Sit With Your Feet Flat Against The Wall
- “When sitting in the presence of Singaporeans, it is proper etiquette to make sure that the soles of your feet face down and do not point directly at any one person. It is best to sit with your feet flat against the floor to ensure that you don’t accidentally offend anyone.
Similarly touching your head may cause offence”
On my way to last years CNY dinner (Read: 5 Very Important Things I Learned This CNY) with my local friends I asked them about the “bare feet issue” and got unbelievable stares back. They had never ever heard about such a thing before.
Wearing Flip Flops is the most common thing in Singapore (unfortunately) and there is simply no such thing as that people would feel offended by anyones bare sole. Is it? (The 5 Worst Fashion Failures In Singapore) I’m just trying to imagine all the people in the MRTs, Buses and offices sitting with their feet flat against the wall. Quite hilarious.
Furthermore I would imply that there is a general problem with “etiquette” in Singapore. And this is probably simply due to the wide variety of nationalities mixing up here, where all “bad habits” come together and show as much more obvious then the good ones.
Verbal Communication In Singapore Is Delicate
- “Verbal communication in Singapore is delicate, subtle and considered. For this reason answers to questions should never be offered hastily or it is possible to cause offence.”
Hehe, I think you can already guess what I am thinking now. Do you?
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‘)); ?> I had to laugh so hard about this part. Have you been to Singapore? Verbal communication in Singapore is one of the loudest, quickest and most irritating I have come over so far. The lingua franca in fact is not English, as pointed out in the article, but our beloved “Singlish”. (The 6 Most Weird Campaigns In Singapore)
The spoken word is usually very hectically and loud and can be quite difficult for the “non trained ear” to understand. Tourists might feel they get sweared or shouted at when the cab driver is simply telling them of his last weekend trip.
And have you ever shared a morning elevator ride with 10 gossiping local business women?
So just to confirm, No, Verbal Communication Is Definitely Not Delicate Or Subtle In Singapore
Introduction – A Simple Bow Will Suffice
O_O That was my faces expression upon passing the above sentence. Excuse me what? I have two Japanese colleagues and non of them even bowed when they spilled their coffee over my desk.
I mean, you can give it a try and bow to your cabby uncle or the tissue selling auntie every time you see them. But I can promise you they will either feel offended or simply brabble about “The Weird Ang Mohs“.
Just replace your little bowing exercise with a simple Handshake and that should do it. Although it would be quite amusing to see tourists start bowing every now and then.
Whats Your Impression On The Singaporean Etiquette?
Am I wrong with what I write above? Please correct me if yes and I promise I wont show my bare soles ever again, not to speak of touching my head in the public.
Would be great to read some comments on this, just to be sure, you know :)