I really do wonder why certain British ex-pats [A. Case(y) in point] disrespect Singapore and Singaporeans. Look at how much Singapore make the British feel at home:
The Union Flag is everywhere!
If you are missing your prehistoric past why not…
Here you can recreate a pilgrimage around this monument by dressing up in costumes consisting of white robes and fake beards, pretending to be druids (Gandalf).
Sweet and Sour Pork
If you are hungry why not try one of the many Chinese takeaways, and of course order the British favourite ‘Sweet and Sour Pork’
You can also try mini Cornish pasties, known locally as curry puffs.
Believed to be inspired by the British Cornish pasty, the dish was likely introduced into the Malay Peninsula with the arrival of British colonialists. Others have suggested that Portuguese colonialists brought it to the Malay Peninsula in 1511 because the curry puff is reminiscent of the Portuguese empanada, a meat pasty with crimped edges. Still others consider the curry puff influenced by the Indian samosa, which has a similar curried potato filling.
Jam on Toast for Breakfast (Kaya Toast)
In the colonial past, many Hainanese worked on British ships as kitchen hands. When they settled in the British colonies now constituting Singapore and Malaysia, they began selling western food such as coffee and toast to the locals. They replaced the Western jams and preserves favoured by the British with native coconut jams (Kaya).
Other things to make you feel at home:
- Singapore plugs are the same as UK plugs. No need to worry about getting an adapter for your appliances.
- Road signs in Singapore closely follow those laid down in the traffic sign regulations used in the United Kingdom, plus we also drive on the same side of the road.
- English is the common language of the nation and is the language of business, government, and the medium of instruction in schools.
- The legal system of Singapore is based on English common law, albeit with substantial local differences.
- Milky Tea
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