So, as usual, Mr Pocoyo tried to converse in his memorized-phrase:
"Po Po ni hao? Ni cher fan ler mah?"
The Po Po was so pleased and she gave a packet of cookies to Mr Pocoyo.
(Our friendship with the Po Po started 4 years ago, pocoyo was a new born by then).
After we reached home, Pocoyo quickly opened the packing and placed the cookies in the plate before he ate them.
"This is like Amah's cookies" Pocoyo remembered his grandma; she used the same cookies for offering (they're Buddhist).
This is the cookies dulu-dulu. Very old fashioned lol
Pocoyo was right, his grandma used the same cookies for offering.
As a human being, I really feel that those cookies are not special at all and with all the curiousity, I started to have a Q & A session with my bff (mr boyfriendforever).
"Honey, why mummy always use this kind of cookies for offering?"
"I think because of long time ago, the ancestors didn't have much choice. Perhaps, it's the symbolic of sending them the cookies they loved when they still alive"
Okay, I was satisfied with his answer. It makes sense.
Then, I remember, during the Chinese New Year (or a day before, I guessed), mummy was working so hard, she prepared roasted duck, roasted chicken and few other dishes. All the food were taken to the table at the main door before daddy started the praying ceremony. Joysticks were burned and the 3 of us (mr bff, pocoyo and I) will be the audience - watching and helping at the same time.
Anyway, the offering practice is an ongoing responsibility by my parents in law, not only during the CNY.
The home based temple is always occupied with food that she cooks together with some fruits (apples and oranges most of the time).
Our mommy is getting so old, she can't even walk fast
(her first child is above 50yo, I'm not kidding, they're old).
For me, it was pityful to see her running errands like that at this age. She should be enjoying her golden age.
Then I had a heart to heart conversation with Mr Bff again about this.
Me: I think it's time for mummy to think the quickest way to get the food for offering. For me, cooking is so ma fan, you have to do shopping, cleaning, cutting, cooking . It takes time to marinate the roasted chicken too.
Bff: So.. what should be the quickest way? (He smiled)
Me: Something like burger, pizza, or anything which is special but fast. Or, just go to Jusco and buy the whole roasted chicken. What do you think? Does it make sense?
Bff: I actually can't answer you, maybe you should ask mummy instead.
Me: But honey, you know.. asking things related to religion is a bit sensitive, some more, they're old and they'll never understand my curiosity.
Bff: Then, why are you asking me?
Me: Because for me, you are an open-minded person and I believe that when I ask something personal like this, we'll exchange the ideas and knowledge.
Does it make sense to take these food for offering??
OR these pizza?
And the conversation continued:-
Bff: Do you know that what mummy and daddy doing were simple enough?
Me: Really? Tell me more please..
Bff: Some family will get a special made miniature luxury cars and burn them, sometimes for the younger ones, they'll 'send' them an iphone, tabs or anything that they wanted before they passed.
Me: Lemme tell you something, I was playing at the kafir graveyard when I was a kid and I saw clothes and umbrella placed there, not burn. The uncle who visited the grave told us that it was sent as a gift. Different huh?
Bff: Where was that?
Me: In Bantayan, Tamparuli. Papa got his passion fruit farm there last time, a few meters away from that graveyard. We were there helping him harvesting the fruits during school holiday.
Bff: That was fun I guess.
Me: Yes and no. It was hot. Oh ya! You were talking about sending the iphone and other for the youngers. Did they include the charger? I mean.. any specific rules as a guideline?
Bff: (Laughing) Why don't you ask me if there's any electricity supply in that 'other world'? Your question is funny and it reached the level that I can't answer. You know, sometimes I believe that most of the people that already passed were born and died smart, like doctors or engineers. So, the lifestyle in 'the other world' must have been upgraded too. It's my ideology.
That was the end of the conversation and I believe that his last answer was merely for entertaining me. Anyway, our differences in our belief make our life more colourful. What we both always emphasize is, religion is exist to urge others about kindness and any other positive attitude and behaviour. It should be taken seriously but not up to the fanatic-pathetic-level.
I think that if I had asked a negative person about this, I might got C4 or, instead of saying "I don't know how to explain", he or she might reply as:
"You stupid.. you've got nothing else to ask meh??"
Let's be kind :)