Christmas Carols: Not All That They Seem To Be

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Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la...

Christmas is just around the corner. And while you are happily burning a hole in your pockets buying gifts for Christmas exchange parties, there is always a soft melancholic feel floating in the air, reminding you that it's Christmas season. Well, ok. It's probably nothing so spiritual but more likely the Christmas Carols that are airing through the sound system of the shopping centres that you are in.

But I would like to bring your attention to the evils of these Christmas Carols that we have been singing across the years, subconsciously instilling the wrong values on our children year after year. Don't believe me? Read on and be amazed...

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#1: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
A merry song about a fluffy Reindeer with a unique ability that gets him recognised. What could be so wrong about this?

Well for starters, it sort of teaches our kids to shun those who are different from us:

All of the other reindeer 
used to laugh and call him names. 
They never let poor Rudolph 
join in any reindeer games. 

Yes, Rudolph did have a bright and shiny red nose. But that doesn't mean he should be outcast by the rest of the reindeer. In today's society, a red nose is as similar to someone of a different race, gender, skin tone or sexual preference. I don't think we should teach our kids to laugh and call them names.

I dare you to call me sniffy 1 more time...
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Granted that the words used to, in a deeper context, somehow helps to lean it towards not laughing at society's red noses and not calling them names, however things just start to go even more downhill from here.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve 
Santa came to say: 
"Rudolph with your nose so bright, 
won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" 

Then all the reindeer loved him 
as they shouted out with glee, 
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, 
you'll go down in history!

So due to Rudolph's rise to fame, suddenly all the other reindeer, who used to laugh and tease him, had an instant change of heart. Suddenly Mr Weird became Mr Popular just because a famous fat guy in a beard and red overalls asked him to join his crew.

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Isn't that the same as teaching our kids that we should idolise those people who are affiliated with the rich and famous, even though they are act like punks? Well, that pretty much explains why popstars are getting paid millions and have seas of swooning fans while the real heroesof our lives, such as policemen, firefighters and paramedics, pretty much go by unnoticed by the general public.

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#2: Frosty The Snowman
A magical tale of a playful snowman brought to life. What's there not to like about it?

Frosty the Snowman, is a fairytale, they say.
He was made of snow, but the children know he came to life one day.

There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found,
For when they placed it on his head, he began to dance around!

We all don't mind kids playing in the snow and building snowmen and stuff. But I doubt anyone would agree to letting their children pick up a strange, old and tattered hat to be used as a plaything, or any random junk not belonging to any of their families for that matter. You don't just go picking up random stuff you find on the ground, especially during the Chinese 7th month.

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Down to the village, with a broomstick in his hand,
Running here and there, all around the square,
sayin', "Catch me if you can."

Teaching children to run amok in a busy public area is bad enough, but this song tops it by telling them to bring a broom along too! Try getting your kids [if you have any] to run about in the middle of any shopping centre in Orchard Road and you can very quickly start counting the number of death stares directed towards you and your kids from the rest of the public.

He led them down the streets of town, right to the traffic cop...

Well, did the kids even ask permission from their parents to follow a supposingly non-living thing anywhere it wanted to bring them? Probably not. The parents of those kids were probably worried sick trying to find where their kids ran off to. What's worse, judging from the previous sentence where they were running around the square, Frosty probably got the kids to run down the streets too. And everyone knows it's dangerous for children to be running and playing along the streets. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.

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#3: I saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus
Well, the title itself pretty much gives away that this song wasn't exactly composed with the kids in mind.

I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus
Underneath the mistletoe last night
She didn't see me creep
down the stairs to have a peek
She thought that I was tucked up in my Bedroom fast asleep

Kids, it is NOT OK to creep out of bed and peep into the nightlives of your mummy and daddy, when you are supposed to be in your bed sleeping. Judging by the way this song is going, it's going to go from PG13 to M18 within a very short time. This kid is probably going to be scarred for life once the song moves on to the next scene.

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And we can only wonder where Santa strategically placed that mistletoe...

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#4: Jingle Bells
Bells, Snow, Horses, Sleighs and laughter. What could possibility go wrong here?
Well the first half of the song looks innocent enough. But when we get to the 2nd part of the song, it all starts to fall apart. Thankfully, not many people know the actual lyrics of the 2nd half... [Or even know that there is a second half at all]

A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side

The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot

Let's break it down line by line.

