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Five years in Singapore - reflections

Postby singapore eagle » Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:55 am

It’s just dawned on me that I arrived in Singapore five years ago to the day. I thought it might be interesting to capture what I’ve come to like and dislike in this time.

Disclaimer: since I have been here this long, and plan to stay for the foreseeable future, you can take it as given that I like the place. Please don’t take offence at anything I write below.

The good

General courtesy of the people and feeling of safety/comfort you get here
The food, especially hawker centres and coffee shops
Public transport. The folks here really don’t know what they have.
The efficient way in which day-to-day stuff just gets done (so long as you don’t request anything out of the ordinary)
The gateway that Singapore provides to the rest of Asia
The climate

The bad

Singapore is fundamentally a dull place. Options for new things to do dry up very quickly.
Lack of live sport
Rubbish TV
The patronising local newspapers
The standard of written English
The climate

The curious

Singaporeans’ willingness to believe old wives tales and rumour-mongering
Singaporean driving, especially the unwillingness to give way ever
The obsession with branded handbags
Tuition centres
Chicken thigh meat
the National Day Parade
Singaporeans’ apparent inability to walk up stairs
Artist impressions of new condos
Home catered buffets

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Re: Five years in Singapore - reflections

Postby Fortan » Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:54 pm

singapore eagle wrote:General courtesy of the people


What secret part of Singapore do you live in? :???:

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 25 Nov 2013 1:04 pm

A well observed list: Made me laugh, thanks :lol:

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Re: Five years in Singapore - reflections

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 25 Nov 2013 1:11 pm

Fortan wrote:
singapore eagle wrote:General courtesy of the people


What secret part of Singapore do you live in? :???:


You beat me to it. I was about to ask the same question. :lol:

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Re: Five years in Singapore - reflections

Postby the lynx » Mon, 25 Nov 2013 1:36 pm

singapore eagle wrote:Chicken thigh meat


What's so curious of chicken thigh meat?

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Re: Five years in Singapore - reflections

Postby Barnsley » Mon, 25 Nov 2013 1:41 pm

Fortan wrote:
singapore eagle wrote:General courtesy of the people


What secret part of Singapore do you live in? :???:


though I may be biased after last week...

I think Singapore is not the least bit courteous.
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Re: Five years in Singapore - reflections

Postby singapore eagle » Mon, 25 Nov 2013 1:41 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
Fortan wrote:
singapore eagle wrote:General courtesy of the people


What secret part of Singapore do you live in? :???:


You beat me to it. I was about to ask the same question. :lol:


Come on guys, I hope you're pulling my leg. Singapore is very civilised for a big city. When did you last see any yobbery?

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Postby katbh » Mon, 25 Nov 2013 1:41 pm

Yes... I also do not get the bit about thigh meat.

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Re: Five years in Singapore - reflections

Postby Barnsley » Mon, 25 Nov 2013 1:43 pm

singapore eagle wrote:It’s just dawned on me that I arrived in Singapore five years ago to the day. I thought it might be interesting to capture what I’ve come to like and dislike in this time.

Disclaimer: since I have been here this long, and plan to stay for the foreseeable future, you can take it as given that I like the place. Please don’t take offence at anything I write below.

The good

General courtesy of the people and feeling of safety/comfort you get here
The food, especially hawker centres and coffee shops
Public transport. The folks here really don’t know what they have.
The efficient way in which day-to-day stuff just gets done (so long as you don’t request anything out of the ordinary)
The gateway that Singapore provides to the rest of Asia
The climate

The bad

Singapore is fundamentally a dull place. Options for new things to do dry up very quickly.
Lack of live sport
Rubbish TV
The patronising local newspapers
The standard of written English
The climate

The curious

Singaporeans’ willingness to believe old wives tales and rumour-mongering
Singaporean driving, especially the unwillingness to give way ever
The obsession with branded handbags
Tuition centres
Chicken thigh meat
the National Day Parade
Singaporeans’ apparent inability to walk up stairs
Artist impressions of new condos
Home catered buffets


For Saturday football from UK its nigh on perfect.
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Re: Five years in Singapore - reflections

Postby singapore eagle » Mon, 25 Nov 2013 1:43 pm

the lynx wrote:
singapore eagle wrote:Chicken thigh meat


What's so curious of chicken thigh meat?


I suppose I'm just used to chicken breast being the default option. I still kick myself when I order chicken during a meal out and get a manky chicken 'chop'. I should know by now.

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Re: Five years in Singapore - reflections

Postby singapore eagle » Mon, 25 Nov 2013 1:48 pm

Barnsley wrote:
singapore eagle wrote:It’s just dawned on me that I arrived in Singapore five years ago to the day. I thought it might be interesting to capture what I’ve come to like and dislike in this time.

