Expat@Large

Singapore Drivers / Donut / Tempest

Posted in donuts, drivers, kiasu, plagiarism, Singapore, taxis, theatre by expatatlarge on April 10, 2010

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I haven’t been complaining about Singapore for a while, but someone sent me this scan of a page from the local magazine, expatLIVING, something I wouldn’t ordinarily buy. (Internet killing reading? There are MILLIONS of magazines for sale all over the place!) The writer/complier (Deborah Goldman) no doubt plagiarized these jokes from a variety of sources, so hopefully I won’t be sued. I’ve heard most of them before, received wisdom sort of clichés – a bit like the ‘You Know You’ve Been In Hong Kong Too Long’ jokes in Nury Vitachi’s old column in the SCMP (who can remember that?)

The bit about the cupcake (no.5) remains very true. Singaporeans (and Hongkies) will cue forever to get whatever is the vogue food item, free or not. (Remember the Hello Kitty queues in HK in 2001 or so – was that the McDonalds fracas?) Here in Singapore, two years ago, the mass hysteria was for donuts.

Donuts? Donuts.

As I would walk though Vivocity Mall at lunchtime I’d always see a queue going back around the block at the new donut shop there. OK they’re nice soft, very fresh donuts. But they’re not THAT good! It’s just that if someone else has something (like a choc-coated, nut-encrusted ring of carbo-foam) they have to have it too. They don’t want to miss out on what is apparently an orgasmicly good gustatory experience! It IS the kiasu thing. (Look it up.) I’ve never seen a group of more fad infected fools.

Cut to today… The staff at the donut shop stand forlorn and unloved, their once essential product now forgotten by those fickle Singaporeans.

And you know what that means?

That means I don’t have to queue for my donuts.

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Neither do I have to queue for tickets to Sam Mendez’s Bridge Project production of “The Tempest.” Heaps of seats, obviously not a fad.

I missed Sir Ian McKellan (Gandalf) in “King Lear” and Ethan Hawke (Ethan Hawke) in “The Winter’s Tale” in the previous tours of The Bridge Project through Singapore and I am not going to miss this one… Seat AA46 (circle, front-row, slightly to the right – perfect seat!), matinee performance…

To the theatre!

E@L

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