8 ways to identify a Singaporean when you're overseas

8 ways to identify a Singaporean when you're overseas

Did you say, "free?"

Being overseas can be a great experience for many. Seeing amazing sights, eating glorious food, meeting new people and even shopping for things that are not usually found here in Singapore are all a part of the experience of being overseas. Though in a foreign land, you might be able to come across a few fellow countrymen, and spotting them isn't so hard. Check out these 8 ways to identify a Singaporean when you're overseas:

#1 The accent


You can hear them from a mile away, especially when you hear phrases such as, "This one cheaper leh!" or "Oh my gosh, so pretty hor?"

#2 Patting any seat before sitting down


Here's a scenario: You're seated in a crowded restaurant, and waiting for your food to arrive. You see a family walk in and spot a seat near you, so they rush over and just before sitting down, they start patting their seats before taking a seat. You might also overhear them saying, "Wah so lucky, got seat!"

#3 Comparing prices


"Eh this one cheaper here! Faster buy!"
"So expensive! Go back Singapore buy cheaper."
"Check your calculator leh, see how much the price difference."
"So cheap only? Buy 10! Go back sell!"

#4 Comparing the weather


"Aiyoh here so hot, Singapore also not so hot."
"Wah so cold! I miss the weather back in Singapore."

#5 Bargaining


This one's an obvious sign. You might overhear them trying to get a bargain deal on the t-shirt that they're trying to buy, or even on shoes. A true Singaporean would've mastered the art of bargain hunting, especially at flea markets.

#6 They'll take anything that's free


There are usually free samples being given out at malls, and it's easy to spot a Singaporean when you see an Asian person taking samples of the product, and asking if they could have more, claiming that they need a few more for their family. Some even feel no shame about eating free food samples.

#7 Complacency


As Singapore is a pretty safe place, we tend to leave our belongings behind when chope-ing seats. We sometimes bring this habit across the borders when we are trying to reserve seats, and this can be pretty dangerous as theft can easily happen.

#8 Asking for a new piece when purchasing clothes


You see them at the stores, you hear them bargaining, and finally, you hear them asking the golden question, "This one got new piece?"


What are some other ways that you can easily identify a Singaporean when overseas? Share with us in the comments below!

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Written by

Claudia Chia

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