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!!