The first word written on the white A3 sized cardboard was KIASU.
And Singaporeans will know what this means of course – that is, being afraid to lose.
But Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin stared at it, totally confused, for several agonising minutes. His mind was blank. He didn’t have a single clue what the word meant and his brain was possibly working overtime, in an effort to try and figure this out.
Jade Seah, the host and emcee, offered to help him out – by giving him three multiple-choice options. Bellerin was still unsure even with these helpful hints – but he sportingly still gave it a stab in the dark.
“I think it means afraid of insects,” he eventually said, totally confused.
And his answer was met with plenty of laughter from everyone, including the Singaporean Arsenal fans watching from outside Vivocity’s Puma store – where a fans meet-and-greet session with Bellerin and his team-mate Nacho Monreal, had been taking place.
Other Singlish words that the players were asked to explain, had also included hiao, buaya and sotong. This was because the football players were subjected to a quiz on Singlish. At the same time, a few lucky fans also got the chance to interact with Bellerin and Monreal personally – on a local dating quiz as well as a football skills challenge and they totally relished the opportunities.
Gave 110 Arsenal fans the chance to meet their idols
Organised by Puma last week, this meet and greet session had given 110 Arsenal fans the chance to say a few words to two of their favourite Gunners, as well as to get autographs and photographs with them.
To quality for the session, fans had been required to purchase both the Arsenal home and away kits from the Puma store.
Gooners thought the chance to meet their idols was worth it
But despite the long wait, Gooners thought that the chance to meet their stars was definitely worth it. Said civil servant Kelvin Ong, 37, “I was really, really excited to see them and so happy to meet them in person. It was also amazing to get their signature and photo.”
Agreed Elvin Chong, 37, a security manager, “I think it was a rare opportunity to get to meet them. I have been to London to watch Arsenal play, but this is the first time that I have met up with players personally – and this time, it was in Singapore too, so that made it even more special for me.”
He added, “The event was a bit short and the meeting was quite fast though, but it had been organised very well, in that we all managed to get a photo and an autograph. So overall it was a good experience.”
According to Puma, the meet and greet event was certainly a resounding success. Said Gabriel Yap, Puma Head of Marketing South East Asia, “We received overwhelming response for this meet and greet, as we had over 100 fans purchasing the Puma Home and Away Arsenal jerseys before the event – and getting to meet their favourite Arsenal players here in Singapore.”
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