The language and the way it is spoken can tell apart anyone.
Living in shanghai, singapore both nationalities in my eyes can be told apart very easily once you listen to a conversation. I don't speak Mandarin but Singaporeans speak it more politely.
Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Singaporean. All very easy to tell apart
post. I have no idea how my post got in earlier than his... only in Singapore you encounter such strange yet unique things.
Oh talk about being overseas... I just came back from Maldives and remembered one of the chats I had with my tour guide:
Tour Guide:: Hi, you don't look local. Where are you from sir?
Mee:: I'm from Singapore!
TG:: Oh that's part of China right?
Mee:: Sorry to disappoint you but we are neighbours to Malaysia and Indonesia. Never part of China.
TG:: Oh... you look pretty dark for a Chinese guy.
Mee:: *... took out my camera...*
Another incident at resort.
Service Staff:: @% #$&( (**&@....
SS:: Oh are you a guess here?
SS:: Sorry I thought you are a local.
I was in Alsace, France for ~3days, only a handful of asians seen at the more touristy locations. Yes, one hotel had like 5-6 staff discussing as I was checking out, and finally one asked me which part of China does Singapore belong.....
At other locations, many shop-attendants were thinking really hard when they last saw Asians, I guess Singaporeans are like Martians who visit once a millienium! But it does feel good to be so far away from home and not hearing Singlish at the next table!
I was on a bus in New York and struck up a conversation with a black guy sitting next to me.
Naturally he wanted to know where I came from.
I told him Singapore. And it drew a blank.
After some more explanation I drew another blank.
I was tired after carrying a heavy camera bag going around shooting. So I sighed and said, "Well, it's just a Little Red Dot."
You know what the black guy replied?
"Hey man you don't mean Mee Siam Mai Ham?"
We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities. - Oscar Wilde
when i was in vietnam, our bus from hanoi to hoi an broke down. my friend and i were standing by the driver's door talking when a bunch of angry ang mohs approached us and started asking me when the bus would be fixed, i was really puzzled and asked them how the hell would i know. "but you're the driver, no?" and then i replied i was a tourist just like them and he was damn pai seh and walked off.
same incident, a few minutes later i was waiting to use a toilet. ang moh mother kpkb to her daughter she was menstruating or something. the daughter told her, "MOM! you don't have to say that so loud" and she replied no one could understand and that's when i said "nope, i understand english perfectly" then smiled at the daughter, again the pai seh look from the ang mohs.
much earlier in the trip, my buddy and i met this aussie kid who had never left his country till now. nice boy, but quite ignorant and filled with stereotypes. said to us, "you're chinese, so you know kung fu right??! "
the vietnamese for some reason think i look japanese...even in singapore once when i was shopping at j8, this aunty thought i was japanese.
wah, this thread is getting interesting...
i was in east java recently. after a long car journey, i stopped by this biscuit shop to use its loo. After i came out, the seller asked me 'Where are you from?' I replied; 'Singapura' (Singapore in malay)..then she paused and think...'oh..singapura asli, ye?' (direct translation; are you singapore original/made in singapore?'..i was like 'huh, got pirated one meh?'
then again in Singapore, while chattin to my friend on the phone and finishin my drink before boarding the train, this filipino woman waiting for her friend overhead my conversation and asked me 'did you just speak tagalog? Are you filipino or indonesian?'...i replied; 'neither, i'm singaporean''
and there were times chinese ppl spoke Mandarin to me, assuming i'm chinese;will reply then in whateva little knowledge of mandarin i know LOL
so now i'm still figuring out what i look like