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Agnes Lin: Spoilt brat or misrepresented?

Brat or Victim?
Agnes Lin: Brat or Victim? (picture via asiaone)

After reading about a local undergraduate, Agnes Lin‘s nonchalant attitude towards the recession in the Sunday Times, I was boiling with rage to give this nasty spoilt brat a piece of my mind.

However, after reading her blog entry whereby she claimed to have be misquoted and misrepresented by the Sunday Times journalist, I can’t decide who to believe. Hence I am reproducing both articles below for comparison and for everyone to make your own conclusion. 🙂

Here’s the Sunday Times article via asiaone:

Mum & Dad will provide

For 20-year-old undergraduate Agnes Lin, the recession could just be academic.

The Nanyang Technological University first-year student has never been in need: She carries a $2,000 Louis Vuitton handbag to school and uses only Shiseido cosmetic and skincare products.

She carries around the latest mobile phone and goes on overseas vacations with her friends where she would bust $1,000 on shopping alone.

Twice monthly, she shops at her favourite stores – Topshop, Zara and Forever21.

Mum, a private tutor, and Dad, a businessman selling polythene bags, pay for her expenses.

Miss Lin is aware that Singapore faces a recession but the news does not bother her.

She said: ‘I think it is okay for me to maintain my current lifestyle. I may be spending a little bit more than my friends but I don’t think I’m overspending.’

At the moment, she has her eyes on the latest mobile phone in the market, the HTC Touch Pro, which costs about $700.

Although her mother has said ‘no’ to her buying yet another mobile phone, Ms Lin has an inkling she will still get it.

‘I think my mum will still buy it for me. My birthday is coming up!’ she said with a giggle. She confessed that since young, she has never run out of cash. Her parents give her money whenever she asks.

Since she was 16, her monthly pocket money has been $500.

She has an older brother, also an undergraduate. The family live in a four-room flat in Marine Parade.

She thinks a friend of hers, who is left with $20 to last until the end of the month, is silly to consider taking up a part-time job to earn some extra cash.

‘I don’t understand why she cannot just ask her parents for money,’ sighed Miss Lin.

She will enter the working world only after three years but she is already planning ahead.

With her first pay packet, she will buy a $4,000 Chanel bag. ‘After that, I will probably get more bags and watches,’ she added.

And here’s Agnes’ side of her story via her personal blog:

break my silence.
/edit edit edit

till now (130pm) there is still no reply from ST’s side.
Well, we can all see why…..

/edit edit

Thank you to everyone out there who sent me encouraging messages, trusting in me and believing me.
I love you all.


now the whole damn world (except my friends and some strangers who left me very encouraging messages on FB) hates me for something i didn’t do.
and there’s nothing I can do about it because I was a dumb shit to have accepted that interview.
sigh, good life to me then.

ok, i think its time for me to speak up, especially since i did nothing wrong.

People reading this, you must either be

1. my friend
2. some random loser who has nothing better to do but googling my name

Firstly, no i did not call my friend SILLY for wanting to work part time and i did not, for one, said that i do not understand why she cannot just ask her parents.
What the reporter asked me was ” Do you have any friends you know facing financial difficulties or are in need to money?”
I said ” Yes, I’ve got a friend who has only 20 dollars left for the month. I told her to ask her parents but she said no because she want to be independent because she is already 20 and should not be asking for her parents for money so often already.. So she asked me whats the fastest way to earn money.”

And oh, guess what? She is avoiding my calls like a coward. Sorry Adilah, but this time your sister got me into deepfried shit.

So tomorrow, I will pick up my AWESOME phone, which i told her is currently a lousy phone because my HTC is spoilt (she did not include that), and dial 63196319 to ST.
I will clarify to them that i was misquoted.
I want justice done.

Secondly, what happened to the part where I said I paid for my own air fare and hotel plus my own telephone bills?

I asked Adilah (reporter’s sister) and you know what crap she said?

She said ” I can’t write that down because She (meaning me) did not want me to write that she is from NIE, and if i write that she is paying her own bills, it will show because this means that she is drawing a salary”

drawing a salary means from NIE meh?
I cannot work part time meh?
Drawing a salary does not necessarily mean that I’m from NIE what!
pls la, pls….
don’t give me crap like this just to cover your own shit.

This whole shit is twisted to the point because she wants to compare between teens who are spoilt fucks and do not need to worry for shit and others who are more concerned.

i was misquoted and i want my justice done.


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  1. It’s not her fault, its her parents fault. They raised her but failed to inculcate the thrifty virtue to her.

  2. i believe she has been misquoted. i’ve been misquoted before any way.

    any way, i think the article was meant to stir some shit, and since her family isn’t affected by the economic conditions, she has every right to make the decisions she make.

  3. The funniest thing in her response was that she says the “reporter do not understand English”. It’s “does not understand English” love and she might want to check her grammar is correct before she insults other peoples’ inability to understand “English” particularly when there’s more than one grammatical error in her statement.

    What’s giving her a piece of her mind going to do? To her, you’re anonymous and aren’t apart of her life. And despite what the article says, her parents might not be affected by the recession. her father sells plastic bags and I doubt they’re doing tough. If you think about it, plastic bags are found everywhere and they are the cheaper alternative to paper (from a wholesale POV) so he might be doing alright for himself or the same as before the recession “hit”.

    I had a friend who was interviewed for a newspaper about a beatboxing event and when the article came out it had nothing to do with his event and it was only about the time he was TV for a talent show that co-incidentally was on air at the time. Media makes things to work for itself.
    They played on her spending habits because money issues are the hot topic and conveniently omit other facts and gets a rise out of people like it’s doing now.

    BTW, has anyone curbed their spending habits because of the recession? I haven’t.

  4. Jimmy,

    Ad-hominem much?

    I don’t agree that it’s a prerequisite to speak Queen’s English before requesting that someone else *understand* the same. The onus is on the journalist – a trained professional – to draw understanding from the words of her interviewee – howsoever the interviewee wishes to express herself.

    And while we’re playing this pointless game:
    “apart of her life” is wrong.
    “I had a friend” implies you’re either no longer friends, or that your friend is dead.
    “interviewed for a newspaper” makes as much sense as “danced for a melamine”.
    “he was TV for a talent show” OMG TYPO.
    “Media makes things to work” is plain wrong.

    I could go on, but I’m tired.

  5. Actually, I latch on to parody and satire very well, thank you. Conversely, I also happen to know what’s not – and that didn’t seem at all like it.

    Don’t let me affect you too much, though. I’m anonymous and not a part of your life.


  6. Previously, during the NUS Orientation, the male participants were doing pumping with girls lying below them. They were having fun too, rather than feeling intimidated. There’s nothing to do with Education System (as mentioned by some). It’s just some form of Fun and Excitement shared by students studying in STRESSFUL environment ^_^ (personal opinion)

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