The festive holidays are great; there’s good food to chow down, family reunions where you can finally meet your cousins. There’s a downside of course.. “Why are you still single?”
Hence, the amount of effort put into finding a partner before the reunion. But, maybe for this year, you can take a chill pill and rent one instead. Yes, you’re hearing that right, rent a boyfriend for Chinese New Year!
Recently, a Malaysian Twitter user named Arthur Yeow (@arthuryeow) decided to get real creative and created a set of slides that look like an actual business pitch. What’s he’s pitching? Himself! He even created a make-believe company, naming it Pain & Co. He stated that he made those slides out of “a massive explosion of chaotic energy.”
In his first slide, he presented what parents tend to expect from us, while comparing it to what the younger generation want. Asian parents are probably the best (read: kiasu) at comparing their children’s achievement with others as though it’s a competition. God forbid if you’re not in a respectable high-paying occupation. To add on to that, one is expected to have a qualified partner as well.
In his next slide, he stated that 80% of young adults are questioned by elders on having a partner during CNY, which he included a graph along with it on when does the question peak for most (usually 26 to 30 years old).
He included in the graph that by the age of 40, it starts to enter the “Valley of Death” because he assumes that relatives have already given up on asking. In the same slide, he also included the key drivers for the question: great-grandchildren expectations, chatter fodder, and ancestral peer pressure.
Next, his slide explains how the option of renting a boyfriend is the best economical option, especially during times like this. Not going to lie, he does have a point. He also stated how apparently the rental services have increased by 884% on Taobao!
However, Arthur did not deny that there are still challenges in renting a partner, which he thinks should be led by these 3 principles: flexible, customisable, and affordable.
In his pitch, he did not forget to mention the bonus points of renting him (tempting much?) that consist of: washboard abs, nice hands, aunty killer (skills to win over your aunty), multilingual and knows his horoscopes!
He also included the personalities you can choose from to bring back home: professional, f**kboi, gym rat, casual, and Ah Beng. Although, do take note that the Ah Beng look will cost you extra because it was discontinued back in 2011.
Check out his whole business pitch slides here, along with his price rates:
I had a massive explosion of chaotic energy so i decided to make these pic.twitter.com/av6eAMNiCV
— Arthur Yeow (@arthuryeow) January 19, 2022
So, would you rent a boyfriend for this holiday? Because we know we’re more than intrigued!
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