Was going to post this as an update to “The Pact”, but it turned out a bit longer than I’d planned.
Here’s another insightful look at Singapore, from Imagethief (previously on JRE). Apparently Singapore has one of the world’s lowest birthrates, somewhere below one-and-a-quarter children per woman, but the government doesn’t do much to encourage more births (other than the $3,000 baby bonus… which is a couple of months rent in the suburbs, or a couple of weeks rent in the city). Also, hilarity:
There is also a good chance that [the author’s newborn son] will go to primary and secondary school in Singapore, where he will no doubt learn the finer points of Hokkien vulgarity. Should he remain a Singapore citizen or permanent resident, national service will fill any gaps in his vocabulary and ensure that he matriculates with a truly colorful assortment of multilingual profanity. I swell with paternal pride at the thought.
If you’d like to learn how to swear in Hokkien, try the dictionary at TalkingCock.com. (“Talking cock“, by the way, is the Singlish phrase for “talking nonsense”. Get your mind out of the gutter, readers.)