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Just like a meme, but not really

This is just like a meme, but y'all can't take part because you aren't Singaporean. :P Reading this list made me kind of nostalgic and happy, but at the same time really happy I don't live there anymore. *grin* This is all pretty much true.

Wait! iltb oso can read and understand!

60 Signs You're a True Singaporean

1. Thanks to SMS, you have an extra large thumb. SMS is text messaging.

2. Tks 2 SMS, u oso dun no how 2 spel n e mor. Translation: Thanks to SMS, you also don't know how to spell anymore.

3. You pat MRT and bus seats to cool them before you sit down. I have never understood that.

4. At lunch, you start discussing what to eat for dinner. ... yes.

5. Your wedding photos include shots of you dressed up like Louis XIV, Michael Jackson, or Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic. And your wedding music is "The Final Countdown" by Europe.

6. When speaking to foreigners, you somehow feel a need to adopt an accent. (If you’re a DJ, this happens even when you’re not speaking to foreigners.) I have never understood that.

7. You won’t raise your voice to protest policies, but you’ll raise your fists to whack someone over Hello Kitty.

8. You’re forever talking about businesses you want to set up but will probably never get around to starting.

9. You don’t know ¾ of the people attending your wedding. I am never having a Chinese wedding.

10. You separate food into 2 basic groups: ‘heaty’ and ‘cooling’.

11. You’re never completely sure how many times you’ve sung the second verse of the National Anthem.

12. You think that what makes you ‘married’ is not the legal registration but whether you’ve thrown a 12 course dinner.

13. You marry for the real estate breaks.

14. You have kids for the tax advantages. I know people who have done this.

15. You move to where you want your child to go to school.

16. You feel you can’t walk around naked in your own flat.

17. You force your children to take Speech & Drama classes, but pray they won’t wind up in Arts later on.

18. You suddenly realize you’re very interested in biotech - just like you suddenly realized three years ago that you were very interested in e-commerce, and before that, engineering, and before that, medicine and law.

19. You think being an entrepreneur is setting up a bubble tea/Portuguese egg tart/gao luck/porridge shop right next to an existing bubble tea/Portuguese egg tart/gao luck/porridge shop.

20. You think people are inconsiderate when they don’t leave their table immediately after eating at the food court but think you have every right to take 25 bites to finish the last red bean in your ice kachang.

21. You find it impossible to make suggestions without drawing a fishbone chart first.

22. If you’re a guy, whenever you get together with your guy friends, you invariably trade army stories.

23. If you’re a girl, whenever you get together with your girl friends, you invariably trade stories about how your stupid guy friends are forever trading army stories.

24. You think the most important sporting event in Singapore this year was David Beckham switching from Manchester United to Real Madrid.

25. You somehow feel that food tastes better when eaten by a longkang.

26. It actually makes a difference to you being called an ‘NSMan’ rather than a ‘Reservist’.

27. You’ve eaten more times at the Esplanade than you’ve actually seen shows there. There are shows at the Esplanade?

28. You need campaigns to tell you how to be courteous, to flush toilets, have sex, etc.

29. When you visit the Zoo, you wonder what the animals taste like.

30. You feel the urge to add the suffix ‘-polis’ to everything, viz. Biopolis, Airtropolis, Fusionopolis, Entrepolis, etc.

31. You always feel oddly hungry at 11 pm, and are willing to drive to far away places for supper. My dad used to do this every now and then and bring food home for us. :)

32. You meet in hotels a lot.

33. Your children have a rudimentary knowledge of Tagalog or Bahasa Indonesia.

34. You work at McDonald’s when you’re old rather than young.

35. You’ll gladly spend $50,000 on a car, but will go to great lengths to save a few bucks on ERP charges or even a few cents on a parking coupon.

36. Pork floss and mayonnaise on bread is a completely natural combination to you.

37. If you’re pregnant, you have the strange ability to make people on the MRT fall asleep instantly.

38. You ask for the bill by miming a signing movement. That isn't a global thing? Uhh, I'll just uhh, avoid that from now on...

39. You’ve started referring to foreign employees as ‘talent’ instead of ‘expatriates’.

40. At the dinner table, you’re always discussing which other food places serve better versions of what you’re eating.

41. You copy down licence plate numbers of cars involved in accidents. To buy lottery tickets I think? I haven't really heard of this one.

42. You think your boyfriend doesn’t really love you unless he gives you part of his liver. Ugh. A girl from my school took these diet pills that destroyed her liver and her fiance had to donate part of his liver to her so that she could live. Thankfully, she survived and they're married now, I think. (They're both actors so it was pretty big news in Singapore.)

43. During sales, you book hotel rooms near malls to enable you to shop more efficiently.

44. You pronounce the letter ‘R’ as ‘ah-rer’ and the letter ‘H’ as ‘haytch’.

45. No matter how old you are, you keep associating people with their secondary schools. (alternative: No matter how old you are, you secretly need to know what other people got for their PSLE, O levels and A levels.) Yeah. :) Hey, what secondary school you went to really is indicative of certain general traits. I'm kind of the typical "convent girl".

