Five on Friday: 5 silly, stupid things Singaporeans have queued adult for

SINGAPORE: Sweaty armpits. Wobbly knees. Chewed fingernails. Harrowing wails.

For many Singaporeans, a mishap of watchful in a PSLE formula reserve ought to have been adequate to put generations off watchful in line.

But no. Hell no. We’re done of sterner stuff. Proper amalgamate steel kind of stuff.

Instead, we have incited that memory on a conduct to make queuing into a dumb art.

Sure, while we most cite an every-man-woman-and-child-for-themselves m�lange when boarding buses, when it comes to anything snazzy, sugary, kawaii or giveaway we will tumble in shipshape to line adult for hours on end.

2017 has seen a satisfactory share of A-list, queue-worthy extravaganzas – arch among them, a entrance of iPhone X.

Oh my word.

As a heaving mass of amiability in a video next shows, there was some-more chill on a rooftop of a US Embassy in Saigon when a city fell on Apr 30, 1975 than along Orchard Road final month.

Anyway, here are five other stupid things we’ve queued adult for in new times:


The snaking reserve outward a Gong Cha Singapore opening during SingPost Centre on Dec 1, 2017. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)

Chewy balls of starch. Four difference that have no business appearing running in any language. But hey, there it is. In all a glory.

Flavoured divert tea has been around for as prolonged as humans, cows and tea leaves lived in tighten proximity. So basically, 2,000-plus years.

Nothing new there.

But sucking adult pearls of tapioca by girthy straws is a newness that has nonetheless to wear off scarcely 20 years after a initial burble tea libation detonate onto a scene.

Fans of Gong Cha queued overnight in jubilee of a lapse to sun-dappled Singapore following a ephemeral departure.

Some were even told they’d have to wait adult to 14 hours to get their fix. To that they replied, while defeat out an atmosphere pillow: “Yup, that’s fine. Anything else?”

Fourteen hours, maybe 15, for a cuppa! Did we skip a memo? It’s all really Hitchhikers Guide to a Galaxy.


The reserve of people outward TANGS Orchard waiting for a opening of Krispy Kreme in Oct 2013. (Photo: TODAY)

OK, it might sound like a eccentric SM skin flick. But it is distant worse. In a midst of this fight opposite diabetes, it’s excessive to be plainly eager about confectionery.

And zero spells gung-ho improved than backing adult (laying down, even) in your jammies for a box of Krispy Kreme. When a donut sequence non-stop in 2013 during Tangs Orchard Basement, people began queuing a full day before a store opened.

The rewards, when they arrived, were honeyed alright. The initial chairman in line took home a one-year supply of a Original Glazed Doughnuts — a dozen donuts each week for an whole year. (And dual vials of insulin.)

We are also definitely gaga over Japanese tarts. There were snaking columns of wide-eyed fans when sequence outlets Pablo and Hokkaido’s Bake Cheese Tarts non-stop here.

And it was value it for them, as a usually egg left on their faces came in a verbatim form as they all gave a die die contingency try! sign of approval.


This was a one that stumped us all. Mong Kok’s 20-seater Tim Ho Wan already had a cachet prolonged before some fat bloke incited adult and tossed a star in a direction.

When it incited adult in Singapore in 2013 with a creatively minted Michelin glow, people here somehow mislaid a plot. It was a feeding frenzy like no other, as it sole 3,000 burn siew buns on a initial day.

Wait, what? Would Eskimos reserve around a retard for ice slushies?

Let’s be clear: Tim Ho Wan is flattering damn good. But it’s rather stupid to dump all and try it when we have had excellent low sum places like Hua Ting, East Ocean, Swee Choon and Red Star Restaurant, among a slew of others, for years.

Oh ya, we’re kiasu. we forgot. 


As if a pandemonium of a grand opening on Grange Road in 2011 wasn’t furious enough, HM’s clearly conform brazen zealots plumbed a stupid deteriorate to new inlet when they incited adult for a Balmain x HM collection’s launch in 2015.

Channel NewsAsia lonesome a eventuality behind then, and here’s a representation of what shoppers said, post-sale: “I was so sleepy only now, though now I’m really warning – and really confused.”

“People inside are crazy.”

“It was intense, everybody was crazy.”

“I only wish to go home and eat something.”

Oh, colour me surprised.


People line adult outward a American quick food opening MacDonald to squeeze a animation impression doll Hello Kitty in Singapore on Jan 14, 2000. (Photo: AFP PHOTO/Roslan RAHMAN)

For those who remember, it was famous as a Hello Kitty Riot. It stays to this day a barmiest partial of queue-fever in this country.

In Jan 2000, tens of thousands jostled to get their hands on Hello Kitty toys as partial of a McDonald’s fondle promotion. The unlucky start to a new year began on Jan 1 itself, when a alloy and a lorry motorist came to blows over a dolls.

I’ll give we a integrate of seconds to reread that sentence.

Done? OK, let’s continue a travel down this unedifying section in history.

A few days later, 7 people were harmed after a throng queuing outward a McDonald’s opening in Boon Keng got overly raging and cracked a potion door. Three people were taken to hospital.

Throughout a promotion, SCDF was flooded with phone calls from a open about people fainting and fighting in queues. 

Buses from a police’s moment Special Operations Command were deployed to several McDonald’s outlets. Riot military vehicles. Outside quick food joints. Probably a world first. 

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