Nothing is too outlandish for Getai singers

Nothing is too outlandish for Getai singers
Nothing is considered too outlandish for Sam Loo.

SINGAPORE - Step into Sam Loo's four-room HDB flat in Tampines and your eyes are instantly drawn to the bags of cumbersome-looking items lined up against a wall in the living room.

The bags hold his headgear - they are elaborate - and each one complements a costume.

The getai veteran ushers you into one room, pushes open a wardrobe door and you are nearly blinded by the kaleidoscope of colours.

We don't count the number of costumes hanging from the poles inside the custom-made wardrobe that covers one full wall, but Loo, 50, helpfully estimates that there are easily 100 pieces. They are his "stock" of costumes that he has been using for just over five to six months.

Unlike another getai veteran Liu Ling Ling, who stashes her more than $150,000 wardrobe in a warehouse inside an industrial park, Loo sells the "old" costumes.

He says: "I don't have that much space and I don't usually wear one outfit more than 10 times.

"Fans may catch us at various shows, so it's not nice if we repeat the costumes."

Every five to six months , Loo will post on his Facebook account to indicate that he is clearing stock.

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