Singapore Day

The weather’s a lot nicer these days (though it still warrants a light jumper), so if you happen to be around the Sidney Myer Music Bowl this late morning or arvo, check out some local and distinctive Singaporean fare at Singapore Day 2008. Note the choice words of Singaporean, not Asian. Asian food is so varied and colourful, calling it ‘Asian food’ like most Asian food stalls do is just another nail into an Australian’s stereotyped penchance for ‘fried rice beef with black bean sauce’ when they think Asian food.

But I digress.

With the inaugural Singapore Day in New York City a runaway success last year, organisers have brought Singapore Day into our antipodean shores. Although registration is required, there should be no reason why you can just waltz up into the grounds as entry is free.

Oh btw, Singapore Noodles DO NOT EXIST. That’s a bastardised version of our famous Prawn Noodles and Hokkien Mee. I’ll be making my way to the grounds soon, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a ‘Singapore Noodle’ stall existed. Or some ignorant foreigner walking around asking for a Singapore Noodle stall.

3 Comments so far

  1. geniustolunatic on October 7th, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

    I wasn’t allowed in since I was not with a Singaporean.


  2. adrock2xander (mel_john) on October 7th, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

    Hey geniustolunatic,

    this was something I wanted to highlight on the eve of the event and even the evening after coming home from. The fact is, the organisers of Singapore Day or even the governing body who orchestrated this farcical event should really shoot themselves in the face. At the risk of sounding anti-Singaporean (friends of mine will laugh at the remark for adrock2xander and Singapore can’t co-exist), the Singaporen Government has not one iota of how tourism and Singapore ought to be marketed.

    Friday night and good mates of mine told me in dismay when their application was rejected because ‘they weren’t Singaporeans.’

    Saturday morning enroute to the event two other non-Singaporean friends rang me up and told me excitedly that they have some how managed to secure entry.

    A flurry of exchange later, turns out the jingoistic government only allowed applicants who registered themselves as ‘Singaporeans’ entry into the event.

    I called up my disappointed Australian friends (who were resigned to a day at home in front of the telly) and within a couple of hours we had a motley crew of pseudo-Singaporeans trying their darn best to drop the ‘lahs’ and the ‘lohs’ into every sentence they speak. Failing which, they could always pretend to be Singaporeans because fair-dinkum dinky-di red-blooded Aussies are second class people in the eyes of a chinese-chauvinist government.

    Best afternoon they had. Good food and it’s all free.

    The reputation of the Singapore Government has always preceded itself and they always outdid themselves in the Embarrassment Meter, but to ostracise non-Singaporeans and treat foreigners with such disdain and to think they’re such simpletons simply smacks of utter contempt for foreigners. Online-savvy foreigners who’re determined to be part of the day’s event would only have to re-register as Singaporeans to be allowed entry. Why the organisers/governing body allowed this racial-profiling is beyond me, but it doesn’t bode very well for a country whose latest claim to fame is an evening F1 Grand Prix.

    Singapore = Looking good from the inside but an empty shell from the outside. Hypocrisy anyone?


  3. geniustolunatic on October 9th, 2008 @ 10:01 am

    I tried for tickets too, and was told the same thing. But it was ok. I walked up there on Saturday, and was denied entry. It wasn’t a big deal. I thought it was kind of stupid, but I worse things in my life to worry about. It would’ve been a great way to promote Singapore to those of us who aren’t there nor have ever been there.



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