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Oversized And Over Here

Oversized And Over Here

June 18, 2010

When some innocent retail therapy in Singapore turns out to be not so therapeutic after all!

Mythbusters

I arrived in Singapore 3 years ago, armed with 2 suitcases full of clothes and a heart full of wonder and awe. A foreign country meant new fashions, new clothes and a brand new wardrobe. But along the road to wardrobe upgrades, I ended up shedding a few of my beliefs. And thats not all I had to shed.

Myth 1:

I believed real people could not take on the form of mannequins. Mannequins were merely plastic figures with impossible vital statistics which no human being could hope to achieve.

Myth busted

Myth 2:

I believed that I would never have trouble getting my dress size. The size M or the occasional L was made for me. Of course the fact that an M or L size was not an universal standard measurement slipped my mind.

Myth busted

Myth 3:

I believed that you needed either liposuction or Aladdin’s Genie to maintain surf-board flat abs after 25 or one pregnancy - whichever came first.

Myth busted

Myth 4:

I believed that a pair of itsy-bitsy denim shorts with waist size 20 was a mythical object only found in women magazines and on fashion ramps. Myth busted

Myth 5:

I believed that Barbie dolls only belonged in toy shops and in the bedrooms of 10-year old girls. They didn’t stand before you in the bus queue, or get in the same lift as you or take your orders at a restaurant.

Myth busted

Myth 6:

I believed that I would never hear the words "Sorry we don’t have that in your size" accompanied by the universally hated look of sympathy. Hell, they always have my size, or at least they did back home!

Myth busted

So there you go. Some eye-openers on my shop-athons across the tiny island that is Singapore. Do I care? Yes, occasionally. I would be lying if I said it didn’t bother me.

But most of the time, I just suck in that tummy, shrug off those worries and bravely plod on to the next shop.  I have realized that being a modern day Indian girl is not just about having a suitcase full of unused saris and preferring to eat with your hands. It involves embracing everything Indian about yourself. And if that involves chubby arms and dimpled thighs, then bring it on!

13 Comments

  • Maria Francis
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    Maria Francis
    23.06.10 05:47 AM
    Thanks Imelda. Well like I said, being 'curvy' is all a part of the Indian tradition.
  • Imelda
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    Imelda
    23.06.10 03:13 AM
    I've always been overwhelmed by thin girls who take it for granted...and now a whole country full them with clothes only for themmm...scary..it was fun to read.
  • Maria
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    Maria
    20.06.10 05:04 PM
    @Afsha, you are among the lucky few then :)
    @theReader , Greetings from Singapore
  • theReader
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    theReader
    20.06.10 01:38 PM
    Little India in Singapore??? Impressive, just as this article!

    Greetings from the not-so-little India!
  • Afsha
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    Afsha
    19.06.10 03:16 PM
    Good one Maria..Although I had the ooposite experience. Back home I never used to get my size jeans :D
  • Maria
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    Maria
    19.06.10 11:00 AM
    Ah magiceye, looks like you are well-versed with the shopping corners of Singapore. Nice!
    For readers info, Serangoon Rd is situated in the Little India of Singapore.
  • magiceye
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    magiceye
    19.06.10 10:49 AM
    or maybe shopping on serangoon road would make it easier?!
  • Maria
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    Maria
    19.06.10 10:24 AM
    @ LP n @Hayaah : LOL...dont worry. Luckily all the branded shops sell the UK and US sizes for the curvy (read plump) peeps like me :)
  • Haneena
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    Haneena
    19.06.10 09:57 AM
    Hey ppl....dont go by her words completely. Maria sounds very modest in this. I say so, coz this piece of writing is by a very sophisticated woman with an attractive frame i would say.
  • Hayaah
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    Hayaah
    19.06.10 05:45 AM
    Oh dear... so much for my hopes of ever finding something in MY size... Im probably the horror in their nightmares if I even pop my arsity arse in their aisles...

    *shudders in mock shame* :P
  • Lazy Pineapple
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    Lazy Pineapple
    18.06.10 04:02 PM
    I am never going shopping in Singapore :)..you're article has scared the hell out of me...
    UK has all the sizes so thankfully all dimpled thighs and fat arms can be squeezed into clothes...
  • Maria Francis
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    Maria Francis
    18.06.10 11:52 AM
    Well, women from all races are beautiful in their own way :) After all, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder...
  • le embrouille blogueur
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    le embrouille blogueur
    18.06.10 08:24 AM
    It also means the world's best looking women !! There is no myth in that !!

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