Have you seen the queues at the betting shops? Nuts!
But maybe later I’ll go to the one downstairs of my office and get me some tickets at a chance to win one of them ‘Hongbao Jackpot’ things. If I win, I’ll either take my fortune to buy popcorn at the cinema, or buy a bunch of roses for Valentine’s Day.
Speaking of how expensive roses are on Valentines’ Day, didja know that if you were so inclined as to buy almost a hundred roses (someone tell me the significance of the 99 roses thing – why cannot be a square 100?), for either yourself or for to impress someone you’re impressed with, you could be in for a bit of a shock given the prices.
Come, I show you:
Far East Flora – 99 stalks – S$419.00 – $4.23 per stalk
Singaporeflowerstore.com – 99 stalks (in vase) – $376.00 – $3.80 per stalk
Prince’s Florist – 199 stalks – $599.00 – $3.01 per stalk
D’Petals – 99 stalks – $280 – $2.82 per stalk
i-GV.com – 99 stalks (plus vouchers) – $198.00 – $2.00 per stalk
I reckon florists get away with this disparity in prices only because, well, you know, the irrational behaviour of people who are in love enough to want to buy 99 roses when they know there’s not much use for the roses even before they wilt, shed and stink up the poor girl’s room.