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So first, it seems that Miss Fanny Bright [who was probably a gold digger] suddenly appeared by the side of our protagonist once he is inside his sleigh. If got a ride, you get the babe. Yup. Pretty much seems to be the norm in our society nowadays. Girls are prompted to look for guys with lots of material possessions.

The next verse requires a little research to uncover it's real meaning. A "drifted bank" is actually a combination of  "snowdrift", which means snow in the breeze, and "snowbank", which means a pile of snow beside a road. And "upsot" roughly means "overturned".

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So apparently, the sleigh got caught in a snowdrift, crashed into a snowbank and flipped over. Not something to be extremely proud of. And then the song jollily continues into a happy, celebratory chorus. So, you're telling me that it's ok to drive dangerously in a snowstorm, cause an accident that flips the car over, and even celebrate your misfortune with joy? Seriously?

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#5: We Wish You A Merry Christmas
A stereotypical Christmas cheer that basically repeats the title to infinity. I'm sure this one can't be that bad right?

As with #4, the first half of the song is pretty simple and straight-forward, wishing good tidings and a Merry Christmas to everyone. That is, until the 2nd verse steps in...

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding; 
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding; 
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer
We won't go until we get some; 
We won't go until we get some; 
We won't go until we get some, so bring some out here

Ok. So you've repeated "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" more times than I could care for, and you're starting to get hungry. But that's no reason to barbarically demand pudding and booze. And to make matters worse, you're even starting a sit-down strike until your demands are met. I hope you get arrested and deported for your troubles, just like those bus drivers...

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Well, I'm sorry to have ruined your holiday season mood. But it's not my fault that I tend to look at things from a different angle.

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But hey, at least 1 person in the internet agrees with me.

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Cheaters Never Win. Oh wait, Apparently this one did.

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So it seems that Singapore has finally found something that we do not have to rely on foreign talents to help us to get to the top spots. Pastry chef Mr Tam Chua Puh claimed 1st place in this year's Standard Chartered 42.195km full Marathon race, finishing the race in 2hrs 46min and 57sec.

Oh, and apparently he only ran 6km of the entire 42km route. Read up more on the stories here:
and here:

Yup. Singaporeans definitely have talent. And that talent is called Creative Cheating. Apparently Mr Tam is a serial cheater and has put his creative cheating skills to the test in the previous 2 Standard Chartered Marathons as well. Too bad he was caught on all 3 occasions.

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Why do Singaporeans cheat? Well, we can put majority of the blame on our social conditioning to become a kiasu [literally translated as "afraid to lose" in hokkien] Singaporean. Where the objective of partaking in any form of mass participation event is "to be the first".

We even have a cartoon character aptly named "Mr Kiasu"
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It has come to the point where majority of the students from a class will reply "To become the top student of the class", when asked what would make them feel most successful in terms of studies. It doesn't matter if they learnt nothing, or just memorized every single word in the dictionary, but as long as they came out tops, they would consider themselves successful.

So what do the not-so-academically-inclined, but highly innovative students do? They turn to cheating. And trust me when I say that they are really innovative with their methods.

From the coke bottle label to the "Thinking Cap" [sticking the cheatsheet to the bottom of your baseball cap] to the stuff-notes-into-your-underwear-and-check-them-in-the-toilet methods, students have come up with some of the most ingenious ways to cheat, just to get a good grade.

Print your cheatsheet on this Coke Bottle template for an instant sugar rush and memory boost 
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And while we are on the topic of cheating, here are some other weird and unique events that you might what to try to cheat on.

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1. Cutest Baby Contest
With so many digital image processing enhancing softwares out there in the market, this one's a no brainer. Snap a photo of your ugly baby and photoshop him/her into a perfect baby model look before sending off the photograph to the organisers. And if ever you need to bring baby to meet the organisers face-to-face, there's always plastic surgery.

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2. Vertical Marathons
This is even easier to cheat at then your standard marathons. Everyone has played block catching before. Vertical Marathons are basically super-sized versions of our favourite childhood HDB game. What's more, the cheating mechanism has already been built in into the completion venue. You could be crowned the champion of any vertical marathon with literally just a push of a [lift] button. All you need to do is to get rid of those pesky ushers guarding the lift entrances.

