 5 – Apple apparently has already released the iPhonie 5 for the deceased.
Presenting… the iPhonie 5! This changes everything up there. Again.
Anyway, my dear descendents – if you’re reading this and you’re not sure what to burn for me during Qing Ming. Fret not, coz all I want is…
An Iron Man mask! Burn this…
Yes, I admit my true identity. I’m after all… Iron Man. ;)