Before I came to Singapore I've read this thread religiously, and I believed it helped me a lot, specially with the MRT weird entering and exiting strategies
I just stick to a natives back, and follow and then find myself a place in the centre while the natives are cramped in a pile near the exit
But the MRT is wild
My portion of cultural shock:
- Can't really find anything in shops, can't find my size, and stuff like that... I really thought that the way things are distributed in a store is universal, but apparently not.
- Lack of English in shops and food courts. I really don't know mandarin, so I usually say "yes" to whatever I hear, and so far, I always got what I wanted
- The friendliness... I was not expecting that people here are so friendly. Whenever I look confused or lost for more than 10 seconds, there is always someone ready to mentor me. The staring is sometimes a bit awkward and makes me feel like a monkey in the ZOO, but some of the staring people smile back if I smile, or greet me.
- Why the hell do Signaporeans whine so much (taxes, housing, prices, cars, public transport, ...) ? I mean OMG I feel like smacking them most of the time, and sending them on a compulsory moth trip to Poland (huhu my home country), so they could start appreciating most things they take for granted