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3. Wife Carrying Championships
Missed the day that you carried your newly-wedded wife into your new home? Why not reminisce those times by taking part in the annual Wife Carrying Championships in Finland? Try to beat your competition while carrying your wife through a barrage of obstacles that includes hurdles and a pool. I bet I could easily win this competition after I get married to by goldfish. I just need to find somewhere where getting married to your fish is legal.

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4. Extreme Ironing Championships
Tired of the everyday boring chores that you have to do around the house? I've got the perfect solution for you. Why not take those chores out of the house to somewhere dangerous and precarious [read: where you could possibly die] and complete them there? That's what the Extreme Ironing Championships are about. And while you're at it? Singaporeans should have no qualms about bringing their maids along for this contest to get them to iron our clothes for us. Leticia! We got some ironing to do!

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5. World Championship Cockroach Racing
Only in a land where everything is trying to kill you will you find humans celebrating a national holiday by racing cockroaches. Come on, what could be more fun than hundreds of humans gathered together to to cheer our hairy-legged creepy crawlies as vie for the title of the Fastest Roach. This may be a good opportunity to put that spare firework you have lying in your storeroom to good use by strapping it onto the back of your roach, and painting the words "Speed Demon" on it. Just be prepared to celebrate his victory by picking up whatever mutilated parts you can still find of him at the end of the race.

I think I need to sit down in the corner for a while now...

N.E.mation!8 Production Week 3! It's a Wrap!

The 10 teams from this year's N.E.mation!8 have been putting in all their effort for the past 3 weeks to create an animation that expresses their thoughts about Total Defence. If you haven't already done so, read up on what teams WayneStarkCo and Hashtag have been up to in Production Week 1 and Production Week 2 of their 3 week production schedule!

Now this is where things start to get hardcore. It's the third and final week of their 3 week Production Phase. This is when teams start to feel the heat. Deadlines are drawing closer and both the teams and their instructors start feeling the stresses of the competition.

Knowing that this is the time when the teams would need the most motivation and inspiration to keep going, I decided to bring along a few little bags of motivation during my week 3 visit.

For the girls at WayneStarkCo, I brought along cute packets of colourful choco balls.

And for the guys at Hashtag, I got a "surprised" bag of Caramel Corn snacks.

I know it isn't much, but every single bit counts during these stressful times.

#NE8C10: Team WayneStarkCo

The first thing that I spotted when I arrived at their production tent was the "Bat Signal"

What's a superhero team without some superhero equipment?

Because another team was doing some filming at the green screen area, most of the lights around the surrounding tents were dimmed down to a dark, Gotham City-like back alley street. Okay, so the Bat Signal didn't actually project a giant bat logo into the night sky, but I still gave the girls A for Effort.

As expected, the girls were kind of lethargic and tired out when I arrived. Well, who wouldn't be after spending almost 3 weeks staring at little lines and dots on a computer screen trying to make the cartoon drawings move like real humans.

So we decided to kick things off with our weekly Milo break!

No Megan, you can't drink all 6 packets of Milo at 1 go. Just kidding.
She was having a bad throat that day and was just being nice to pose with us with the Milo.

As with the last 2 weeks, the girls were all constantly raving about random stuff from manga and anime characters on their computer wallpapers to who's their favourite My Little Pony character.

For the record, I'm a Rainbow Dash fan.
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Anyway, when I asked them whether they were on schedule to complete their animation my Friday, the only response I got was a unified, cynical laughter from the team. Don't worry girls, I have complete faith in the team as well as your instructors that everyone will push through and the animation will be completed by the deadline.

They were also talking about how Tab went on a sugar rush frenzy just a few days ago, after finishing an entire sachet of sugar in 1 serving. [Why would you even think of downing an entire sachet of sugar?!] This of course led to the girls trying to decide if Tab should even be entitled to the Choco Balls that I brought along. Don't worry, she still managed to get her fair share of the treats in the end. [But only after she promised that she would only eat them after they left for the day]

One thing that amazes me is the amount of support and encouragement the teams get from their friends and family. For example, even though they are considered to be in some sort of competition against each other, there are no signs of competition between any of the teams. In fact, they are more often than not encouraging each other and helping to keep the spirits of all the teams up by doing things like bringing cakes and pastries to be shared among the teams, and sticking up funny notes in other teams tents [most of the time when they are not around]

And this week, Megan's mum even had bouquets of flowers delivered to each of the team members of WayneStarkCo while they were hard at work on their animations. Thank you Megan's mum. The world needs more supportive parents like her to bring out the best in our future generations.

