Singapore sales assistant buys iPad, Louis Vuitton bag and more for Rain

10 October 2013 / 3 years 2 weeks ago

She shows us the eight $1,000 notes that she and her daughter are going shopping with this weekend.

According to a report in The New Paper, Madam Jane Luo, 44, a sales assistant, calls it a "small budget".

Not that they are buying anything for themselves. They want to buy Korean superstar Rain a gift. It is unlikely that Rain knows they exist among his swarm of fans.

Madam Luo hopes to find the right watch - either a Rolex or a Victorinox Swiss Army - to celebrate Rain's first local appearance since he put one of Asia's most successful entertainment careers on hold to complete his mandatory military duty.

He is expected to appear at Fashion Week 2013 here on Friday. "I discussed it with my daughter and we felt that a watch is significant as it marks the time that fans will now have with him," she says.

Madam Luo was first introduced to buying gifts for stars when she met like-minded idol-crazy Koreans in 2006.

Since then, she's already splurged on a watch (when news broke that Rain was to be enlisted), two Samsung mobile phones, an iPhone, an iPad and a Louis Vuitton traveller bag on Rain.

Madam Luo is just a growing number of fans digging deeper into their pockets to send lavish gifts to their favourite idols.

In fact, popular actor Park Shi Hoo received a Jaguar car that was paid for by his adoring fans. Gone are the days of gushing letters and teddy bears.

Photos: The Straits Times, AFP, Reuters, StarHub, BT

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