Just keep smiling

=)There is something about Melbourne I genuinely love: The possibility of smililng at any random stranger and receiving a smile in return.

It is this romantic notion of friendliness that truly captivates me, and the idea of how it encapsulates the social being in three seconds of expressed goodness lends me belief in the innate niceness of people. It is as if to say: Sure, your day may be crummy; but here comes a smile to cheer you up.

Admittedly, my friends think I am weird. I smile at the person in queue beside me, attempt to talk to the chap who shares my table at dinner, and am constantly trying to be friendly with cashiers at the supermarket. Smiling is after all, so easy, and I walk about seemingly with a smile plastered and an eagerness to share it.

Dear reader, try doing it yourself, and pray tell how it goes.

Note: The author is considered a freak back where he is from.

6 Comments so far

  1. Dave (unregistered) on September 26th, 2007 @ 9:08 pm

    I agree, there’s nothing better than a highly infectious smile walking down the street, no matter whether you’re the smiler or the smilee. I always wonder how far they spread.

  2. adrock2xander (unregistered) on September 26th, 2007 @ 10:25 pm

    “Note: The author is considered a freak back where he is from.”

    Word. We could do an entire thesis on how un-PC Singaporeans are.

  3. smiler (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

    one of the things I HATE about this city is people here need a SIGN to tell them to smile. I lived in Vanciuver before this and it was really unsual for people not to smile at you just passing in the street, or on the buss, or if they were in your eyeline anywhere. People here are miserable and depressing bastards. Roll out the pinik and white signs if it helps.

  4. Darren (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

    Gosh. My sympathies… I guess you have been running into the unfriendlier Melburnians. Which part of the city do you live/work in?

  5. adrock2xander (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

    Haha…Smiler thinks Melbourne’s bad.

    He hasn’t been to Singapore…

  6. Darren (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 11:06 pm

    I think it’s all relative… Visitors to Singapore from China and India are often so happy to squeal how friendly Singaporeans are.

    I do hear that Vancouver is a really smiley city… though it’s slightly too laid back for me. :)

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