zzm9980 wrote:On these two points you make:
- I don't even see kindness then. Sometimes I just see annoyance. I just want to ask at times: "Really, I'm giving you money and this is the best attitude you can muster?"
I'm trying to work out why my perspective seems to be so different from everyone else's.
As I mentioned earlier, I work from home as an independent consultant. So that's a factor, particularly with regards to public transport. I also remember when I worked for a stat board ten years ago, some of my colleagues were absolutely impossible.
I will often have my 2-year-old and 4-year-old in tow when I go out and I would say that people here, especially old people, love children. We ate at Din Tai Fung on Tuesday and the uncle serving us was bending over backwards to help us with the little one.
I'm white. Maybe that helps?
But generally, I don't get the strength of feeling I'm encountering on this thread. I married in to a chinese Singaporean family 9 years ago and everyone was and still is welcoming to me. My clients are mostly friendly and easy going. And when I go to the shops or to the doctor or to get my haircut or have to use any local service, people are generally polite and courteous.
So I just don't see what you lot see.
Of course, as Saint says, every now and again I encounter odd behaviour and I suppose I just laugh it off. The only thing that really gets to me is the Singaporean way of driving.