A Banking Babe is Born: Chapter 1

A Banking Babe is Born

 

Synopsis

Sheylara is a bimbo who enjoys shopping, playing games and Facebooking. She’s always late in paying bills because she thinks banking and accounting are tough, boring tasks. But she will soon find out how wrong she is!

 

Cast of Characters

Breeze Cast of Characters

 

Chapter 1: It’s like a game!

Once upon a time, a bimbo named Sheylara was fast asleep in bed at nine in the morning, dreaming of toy poodles and ice cream, which are random items of no consequence in this story, but the author just thought would make Sheylara appear more ditzy.

 

Sleeping Sheylara

 

Little did she know, as she was dreaming, that someone was gossiping about her! (She wouldn’t have minded had she known, though, because Sheylara was amicable like that.)

 

Cutie Prime worries about being cut off

 

Annoyed with Fluffy’s secrecy, Cutie Prime hopped onto Sheylara’s shoulder and started playing her favourite alarm ring tone, a certain catchy song by the Wonder Girls.

Nothing happened for a whole minute.

Cutie was just about to check whether Sheylara was still breathing when the sleepy bimbo began to stir.

“Mmmph,” said Sheylara.

“Wake up!” said Cutie Prime, bopping on her shoulder impatiently.

“Mmmph,” said Sheylara.

 

Sheylara wakes up

 

Inspired by Cutie Prime and her catchy ring tone, Fluffy the 2nd also started hopping in excitement.

“Come look, Sheylara!” she chirped, “I have a new game!”

“Huh? What game?”

“It’s called ‘Make a wish now and go shopping later’!”

“Huh?”

Sheylara walked to Fluffy and sat down in front of her, rubbing her eyes.

“What are you up to?” the still-sleepy girl asked suspiciously.

 

Fluffy is excited

 

At the thought of shopping, Sheylara woke up instantly.

“Stuff I want to buy? Oooh! That’s easy!”

She started rattling them off like a submachine gun riding on a roaster coaster at the speed of a bullet train.

 

Sheylara is excited

 

“Eeeks! Enough!” cried Fluffy, intimidated. “Check this out first!”

The cute and illustrious Macbook loaded up a website, winked at Sheylara and said, “We’ll tell it to your bank account and make your wishes all happen!”

“Huh?”

“Here. This is Breeze.StandardChartered.Com! This is where you can do fun stuff with your bank account!”

“Huh?”

“Look!”

 

Standard Chartered Breeze

 

Fluffy made a few excited gestures at the confused Sheylara.

“Are we playing Charades?” asked the bimbo.

“No, no. I’m just excited. Look, let’s just sign you up quickly.”

“What?”

“Click on ‘Get Breeze’!”

“What? Where’s the game?” Sheylara complained.

“Be patient! You need to type in your online banking username and password first.”

“Okay, okay.”

 

Standard Chartered Breeze

 

While Sheylara was typing in her details, Fluffy winked at Cutie. She was certainly in a good mood today, doing a lot of winking.

In no time, Sheylara was done. At least she was sensible enough to remember her passwords.

“Good girl!” said Fluffy, “That’s all you need to activate Breeze! Here, your Standard Chartered bank accounts and transactions are shown in easy-to-understand formats. Even a bimbo can understand them!”

Sheylara narrowed her eyes and looked at Fluffy suspiciously.

 

Sheylara is impatient

 

Clearing her throat, assuming Macbooks have them, Fluffy began to explain in the simplest terms she could manage.

 

Fluffy introduces Wishlists

 

Next step!

 

Fluffy explains Wishlists

 

The thought of shopping always excited Sheylara. She loved the idea of saving money for many different items concurrently.

She thought she would make a little game, have a little competition for her items to be the first to have a full slider bar.

Of course, no one was going to tell her she would have to decide on the winner for herself, eventually.

 

Fluffy explains Wishlists

 

With that, Sheylara gave Fluffy a little kiss on her pink bow.

“This is kinda fun but I want to go play games on my iPad now. See ya, Fluffy!”

Now, while all this was happening, Cutie Prime had been watching quietly at a corner. As Sheylara walked off, the angsty phone went postal.

She marched up to Fluffy and shrieked.

 

Cutie Prime goes postal

 

Fluffy clucked pacifyingly.

Well, as much as clucks can be pacifying.

And as much as Macbooks can cluck.

“All in good time, sister,” she said sagely, “You’re just as impatient as the girl!”

 

Cutie Prime goes postal

 

Fluffy clucked again.

 

Fluffy assures Cutie

 

Well.

That was that.

Cutie couldn’t wait, but there was nothing she could do at this point of time.

So.

How is Fluffy the 2nd going to make Sheylara pay her phone bill on time? Or will Cutie Prime have to be resigned to having her line cut off once a month?

Find out in Chapter 2, coming next week!

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25 thoughts on “A Banking Babe is Born: Chapter 1

  1. @Sheylara: The cartoon head of you is very distinctive! Interesting how the technique of not adding a nose helps the “cuteness”, hehe:)

  2. @Esti: Thank you! :)

    @RN: Yes, very astute of you. I have tried many times adding noses to my cartoons, but they just never look right for some reason. I think it’s more a lack of drawing skills on my part than anything else. Haha.

  3. @Sacha: Thanks, dear! :)

    @Lx: Aww thanks. :P I don’t know manga sensei even knows my name, though. :P He was really a bit lost in singapore, heh.

    @tvbaddict: Your tvb dramas also need to wait? :P

    @Monica: Thanks for your comment! :)

    @mac: Thanks! I’m very encouraged!

    @Bel: I used Adobe Flash to draw the cartoons (using a mouse) because I can do vector graphics in there, then imported the drawings to Photoshop to colour them in. Probably not the most efficient way to do things but I’m not very knowledgeable about all these stuff. :P

  4. oohhh i really loved the storyline and development!!! haha good job!

    the campaign and idea behind the breeze thingy also damn good. such a smart way to get ppl to allocate money into diff goals. i hope stand chart msia will use it soon (or any msian bank steals this idea hehe) :)

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