Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happie New Year!

I hate year-end sales. ok to be more specific, i hate buying things at year-end sales. it's like the whole of singapore forgot to shop for the entire year, and suddenly everyone decided to hit the stores like there's no tomorrow. Sales are madness. Sales are shopping wars. If not psychologically and physically prepared, sales can leave u traumatised and bruised. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.

when i finally mustered enough courage to brave the pandemonium for a winter down jacket that i've been eyeing, i had a rough idea of what i'm in for. crowds, queues, sweat, squeezing my way through, and maybe raising my voice to get the salesgirl's attention. at the shop, it was just as expected: throngs of shoppers trying to make their way around, even more shoppers flipping through piles of clothes that looked as if they were discarded rather than discounted, salesgirls in a frenzy, and the whole place was saturated with rowdy shoppers' banter mostly made up of people yelling "excuse me!", "ouch!", "sorrie!", "stop pushing!" and "can you get me a new piece?"

i wonder if aliens on another planet are getting a live telecast of the scenes at sales in singapore. if they're watching it on their tvs, they must be pretty intrigued. it's like reality tv. they could call it The Sale Survivor: outwit, outlast, outbuy. the aliens will be so entertained by us humans, they may even call off any plans to exterminate us.

i wanted to get my jacket asap and run home and hide. far from the maddening crowd. there i was, having finally laid my hands on the jacket, patiently waiting for the salesgirl to hand me a new piece in the correct size, when i was rudely jolted by a push from the back. this auntie was in such a hurry to goodness knows where that she simply shoved her way past me, without so much as a word of apology having bumped into me. wow. sales reallie do bring out the uglier side of singaporeans huh. i was reasonably offended, but more anxious to get myself and my precious jacket safely home - in one piece. so, in record time, i checked the item, paid and dashed out of mayhem. phew!

my lovely black jacket is now proudly hung up in my wardrobe, as a testimony to my courage and survival. victory!

wonder if anyone fears sales as much as i do? don't think i'm going for any in the near future. unless there's something reallie nice that i reallie want like that black jacket la. :P

OOH! 2006 is less than an hour away!! so exciting!! here's wishing each and every one of u a wonderful new year filled with blessings, love, joy, peace and good health. Happie New Year!!

28 comments:

ME_thy_L said...

First to comment on the last post of the yr. singapore can really be horrible sometimes....

leen said...

haha! peifen you have good english! happy new yearrr =)

luRbx5566 ; __* said...

peifen~ your English is very good, so interesting to read your entries. btw. i haf a qn. how do i ask you? just a qn outta curiousity bt wont interfere ur personal de things one.

Evonne said...

happy new yr pf jie!

imperfectionist said...

harlowx. hahax. lloll. ii dunno whyee i kept laughing n giggling. when ii read yur post, ii went mad lorx. cos i didnt have tis experience before n ii didnt noe got girl tat doesnt like to shop. okae. no offence aniwae. take care.

twentyseven05 said...

it was that bad huh. i can totally imagine cos i've had this experience b4.it totally spoilt my mood to shop.

hope u can take a pic of u wearing ur precious black jacket. im sure many of us would like to see it too :D

have a nice day

~jeanette

Annie Ang said...

Happie New Year~ New Year, New Beginning~ :) CHEERS

@&$TO& said...

same to him, same to her, same to me, same to dunno hu and same to u! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

next time go year end shopping, wear armour!

wAiting said...

Best wishes to You Peifen :) Good luck may all ur resolution come true!

Kate said...

yupps...i agree to ya peifen jie...sales are realii horrible...i got pushed everytime...cum bac wif loads of bruises...heeha...my mum always push me to buy new year clothes all those...forced...but u do save a lot of money sumtimes...but they do cheat u when they write big words 'up to 70% DISCOUNT!!!' We forgot de 'up to' part...anywayz ur english is so gud!!! Your chinese too!!! Here wishing u a very happy 2006!!!

yun>> lgomw said...

happy new year...

viNcEable said...

haha. my friend told me bout the isetan sale where everything is on the floor. gosh~! haha. Usually I'll go around snapping the stuffs I want and making notes on my hp and when I see a shop on sales, haha. I'll go in and get that piece which I always wanted. =X But as I was telling my friends, Sales are as if FREE stuffs. Ppl queue up to enter the shop. Eg. Mango is up to 70% after ppl snatched all the clothes @ 50%. It's hard really to shop @ sales, only to get those which you wanted and then POOF~ disappear from there and head to another shop to get another one then POOF again. haha. Anyway, Happy New Year Peifen =)