Just like this year's theme, everyone plays a part to support our families and community

Also, is it me or have there been an increasing number of miniature soft toys slowly but surely taking over the N.E.mation! 8 production tents over the past 3 weeks? This week, I posted at least 2 new additions to the N.E.mation soft toy family, and 1 of them was a baby Alpaca with a cool skull cap. Watch out! The toys are taking over the world!

They may look all cute and innocent, but I'm telling you they are trying to take over the world!

Last week, you saw how tedious the process of animating those cartoon drawings were. Well, this week, you'll get a sneak peak of what these girls have been working so hard for. Take a look at this video of snippets of their final animation!

Keep your eyes peeled for team WayneStarkCo and remember to support them by liking them on the official N.E.mation!8 facebook app! Come on girls! You can do it!!

#NE8C04: Team HashTag

As with Team WayneStarkCo, the first thing to catch my eye during my visit is always not any one of the team members, but rather an inanimate object hanging around their work stations.

It seems quite obvious where the team gets their inspiration from...

Errr... Yeah. So apparently a very 'high' looking woody seemed to have been watching a little too much MTV, and decided to play out a scene from the MTC of one of his favourite singers.

Even before I arrived, I was quite worried when I saw this photo posted on team Hashtag's instagram a few days ago.

Blue screen of death??? Noooooooooooooooooo....!

I think you have to redo all of your work Joshua...

Thankfully, it was just a troll by their ever creative instructor, Mr Alvin, as punishment for not clearing the trash on Monday. He set up this as the screensaver of the PC, and even had the tiny details worked out by unplugging the mouse to make it seem even more realistic. [I applaud all evil geniuses...]

Okay. So they didn't have to redo all their work. And apparently the boys were so dedicated and hardworking that they managed to keep up with their schedule. [Good job guys!] When I entered their tent, they were basically just putting up the final touches on their animation video.

Remember the paper outlines that they did during Production Week 2? Well, take a look at some of the amazing effects that they created on their backgrounds using this simple but tedious technique.

Cool right? I particularly liked the MBS one. It really looks like they actually cut out all the individual pieces of the MBS skyline and pasted them together on a piece of paper.

And for all of their hard work, the creative insctructors awarded them with these certificate of "Achievements" after a seemingly stern and serious talk...

Don't worry. It was all in the name of fun! Oh, and I believe most of the other teams were awarded certificates too! Go check out the teams on the other bloggers pages as well as their social media platforms to find out more about these creative certificates!

And when I presented them with their "value pack of motivation", these took it pretty formally...

Although I'm not sure whether they were supposed to be worshipping it or trying to snatch the entire bag for themselves, but at least they looked like they liked it.

So, remember to show your support for the guys from Team HashTag [if you haven't already done so] by liking them on the Official N.E.mation! 8 facebook app!

And here's a sneak peak of what their final product will look like. Can you hear the whistling in the background? Kind of brings back lots of memories of my army days... Oh. And watch how they gave their utmost support for their instructor, Mr Alvin.

And I'm sure you guys haven't forgotten about their mascot, Substitute. Well, he was recently transformed into another very recognisable character. We shall name him "Loki, the Mischievous Green Dinosaur". And apparently, Loki didn't seem too pleased with the wrecking ball re-enactment that Woody provided...

*Warning! Graphic and Disturbing images ahead* 

Looks like Woody was a little in over his head...

... Literally.

The boys, being smart as they are, knew that the only way to avoid the same fate as Woody was to worship their new master.

*Disclaimer: No Toys or Dinosaurs were harmed in the making of this blog post.

We ended the day with a self-proclaimed epic selfie-fail. Check out their instagram for more epic moments.

10 Reasons Why Humans Prefer to Shop Online

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It's that time of year again. When all the shopping centres coordinated change their audio playlists to Chirstmas carols at the same time, [who's the guy who decides on the switch date anyway?] when you allow your kids to take candy from a stranger in an oversized red and white fur coat, when you start to regret having kept in touch with so many friends because the of all the presents and gifts you need to buy.

