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Postby JR8 » Thu, 28 Mar 2013 4:48 pm

nutnut wrote:I haven't found many snobs in Singapore, certainly not enough to warrant avoiding living in Singapore!


I agree, me neither. Snobbery tends to come from within a hierarchical 'community'. And we never frequented clubs and the like...

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Postby offshoreoildude » Thu, 28 Mar 2013 5:30 pm

JR8 wrote:
nakatago wrote: Are snobbish people snobbish towards other snobbish people?


Oh gosh yes, it's game-on, turbo-snobbery.

The ego/vanity version of the 'Keeping up with the Jones''.


I browse urbanbaby.com - it's a fascinating view into the world of rich (or wannabe) NY Jewish women. Posts like "Marry for MONEY, not love are common" or "How do I get 80% of my husbands $10MM fortune in a divorce before he loses his job on Wall Street".
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Postby JR8 » Thu, 28 Mar 2013 6:02 pm

offshoreoildude wrote: I browse urbanbaby.com



Check out this topic...

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'I just found out today that my nanny is gay. He came in this morning wearing a marriage equality pin in support of Edie. DH sent me a text indicating that he is concerned about the nanny being around DS now. I'm totally disgusted with DH. I had no idea he felt like this towards gays. I have a feeling this is going to lead to a huge blow out when DH comes back from work tonight. [ Reply | Watch | Flag ]'

» Divorce him
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Oh and it gets even better after that! :lol:
http://www.urbanbaby.com/topics/55079069

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Postby nutnut » Fri, 29 Mar 2013 11:20 pm

Wow, that's worse than the angry board.
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Postby StephNET » Thu, 16 May 2013 10:18 pm

I think that to a large extent, your experience will be more a product of who you choose to surround yourself with. While there certainly are some wealthy expats who 'keep up with the Jones' etc. There are many more who do not have that sort of attitude.

I spent time in SG last year, with a view to relocating there indefinitely in the near future, and did not encounter 'horrible expats' directly. But then I also tended not to spend much time in some of the expat areas (Clarke Quay, River Valley, etc).

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Postby BedokAmerican » Fri, 17 May 2013 7:58 am

I agree with others that the personalities of expats varies widely. But some comments made about int'l schools stood out in my mind.

I've heard several times people say stuff like, "My son/daughter is starting International School this year." They put an emphasis on "international," almost as if they're trying to say, "look at us, we can afford to send our kid to int'l school." Why not just say they're starting school, and if others want to know which school, then say its the (fill in blank) int'l school.

I believe that people who try and act wealthy probably aren't as wealthy as they make themselves appear. If someone really is wealthy, they're not going to have to "act."

Another thing, some companies pay tuition or part of tuition for their employer's children to attend int'l schools. So some of the people acting pretentious probably wouldn't dare say "because my company is footing the bill."

But in general, that's just a few people who are snobs, at least from my experience. Most people, even those with kids in int'l schools, are down-to-earth.

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Postby nutnut » Fri, 17 May 2013 1:23 pm

BedokAmerican wrote:But in general, that's just a few people who are snobs, at least from my experience. Most people, even those with kids in int'l schools, are down-to-earth.


Yes! That's right on a whole and to be honest there is one mother at my kids school who frankly I don't like she walks around looking down her nose at people. Her son is a little twit too!
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Postby Hannieroo » Fri, 17 May 2013 2:41 pm

I'm not sure wearing a cardie in some of the seriously overchilled malls they have here (and other places) makes you a snob. Goosebumps are goosebumps.


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