This Singapore category is an archive of posts on Singapore. My home, my country, warts and all.
I am a true-blue Singaporean, born and bred here. It seems superfluous to say this but there are many foreigners in Singapore because Singapore welcomes them. Many of them are also Chinese.
Some people do not believe me when I tell them that I’m born in Singapore. They think I am from China because I can speak Mandarin fairly well. I guess I am a minority group in Singapore. We grew up listening to Chinese music, reading Chinese books and newspapers, and watching drama in Mandarin.
It is true that Singaporeans may or may not speak Mandarin well, but most of them understand it perfectly.
Most important of all, all of us can speak perfect Singlish. Do you know that…
Can + lah = Yes
Can + leh = Yes. Of course.
Can + lor = Yes. I think so.
Can + hah? = Are you sure?
Can + hor = Are you sure then?
Can + meh? = Are you certain?
Can + bo? = Can or not?
Can + can = Confirm
Can + gua = Should be okay
Can + liao = Already done
Can + wor = Yea
Can + liao lah! = Ok, enough!
That’s how you spot a true Singaporean. By our Singlish.
This Giant hypermarket at Pioneer Mall occupies the top 2 floors of Pioneer Mall. It is my favourite supermarket.
This farewell ode was written by 吴庆康 in 1990 and appeared in his album of the same name. It is sang at many graduation ceremonies and parties.
The Singapore postal codes, a 6–digit string of numbers, is the backbone of efficient postal delivery in Singapore.
I drove past Upper Seletar Reservoir one evening after work. The rain had just stopped and a light mist hovering over the surface of the water.
The Singapore flag consists of two equal horizontal sections, red above white. In the upper left section is a white crescent moon and 5 white stars forming a circle.
Maybe the “how is the weather in Singapore” question should be re-phrased to… how HOT is it in Singapore?
Where is Singapore? People ask me this question all the time when I tell them I am from Singapore. Is it in China? No! It isn’t.
水的话 is a beautifully written Chinese water cycle song from the perspective of water.
There are many famous orchids at the Singapore Botanic Gardens as it is the heart of orchid hybridisation and Singapore has a tradition of naming new hybrids after important guests.
Near the end of 2008, Singapore Channel 8 broadcasted The Little Nonya (小娘惹), a period drama about the Peranakans and its theme song 如燕.
Lyrics for Home in English and Mandarin and a compilation of the various covers and performances of the song over the years.
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