I've been here for three months now, and so far here are some of what I discovered:
Tampines got its name from the word tempinis, a tree that once grew abundantly in the area. Tempinis means ironwood. Tampines is the largest residential area in the city-state.
Sengkang means “prosperous harbour”.
Hougang means “river end”.
Kopi Tiam is a breakfast and coffee shop.
Hawker or Hawker Centre is their version of the pinoy “karinderya” or eatery.
I noticed that for every hawker centre, there is only one stall that sells drinks.
Pinoys here loves to eat Chicken Rice....count me in.
Take away means “For Take Out”.
Having here means “For Dine”.
“-la” is always present in every sentence when the locals are speaking. (i.e. Yeah, la! Take away, la!)
A number scheme is used to determine buses. For example, route of Bus 72 is from Yio Chu Kang to Tampines and back. (I wonder if the buses in EDSA can adapt this scheme. :D )
The first time I experienced to ride a double decker bus.
Right hand driving.
They follow british english in spelling words. (i.e. Organise, organisation)
No gravy in fast food chains.
No bubble gum.
Cigarette smoking is discouraged. Pictures of diseases caused by smoking is printed in every cigarrete packs.
If you are not in a hurry, you must keep left in the escalator. The right side is for people who are in a rush.
They use smart cards in riding buses and MRTs for a cashless, no hassle trip.
Favorite pinoy hangout? Lucky Plaza!!! Crowded during weekends. This is where pinoy products are being sold, SIM cards/E-loading stations, remittance centers, and Pinoy pubs.
- Uncle and Auntie are your "Manong" and "Manang" respectively.
I'll try to add more soon.