What's culture shock to you for those who live(d) in Singapore?

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Post by SGBoyxxx » Wed, 07 Oct 2009 9:59 am

adibahhhhhh wrote:i'm a local and i do get culture shock mind you, from the rudeness and lack of common sense potrayed by most of my population.

1.) hoity-toityness of salesgirls in designer & high-end shops

- they always give you a once-over and once they assume you're not worthy of their time (think early twenties, jeans, a crumpled rock tee and messy hair) they blatantly ignore you and continue gossiping with their colleague while you're in a corner trying to figure out where the price tag's at. then you look up and see that same salesgirl pimping a bag to the most seemingly perfect woman on earth.

2.) hiring people from china who speak only 3 sentences of english

- why do they even do this? we are not a chinese country. it is unbelievably annoying. i'm sick to death of not getting what i need, be it a shoe size, a hair colour, a drink...all because of a communication breakdown. i don't even speak in an accent, and yet they don't understand basic english. shouldn't the hr people train them first? it gets even worse, sometimes a whole entire shop is filled with salesgirls from china.

3.) the mrt situation

- when i push past people to get to the center of the carriage, they throw me a dirty look and do a 'tsk'. another thing. most middle-aged chinese aunties are very fond of using the 'tsk'. makes up for their lack of vocabulary.

4.) people who walk really slowly during the rush hours of morning, lunch and evening

- people who suddenly stop walking for no apparent reason. people who swing their arms so you don't even have space to 'overtake' them. people who stand on the right side of the escalator. this bloody irks me. the escalators in raffles place and tanjong pagar mrt will be jam-packed with idiotic commuters who refuse to move along.

as for the tissue chope thing, i admit that i am a recent convert to that institution. i used to loathe people who use tissue packets to get seats but really, when you're in a crowded hawker centre, hungry as ever and the end of the lunch hour is approaching fast, a tissue packet is your friend. can't beat them, join them. sad but true.

i have traveled to melbourne, perth, japan and was pleasantly suprised. i experienced none of the above. it was the best six days of my life. i kid, i kid, but you get the picture.

:oops: LOL that why singapore come out it own terms

call uniquely singapore

our english is call Singlish
kiasu = scare to lose out to others
Kiasi = scare to die
bo chap = don;t care

all this is local description of singaporeans

about the tissue booking of table LOL this info is already really uniquely
to foreign views .

Seriously till now whenever I go out eat at hawker centre I don;t use tissue to book my seat.
either me or my frds will occupy the seats first
one of us will go to buy his /her foods
or help each other to order.

take turns to buy.

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Post by Vaucluse » Wed, 07 Oct 2009 11:22 am

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sundaymorningstaple wrote: ... Unfortunately, unless you are of Malay descent, Every body on this island regardless of the colour of their NRIC or level of their EP is originally a foreigner or descendant of one.
Just to clarify something, studies have shown that the Malays are not the natives in Malaysia (and Singapore). In fact, they came from places like Acheh and Jawa to settle in Malaysia and Singapore. So in reality, they too can be considered as foreigners.
Ah, the Bumiputra thing.

Living in Malaysia is kind of like living in some weird world of truths, half-truths and the outright ludicrous.

Bumis, by definition Malays and by extrapolation mainly Muslim, have quite a few extra and special rights . . . from land ownership to preferential loan rates to employment . . .

. . . all based on the 'we are the original inhabitants' bullshit. Strangely enough they also have something called the Orang Asli, which means original inhabitants . . .

Malays come from all over the place, from what is now Indonesia, Southern China and India . . .

. . . and the government keeps up this facade of Bumiputra.

A joke country.
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Post by irvine » Wed, 07 Oct 2009 11:33 am

This is quite culture shock too: http://www.temasekreview.com/2009/10/06 ... ost-world/

It's an opinion. Not a feature, not a news report.

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Post by SGBoyxxx » Wed, 07 Oct 2009 11:52 am

irvine wrote:This is quite culture shock too: http://www.temasekreview.com/2009/10/06 ... ost-world/

It's an opinion. Not a feature, not a news report.
:lol: I do something read that website.

actually the new generation of MPs some of them... :shock: :???: :roll:

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Post by SGBoyxxx » Wed, 07 Oct 2009 11:55 am

Vaucluse wrote:
meiteoh wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote: ... Unfortunately, unless you are of Malay descent, Every body on this island regardless of the colour of their NRIC or level of their EP is originally a foreigner or descendant of one.
Just to clarify something, studies have shown that the Malays are not the natives in Malaysia (and Singapore). In fact, they came from places like Acheh and Jawa to settle in Malaysia and Singapore. So in reality, they too can be considered as foreigners.
Ah, the Bumiputra thing.

Living in Malaysia is kind of like living in some weird world of truths, half-truths and the outright ludicrous.

Bumis, by definition Malays and by extrapolation mainly Muslim, have quite a few extra and special rights . . . from land ownership to preferential loan rates to employment . . .

. . . all based on the 'we are the original inhabitants' bullshit. Strangely enough they also have something called the Orang Asli, which means original inhabitants . . .

