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Monday, July 22, 2024
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S’porean Man Ashamed of Fellow Citizens Abroad Disrespecting Foreign Cultures

I think it’s important for everyone even Singaporeans overseas to know that if you are in a foreign country, do as the Romans do.

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Don’t expect them to know your language or treat you like you are Kings or Queens just because you spend in their countries. Show them respect, and in turn they will respect you.

Language barrier? Google translate. Payment issues? Download their apps. Don’t accept visa or Mastercard? Get linepay or whatever is acceptable there first. Don’t go unprepared. Don’t think you have it all when you have none at all.

Yes, I’m talking about some tourists that expect our 7-eleven staff to know Chinese when clearly his skin tone speaks otherwise.

You represent your country when you are overseas. From the looks of what I’ve witnessed today, the level of self-entitledness exuding off them just ain’t great and creates yet another thick layer of bad impression.

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Who made you king of anything?

Comments

  • It’s crucial for Singaporeans overseas to respect local customs and cultures.
  • Don’t expect locals to speak your language or treat you like royalty because you spend money there.
  • Show respect to receive respect in return.
  • Overcome language barriers with tools like Google Translate.
  • Address payment issues by downloading local apps and being aware of accepted payment methods.
  • Be prepared and adaptable rather than assuming your usual methods will work everywhere.
  • Expecting 7-Eleven staff to speak Chinese based on appearance is unreasonable.
  • Remember, you represent Singapore when abroad; self-entitlement leaves a negative impression.
  • Acting entitled doesn’t make you superior in any way.
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