Sunday, April 14, 2013

Singapore Class

This post isn't going to get any classier than the title above. Define "Singapore Class" for me, if there is even such a terminology to begin with at all. It all begins one day when a few of my friends were discussing about my blog and about the food i review.

DC* : "Eh Nicholas, why don't you write about hawker food?"

In a joking manner, i replied : "I think it is more classy to write about restaurants."

DC* : "Your class is Singapore Class."

To make things clear, i don't think hawker food is not classy. I was merely passing it off as a remark. I love hawker food and i think they are exceptionally yummy, despite the fact that i have to sometimes queue at my favorite stalls just to satisfy my craving for a particular food. 

I don't write about hawker food because there is a limit to what i can expand - there isn't much to write about (unless it is a comparison of the same type of food from different stalls). As Singaporean as i actually am, i still love and do Instagram photos of hawker food every now and then. Then again, my point is that i was joking when i made that comment about being classy and only writing about restaurants. 

However, i don't think calling someone "Singapore Class" can be taken into context as a joke. After he made that comment, i asked him what he meant by "Singapore Class" and i remember him saying something along the lines that he didn't mean it that way. In short, he felt bad after making a rude snide remark at me saying i am "Singapore Class".

Here's a little bit more about DC*, in case you want to know (to be honest, i am contemplating on revealing his real name at the end of this post). DC* went to the very prestigious Raffles Institution and went on to study at Yale University upon receiving the Singapore President's Scholarship in 2008. 

For your info, the President's Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship in Singapore. In this case, i am very certain DC* isn't the more prestigious ones amongst the recipients. How can someone in the right mind who has taken a scholarship from Singapore (yes, his own country) call me "Singapore Class"? While many people who had taken such a prestigious scholarship from a meritocratic state ended up in high-rank, governmental positions, i am skeptical and at the same time worried for the future of our home country if he were to take charge of our national affairs - with his poor character and moral ethics.

I wonder if it is because he graduated from Yale University and thinks that he no longer labelled as "Singapore Class" but instead "American Class" or even "Elite Class". Why would someone so smart possess such degrading and arrogant behavior? And who is he to say i am "Singapore Class" when Singapore has funded for his education that his parents could probably never have been able to afford and put him through? 

There is only one word to describe him - ungrateful. Going to an Ivy League university does not make him an elitist, neither does it make him more superior than others in terms of character. Yes, he may be smarter, but a complete turn off when he makes self-righteousness remarks labeling "Singapore Class". What right does he have to call me "Singapore Class" when he has no class of his own, except maybe a "class" from Yale. Yes, i meant a class(room).

The point i am putting through is that DC* obviously wants to be the minority and have exclusivity. I however find it bewildering that he does not understand the nature behind me making that statement that i do not write about hawker food and decided to say i am "Singapore Class". Not withstanding that the aftermath conversation happened to evolve to imply that i am just like the masses amongst Singapore. Thus a scholar finds that the masses are shallow; he deemed to be or so his Yale education thinks we are. 

DC* is someone i have worked with before and he comes of as someone who is self-righteous and will make sure things go his way. Of course, like in most government sectors, being a scholar gives him an advantage - being more likable and "sought after". If a scholar can call a common man "Singapore Class", then what is he? Higher class? If so, is he sowing differentiation which the government is opposing?

The reason I'm dedicating this post regarding this issue is primarily to question the suitability of candidates hand-picked for the President Scholarships and at the same time, to give a thought about our nation's future. With many older generations flaming comments about the neo-generation and their attitudes amidst the changing times, I'd like to stress that humility is the way to go. Hubris will only erode one's character and one will not go far in life.

Speaking of classiness, a colleague once gave him a ride back and he offered to pay my colleague 50 cents for a 30km car ride. Indeed, you can pay for school but you can never buy class. And if you are itching to find out just who DC* really is - Google is your best friend.

Update : Read about "Singapore Class - So What Exactly Is It".

24 comments:

  1. You obviously also wanted to be viewed as an elite, but too bad you aren't there yet and DC pointed out the truth to you. That is why you raged and created this post. You just can't handle the truth.

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    1. Elite class pretender sniping

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    2. So are u DC?