Malays come from all over the place, from what is now Indonesia, Southern China and India . . .

. . . and the government keeps up this facade of Bumiputra.

A joke country.
:wink: if I have a chance to choose between malaysia or singapore

I will choose singapore .

the systems there is dam bias
they more protect to their malays .

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Post by Vaucluse » Wed, 07 Oct 2009 12:27 pm

if I have a chance to choose between malaysia or singapore

I will choose singapore .
Me too, mate. Me too.

(Now, if only Singapore would have more land, to enjoy the outdoors!)
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Post by SGBoyxxx » Wed, 07 Oct 2009 12:51 pm

Vaucluse wrote:
if I have a chance to choose between malaysia or singapore

I will choose singapore .
Me too, mate. Me too.

(Now, if only Singapore would have more land, to enjoy the outdoors!)
yup is quite sad singapore is small...
lol sometimes I think it will be even better?If SG land is like malaysia.
We could build lots of recreational places..more natural places to go hiking

anywhere GOD if fair to everyone.
There is bond to have good and bad points for everything in this world. :lol: :wink:

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Post by econoMIC » Wed, 07 Oct 2009 3:59 pm

Vaucluse wrote:
if I have a chance to choose between malaysia or singapore

I will choose singapore .
Me too, mate. Me too.

(Now, if only Singapore would have more land, to enjoy the outdoors!)
Well, there are actually beautiful spots in Singapore were most people have never been. I am not talking about Sentosa but Bukit Timah Hil, Pulau Ubin, Sungei Buloh, Upper Seletar, MacRitchie and all the other Reservoirs. They are really lovely spots and provide for great hiking.
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Post by SGBoyxxx » Wed, 07 Oct 2009 4:08 pm

econoMIC wrote:
Vaucluse wrote:
if I have a chance to choose between malaysia or singapore

I will choose singapore .
Me too, mate. Me too.

(Now, if only Singapore would have more land, to enjoy the outdoors!)
Well, there are actually beautiful spots in Singapore were most people have never been. I am not talking about Sentosa but Bukit Timah Hil, Pulau Ubin, Sungei Buloh, Upper Seletar, MacRitchie and all the other Reservoirs. They are really lovely spots and provide for great hiking.
I heard mac ritchie going to upgrade more stuffs.
Haven;t been there for quite sometime but everyday I do passby while taking bus to work.

ya I heard there is one place where the surroundings is untouch ...
there is many birds , insects ..ect to see .

there is a viewing plaform to view I am not sure where is that place.

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Post by local lad » Wed, 07 Oct 2009 5:03 pm

SGBoyxxx wrote:
econoMIC wrote:
Vaucluse wrote: Me too, mate. Me too.

(Now, if only Singapore would have more land, to enjoy the outdoors!)
Well, there are actually beautiful spots in Singapore were most people have never been. I am not talking about Sentosa but Bukit Timah Hil, Pulau Ubin, Sungei Buloh, Upper Seletar, MacRitchie and all the other Reservoirs. They are really lovely spots and provide for great hiking.
I heard mac ritchie going to upgrade more stuffs.
Haven;t been there for quite sometime but everyday I do passby while taking bus to work.

ya I heard there is one place where the surroundings is untouch ...
there is many birds , insects ..ect to see .

there is a viewing plaform to view I am not sure where is that place.
Probably is this place. Correct me if I am wrong.

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Post by Vaucluse » Wed, 07 Oct 2009 8:08 pm

econoMIC wrote: Well, there are actually beautiful spots in Singapore were most people have never been. I am not talking about Sentosa but Bukit Timah Hil, Pulau Ubin, Sungei Buloh, Upper Seletar, MacRitchie and all the other Reservoirs. They are really lovely spots and provide for great hiking.
Yes, you are absolutely correct. Singapore has places where one can get away for a while . . .
We used to live just 5 minutes walk from Bukit Timah Hill . . . did our cycling there, been to Pulau Ubin a few times . . . etc . . .

Compared to here, though, the FRIM national park is a mere 15 minutes away, Genting Highlands 45 minutes and the list goes on and on.

Don't get me wrong, MIC, I'd still trade living here to Singapore even though we have a nice and big house, garden, pool (shared) etc...

Still prefer Singapore
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Post by SGBoyxxx » Wed, 07 Oct 2009 9:29 pm

local lad wrote:
SGBoyxxx wrote:
econoMIC wrote: Well, there are actually beautiful spots in Singapore were most people have never been. I am not talking about Sentosa but Bukit Timah Hil, Pulau Ubin, Sungei Buloh, Upper Seletar, MacRitchie and all the other Reservoirs. They are really lovely spots and provide for great hiking.
I heard mac ritchie going to upgrade more stuffs.
Haven;t been there for quite sometime but everyday I do passby while taking bus to work.

ya I heard there is one place where the surroundings is untouch ...
there is many birds , insects ..ect to see .

there is a viewing plaform to view I am not sure where is that place.
Probably is this place. Correct me if I am wrong.
hmm I not sure is it this one you mentioned.

actually is not a farm/resort type of enviornment.

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