When I first heard of the news, my first reaction was...
"This has got to be a joke, right?"
Honestly, I thought all the online news were nothing but a clickbait.
But.. It turned out that it was true.
(Image credit to: Goodyfeed)
I was dumfounded for a full whole minute.
In case you are wondering why I am so affected by this piece of unexpected news, it is because I have a deep connection towards this particular Daiso branch.
I somehow do not wish to show this unglamorous photo and never have I expected that this would be the only picture that I can retain the memory of VivoCity's Daiso.
Yes, I used to work at Daiso during my younger days (not that I am very old now either...) - but this was taken approximately more than 8 years ago.
AND yes, the main branch that I was attached to was the soon-to-close-down Daiso at VivoCity.
During those days, I have went through moments of anger, happiness, sadness...
Pardon the blurry photo, this was taken when technology was not that advanced then.
I made a few new friends and gained experiences as a part-time sales assistant.
I will never forget how I was so comfortable with the store layout that I could almost memorise where the stocks were located.
I did not earn much then, but I was contented with my life. I felt productive that I was actually doing something and earning money for my parents and myself.
Now that I have fully transitioned into adulthood, my workplace was surprisingly near VivoCity and it became one of my to-go stores during lunch hours.
Whenever I organised events for my department, Daiso would always be my saviour.
From gift ideas to decorations, Daiso has it all.
And YES, I know there are many other branches in Singapore but I guess it will never be the same for me after the one at VivoCity has closed down.
To me, it holds memories.
A companion since my student days.
It's hard to see it go, but I guess it's a Goodbye for now. :(
Thank you, VivoCity's Daiso... For being my great saviour most of the times.