46. You’re always on a quest for the definitive version of your favourite local dish.

47. When you explain things to people, you keep (a) using alphabets, and (b) speaking in point form.

48. You believe that you can generate ‘creativity’ through rules and committees.

49. You ‘chope’ a seat by placing a packet of tissues on the chair.

50. You’re very forthright with your criticisms of the Gahmen, unless there’s a chance they might actually hear you.

51. You diligently track the whereabouts of your favourite hawkers, i.e..you know that the famous Tiong Bahru Bao is now in Jurong, the famous Outram Char Kuay Teow is now in Hong Lim Centre and the famous Lau Hock Kien Hokkien mee from the old Lau Pa Sat is now at Beach Road. My dad does this.

52. Your mother probably can’t speak your ‘mother tongue’. No, she can't. :)

53. You’d rather drink your own pee than pay someone more for water.

54. You secretly find that the best part of the Speak Good English Movement is hearing the Singlish bits in their ads.

55. You have an automatic sensor in your head which categorizes people you meet into stayer/ quitter, cosmopolitan/heartlander, normal/ express/ gifted, etc.

56. You think we’re living in a modern, sophisticated country even when our leaders still insist on wearing their school uniforms.

57. You wish your constituency is in a walkover, because otherwise it’s damn ‘leceh’.

58. During elections, you decide that there is no credible opposition even though you don’t know the name of the opposition candidate in your constituency.

59. You think having a constitution is like the condition you get when you don’t eat enough fibre.

60. You can never quite remember what “the core values” of Singaporeans are.

I got that list from talkingcock.com, which is an awesome Singapore humour site. It's got a cool dictionary of "Singlish" terms, including one that my friend invented 10 years go!

Sample entry:
HA? (Contributed by Terry How)
Super contraction of "Could you please repeat that again?" The equivalent of "What?"
Ah Lien: "Eh Beng, my period two months didn't come oreddy, maybe got baby...how?"
Ah Beng: "Ha? Talk after football game can or not?"

That would be the way I talk with other Singaporeans. This is why I have no accent. :P


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4. At lunch, you start discussing what to eat for dinner. ... yes.

Sadly, I do too, though for completely different reasons. :)

8. You’re forever talking about businesses you want to set up but will probably never get around to starting.

My mom, ALL THE TIME.

15. You move to where you want your child to go to school.

We did it for me!

35. You’ll gladly spend $50,000 on a car, but will go to great lengths to save a few bucks on ERP charges or even a few cents on a parking coupon.

My father in a nutshell.

44. You pronounce the letter ‘R’ as ‘ah-rer’ and the letter ‘H’ as ‘haytch’.

I do this as well. Though I don't mean to. :)

omg yes! there was a singaporean lecturer at my Uni, and when he wanted you to repeat something he would be "Ha!!? yes? HA!!!!" it took me the longest time to work out what was going on. Ok I was told.

---When you visit the Zoo, you wonder what the animals taste like.

brilliant :)

LOL! Singlish can be bewildering for the "non-native" speaker. :P

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Marianopolis already sounds vaguely Singaporean.

LOL! Seriously? "Ah-rer" with two syllables? That's hilarious.

This list made me so homesick *sniffles*

1 & 2. -- Oh yes. WHich is why it was such a culture shock to me when I came to Canada and realised that not EVERYONE knew what text messaging was! I was horrified.

3. I thought they did that to make sure it was clean. Hmmm.

10. YES! HAh! But that actually just translates to food you can put chili on and food that you cant ;P.


19! Portuguese egg tarts! Hee hee. I miss those stupid yellow shops. Never did eat them but there was a time shops were popping up like mad. I *DO* miss bubble tea though. They have loads in BC, mostly because 45% of the population is Chinese. *misses Canada*

24. David Beckham *ALWAYS* makes the front page in Singapore newspapers. *floves*

26. Heh. Yes. The NSmen and their pride.

27. Esplanade's the durian-inspired dome, right? Never went there actually. Hmmm. Will do, the next time I go.

28. Yes. The stickers inside the toilet stall with comics/anecdotes where women who squat on top of the toilet bowl fall in; the Merlion telling people to be polite, etc etc are most inspiring.

36. There's that bakeshop, I can't remember it's name, that had this. I found it weird, but it tastes good.


Heh, I'm flooding your LJ. And we're bonding over Singaporean things. ;D hah. When are you going there next? I want to go too.

3. I thought they did that to make sure it was clean. Hmmm.
See, I knew the reason they did it, but at the same time, I just couldn't fathom how patting a piece of plastic could possibly make something cool down faster.

19! Portuguese egg tarts! Hee hee. I miss those stupid yellow shops. Never did eat them but there was a time shops were popping up like mad. I *DO* miss bubble tea though. They have loads in BC, mostly because 45% of the population is Chinese. *misses Canada*
I think those must have sprung up after I left because I don't know what they are. Haha Vancouver is like a second Hong Kong. :P

27. Esplanade's the durian-inspired dome, right? Never went there actually. Hmmm. Will do, the next time I go.
Oh... maybe they built something there that I don't know about. I'm so used to new buildings going up all the time in Singapore. Here it's all so static.

28. Yes. The stickers inside the toilet stall with comics/anecdotes where women who squat on top of the toilet bowl fall in; the Merlion telling people to be polite, etc etc are most inspiring.
Hahaha! I haven't seen those. I can picture them, though. :)

I will go back at some point. I'm not sure when. Want to see my little niece. :D

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