Disclaimer: since I have been here this long, and plan to stay for the foreseeable future, you can take it as given that I like the place. Please don’t take offence at anything I write below.

The good

General courtesy of the people and feeling of safety/comfort you get here
The food, especially hawker centres and coffee shops
Public transport. The folks here really don’t know what they have.
The efficient way in which day-to-day stuff just gets done (so long as you don’t request anything out of the ordinary)
The gateway that Singapore provides to the rest of Asia
The climate

The bad

Singapore is fundamentally a dull place. Options for new things to do dry up very quickly.
Lack of live sport
Rubbish TV
The patronising local newspapers
The standard of written English
The climate

The curious

Singaporeans’ willingness to believe old wives tales and rumour-mongering
Singaporean driving, especially the unwillingness to give way ever
The obsession with branded handbags
Tuition centres
Chicken thigh meat
the National Day Parade
Singaporeans’ apparent inability to walk up stairs
Artist impressions of new condos
Home catered buffets


For Saturday football from UK its nigh on perfect.


Ah, but watching the football/rugby/cricket on the TV and being there in person are two completely different things. Think of the millions of people in Britain, Europe, Australia, the US, etc. that were out watching games this weekend. In Singapore there just isn't that option.

This is definitely the thing I miss most about home.

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Re: Five years in Singapore - reflections

Postby Barnsley » Mon, 25 Nov 2013 1:50 pm

singapore eagle wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:
Fortan wrote:
singapore eagle wrote:General courtesy of the people


What secret part of Singapore do you live in? :???:


You beat me to it. I was about to ask the same question. :lol:


Come on guys, I hope you're pulling my leg. Singapore is very civilised for a big city. When did you last see any yobbery?


If you base it on yobbery then you may be correct.

However the day to day courtesys... its bordering on zero with queue jumping and non holding of doors very irritating.

I have been here only five n half years... and I love it here... however it is what it is so I just roll with the punches and try to accept it..... Except when I am getting racially abused then I wont.
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Postby JR8 » Mon, 25 Nov 2013 1:51 pm

Come on people, chicken thigh has 5 times the juiciness and flavour vs breast.

It took a while to persuade my wife, but after a a few rendangs and curries, she won't be going back to chicken breast.

p.s. if you want to get really picky, you could argue a case for chicken breast providing a scale/size that allows things like, opening and stuffing with cheese, and so on .... but still the meat is nowhere as good as thigh meat.

Visual vs factual. What matters most :)

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Re: Five years in Singapore - reflections

Postby Barnsley » Mon, 25 Nov 2013 1:52 pm

singapore eagle wrote:
Barnsley wrote:
singapore eagle wrote:It’s just dawned on me that I arrived in Singapore five years ago to the day. I thought it might be interesting to capture what I’ve come to like and dislike in this time.

Disclaimer: since I have been here this long, and plan to stay for the foreseeable future, you can take it as given that I like the place. Please don’t take offence at anything I write below.

The good

General courtesy of the people and feeling of safety/comfort you get here
The food, especially hawker centres and coffee shops
Public transport. The folks here really don’t know what they have.
The efficient way in which day-to-day stuff just gets done (so long as you don’t request anything out of the ordinary)
The gateway that Singapore provides to the rest of Asia
The climate

The bad

Singapore is fundamentally a dull place. Options for new things to do dry up very quickly.
Lack of live sport
Rubbish TV
The patronising local newspapers
The standard of written English
The climate

The curious

Singaporeans’ willingness to believe old wives tales and rumour-mongering
Singaporean driving, especially the unwillingness to give way ever
The obsession with branded handbags
Tuition centres
Chicken thigh meat
the National Day Parade
Singaporeans’ apparent inability to walk up stairs
Artist impressions of new condos
Home catered buffets


For Saturday football from UK its nigh on perfect.


Ah, but watching the football/rugby/cricket on the TV and being there in person are two completely different things. Think of the millions of people in Britain, Europe, Australia, the US, etc. that were out watching games this weekend. In Singapore there just isn't that option.

This is definitely the thing I miss most about home.

Agreed going to the game is what i miss most too.
I.hope the fixtures work out for me when i am back in uK next year.
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Postby Fortan » Mon, 25 Nov 2013 2:02 pm

JR8 wrote:Come on people, chicken thigh has 5 times the juiciness and flavour vs breast.

It took a while to persuade my wife, but after a a few rendangs and curries, she won't be going back to chicken breast.

p.s. if you want to get really picky, you could argue a case for chicken breast providing a scale/size that allows things like, opening and stuffing with cheese, and so on .... but still the meat is nowhere as good as thigh meat.

Visual vs factual. What matters most :)


I still prefer boobs to thighs..... :shock:


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