Tuesday, February 08, 2005

The Holidays that I've been waiting for

Left China to Singapore and Malaysia for holidays, Finally....!

The first few days in Singapore are always odd after staying in Shanghai for more than a year. It's probably a reverse culture shock! @.@

It all started by how polite everyone is in Singapore. When you buy something in a shopping mall or retail outlet, the staff will say "Thank-you", smile and proceed to wish me have a good day. When I bumped into someone, I always have to remember to say "sorry" or "excuse me" and they will invariably say "sorry" back. Scene like these will never happen in Shanghai! I've lost count of the number of times I've been knocked off my feet by people to get pass me and they just looked at me in shock and anger and continue onwards without showing the slightest bit of remorse!!

When you are walking on the streets, it's amusing to see cars stop by the zebra-crossing to allow people to pass by. You see all cars stop at the red light at a virtually empty intersection, patiently waiting for the light to change to green before they head on.

It was refreshing.