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Postby Barnsley » Wed, 24 Apr 2013 3:19 pm

BedokAmerican wrote:I agree with Hannieroo about how people will start conversations with you if you have a young child with you. I've found that to be the case when I'm with my 1-year-old because everyone wants to smile and wave when they see a kid that age. Now that I think about it, that's really the only way I've had conversations with locals.

Otherwise, when I'm by myself I usually don't bother unless I'm asking for directions or something like that because people usually have their faces attached to their cell phone screens. But oftentimes if I need directions, I try and approach someone official looking (such as a store employee, although they can't always help) because it can sometimes be hard for me to tell the difference between a local and tourist. After all, not all Asians are locals.

But come to think of it, asking someone for directions might be a good way to start a conversation.

Especially if they want to point you the way to Changi Airport :D

Only conversation I have had with anyone around where I live was in the Coffee Shop when they had a TV which had football on.

Sadly they took that out when the "noise" got too much ....... very sad as watching the footy with the guys at the coffee shop was a good integration tool.
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Postby taxico » Wed, 24 Apr 2013 3:34 pm

chrissg wrote:...Sometime I really want to have small talk with people that I usually met on train or bus station when go or back from office because i think people that we met almost everyday on station can be friends...

are you singaporean?

if you're not, would you do the above in your home city?

i know if i did this on the NY subway, i'll end up getting punched eventually.

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Postby Hannieroo » Wed, 24 Apr 2013 6:23 pm

Yes, I thought so, Lynx :D

I dunno, maybe the locals are off putting at times, I was surprised when a Japanese couple stopped me on orchard fir directions. But on the other hand today an older Chinese gentleman very kindly and patiently explained what coupon parking was, took me to buy them then showed me how to do it

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Postby x9200 » Wed, 24 Apr 2013 8:42 pm

There are many kind and polite around. This is just the average that knocks the score down. For this average I am always surprised how often it happens the drivers move the cars out of my way so I can pass through in the traffic jam.

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Postby bgd » Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:10 am

x9200 wrote:There are many kind and polite around...

Indeed. In forums like this people are more likely to write about negative experiences which can result in a distorted picture.

My experiences interacting with the locals here is generally positive.

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Postby the lynx » Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:43 am

I'd think that to every new people here, there is a honeymoon period where everything, good and bad, can be taken with open mind. Usually the good will be put under magnifying glass of optimism. Honeymoon period is for one year or two. After that, these little things will be the deal-breaker; you either choose to ignore it or to get annoyed incessantly.

Having said that, I've met my fair share of nice and mean locals, as well as nice and mean expats.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:45 am

'tis very true ^^^^ +1

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Postby nutnut » Thu, 25 Apr 2013 3:52 pm

Start conversation like this:

Aiyoh, so busy lah, how can make 6 million when 5 million too much already ah?

Then you will surely have a great conversation, I do it when I have read my emails and have nothing to do in a taxi, goes down a storm!

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 25 Apr 2013 5:06 pm


I say, Nut2's jolly well gone native! :o :lol:

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