And when we talk about shopping, many Singaporeans, like any other citizens of most countries that are overly reliant on computers first-world countries, are starting to turn to online shopping as their main channel for consumer purchases, as opposed to traditional shopping.

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And because of this growing craze, more and more humans have started setting up shop on the Internet Super Highway. Heck, I even have a couple of friends who have started their own online shops and are already doing quite well. And the reason is simple. It costs almost nothing to set up shop online, as compared to the thousands of dollars one has to invest in an actual physical shop, before even being able to earn your first dollar.

So here's a list of 10 reasons why traditional shopping is losing out to their online counterparts.

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1. Prices lower than the waistline of my skinny jeans

Obviously one of the most important factors [for some, it may be THE most factor] humans consider when doing their shopping is the price. Why buy something at $10 when you can get it at $8? Because of the nature of online shops and their relatively low startup/running costs, more often than not, online shops are able to offer better deals on the same items that can be found in your physical shopping malls. [Provided you ARE able to find them online]

To add insult to injury, some online shops such as even take it as far as to introduce a lowest price guarantee, with the typical "Find a lower price and we will match it" tagline. Which by the way, I feel is an ingenious marketing strategy that gives consumers a false sense of security. I mean, who goes around and continues to look for comparisons of the product that he has just purchased? Unless you are lucky [unlucky?] enough to chance upon the same item at a different location while shopping for the rest of your items, more likely than not, typical consumers will never even get to use this "guarantee" at all.

But the fact remains that to the general public, prices sell. Just make sure you don't get only 1 side of a shirt for the full price when rushing for a 50% discount deal.

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2. Being able to shop Naked

Nothing beats being able to do your shopping in your birthday suit. I mean if it wasn't illegal to do that in physical shopping malls, who wouldn't? Totally saves you the hassle of have to undress just to try on that new shirt or pants that you have been eyeing. And we would definitely be able to cut the waiting time for the toilets by more than half!

Well, while shopping online naked isn't as fun and efficient as shopping naked in a mall, it definitely has its advantages. One doesn't have to spend time to bathe, prepare and dress-up just in case you meet Mr/Mrs Right while strolling down Orchard Road. Also, for people who have no friends are socially awkward, home shopping is the best way to avoid the evil known as "people".

Damn, the delivery guy just rang my doorbell. Now I need to put on my pants.

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3. No Wet Blankets

Have you ever gone out with your friends/partners and found something that you really, really like, but your friends [who apparently do not share your unique fashion sense] all agree that you would be better off spending that money on treating them to dinner later on? How many of us have actually went on to still buy that something after comments like these? Not many.

But with online shopping, there's nobody to judge your incredible fashion senses, quirky colour combinations and seemingly bad decisions. You get to buy whatever you like, whenever you like. Who cares that poka-dotted shirt and striped pants combination makes you look like a medieval jester? The worse thing that could happen is that you could become an overnight sensation on youtube and instagram when your "friends" decide to post your outfit online. And that isn't too bad either right?

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4. Mirrors are bad for Business

Contrary to popular belief, mirrors actually do more harm than good when it comes to apparel shops. How many times have we thought that we found a beautiful piece from the display rack, only to realise that it doesn't really look that beautiful when you put it on? More often than not, that beautiful piece ends up back on the rack once you are out of the fitting room.

But online apparel shops have caught on to this. They have removed all mirrors from their online shops and replaced them with photos of beautiful/hunky models posing in their apparels. Don't forget that these pictures were probably taken in a studio with very good lighting, the models posed in the best angle to make the apparel look great, and probably even photoshopped too.

But humans tend to forget these facts and assume that if it looks good in the picture, it would look good on them too. So, the next time you buy a piece of clothing that looks so good on the model, you might want to think about hiring that model to wear that piece and follow you along Orchard Road to be 100% sure that you can flaunt that beautiful piece.

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5. The power of Teleportation

Not only is shopping online usually cheaper, it also gives you superpowers. And one such superpower is the power of Teleportation. One moment you could be shopping at your favourite branded bags shop, and within a split second, you could be looking for the cheapest deals at a little-known electrical appliance store. In addition to that, you also have the ability to switch between both locations on demand, at the click of a finger.

