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Post by Saint » Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:15 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Actually, I beg to differ. Singaporeans have changed considerably in the 30 years that I've been here. It's definitely gone up in infrastructure and down in heartware.
Of course it has. What i'm saying is these things are just the way of life here.

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Post by pjays02 » Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:07 am

Saint wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:Actually, I beg to differ. Singaporeans have changed considerably in the 30 years that I've been here. It's definitely gone up in infrastructure and down in heartware.
Of course it has. What i'm saying is these things are just the way of life here.
Chances are, they probably have things to say about us as well. I don't know about Caucasian expats, but they seem to bitch a whole lot about those from China... :roll:
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Post by nakatago » Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:12 am

pjays02 wrote:
Saint wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:Actually, I beg to differ. Singaporeans have changed considerably in the 30 years that I've been here. It's definitely gone up in infrastructure and down in heartware.
Of course it has. What i'm saying is these things are just the way of life here.
Chances are, they probably have things to say about us as well.
See my comment to the OP and try looking at those sites I mentioned.

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Post by quidsin » Fri, 22 Jun 2012 7:26 pm

ok, ok, this a bit of fun guys, I'm not going anywhere soon, been here too long and just thought we'd have some fun. Plenty of great things about this place too which far outweigh the negatives.

So I was out in the shopping centre today and got another one which shoud have made it into the top 10.

12. Queuing for Freebies
Why do they queue in the mall for useless freebies or car parking vouchers?

"Spend $100 and get a $2 parking voucher - limited to the first 10 redemptions"

I've done it before, but only for the expereince. I was ninth in line, queued for about 20mins, another 5mins to fill in the form and the translation (Singlish - English) and bingo, I'd saved a whopping $2 on my parking! Imagine what else I could have done with my life in those 25mins.

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Post by JR8 » Fri, 22 Jun 2012 7:30 pm

Do you think it just and reasonable that if a person has choped a table with a packet of tissues, and they are nowhere to be seen, that you flick those onto the floor and sit down?

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Post by poodlek » Fri, 22 Jun 2012 7:40 pm

JR8 wrote:Do you think it just and reasonable that if a person has choped a table with a packet of tissues, and they are nowhere to be seen, that you flick those onto the floor and sit down?
Such a waste-why not take one out and use it to wipe your fingers?

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 23 Jun 2012 12:04 am

Better yet, use them to wipe the table & chair as well.
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Post by movingtospore » Sat, 23 Jun 2012 10:50 am

JR8 wrote:Do you think it just and reasonable that if a person has choped a table with a packet of tissues, and they are nowhere to be seen, that you flick those onto the floor and sit down?
+1

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Post by movingtospore » Sat, 23 Jun 2012 10:54 am

morenangpinay wrote:you forgot the death defying window cleaning issue...which the government responded with they may clean but with supervision from the boss. ..i suppose so the boss can call the police asap once the maid falls.
We got this flyer in the mail the other day about keeping your maid safe while cleaning windows. Tempted to write them a letter suggesting that HDB associations or whoever runs the buildings do some research on how the developed world cleans windows in high rises. With professional cleaning crews who are clamped in yadayada! It's unbelievable..."well, it's OK for your maid to lean out the 30th story window to wipe it, but you better make sure she uses a mop with a long handle on it..." Are they too @#$# cheap?

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Re: 10 things I hate about Singapore

Post by poodlek » Sat, 23 Jun 2012 3:22 pm

quidsin wrote:In no particular order:

1. Hocking
We've all heard it, the legendary technique of clearing ones throat in public with no consideration for others - a disgusting act, have repremanded a number of individuals, suggest others exercise the same.
Yesterday on the MRT a woman made a very loud disgusting hocking sound, with a face to match (thankfully she didn't spit). My one year old son looked at her and burst out in hysterical laughter and for several minutes after vocalized at her trying to cajole her into doing it again. She was mortified :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 23 Jun 2012 4:58 pm

:lol: :lol:
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Re: 10 things I hate about Singapore

Post by nakatago » Sat, 23 Jun 2012 11:07 pm

poodlek wrote:
Yesterday on the MRT a woman made a very loud disgusting hocking sound, with a face to match (thankfully she didn't spit). My one year old son looked at her and burst out in hysterical laughter and for several minutes after vocalized at her trying to cajole her into doing it again. She was mortified :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by JR8 » Sat, 23 Jun 2012 11:09 pm

Publicly losing so much face to a 1 year old.

Classic! :lol:

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Re: 10 things I hate about Singapore

Post by the lynx » Sat, 23 Jun 2012 11:48 pm

poodlek wrote:
quidsin wrote:In no particular order:

1. Hocking
We've all heard it, the legendary technique of clearing ones throat in public with no consideration for others - a disgusting act, have repremanded a number of individuals, suggest others exercise the same.
Yesterday on the MRT a woman made a very loud disgusting hocking sound, with a face to match (thankfully she didn't spit). My one year old son looked at her and burst out in hysterical laughter and for several minutes after vocalized at her trying to cajole her into doing it again. She was mortified :lol: :lol: :lol:
Goodness! That's so cute!

I'm more amused by the fact that your little one did not burst out crying in fear instead. I've seen few toddlers turned to the hockers with fright written all over their faces before.

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Re: 10 things I hate about Singapore

Post by BigSis » Sun, 24 Jun 2012 7:48 am

poodlek wrote:
quidsin wrote:In no particular order:

1. Hocking
We've all heard it, the legendary technique of clearing ones throat in public with no consideration for others - a disgusting act, have repremanded a number of individuals, suggest others exercise the same.
Yesterday on the MRT a woman made a very loud disgusting hocking sound, with a face to match (thankfully she didn't spit). My one year old son looked at her and burst out in hysterical laughter and for several minutes after vocalized at her trying to cajole her into doing it again. She was mortified :lol: :lol: :lol:

Ha ha, I love it :D :D :D


Walked into my condo mgmt office yesterday, said i had lost my access card and needed a new one. The guy said to me "do you know where you lost it" - retarded question, but not surprised. You'll get used to asking questions more than once, hugely frustrating no matter how slow you try to talk..
this is so NOT a Singapore thing - most people with kids (and many without) have done this:

"Mum, I can't find my ipod"

"well where did you last see it"

You lose something, you try and think where you last had it.......makes sense!



Re the rich Ang Moh thing - I was talking to an older cabbie once and he told me that his wife was from Harbin in China. He said that when he first went there, he was amazed because it was the first time he'd ever seen white people who were poor. The rich ang moh thing is the way it is among older people in Asia especially, because the only white people they ever did used to see were wealthier. And even now it's only those who can afford the plane ticket who come here, which when you think about it, is expensive - we may not consider ourselves rich but the very fact that we can afford to travel here makes us wealthier than a lot of people in the region.

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