Maybe you grew up in Singapore, and have since found a more interesting place. Or maybe you grew up in Singapore, and are still stuck in the Lion City.
To the second group: Hang in there! We understand. According to a recent survey, more than half of you would emigrate if given the choice. But in the meantime, the number of Malaysians living and working in your city should make up for the Mainland Chinese workers you have to put up with. Man, the things we do for you!
And so, without further ado, this one’s for everybody who grew up in Sin Ja Poh:
1. You are used to cramped housing
In 1947, Singapore had ‘one of the world’s worst slums’. Enter HDB. Except we’re not sure how much things have improved. Granted, it’s a little small, and you have to share a room with your sibling until you’re 35 at least. This makes it a bit difficult if you wanna bring your girlfriend home. But hey, if you need more space, you can always ship Kung Kung off to JB.
2. Where you go to school is important
Basically, it’s how you identify yourself as a Singaporean. Like, if you’re both from the same school, it means you’ll be friends for life. But if you graduated from a great school and the other party from a less than stellar study place, you’ll immediately not like him and vice versa.
It’s a status thing really. No difference meeting someone who’s been to Harvard. They’ll let you know all about it within 5 minutes into the conversation.
Meanwhile, at a taxi stand.
Average guy: Hi, are you waiting for a cab?
Harvard grad: Me? Oh, no. I’m waiting for a friend. By the way, I graduated from Harvard.
Meanwhile, in Singapore.
Singaporean who is, let’s say, pro-life and hates gays: Excuse me, did you just try to cut my queue?
Fellow Singaporean (Handsome, rugged, buffed stud wearing tight t-shirt that says ‘Ass bandit’): I was here first. By the way, I went to Raffles Institution 1989. You?
Gay-hater Singaporean: Raffles Institution really? Me, too! 1978.
Both then high-five and proceed to add each other on Facebook.
3. You need the Gahmen to constantly tell you what to do
The People’s Action Party has been Singapore’s ruling party since 1959. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. America, for example, keeps switching back and forth between Democrats and Republicans and look at the state it’s in now.
Anyway, the PAP considers it their national duty to tell Singaporeans how to eat, sleep, shit, walk and talk. Otherwise, the country might end up like their northern neighbours.
4. You are number 1 in everything
This one must la. CNN says it so must be true. Below are our five favourite reasons (taken from CNN’s report) why Singapore is the world’s greatest city.
4. Dedicated to keeping us alive forever
6. Water technology so good, we drink our own pee
8. English that no one else understands
29. Every healthy male can shoot a gun
49. Everyone’s apparently related
5. You turn everything into an acronym
Singaporeans have this unique ability to condense everything into initials. There’s even a Wikipedia site for slow learners
For those of you still new to this, here’s a helpful guide:
LKY: Former Prime Minister
MBS: Where to go shopping
PIE: Not something to eat
NDP: How you plan to spend a productive day
NKF: Organisation that will probably scalp you of your money
JB: Place where they will scalp you of your money
KL: Same as above but worse-r
SPG: Some girl you don’t like
6. And finally, you think everybody else in Asia is a little slow
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