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Postby v4jr4 » Thu, 09 Aug 2012 10:33 am

sensei_ wrote:
Brah wrote:sitting in outside seat does the Singapore Twist, turning to force the incoming lady who wants to sit down, to have to squeeze by her, awkwardly, uncomfortably, and uncouthfully.

Thing is, this lack of class, basic humanity, common sense, decency don't even register with these people


singaporeans are a lost cause. i swear the next order for buses should just have a single row of seats since no one seems to want to sit by the window.


We can use it to "squeeze" them :lol:

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Postby sensei_ » Thu, 09 Aug 2012 12:10 pm

v4jr4 wrote:We can use it to "squeeze" them :lol:


a couple of years ago, i was carrying maybe 4-5 bottles of wine in my bag. as per usual they did the twist, and this girl got smacked in the head with my bag when the bus abruptly slammed its brakes. i refused to apologise and a staring match started, she was rubbing her head for quite a long time too :P

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Postby Mi Amigo » Thu, 09 Aug 2012 1:51 pm

Can I just add...

Scraping flip-flops ('thongs' to the Aussies) along the ground. Makes me want to remove my own spleen and eat it.
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Postby v4jr4 » Thu, 09 Aug 2012 1:59 pm

sensei_ wrote:
v4jr4 wrote:We can use it to "squeeze" them :lol:


a couple of years ago, i was carrying maybe 4-5 bottles of wine in my bag. as per usual they did the twist, and this girl got smacked in the head with my bag when the bus abruptly slammed its brakes. i refused to apologise and a staring match started, she was rubbing her head for quite a long time too :P


Well, not your fault. She could stand up to avoid that, but she didn't.

The only thing that makes me confuse is that there are too many people around, and we don't know where he/she comes from. 3 days ago, after office hour time, I saw someone (I assume he's PRC due to his dialect) dropped his phone into the MRT gap cause he's in a rush. Sh*t happens.

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Postby sensei_ » Thu, 09 Aug 2012 4:05 pm

v4jr4 wrote:Well, not your fault. She could stand up to avoid that, but she didn't.

The only thing that makes me confuse is that there are too many people around, and we don't know where he/she comes from. 3 days ago, after office hour time, I saw someone (I assume he's PRC due to his dialect) dropped his phone into the MRT gap cause he's in a rush. Sh*t happens.


i consider it a lesson. hopefully i knocked some sense into her, and a lesson to the other <strike>idiots</strike> singaporeans

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Postby v4jr4 » Thu, 09 Aug 2012 10:33 pm

Well, I won't give a direct assumption that every person I see is Singaporean. But what I don't like is that some foreign workers speak too loud and always in rush (I assume they want to go to toilet so bad).

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Postby zzm9980 » Fri, 10 Aug 2012 8:34 am

v4jr4 wrote:Well, I won't give a direct assumption that every person I see is Singaporean. But what I don't like is that some foreign workers speak too loud and always in rush (I assume they want to go to toilet so bad).


I find that preferable to the Singaporean or foreigners that hobble along in small clusters completely oblivious to everything around them, including people trying to get past them.

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Postby zzm9980 » Fri, 10 Aug 2012 8:40 am

To expand on my previous post...

I normally hold the door open for people behind me. Sometimes there is someone close enough behind, but not quite there, that you stop to hold the door for a few seconds. Almost every time I do this, the person behind speeds up slightly to minimize that time and graciously thanks. In Singapore, they don't. I almost think they go slower. So there is this awkward moment where I'm standing there, just holding a door while they slowly continue on in their own bubble. No acknowledgement or anything. More than once, I've even gotten a scowl, probably due to being completely uncomfortable about someone being polite having never experienced.

Now, if this situation arises and I judged that delay at anything more than about half a second, I just let go and let the door slam in their face. freak em.

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Postby sensei_ » Fri, 10 Aug 2012 8:50 am

zzm9980 wrote:To expand on my previous post...

