14 August 2008

Do You Want S$11,600?

While Frannxis was shocked with his recent experience with a bank, I was elated. No, I am not 幸灾乐祸 (gloating over someone else's misfortune). You see, yesterday I received 3 signed cheques from UOB - one for S$7,000.00 and two for $2,300.00 - making a total of $11,600. I just can't believe my luck! Nobody has ever given me so much money before.


Make no mistake, the cheques are not specimens; they are real. They come with the banks' authorised signatures. I was really tempted to bank them into my account until I read the accompanying letter properly:
"Transfer your outstanding balances... to us... or get cash drawn... at this special rate of 2.88% p.a. for 6 months by banking in the cheques into your non-UOB account... The prevailing interest rate will apply thereafter."
Phew, lucky thing I know English... and a bit of Maths. ;)

With such easy credit available, it is little wonder why the number of bankruptcy cases is rising in Singapore.

14 comments:

yg said...

you must have more than that kind (amount) of money in the bank. i am a uob account holder, how come i did not receive anything of that sort?

Lam Chun See said...

Victor seems to have a way of attracting these things.

andrew said...

hihi

i was wondering if you can recall the kind of childhood pranks you played back in 60's? what were the common pranks played by kids even in the late sixties?

thank

Victor said...

Yg and Chun See - You did not receive the same offer? Hmm... then the bank probably has assessed your financial situations and decided that you could do without the extra money. Haha.

But seriously speaking, I think the banking system is currently flushed with cash. To be fair, 2.88% p.a. is a fairly attractive interest rate.

Actually, I think I was given the offer because I hold the bank's credit card.

Victor said...

Andrew - As far as I can remember, I was a well-behaved boy who didn't play any pranks.

peter said...

Kids rubbed rubber seeds on a hard surface and then place it on the skin of friends.

parents used fresh red chillies to rub naughty children mouth if they speak vulgar words

Victor said...

Ahh... yes. Now that Peter mentioned it, I remember the rubber seed. When rubbed on the concrete floor, the rubber seed becomes very hot. And when it touched the skin of your friend (or enemy), they would scream, "Ouch!"

peter said...

what about "itchy powder" or "stink bomb"?

Victor said...

Oh yes, Peter. You jolted my memory. We played with those too. We sprinkled the itching powder into the back of the shirt of an unsuspecting classmate and we let go a stink bomb when the class least expected it. We also use rubber bands to shoot v-shaped bullets at each other. The bullets were made by folding a small piece of paper repeatedly in to a small but solid v-shape.

Erm... come to think of it, I was not actually very well-behaved. Hee.

yg said...

some of the pranks we played were downright dangerous like pulling away a chair just before the unsuspecting person was about to sit.

another childish prank that we played was to stick a note with the words 'kick me' or 'hit me' on the back of our friends.

Victor said...

Yg - Yes, I remember those pranks too. For the "sticky note", we sometimes drew a picture of a tortoise instead.

I also remember pupils sitting at the back throwing pieces of chalk at pupils sitting in front. The victim usually had no clue who was the offender.

Sathiya said...

That was a good and tempting offer but we should be very careful in dealing with the credit card related transactions. People often forget to read the fine print including me and later get into troubles;)

andrew said...

hi

i just remembered when i was a kid, and checking out the mama shops, i often noticed a magazine that is strung up, on a wire, near the top of the stall - it featured a semi naked couple, and the title of the magazine was SEXOLOGY - i always wondered what was inside, but of course being too young, was never able to get my hands on it and it was tantalizingly out of reach.

does anyone recall such a magazine back in the sixties ? its not Playboy, but it was educational and well, it had partial nudity and that was enough to stir a male adoloescent mind to frenzies of imagination. does anyone recall so called "naughty" mags back then?

peter said...

ah now i remember even more....the mama shop hung a string across the pillars and used wooden pegs to hang up all kinds of magazines. There were MOVIE WORLD (Thunderball women), some Chinese moview news from Hong Kong showing big breasted actresses, FANFARE in the early 1970s, and of course BEANO comics