Sunday 1 May 2011

iPad 2 released same day as my Grow & Share Package - coincidence?

What an exciting Friday I had - and I'm not just talking about the royal wedding, to which I was inexplicably not invited.

That was the day my Grow and Share Package was deposited into my bank account, even though the notification letter had said the money wouldn't be in until today, which is May Day.

It would've been the closest I would ever get to a May Day Award.

But I got my Grow and Share Package two days early! Woohoo!

It was even more exciting than Nomination Day, which was the day the trailer for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was finally released online.

This time, the movie (premiering in July) better be in 3D as promised in the trailer. Without 3D, how will we be able to fully appreciate the woman that Harry Potter star Emma Watson has grown into?

I’m so happy to get the free money from the PAP Government that if Polling Day were today, I would vote for ...

Actually, I wouldn't know who to vote for because I would be too confused by the sudden change of Polling Day. Isn't it on Saturday?

Three weeks ago, I wrote a column wondering how I should spend my $700 Grow and Share Package and concluded that I would get the Apple iPad 2 even though it wasn’t available in Singapore yet.

Well, Apple has finally released the iPad 2 here – on the same day I got my Grow and Share Package!


Or an insanely great marketing plan?

Like Michelle Chia, I want the white one. Thankfully, I don’t have to divorce Shaun Chen to get it.

The cheapest iPad 2 is priced at $668, which means I will still have enough left over from my Grow and Share Package to get both the Tin Pei Ling and Nicole Seah sushi rolls.

I wouldn’t mind seeing them in 3D, if you know what I mean. I’m talking about the sushi rolls.

But since I don't intend to spend all my remaining $32 on sushi rolls no matter how comely they are, I will still have few bucks left.

Being a big fan of the MRT jingles by Dim Sum Dollies Selena Tan and Pam Oei, who last week appealed on their Facebook pages for people to help a group of would-be independent candidates pay for their election deposits, maybe I can donate my last remaining dollars to them.

No, wait, I just realised I’m four days too late – just as they were 30 seconds too late.

But with all this election talk about the rising cost of living (and the iPad 2 being sold out), I’m now having second thoughts about blowing my Grow and Share Package on such non-essentials.

So I've decided to save my money and spend it wisely only on something I really really really need.

I’m getting the white iPhone.

- Published in The New Paper, 1 May 2011

UPDATE: Slight delay in some 'Grow & Share' cheques