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
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.
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.)
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.
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’!”
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.
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.
“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!”
“Here. This is Breeze.StandardChartered.Com! This is where you can do fun stuff with your bank account!”
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.”
“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.”
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.
Clearing her throat, assuming Macbooks have them, Fluffy began to explain in the simplest terms she could manage.
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.
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.
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!”
Fluffy clucked again.
That was that.
Cutie couldn’t wait, but there was nothing she could do at this point of time.
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!
26 thoughts on “A Banking Babe is Born: Chapter 1”
LOL. Nicely drawn!
@Sheylara: The cartoon head of you is very distinctive! Interesting how the technique of not adding a nose helps the “cuteness”, hehe:)
@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.
@Sheylara: A wonderful job, nonetheless. Looking forward to the next episode:)
Thank you! ;)
Nice and expressive drawing!
I hope Manga sensai sees this wherever he is back in Japan, im sure he would be happy. This is just brilliant.
wah… need to wait till next week only can continue reading… :'(
Hey, nice and creative post! I like the cartoon
cute max! cant wait for the next chapter.
Awesome cartoons! What did you use to draw them? I’m so intrigued! ;)
@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
Very good!! Keeps me reading and wanting to find out more.
loving the drawings! can’t wait for chapter 2! :)
Is it just me , or does the sticklady look like shey
I actually want to open a SC account now =/
@cyc1op: Thanks! I’m happy you like my story! :P
@sobriquetz: Thank you, too! :)
@ryangel: Erm… the stick lady is supposed to be Sheylara. :P
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) :)
Thanks boo! :)
Wow. long time since I have been here. Nicely draw and very cute cartoon. You really put your manga drawing skills to good use. Keep it up.
Thanks!! What have you been busy with?
@Sheylara: Playing a new reality game called, Tiger Cubs Twins. ^_^
@tiger: Oh yah, I should have remembered. Hehe. :P Having fun, I hope!
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