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Overheard this morning…

“Get out of the train! This is White Australia!” yelled a (possibly drunk and fare evading) bogan at two Asian ticket inspectors on the Watergardens-bound line.

Best part is, not only did the ticket inspectors ignore him, they didn’t even ask for his ticket.

Well I never. Job well done there guys.

No morning commission I guess.

Sometimes a little bit of humour goes a long way…

Warms your heart doesn\'t it?

Warms your heart doesn't it?

Bye bye Starbucks: A ‘foreigner’s’ take

Starbucks Fuck OffI remember it as clear as day. It was December 1996 when Starbucks opened her flagship stall opposite Liat Towers along busy Orchard Road in Singapore. I was 17 years old then, straight out of high school and heavily influenced by the Star-Spangled Banner and everything Hollywood. Prior to Starbucks, the only coffee I knew was the straight black variety roasted from beans. Sugar or condensed milk could be added to it for flavor enhancements, and it cost about $0.70 for a cuppa. When Starbucks opened, young Singaporeans were riding on a wave on technological advancements (that was a period when pagers were still cool and mobile phones were rare as they were too expensive) and liked to see and seen. Naturally, Starbucks became a hit.

Myself? I do admit to having – at that time – an overpriced Frappuccino every week or so. Young adults don’t baulk at paying $5-$8 for a coffee. In hindsight, it does seem excessive as one can get a complete meal for $5 in Singapore. “What’s that?” you say, “A cuppa coffee costs more than dinner?!” Damn right. I remember having a conversation about how cool it was to be seen consuming a Starbucks coffee with my dad. He’s old school and subscribes to the old Asian ethos of working hard and saving every penny, and doesn’t quite understand the excesses of life. Naturally our Starbucks conversation ended before you could say ‘That’s not carrot cake!’**

There isn’t a coffee (or cafe) culture in this part of the world; couple that with Singaporeans’ receptiveness to new foreign products (mainly America, which means it’s good) and we have a pseudo-coffee addiction. Of course, who the hell knows what a cafe latte, cappucino, long black or white coffee is? Fucking hell, give me a Venti Oreo Frappuccino with whipped cream please. Or if I’m feeling something warm (seldom though, due to the sickening humid weather), I order a vanilla latte. Singaporeans are happy and contented with that. There’s no need to venture out to experience the real coffee or cafe culture. Afterall, Singaporeans are a pretty sheltered bunch, and as long as it’s from America, it’s good. What’s good for America must be good for Singaporeans.

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Bible-toting-Vietnamese-names-waiter-attired-gospel-preaching shit

You must have seen these boys. They’re young White boys, clad in a smart white shirt and black pants. In winter, they’ve got a pair of black jacket. They’re easily recognizable with their Vietnamese and English name tags proudly emblazoned across their shirt/jacket, and they go around preaching the word of the Bible. They’re quite prevalent in some parts of Asia as well, as my brother (who lives in Singapore) can testify to that. They harass you on trains, invade your personal space and try to sell your their brainwashed doctrine.

I like to think that they’re pimping their God to the wrong demographics i.e Asian as they target ONLY Asians to spread the ‘good word’. Are they insinuating that all Asians are non-Christians?

Here’s their standard Operational Procedure: they come up to an Asian, a friendly ‘Hi! How are you?’, and if the Asian was originally from Asia or doesn’t speak fluent English, they’ll add the proverbial ‘Your English is very good.’ comment. Well so is yours too retard!

A couple of them got off the bus at Doncaster Shoppingtown bus depot this evening while I waited for Bus 307 to get me back to the city safe from bible-studying freaks. I’ve had lots of experience with them, mostly because I’m Asian. I’ve always been civil to them, but they don’t seem to get the message. When these two kids (one of them an Asian, which surprised me), came to me and said hi, I eyeballed them and told them I know what they’re up to and to go away.

“Where are you from?”

“Fuck off you Jesus talking people. Why don’t you ask the White boy sitting there?” I pointed to the teenage White kid sitting in the bus stop.

“Have a nice day.”

They walked away, but not before stopping an old Asian lady with her shopping bag. She just shook her head rigorously and walked away.

Who the hell are these kids? Is this how the ‘one great religion as God is the one true God’ shebang has degenerated into? People working the streets, working in tandem and feeding off people’s ethnic appearance or ignorance to other races? I don’t need people to sell their God to me. If I needed a God, I’ll sign up for one on my RSS feeds. I don’t need a Footscray-loving non-Christian basher to tell me why religion IS the reason or why hate and war has always existed or why we are the spitting image of him. If I needed to know that, I’d pick up a book or watch a relevant documentary.

Okay I’m done venting.

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