Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Holland Village Saga~

After the Maid-with-the-army-backpack saga, we got the elitist-Samantha-from-Holland-Village saga. Long story short, this particular woman Samantha called a local radio station to complain about heartlanders from Toa Payoh, Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Batok etc who tarnish the image of Holland Village by appearing in slippers, shorts and weird hair colors. Apparently her rant was due to her own encounter of 2 guys in Starbucks talking vulgar in their shorts and slippers earlier that morning.

She described heartlanders as people with no manners, who talk loudly and wear cheap clothes from Bugis Street. “People who come here are cultured. So if you want to come here, you know, when you’re in Rome, behave like a Roman. When you’re in Holland, behave like us cultured people and please stay where you are, I think you fit best there.”

According to this article she has since apologized for her rant on national radio. However, the direct/indirect target of her rant is not ready to let it pass. I've been invited to this particular event on Facebook called 1,000 peeps to Holland V in Singlets, Shorts and Slippers Day. It's got to be interesting... Can't wait to see youtube videos or photos of the events online.

My personal opinion of this issue. Either a) A particular woman who cannot possesses a low threshold of self-control, b) An elitist who lives in her own world or c) A nut. In any way, just a small percentage of the population acts or talks like her.

I even wondered if those 2 guys she mentioned were from the heartlands or Holland Villagers themselves! Weekday morning slippers and shorts in Holland Village and at Starbucks... Real heartlanders would have stayed in their own estate having a piece of kaya bread with kopi @ Ya Kun!



Flora said...

If this incident was real (some have said it was all staged, that the phone call was an act), it's a really sad display of internalized colonialism. Do people really think of heartlanders this negatively or is she just a special case?

Thanks for sharing the facebook link to that event. I won't be able to make it, but it will be interesting to see photos of it!


WhiteDuskRed said...

Staged or otherwise, I think it brings out the best in others. Sometimes Singaporeans need a tight slap on the buttocks to remember that we are from the same diverse multi-cultural society.

In my opinion that person is real and just a nut. I assure you the majority of the population don't belong there... they are too busy making money than spending time @ Starbucks on a weekday morning!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

Thank God (or not?) for technology, these days we can get ourselves entertained by reading/watching/listening to nutty nuts from everywhere. Hilarious!

Damn I miss Singapore! T_T

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