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Tin Pei Ling’s Kate Spade bag attracts numerous bidders…

Tin Pei Ling’s Kate Spade bag attracts numerous bidders…

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… with different motives for wanting to successfully bid for her bag.

One bidder has expressed interest in buying the Kate Spade bag as a good luck charm.

Since news broke that Tin Pei Ling is donating her infamous Kate Spade bag to women’s association AWARE Singapore for a fundraising auction, up to a dozen anonymous bidders have expressed interest in getting their hands on the coveted piece of leather.

Tin’s bag, which propelled her towards Internet notoriety and turned her into an overnight meme during the General Election 2011, will be put up for auction at AWARE’s Supersonic Big Ball, which will be held on Sept. 10, 2012.

The opening bid starts at $500, and the bag is reportedly still in mint condition, most probably because she can no longer be seen in public with it without risking an egg to the face.

Self-styled political pundit, Eric de Yaya, said the Kate Spade bag is a poignant reminder about everything that is wrong with Singaporean women these days and it is foolish to think this auction can pass without drawing negative energy from inside the Interweb.

De Yaya, who is also a part-time fashion police, said: “The Kate Spade bag has come to represent all of the First World Problems women face in Singapore: Wrong size, wrong colour and an ultimate fashion faux pas.”

But not everyone who is into the bag is buying it to make a fashion statement.

One bidder, who refused to be named, said she is willing to bid up to $20,000 for it, as the return on investment is estimated to be quite high.

The anonymous bidder said in broken English about this possible good luck charm: “I hopes the Kate Spade bag will bringing me good lucks. And land me a high-paying job, hopefully.”

She also said: “I am a strong believer in lucks. I am generally not spectacular, quite stupid, but I hope I can make also 15 grand a month doing stuff. And I think the bag will make me heng heng also, kio liew lian*, you know.”

*Editor’s note: “Kio liew lian”, is Hokkien and translates directly as “pick up durian” and it means “enjoying payoffs with minimal effort”. This is because durian falls from trees and you need to be there at the right time to enjoy the fruits without labour. 

But not all bidders are hoping to get hold of the bag for personal gratification.

One other prospective bidder, Magnanimous Chong, said: “I hope to buy the Kate Spade bag and set it on fire to exorcise all the demons and put this horrid aspect of Singapore’s past behind us.”

Chong also said: “The process will be documented and put on YouTube.”

Fake news website raises real money for children’s charity

Fake news website raises real money for children’s charity

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Charity drive started was in response to The Straits Times godawful marketing-cum-charity stunt.

A Singapore-based fake news website has raised real money for charity this past month.

New Nation, the third-most overrated website on the Internet with only “50% real news”, has been encouraging its readers to donate money directly to the Singapore Children’s Society.

A total of S$2,855 was raised, with the single highest donor giving S$500.

All donations were received via GIVE.sg, a site that facilitates the solicitation of donations for free.

Dropping its usual editorial stance of spoofing current affairs, New Nation decided to do something worthwhile for the less privileged instead of LOL-ing all the time.

But the real reason? The charity drive started in late May was in response to a charity auction announced by The Straits Times, which has since left a very bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths.

The national English broadsheet is pocketing the money raised from auctioning off a sponsored car by Volkswagen.

In return, they would finance the subscription fees for ST’s very own newspaper to 1000 low-income families for one year.

The audacity.

The sponsored car is expected to raise more than $100,000 during the auction, which is the car’s market value.

The results of the auction have not been declared even though it was held on July 15, where ST had their major anniversary song-and-dance at the Gardens by the Bay.

This unpopular charity-cum-marketing drive, initially announced on May 29, came about a month after ST gave away a 1kg solid gold bar worth $80,000 as a top prize to a single newspaper subscriber in a lucky draw.

Like I said, the bloody audacity.

To address the concerns raised online by many unhappy ex-readers and non-readers of the newspaper, ST’s editor, Warren Fernandez, was prompted to write an open letter explaining that “(p)roviding 1,000 household with subscriptions for a year would cost about $300,000.”

But he was too shy to truly explain that the real cost of newspapers is much lesser as printing an extra 1,000 copies a day is not going to deduct too much from ST’s bottom line.

The initial plan was for New Nation to raise $107,500 to match the price of the car from Volkswagen, but that target could not be met because Singaporeans, in the first place, are finding it hard to give when their salaries are eroded by inflation.

But, whatever.

$2,855 beats one-year’s supply of vegetable wrapping paper. Hands down.

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