Tuesday, August 15, 2006

when a KIASU & a Shopaholic travel together.

Kiasu: "We need to get there EARLY to maximise our time there."
Shopaholic:"Sure...u decide the time and date."
Kiasu:"Good, we'll take the 10am flight."
Shopaholic: "ermmmm...soooooooOOOooo early?????"
*translates to waking up at 6am, drive to the airport by 7am in order to check by 8am*

Shopaholic:"We MUST bring extra luggage bags for storage....I wanna buy this-that-this-that-this-that."
Kiasu:"Dun nit....we'll buy luggage bags there. Travel light...coz we gonna buy our apparels there anyway."
Shopaholic: "hmmm.....okie."

Kiasu: "Bring a good walking shoe. It's gonna be 4 solid days of walking. I do not wish to see the Spore saga to return." *click to read*
Shopaholic: .....*after scanning the shoe rack full of come-fark-me-stilettos...die die die* "Dun have....nvm....I'll buy later."

Kiasu: "I've booked us the first seats....1H & 1K"
Shopaholic: "aaah? That's like sitting behind the cockpit!"
Kiasu: "Yes baby, so that we can rush out fast fast...hop into the cab fast fast....get to the city fast fast and u can gate crash the shopping centres early and have all the time you want."
Shopaholic: "........*silence*........u are soooo confirmed kiasu. You win hands down."

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kiasu is a Hokkien (a Chinese spoken variant) word for 'extreme fear of losing' (Chinese: 怕输). This word is so widely used by Singaporeans and Malaysians that it is incorporated into their English vocabulary (in the form of Singlish or Manglish). It is often used in describing the social attitudes of people, especially about East Asian society and its values. Its widespread use is often due to the fact that these attitudes are common—to not lose out in a highly competitive society (e.g. by accumulating too much food on a plate during buffet in case there will be no more later), or to the extent of parents imposing heavy study labour on their children in their wish to make them at the very top of all other students. Growing up with this attitude, these students often become ambitious businesspeople, with the desire to be on top in wealth and prestige.

Such an attitude is often highly competitive, and its emphasis is to be above all other people, even if it means putting other people down. But to be kiasu is not only to be competitive. Kiasu people are driven out of fear of losing probably more than the desire to succeed.

It is often perceived as part of Ah Beng culture. Another famous kiasu name is Mr Kiasu.

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