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One Day Trip In Singapore! 新加坡一日游!

posted by cockroach//蟑螂 at Wednesday, December 21, 2005 4:57 AM

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Cockroach had been busy since the holidays starts, so yesterday [20 December 2005] Cockroach gave himself one day off! So what Cockroach does during this one day? Well, Cockroach visited Singapore and has a One Day Trip In Singapore!

During this One Day Trip In Singapore, Cockroach saw a lot of stuff, see how really uniquely Singapore really is. Seriously, Singapore is really unique, especially how Singapore took MRT, it really surprise me.

It is early morning when Cockroach took MRT from Tampines to ICA building to renew passport. Here is what happens:

So what I had learned from taking MRT: Singaporeans have no basic courtesy. I thought schools have this thing call “Moral of Education”. Don’t tell me they teach the student that to rush into the train and not letting the passenger to alight first.

Anyway, there is other interesting thing happen in the train. There is a guy and a girl enters the train. Just right in front of an underage Cockroach (who is me), the guy kiss the girl’s head and mouth, and girl kiss the guy’s mouth and chest. Kiss here and kiss there, hug here hug there. Cockroach sees until move to other side. Can’t stand this free RA shows in front of me. I thought Singaporeans not very open minded as western people. But today what happen in MRT, I seen a different point of view.

First place to go in the morning: ICA Building

In the ICA building, Cockroach saw something which Singaporeans love and hate the most, cut queue. Eh…correct English is jump queue, not cut queue, maybe this is Singlish. Why love? Because some Singaporeans just can’t wait to be their turn so they jump the queue, but when other people jump their queue, they will not happy about it. Here is what happens:

!@#$%^&* Do Singapore have this law: “Jumping Queue will get fines up to $100” Since from what I know, Singapore is a FINE CITY!

Afternoon, Bugis:

I don’t know since how many donkey years I had last stepped to Bugis shopping Center, maybe just 4 or 5 years. Nothing much changes there. Just that there is one stall in the food court which sells soup with bread on top of it is now gone. Time flies, time changes things. Anyway, talking about Food Court, there is something happen there. There is this cleaner pushing a used plate trolley accidentally hit an age 30s lady’s leg. Its normal I guess since the space is small, but the lady keeps going “Ahhh….” As if there is a knife go through her stomach. The cleaner try to look at the leg to see how serious it is and keep apologizing but the lady ask the cleaner to move away, don’t touch her. Anyway, one of her family member came and brought her away, Cockroach being a busybody follow her and eavesdrop what she told to her family:

That lady: Cleaners are all low class people!
Boy 1: Next time don’t come to this type of low class food court.

(They says more, but I scare got sued by this “high class people” Cockroach just post part of it. If I continue posting the rest of their conversation, I think you might hate Singaporeans.)

Eh…Do Singapore have this “high class” and “low class” people? Cleaners are also human. How can you say them until like that?!?! Cleaners is also a job, they get pay for it. Just a small hit, cleaners says “Sorry.” You says “its ok, never mind.” That’s it! Why make your own life so miserable? I mean, we do need to respect each others, we never know, that old uncle who is now serving coffee in the coffee shop is one of the millionaire, now serving coffee for just one month to get a better idea of other people out there.

So from this accident, cockroach learnt: Singaporeans don’t respect each other. Some people look down on cleaners and etc. Some people consider the food court in the Bugis shopping center is for low class people. Anyway, the foods there taste great! They are the one who don’t know what nice food really is.

Next, we went to Bedok, it is somewhere in the east of Singapore. While I was there, I manage not to miss out some crazy sales going on:

(Please click)

Cockroach see that girl shout until no voice, go and support and buy 3 clothes.

Total cost $18, is this consider cheap in Singapore? I guess so…

The T-Shirt is quite nice, it is comfortable if you wear it in places like Singapore as Singapore weather is hot all the day. (Please don't bring winter clothes to Singapore) Anyway, I am quite surprise seeing someone shouting to attract attention, and how Singaporeans look for the clothes. They go like hunting money and throw the clothes everywhere, poor shop staff have to fold it and put it back.

From this shop I learnt: Shouting is a good way of attracting attention, people will tend to go to the shop that is shouting and crowed. Singaporeans find their clothes without thinking that the poor shop staffs have to fold it back nicely. Eh…this is calls Kiasu Singaporeans. Meaning, Singaporeans scare that they can’t get the clothes they want, they have to fight and hunt for it.

Next, we went to Orchard Road to look at the Singapore Christmas lights and have our dinner there. Sam told me that if we want to look at Christmas lights, we have to go to Orchard Road. But I don’t find those lights interesting as compare to other countries; I mean the lights are all the same pattern from the starting point to the ending point, nothing much seriously. I just don’t get the Christmas feeling. Is Singapore Christmas lights always like that, same pattern from the start to the end, or because Singapore not enough money to put on beautiful lights? Eh…shouldn’t be, because I heard Singapore government salary is one of the highest in the world…

There is a bus service in Singapore call hippopotamus bus, or in short, Hipo Bus. It cost…

And it looks like this:

I think it’s for you to look at the boring lights in the Orchard Road which I don’t think is worth it. Spending $23 to take a ride at Hipo Bus, I rather take SBS Bus!

