Mr. Li chooses to forget his humble beginnings.He tries to look like someone who has inherited his wealth.This leads to a feeling of emptiness in the life he has built for himself.he is not totally happy with his house which has too many  rooms and he dislikes his wife social activities.He avoids talking about his childhood which was happy one even though he was poor.After his mother death,he regret not talking to her about the past.He has lost the happy memories and he is sad and full of regrets.

Family is more important than wealth and success
Even though her son is rich and able to give her anything,Ah-Ma rejects his material gift.She tell him that she does need the things he can buy.What makes her happy is her memories of the time when they lived in Tanjung Rhu,where her children played freely on the beach and they had time for one another.