Two snippets of Singapore from today.
#1: I Donno Where Is This Democracy
Me, getting into taxi: Hello, Parliament House please.
Taxi driver: Where?
Me: Parliament. Parliament House.
Taxi driver: Near where?
Me, perturbed: City Hall.
Taxi driver: Oh, so take ECP¹ then Rochor Road?
Taxi driver: After that you direct me hor. I donno where is this Parliament House.
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#2: Racism 20% Off
Young friendly male sales assistant in a earring shop in Bugis Village: This one you like or not?
Me: Mmmm, not sure. Maybe something a bit longer.
Sales assistant: You dare to wear like ke ling kia or not?
Sales assistant, waving a long dangly earring: This one, like ke ling wear one.
Me, finally understanding what he was saying²: No, it’s okay. Thanks.
¹ An acronym for one of our expressways
² Ke ling is a derogatory word for Indian