Anyway, we went to this place call “避风塘” (Pi Feng Tang) for our dinner:

First, the service there is good. I was eating carrying my bag on my back, and this waitress came and gave us one chair to put our bags and said: “Want to eat, eat happily, and enjoy your meals.” I was surprise as Sam said that Singapore service isn’t good. I didn’t even bother to ask for a chair to put my bags, yet they give us chair to puts ours things on it so that we can eat properly. Highly recommend this place if you want to have dinner. Especially their Cereals Prawns taste great! But…it’s quite expensive, cost $57.90 for one meal, but I think it’s worth it for once a year.

The Building photo below is call “Singapore Visitor Center” where there is a lot of information can be found there. I do like the words of the building. It looks unique to me.

Nice or not?!?!

That’s the end of my journey of Singapore one day trip! But before I end my trip, how can I end without getting myself a souvenir?

Special Edition Uniquely Singapore Monopoly!
Yah right, it’s a very Uniquely Singapore and Singaporeans. Bye Singapore one day trip! See you next year!!!

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This post can’t be done without the following people helps:
PigirlHelped in this drawing. Click here to visit her cute Chinese site and her drawing is cute!
KevinSinglish and English consultant.
GeckoZ Singlish, English & Chinese consultant.

Thanks guys! This posts really Kena Tomorrow-ed!


At 12/22/2005 07:32:00 AM

WOW! Looks like u've really learnt a lot from this trip huh? Yeah, i agree that all those "bad" behaviours are very common but if u got the chance to see the "nice" side of singaporeans u will be touched. :) Unfortunately i haven't seen a lot...hahaha...
Merry christmas to u! 

Posted by Ah Bao

At 12/22/2005 09:49:00 AM

Found that you have been missing out a lot on Singapore. 

Posted by todaealas

At 12/22/2005 05:07:00 PM

Ah Bao, hahaha...example of good side of Singaporeans like what? 

Posted by cockroach//蟑螂

At 12/22/2005 05:07:00 PM

todaealas, yup...hahaha 

Posted by cockroach//蟑螂

At 12/22/2005 06:57:00 PM

But not all singaporeans are like that lar. Cannot blame all of them. 

Posted by june

At 12/22/2005 10:10:00 PM



Posted by Anonymous

At 12/23/2005 01:46:00 AM

june, so thoes are just some "black sheep?" 

Posted by cockroach//蟑螂

At 12/23/2005 02:20:00 AM

wah! so informative and interesting!
No wonder u kena Tomorrowed!

Posted by Mr. GeckoZ

At 12/23/2005 02:22:00 AM

This one made me ROTFL... social commentary at its best! :) 

Posted by Kevin

At 12/23/2005 03:07:00 AM


Mr. GeckoZ,thanks!

Kevin, hope you like it. ;)

Posted by cockroach//蟑螂

At 12/23/2005 11:22:00 AM

Kindly visit Japan before commenting Singaporean's behaviour rushing the train.
Thus, jumping Queue at ICA Building, these people might look like Chinese, but they may not be Singaporean. As far as I know, sinagporean aren't famous for this, I suppose Chinese from China can comprehend this skill (jumping Q) better than us. 

Posted by Sinagporean

At 12/23/2005 12:14:00 PM

The difference between japanese and singaporeans is that the singaporeans are rushing to get a seat but are generally slow people (loook at the people in the street or in escalators).
The Japanese are generally rushing people and are rushing to get inside the train (there is little hope to have a seat at all anyway).

Even at rush hour you will often see Singaporeans waiting on the platorm until they can get a seat in the train ("Wallawe! pay so much and must stand one! i have the right to get a seat!).


Posted by charles

At 12/23/2005 06:38:00 PM

Sinagporean & charles, Japanese also act like this? Is surpising for me that it happan in Singapore because I though Singapore have CME, teaches kid from young that they should allow people to alight first and etc.

Sinagporean, Jump Quene Auntie No.1 comfrim chop chop is Singaporeans because she holding Sigapore NRIC and passport. 

Posted by cockroach//蟑螂

At 12/24/2005 02:30:00 AM

Waliao....this is the BEST tour report I have ever read! LOL...lot of fun and gossip, next time if I come to Singapore you be my tour guide lar, can ah? LOL... 

Posted by Maria aka Twinsmom

At 12/24/2005 01:02:00 PM

Maria aka Twinsmom, tour guide scare latter I bring you to pleaces where normally lisented tour guild won't bring you to... 

Posted by cockroach//蟑螂



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