My friend Robert in Singapore was kind enough to offer his place to stay at for my entire trip. Him and I go a long way back. He was the first other Malaysian migrant kid that I met on my first scary day in high school here. So that would mean that we’ve known each other for close to 20 years now. Along the way, we went to different unis, worked in different parts of the city, and then he’d move to Sydney for a couple of years. And now he’s working in Singapore.
It’s pretty amazing that we are still good chums and have not lost touch.
Among the gifts that I bought for him include a DVD of “The Castle” – one of the quintessential movies about Australian life and it happens to be bloody funny as well. This is to remind Robert how the Aussie accent sounds like and the proper social context to say things like, “Tell him he’s dreaming!”
The other is a stubby holder. For my non-Aussie readers, it’s basically a piece of insulated foam for holding your cold beer cans or bottles in. It keeps your hands dry and your drinks cold. Top Aussie icon! And I chose the word “Bugger!” on it because Robert likes to say “bugger” a lot. In fact, it never ceases to amuse me to see that word constantly fly out of a Chinese face. High-larious.
Thanks Rob and seeya real soon!