3 Drinks At TPC -
Beer Naked Truths
To celebrate Singapore’s 52nd birthday, we got residents from all walks of life to tell us what they love about the country before and after a few drinks.
Ever heard of the quote, “A drunk mind speaks a sober heart”? It’s a saying by French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who was quite a lush. Apparently, alcohol is truth nectar: People are more likely to offer up their most honest thoughts and feelings while intoxicated.
To find out if there is any truth to that famous quote, we decided to conduct an experiment, all in good fun. In celebration of Singapore’s 52nd birthday, we get three pairs of residents to tell us how they truly feel about the country before and after their first, second, and third drinks right here at Tanjong Pagar Centre.
Andre & Vicnan
What I really love about Singapore is the safety of the country. I could leave my wallet jutting out of my pocket, just leave it [on the table], walk away, come back, and it would still be here. I wouldn’t be able to do this either in America or Europe.
One thing I love about Singapore… I would say the food. Definitely the food. I guess the other thing is also just that fact that, my own family we’re different races, we speak different languages, anytime we have a big family function, 7 different languages are being spoken. Different kinds of food are served. I guess the food is also tied so much to what kind of a unique people we are.
I love the variety that’s so close to each other. I really enjoy the fact that, when you’re with friends, and you’re working… you’re in your late 20s, early 30s, you go for a atas drink, a wine place, then after a bottle of wine, you end up going to a beer place, then 4am you’re in a Siam Tiu, then you go for food. I love that variety, in the one night, it’s just within 5 minutes of each other. The other thing I love is Singlish. It’s a beautiful mix. A meeting held entirely in Singlish is 43% faster than a meeting in English.
If you want to see cultural, beautiful Singapore, definitely Katong and Geylang. Haw Par Villa. I always recommend them to get out of the city centre. If you’re living in the CBD or you’re living in Orchard Road, get out and see the township because it’s really the nuclear, pigeonhole government housing that people are forced to live in and that is the DNA of Singapore. If you see the glitzy condominiums in Orchard Road, that is not the real Singapore. People live in government housing flats in Clementi, in Woodlands, in Yishun, and that’s the real Singapore. But if you get out, go see Bishan, go see Serangoon. Where we live makes up who we are.
John & Nadia
I love how clean and green Singapore is. It just makes it so nice when you’re walking outside even though it’s very hot, you can just enjoy the beautiful scenery around you.
We just discovered this Cantonese place in Chinatown Complex, right across from a hawker that sells beer. It’s delicious.
We love trying new food, just the diverse amount of food that there is around here, whether it’s Indian or Chinese or Malay or Singaporean. There’s so many different cultures especially in this area, and we love all the food.
I think how safe Singapore is has been one of the greatest differences, moving here. You can walk around late at night and you still feel safe whereas even in California, there are some places where you just don’t feel safe at all and I think that’s probably one of the things for me personally that I really appreciate, living here.
Definitely. We were on Orchard Road during the holidays and we saw a woman put down her purse, her phone, her purchases and then walked away to take pictures. And then Nadia and I just looked at each other and we were like, “What is she doing?” That’s unheard of. We wouldn’t have done that back in the States, so it’s amazingly safe.
Aaron & Allister
What I love about Singapore is meritocracy. Meritocracy in the sense that you can come from anywhere, you can grow up through different circumstances but still be able to make it in life through hard work.
One thing I like about Singapore is that we always punch above our weight. When people write us off because we’re small, we don’t have resources, yet we excel at almost everything, and we make a name for ourselves. That’s what I like about Singapore. Always like an underdog story.
Singapore has given me the will to want to achieve more, want to aspire more, want to get more. So I think somehow the education system or society has spurred us to wanna get more. I think we’re all achievers, we really wanna achieve more. It may be materialistic but at the end of the day, you have a roof over your head, you can put food on the table. I think we should be contented.
I feel like Singapore, we are a small nation, we don’t have any resources. And what we have is really human resource. And we’re very open about foreign policy. I grew up in a neighbourhood school, and in my school I have met many foreign friends, whether they’re from Malaysia, from Indonesia, from Thailand, so many of them. And I’ve forged so many friendships with these people who’ve come here because the education system is so-called the best in Southeast Asia. I got to learn more about their culture and their perspective on life. I think that is one of the important things that Singapore has given me, because of their approach to always be open to talent and perspectives coming into Singapore, so that’s one thing that I will really cherish all my life.