-=Syo=- said...

hAppy nEw yR !!~ i'M gLad i'M qUite 'toa jiA' in buiLd sOo i'M nOt so aFraiD abt ppL puShin' me aRd.. mOre liEk i'M thE onE puShin' ppL arD thoUgh i'M leSs likeLy 2 tRy tAt.. Quite suRprised thE reaDers oNi reaLise 'tiL nw bOth yR engLish & chinese r welL-mAstereD.. aFteralL, wE'r biLingualLy-eDucateD loL.. dEdicatE tiS coMment 2 my nEw yR resoLut'n.. kEEp fit, lOse wEight !!~

Koo Xing Yu said...

Yo peifen jie

HAPPY NEW YEAR
Pull ur ear. :p

viviantheariesgal said...

Yeah .. I hate those pushings during every sales period ..be it when. I guess I will have headache after those squeezing. What's worse? They don't even apologise afterwards .. but for the sake of cheap pretty stuff, I think a little squeezing here and there is worth it? Hehe .. at least you got what you want. Ya?

Happy New Year!

crazy fan of yanzi n chongqing said...

wat an interesting description!!! now i wonder if aliens really exist!!! haha...

hope to hear ur voice on air soon!!!! :)

Lu_Bu A.k.a 永宏 said...

Happy New Year peeps ~!~!

Lol i cant stop laughing while reading this entry... Gd, funny comparison and contrast used on the situations, u hav a comedian's talent pf ~! lol..

Cheers to 2006 ~!

Lu_Bu A.k.a 永宏 said...
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Lu_Bu A.k.a 永宏 said...

Oh ya, new year new blog skin~! ^^v changed my blog skin, so every1's welcomed~ hav a look @ yonghon.blogspot.com, and if possible some comments on how i could improve it ~ much thankzz ~~

Pics of my internship @ India @ www.zorpia.com/lubu21

Cheers to 2006 ~~ ^^

Valie. said...

yes. end of yr sales are rather squeezy. i rmbr me and my cousins went to robinson to buy a bag. Those aunties dere were so kaisu and grab alot of bags to choose. OMG.

crazy fan of yanzi n chongqing said...

hi peifen!!!

hope u see this... thanks so so so much!!! u really made my day!!! thanks very much. see u soon... u rock!!!

cybergal said...

hey peifen! i love you lots <33 hahah.. don't worry, not a las, okay? lol, always fail to call during your timeslot, arghs! 933 hotline is damn hard to call. but, yeah. i will jiayous, yeah?

by the way, i do hate crowded palces too (: but somehow i just love the thrill of shopping. hahaha =)

i've been reading ya blog for a long time but it's the first time i commented :P kinda gulity though. oh, i can't seem to tag your tagboard, don't know why either.

and yea, i suspect that you didn't really end your html tag properly. check back your "picture show" script.

takecares <3
sara ^^

bean said...

some's FIR ringtone on until so loud at topshop suntec today loh.. i tot who's the FIR fan sia.. hehe..

viviantheariesgal said...

Hello.. I will be participating in the competition tis sat ... I'm abit nervous ..haha ..anyway, its gona be an experience of mine and of cos a learning trip. =)

But I have no cai yi ...haix ..alright ..maybe I shall have some tongue twister then ..lolx ..:)

Take care

m i c h said...

Ah peifen I can't stand you! D: Your english and chinese is so good! D: Anyway, I really love to listen to ni ke si de cheng bao but since school reopened I can't now. So sad!

Hope you remember me, en1 ci2 from rgs choir, the one who smsed last week? (:

Continue rocking!

p|nK^bEe said...

oops, I know it's a little late by posting this now... but did u remember going to Pepper Lunch at Isetan Scotts? hehe! I was the one serving your table! =P

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青青 said...

hi... i share your sentiments on year-end sales.. personally i hate the jostling and the queuing as well. and also the ill-mannered shoppers that some of us become when it comes to the magic word 'CHEAP SALE'.

but on second thought, it is also at these sales that we are able to get what we want (hopefully with the correct size) but at a cheaper price. and for some of us who are not willing and not able to spend as much to be able to get good bargain. It is also at a sale where a top can easily find its price slashed by half...

:)