Noor Ashikin Abdul Rahman
The New Paper
Monday, Jun 9, 2014
Her bra saved the day yesterday afternoon.
Yes, Madam Maisie Yeo needed a red clothing item to win a Taylor Swift goodie bag and the only thing that fit the bill was her sports bra.
The 42-year-old housewife had walked past the Bugis Square at Bugis Junction while shopping with a friend when 987 FM DJs Joakim Gomez and Sonia Chew called for a Taylor Swift fan clad in red to win a goodie bag. The hosts had jokingly asked for any bold troopers wearing red underwear.
Madam Yeo's friend immediately started pointing enthusiastically at her, drawing attention to Madam Yeo, who was then picked to go on stage.
The mother of two daughters, Natalie, 14, and Fernanda, 11, knew it would make her elder daughter happy if she bagged a Taylor Swift prize at the Taylor Swift Day fan event organised by Universal Music Singapore.
But first she needed to answer a question. What is Taylor Swift's favourite TV show? Madam Yeo got on her mobile phone and called Natalie for help.
Her young Swiftie told her that the answer was "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation".
Madam Yeo walked away with a bag containing a Taylor Swift T-shirt, an iPad cover and a sound amplifier. When asked if she was embarrassed that her bra won her the prize, Madam Yeo said: "I didn't think anything of it, I just wanted to join in because the atmosphere was fun and my daughters are Swift fans."
Natalie had told Madam Yeo of Taylor Swift Day, an event hosted by 987FM DJs for fans to mingle and win goodie bags, concert tickets and meet-and-greet passes.
Although Madam Yeo had no intention of going, she stopped by just to have a look since she was in the area.
The event, which was attended by some 300 fans, took place ahead of Swift's shows here tomorrow and on Thursday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium as part of her Red tour. Madam Yeo and her daughters will be going to the sold-out Thursday show. She bought Category 1 tickets worth $288 for them.
"I like that Swift is a good and healthy role model for my children, unlike, say, Lady Gaga," said Madam Yeo, who had accompanied them to another fan-organised event at Botanic Gardens on Saturday.
Student Eunice Ong, 17, won a pair of June 12 concert tickets. Eunice, who was teary eyed as she walked on stage, was picked as a winner after the original winner failed to show up.
She has not bought a ticket to the show because she said she could not afford it. Tickets cost between $108 and $288.
She said: "I still can't believe I won. This is a dream come true."
The Swift fan called the pop singer "inspiring" and said she listens to songs by the Grammy-winning US pop star every day. She said the songs helped her get through a difficult period after her friend died of cancer three years ago.
"I felt really lost and down, but when I listened to Swift's songs, I felt like I could go on with my life," Eunice said.
Another fan, student Clarissa Cheong, 15, walked away with a pair of meet-and-greet passes to see her idol on June 12.
"I don't even know what I'll say to her. Maybe 'Thank you and I love you!" she said.
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