Does Crazy Rich Asians Mirror the Truly Rich World?
No need to remind everyone that, aside from being a box office winner that brought in $35 million in five days in the U.S., a soon-to-be series with a sequel in the works, and a worthwhile escape from the realities of life, Crazy Rich Asians is a big deal because it features an-all Asian cast.
The film, based on Kevin Kwan’s novel of the same name, has been hailed by many
So what did Crazy Rich Asians get right about the Truly Rich Lady? Is this movie a two-hour mirror of my life? And when do I get my very own emerald engagement ring?
Everyone Knows Everything
The circle is small, the ears are big, and the mouths even bigger. It is very possible for news about Nick and Rachel’s Singapore trip to reach the other side of the world in mere minutes. Also, nobody forgets. Remember that when you're in the presence of the Truly Rich Lady.
First Class—Yes, Please
There’s this cute idea that rich people become rich because they are penny-pinchers, and while choosing what costs less is wise in some experiences (give me all grocery coupons please!), there are moments when spending is the only way.
So, for a two-hour jaunt, one need not fly First Class. But for long-haul flights, my assistant’s assistant will book that private sky suite with a fully-flat bed, and I will enjoy the perks, including the skipping of the lines, without guilt. Of course, taking the jet is best.
Gaudy Gold Is True
Ack! I have seen local versions of Peik Lin’s nouveau riche mansion here. The lady of one such house tried to pass off the mural on her dining room ceiling as real fragments from the Sistine Chapel! I nodded politely, left in a hurry, and then erased the contact information of this family from my phone.
Food Is Delicious Everywhere
The big secret is that we are always hungry, but only for the best things. That hawker food scene with our glamorous stars dressed in binge-eating clothes hits close to home because the Truly Rich will partake of the good stuff, whether it is from a five-seater Michelin-starred restaurant or a super secret stall along a side street. But maybe we will wear sunglasses or get the frog legs to go.
Shopping Is A Private Affair
You are truly Truly Rich when doors lead to a private shopping experience. I attest to Astrid's first-dibs
We Love Free Things
I am sad because it is true that the Truly Rich go crazy over free things. I am also ready to hand over my membership to the Truly Rich World because, unlike many of my peers, I refuse to make a mad dash for a grab-all-you-can gimmick at a party like Araminta's bachelorette weekend. I have seen well-dressed ladies do this with full gusto! I weep.
Parties Are Beyond Belief
It sounds awful to say that wealth provides access to the best experiences, including a bachelor party on a freighter ship or an engagement party on top of the entire breadth of the Marina Bay Sands. But even a house party becomes a fantasy because, well, just look at my house.
Mothers And Girlfriends Don’t Mix
Whether Truly Rich or just rich, it is a universal truth that mothers and girlfriends will always be at odds with each other. And a Truly Rich Mother's excuse for her polite disapproval is the protection of her son from... the misguided charms of an interloper.
Not One Of Us
Unfortunately, the gates remain shut and the walls are built high for anyone who did not grow up inside the circle. Meanie Mommy Eleanor is speaking her truth when she alludes to the great differences between Nick and
Rich People Have Problems
Before you tell us to cry into our pillows of money, believe that we encounter real problems, too (outside of where to send our
Abs Belong On The Silverscreen
Where? Where are these Rich Bachelors With Abs that the movie paints as real? That’s just fantasy! Moguls are too busy tamping down expenses to take care of abdominal muscles!
All My Good Clothes Are In My Closet
Well, most of the times, the everyday clothes of the Truly Rich are not as glamorous as what were portrayed on the silver screen. I mean, maybe for a wedding, we will pour our bodies into an embellished Elie Saab, and even then it would be a quiet Elie Saab that feels expensive because it is made for our shape. But for a Bible study, I will be okay in a nameless overlarge cashmere sweater and a full face of natural makeup care of my beauty team. And a brooch the size of a small apple.
Things Are Settled This Way
Yes, yes! How we love to communicate disapproval without trumpets blaring. A simmering tension is