It's one issue of 8Days.
Don't worry, it only costs 2 Singaporean dollars. Or 4.60 Ringgit, when I used to buy it.
Ahhh, but there is a catch.
You see, it's a specific issue that I want. One from back when I was in high school. Form 5, to be exact.
I remember this issue fondly, because it brings back memories of everything I loved most about my life in Form 5.
Firstly, it brings back memories of going to Plaza Pelangi after classes on Friday to have lunch and shop around before going to Omega for tuition.
We had the routine down pat.
The night before, everyone (usually Lynette, Fangi, Melissa, you-know-who, and I) would decide what school shirt to bring to school to change into for tuition. The Agape Sempre Fidelis from our 2004 Christmas Concert was my favourite.
Friday afternoon, we'll all meet up at the school gate and be picked up by someone's mother (I forgot who, sorry!), and dropped off at Plaza Pelangi just before the office block. Then it was time to decide what to have for lunch. Usual suspects: Vivo, Secret Recipe, McDonalds (especially if they had curly fries for Fangi). Shopping came after, usually to Popular, and definitely a stop at Ideal Collection for yours truly to buy her star making paper. Then a stop at the newsagent on the 2nd floor to buy 8Days, as BM with Roslan just wouldn't be complete without it.
NB: After a while, my mum told my newspaper delivery man to drop it off during his newspaper route every week. Tuesdays became my favourite day to come home and find my beloved magazine already on the table. Except the annual bikini issue, thanks to the Malaysian censorship authority.
By the way, THANKS MUM for indulging a silly addiction of your daughter. And her BFFs. And Kit, who memorised how many stars each movie was given in the review section. I kid you not.
Anyway. After procuring the essential ingredient, off we were to Omega at 2.10 to grab a good spot for our tuition that started at 2.30pm. Which never worked anyway, since we were almost always at the back. If Malaysian drivers were as nice as Australian drivers, I would be reading the magazine while crossing the roads. But they aren't, so I had to restrain myself for the sake of not becoming XinYu soup to fill the potholes.
BM with Roslan from 2.30-4.30 was not spent learning Malay, we just made sure we got the handouts and instead devoted our time to reading 8Days and folding stars. Sorry parents! To our defense, the air conditioning was working so hard we couldn't actually write.
Oh, and we got A1s anyway.
Another thing that this 8Days issue reminds me of, is the love for Singaporean TV that seemed to be ingrained into the minds of every teenage girl. I swear I've never watched TV1, 2, and 3 for more than 2 hours in my life combined. I've watched the Singaporean National Day Parade every year that I was in JB, and only once have I actually watched the national day celebrations of my own country. I've probably heard the Singapore anthem more often than that of my own country, and that's including all the times I sang it in school assemblies AND during choir practice.
If my dad had brought me to Singapore more often, I would definitely be calling myself an honorary Singaporean.
Ahhh Channel 8 and Channel 5 (I don't watch Channel U, sorry). During my high school life, my conversations with my friends went something like this: 10% about school, 50% about boys, and the remaining 40% was about Singaporean TV.
"Did you watch last night's episode of ___? OMG it was epic!"
"OMG, ___ is so evil! I can't believe he did that to his own brother's best friend's mother's ex-husband's adopted daughter!"
Even now, when I miss home, I just youtube Channel 8 dramas.
Okay, back to this one special issue. Non-JB dwellers, I'm pretty sure I lost you about 5 paragraphs ago. If any of you read this, I'm so sorry for boring you.
Let me describe this mythical issue to you. The concept for the issue came from an observation (by God knows who) that the actors in Mediacorp got significantly less endorsements compared to the actresses. So they got 8 actors to grace the cover, and in the cover story they each mimicked an endorsement of an actress. Eg. Christopher Lee remaking the jewellery ad by Fann Wong, lying in the back of a limo surrounded by powder blue Tiffany boxes. Julian Hee all covered with mud, mimcking the spa advertisment by Zoe Tay. My personal favourite was the Tay Ping Hui spoof of Huang Biren's fridge advertisment. I distinctly remember a picture of him actually sitting IN the fridge, and trying to act cute. Another picture had him leaning against the appliance, except being freakishly tall he actually dwarfed the fridge. Ahhhh Tay Ping Hui.
Yes, I want to get this issue because Tay Ping Hui is in it.
If anyone can get me this issue, I will crown you THE BEST PRESENT GIVER EVER and pledge my eternal love for you on Twitter, Facebook and my blog.
Up to the challenge?
P.S This issue was so popular with my friends that even the guys (CHENG YUAN XIANG) could not stop reading it in Chemistry class. Which resulted in Mr. HP "It's so SHINING" LIM confiscating it. I got it back in the end, but I suspect it was sent off to the garang guni during spring cleaning one year.