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  2. DC* is David Chan Tar Wei right? http://www.scholarshipguide.com.sg/?pg=read_scholars&id=42

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  3. You took Singapore class to mean low class, but what he probably means is that you only view eating at restaurants as classy enough, just like the typical ostentatious Singaporean is.

    It doesn't sound as if he felt bad for being rude to you, but he probably felt bad that someone would misconstrue his original intention due to his (aka yours) personal insecurities.

    This post smells of an attention seeker.

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  4. Singapore class means low class to him when he is a president scholar? Maybe he is low class enough to take money from the government and call Singapore low class. He is a clearly an example of someone that Singapore cannot see our future with!! Well done on the post :)

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  5. I don't agree with bloggers blogging about controversial issues but this guy DC deserved it for calling you Singapore class!

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  6. you have my full support on this nic! been reading your blog since you started and you are awesome :D

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  7. While some people may think you are throwing your weight around as a blogger, i think it was wrong for him to call you singapore class. Your readers know better whether or not you are.

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  8. DAVID CHAN TAR WEI is the one without any class. Good joke about the class(room).

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  9. I like the part about his cheapness...

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  10. i think you have on many occasions, look down on others too. for example, insinuating that a girl carrying a nylon prada bag is not on par with your boyfriend's birkin. or that someone in the army does not have the rights to reprimand you because of his low pay and level of education. the only reason why you feel insulted is because you look at yourself as someone high and mighty (considering your socioeconomic status) and being told to your face that you're Singapore class is an insult to your huge ego. please, this whole blogpost isn't about you trying to do justice for us Singaporeans. its about you trying to get back at someone for destroying your pride and ego.

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    1. U're that David. Right? U're the cheapest class I heard of. Can imagine uf join the civil svc with yr type of righteousness! Haha...pui.

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    2. I agree Nicholas was no angel himself. He was just using the public to bring down DC. Anyhow, birds of the same feather flock together

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  11. http://www.scholarshipguide.com.sg/?pg=read_scholars&id=42

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  12. like you said, he apologised shortly after and felt remorseful. isn't that enough? does it really deserve such a long, retaliatory post from you? please have more self-worth. comments are only insults if you take them as such.

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  13. http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg492/aromilk/pic1_zpse2d87ef9.jpg

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  14. Every comment that is against OP here gets some kind of reply like 'Oh you must be David blah blah...'

    Hilarious, as if this post is absolutely right and only this odd DC guy could disagree with it.

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  15. Nowadays people that graduate from Yale, are smart, and they can't get away after saying a snide remark. Dude... you gotta get over it.

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  16. Thanks for your researched posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you will be a great author.I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and will come back in the foreseeable future.Pretty girls

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  17. I don't get the true intention behind this post. Simply put you say hubris is a man's downfall were humility is the way to go. I agree with you but you do raise eyebrows when you reveal so much about the person you are talking about, being exact initials & the very year he received the prize.

    You could have raised awareness the same without revealing exactly just who he is- if people want to know they could've googled and gotten the answer the same.
    Although in this case that guy is wrong he may be a horrible person in reality for all I know but this post just reflects yourself :/ not to mention the formspring saga you had. My point is, why go the distance to destroy someone? That's pretty questionable already not to mention a little "hubristic" (ironically, lol!) when you have your own dirt as well :|

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  18. Actually there is a Chinese song by Liang Wenfu called "Singapore Pai" which loosely translates as Singapore class.. go check it out in Youtube and see what it means ..

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  19. This is Singapore, yes? We are Singaporean, yes? So what is the problem with being typically Singaporean, in Singapore? If not Singapore class for Singaporeans, what class then? Foreign class? It's like having an issue with water being wet. DC and Nicholas - you two are a match made in heaven. Dua kali lima, as the saying goes. Nicholas, get off your high horse and get a dose of reality down your gullet. You're nowhere near as polished or articulate as you clearly think you are. Every post in this blog is a display of your shortcomings. Best lay off the Bottega Venetas and invest some time and money in relearning basic grammar, before you start playing with the big, scary words.

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  20. I think you should take this post down. It is of no utility and not only brings down the reputation of an acquaintance and but it also makes you look bad. If you really think so lowly of him, posting this is stooping to his level. And at the very least he apologised, you are just bad-mouthing him to the public.

    Forgive and forget my friend.

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