Singapore’s “Small Talk”
What kind of topic for small talk with your colleagues when you work in Singapore ? Well, if you are new in Singapore, here’s some small topic idea to start.
Apartments / House
Start with “where do you live” or “which area do you live”. Then continue with “how big is your house”, “how much room that you have”, “how much does it cost”. Or continue with “I know some of my friend who bought the house in that area spent XXX thousands of money”.
Start with “have you tried XXX food at XXX”. Then wait for the response before continue with “I tried the same food at other XXX area, it’s nice / better / worse / more expensive / cheaper”. Be prepared if people ask you “how much do you spend for XXX food there ?”
Vacation / Travel
Start with “have you been to XXX”. Then wait for the response. Probably he / she will tell you where have he / she been for holiday. Then replied with “have you seen XXX specific of that area also ?”. Be prepared if they ask you “how much do you spend for the air tickets ?” or “how much that you spent there”.
Branded stuffs are always part of Singapore. When I talked to a friend that I played badminton, the first question was “what racket that you use (referring to Yonex or other brand) ?”. When you are regular runner, don’t be surprised if someone ask you, “what shoes that you wear to run (referring to Adidas, Nike, or Reebok or other kind of branded sport shoes)”.
So, if you are new in Singapore, be prepared to be gauged by the money that you have. They won’t ask you how much that you earn, but they definitely will ask you how much that you spent.
Not comfortable ? Well, money talks in this city, including the small talk ones.