Travel ambassadors: public housing estate of origin

My friend who travels a lot to far flung places like Tonga and Vanuatu meets a lot of far flung people who don’t meet Singaporeans very often.

As you’d imagine, the conversation would go something like:

Where you from? Japan?

No, no. Singapore.

Ah, you speak English too.

Yes, some form of.

I met some Singaporeans before, they also speak English.

Is that right?

Yes, they said they were ‘Bishaners’.

What?

Bishaners. They live in this place called Bishan, and call themselves Bishaners, and Bishaners speak English, they said.

Oh… oh… haha… oh.. hah. I am a ‘Katongite’.

Come on, who you trying to blarf? Everybardy spiks English! Not just Bishaners and Katongites. What about the Bedoki and the Marine Paraders? The Toa Payohans and the Ang Mo Kioreans? The Eunosians and the Telok Blangans? The Bukit Batoksiders? The Yishuners? The Hougangsters?

The crack of dawn
‘Bishaner’ your backside lah!

iTunes’ party shuffle is playing a copy of: Allelujah – Fairground Attraction – The Very Best of Fairground Attraction, of which I have the original CD and therefore didn’t steal music.
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31 thoughts on “Travel ambassadors: public housing estate of origin”

  1. tampenisians! tampites..(tempeh? tampons?)

    oh well…yeh i always get kinda stumped when my Kiwi friends ask me what part of Singapore I’m from…so small, still got parts meh? aiyoh..

  2. tampenisians! tampites..(tempeh? tampons?)

    oh well…yeh i always get kinda stumped when my Kiwi friends ask me what part of Singapore I’m from…so small, still got parts meh? aiyoh..

  3. OK. Sorry for the delayed announcement as requested by Gabrielle. Gabrielle would like me to state that the offending picture of the crack of dawn is not of her, and has nothing to do with her despite the fact that she has been Surf-stopped immediately after the offending picture of the crack of dawn.

  4. OK. Sorry for the delayed announcement as requested by Gabrielle. Gabrielle would like me to state that the offending picture of the crack of dawn is not of her, and has nothing to do with her despite the fact that she has been Surf-stopped immediately after the offending picture of the crack of dawn.

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