Hey! I’m on a roll here because my last post was like a couple days ago. It’s my holiday now that’s why. Anyway…if you’re reading this, and have read my previous posts, you should be able to tell that I’ve done some upgrades to my blog page! Yay!! It doesn’t look as boring now and I’ve added a whole new page theme to it and I like this way better. As you can tell from the title of this post, it’s gonna be about the differences between America and Singapore! As someone who has lived in both countries for an extended period of time, I’ve found MANY differences in lifestyle, culture, food, communication style, etc. between America and Singapore so here are some of the main differences…
- The thing that struck me the most when I first arrived and came into contact with actual American people would probably be the fact that they are sooo chatty. That’s not in a bad way by the way. However, as someone who was born and raised in the concrete city of Singapore where people pretty much mind their own business and everyone is so cold towards strangers, the chattiness of Americans kind of shocked me. It’s not like they say hi to everyone walking along a crowded street but it’s more like if you’re ever in a lift (elevator as Americans call it) with one other person and it’s all awkward, they might talk to you and be like “How’s it going?”. If you go to checkout at the cashier no matter where it is you’re shopping at, the cashier will most probably go, “Hi, how are you? Finding everything good so far?”. In Singapore, the cashier auntie won’t even try to pretend like she wants to know how your day went. As a Singaporean, I honestly can’t say I like the chattiness because I am a city person who likes to mind their own business and being chatty with strangers is just…strange.
- THERE ARE NO SKYSCRAPERS HERE. Okay that’s not true, there are skyscrapers in ‘Downtown’ areas. Those areas are like the ‘City’ areas and they literally only have tall buildings in those areas. I’m not kidding. Around here where I live, I can’t think of any building that is more than 2 stories high. All the buildings are short but cover a huge area and shopping areas consist of separate buildings of different shops. For example, Target will be on its own and then Safeway will be on its own. I guess only legit malls where there are high-street stores are somewhat tall. They are maybe 3 stories high? Like I’ve said, I am a city person and I LOVE tall buildings cluttered together and like at night when all the lights turn on, it’s so beautiful…but here, I rarely get to see that.
- Housing prices vary soo drastically. In Singapore, certain areas would be more expensive too no doubt but here, the housing prices vary so much because of the school district that the area falls in. Over here in America, kids can’t just go to any High School that they want. They can only go to the High School near where they live because those district lines have been drawn and each district has it’s own union of schools. So of course, if that school district is a really good one, EVERYONE is gonna flock there and drive up the housing prices. of course that’s not the only factor, but it is one of the main factors.
- Food here is very standard. What I mean is, I can’t feel any authenticity in the food here…sorry America. In Singapore, we are known for having hawker centers with all different kinds of food and the stalls are not like chain stores with branding and stuff. In America, there are no hawker like places, although there are food courts but the stuff they sell are always the same (around here in the Bay Area anyway). The Japanese food they sell are like pseudo-authentic and they put the same teriyaki sauce on everything. Chinese food tastes the same in food courts and at Panda Express (a really popular Chinese food chain). Vietnamese food I’ve heard is pretty authentic but I mean the menu is the same everywhere you go. Everything just tastes like…the same anywhere you go. There isn’t really an element of authenticity where food is concerned even they sell many different kinds of cuisine here. Most of them are already altered to suit the American palette. I miss my SG food so much 😦
- People are not as fashion-forward! This is also partially true but this is what I’ve noticed (for girls anyway)… Girls dress pretty shabbily in sweatshirts and sweatpants when they go to school it’salmost as if it’s like a trend to look like you just rolled out of bed. However, when they want to look good, they really look good. Like if you go to those Downtown areas on a Friday night, you’ll see girls dressed really pretty in long dresses and their poppin’ American-style chiseled makeup. In Singapore, I feel like okay maybe people are like t
hat too…actually idk leave a comment if you know because I haven’t been back in awhile. The overall sentiment is that people definitely dress more trendy on the daily when they go out and stuff, even going to school.
So…this is the end of my post! I got tired writing this haha maybe I’ll go take a nap now YEEEEEESS. Bye friends!