That's the power of online shopping. One's teleportation power is only limited by the maximum number of tabs their browser can take before the system hangs. Basically, online shopping has eliminated the need for legs when it comes to shopping. And we wonder why we are getting fatter.

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6. Crowd Control

Nobody likes to be squished within kissing distance of hundreds of other strangers. [Unless there is loud thumping music, alcohol and strobing lights. Hey, maybe they should introduce that to our public transport system, then everyone would stop complaining.] Coupled with the fact that you still have 25 more presents to buy, while lugging 4-5 shopping bags along with you, having to squeeze through a sea of other humans is the last thing you need.

In my opinion, being able to skip the crowds is one of the major plus point of shopping online. You don't have to worry about being elbowed in the stomach while rushing for that last shirt on offer, or having to control your bladder while queuing up for the cashier.

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However, something that you can't escape from is the mad rush for limited stock offer items. Much like their brick and mortar counterparts, online shops also frequently have sales and time-limited promotions. And during these sales and promotion periods, the hardcore online shoppers will be camping in front of their screens, getting ready to click-spam the website once the promotion kicks in. Well, as I always say: "Fastest Fingers First".

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7. Having the Eye of Sauron

While shopping at your regular departmental store shopping for a new shirt, it is almost impossible to sift through every single shirt in the men's department. You would most likely miss out a rack or two just because you didn't plan your route well enough to cover every single shop and brand in the mall.

However, when shopping online, you basically have the all-seeing Eye of Sauron. With more and more "All-seeing" shopping sites such as gaining popularity because you get to see the entire collection of shirts across all the different brands from one single place. What's more, there is always the all important "Search" function that let's you find whatever you are looking for quickly and effortlessly. So, if you still can't find something that you like, you can only blame your extremely high expectations and lack of impulsiveness.

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8. No overly-helpful Sales Promoters

I don't know about you, but most of the time, when I have a legitimate shopping query and am looking for a service staff to assist me, they are either all occupied or non-existent. However, when I'm just browsing through, all the service staff seem to give me their fullest attention, asking me if I need any help, or furiously recommending their "Best Sellers" and "Hot Promotions". And this really pisses me off. If I needed your help, I would have already asked you.

Shopping online frees you from the eyes of all these promoters and sales assistants. You can leisurely shop at your own pace without being worried about these pesky humans trying to entice you to buy anything. Heck, you could even spend 5 hours browsing the same product and still nobody would be staring at you suspiciously. But there's always 2 sides to a coin. On the flip-side, when the time comes where you really need help, the only place you can go on an online shopping page would be the "Contact Us" page.

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9. Late Night Shopping

In sunny Singapore, most of the shopping mall close around 10pm everyday, and by midnight, the only place where you could "shop" at would be Mustafa Centre. However, as the economy grows, prices increase, stress level rises, and our pay stays the same, most humans tend to have lesser time to do their shopping. Any by the time we really finish up all our chores for the day, most of the shopping mall are already closed for the day.

This is why more and more people are jumping on the online shopping bandwagon. Online shops don't have closing hours. It doesn't matter whether you woke up at 6am from a nightmare where the word "SALE" was removed from the dictionary, or you just stumbled home at 1am from a heavy night of drinking, and are having wild thoughts of buying used underwear, you can always go online to your favourite shops to have a peak at their products.

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10. Multi-Tasking

One of the biggest advantages of shopping online is that you get to do loads of other similarly unproductive stuff at the same time while you shop. While walking in an actual shopping mall, watching your favourite youtube video of fainting goats while walking around meant that there was a chance that you would miss out a good bargain or two.

But when you are shopping in front of your screen, in 1 window, you could be deciding which colour of underwear you want to purchase, googling for "what colour underwear suits me most" in another window, and surfing gay porn listening to your favourite music on iTunes, all at the same time. In fact, you're probably replying to whatsapp messages on your phone and watching a drama series on TV too.

Does this dress make me look fat?
No, your fat makes you look fat.
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Call me old fashion, but personally, I still prefer the good old method of physically going down to the shop and hand-picking the items that I want. Sometimes things may look beautiful on their own, but only when you really try them on, that's when you realise that the cutting doesn't compliment your body shape, or the material is much thicker and hotter than you thought.

I mean, no matter how many words we use to describe the product, how good our monitor resolutions get, and how advanced we get in 3D holographic technologies, nothing can replace the good old "touch and feel" right?

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