I normally hold the door open for people behind me. Sometimes there is someone close enough behind, but not quite there, that you stop to hold the door for a few seconds. Almost every time I do this, the person behind speeds up slightly to minimize that time and graciously thanks. In Singapore, they don't. I almost think they go slower. So there is this awkward moment where I'm standing there, just holding a door while they slowly continue on in their own bubble. No acknowledgement or anything. More than once, I've even gotten a scowl, probably due to being completely uncomfortable about someone being polite having never experienced.

Now, if this situation arises and I judged that delay at anything more than about half a second, I just let go and let the door slam in their face. freak em.


ive stopped doing that since i got here, and yes, even towards people other than singaporeans. i had an australian bloke who didnt even bother to say thanks, yet gave me that "im better than you!" look.

wierdly, he lived in the apartment next to my auntie. however his wife was a very nice person, a total opposite of the hubby.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:26 am

Sensei_, you & I hardly agree on anything, but this time I got to agree with you 100%! Recently I've been noticing the same kinds of behaviour. While it happening to you I could somewhat understand due to your Asian roots, you might be a victim of "payback" as it were. But when it's also happening to other non-Asians then there is absolutely no excuse for it. You can only take the when in Rome thingy so far but when you do it to your own...... kurung ajar I guess.

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Postby v4jr4 » Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:56 am

zzm9980 wrote:To expand on my previous post...

I normally hold the door open for people behind me. Sometimes there is someone close enough behind, but not quite there, that you stop to hold the door for a few seconds. Almost every time I do this, the person behind speeds up slightly to minimize that time and graciously thanks. In Singapore, they don't. I almost think they go slower. So there is this awkward moment where I'm standing there, just holding a door while they slowly continue on in their own bubble. No acknowledgement or anything. More than once, I've even gotten a scowl, probably due to being completely uncomfortable about someone being polite having never experienced.

Now, if this situation arises and I judged that delay at anything more than about half a second, I just let go and let the door slam in their face. freak em.


I don't mind if they won't say anything, since I don't have the obligation to do so, but I still do that. It's a matter of culture or behavior, I guess :P

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Postby v4jr4 » Fri, 10 Aug 2012 4:26 pm

Well, I got a story from someone I know as follow: he was asking for a card for his Blackberry in a shop at Lucky Plaza, but the shop owners just suddenly snatched his BB, and after that, he was charged 600S$ for "blackberry service". He came to Singapore as tourist. I don't know why he didn't report it to authority, but actually, can he do anything to overcome that kind of situation?

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Postby x9200 » Fri, 10 Aug 2012 5:24 pm

Go to the security counter of that building and call police.

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 10 Aug 2012 5:48 pm

zzm9980 wrote:To expand on my previous post...

I normally hold the door open for people behind me. Sometimes there is someone close enough behind, but not quite there, that you stop to hold the door for a few seconds. Almost every time I do this, the person behind speeds up slightly to minimize that time and graciously thanks. In Singapore, they don't. I almost think they go slower. So there is this awkward moment where I'm standing there, just holding a door while they slowly continue on in their own bubble. No acknowledgement or anything. More than once, I've even gotten a scowl, probably due to being completely uncomfortable about someone being polite having never experienced.

Blimey, I honestly could have written the above! :o :)


Now, if this situation arises and I judged that delay at anything more than about half a second, I just let go and let the door slam in their face. freak em.

I think I got to a point of sub-consciously forecasting who might benefit from, or be grateful for help, and those that would not, and then acted accordingly (tactical charity?). I've had instances of holding open a heavy door in a mall for a lady with a pram and suddenly everyone behind rushes and I'm standing there as 20 people follow through behind all acting blur to the impromptu doorman... lol!


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Postby zzm9980 » Fri, 10 Aug 2012 8:23 pm

JR8 wrote: I've had instances of holding open a heavy door in a mall for a lady with a pram and suddenly everyone behind rushes and I'm standing there as 20 people follow through behind all acting blur to the impromptu doorman... lol![/color]


I still do the same for those that look like they need it. If that happened to me though, I'd let go, hell give it a push shut, as soon as the woman with the pram went through.


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