Friends of Buro: SG50 interview with Natasha Chiam
You know you've met a Singaporean when... they understand the meaning of a tissue packet left on a table.
My fondest memory from the last five decades is... looking at the city glittering against the night sky when touching down on a plane. As a child, that sight meant coming back for summer holidays and happy times ahead!
As a Singaporean, I really love to complain about... the heat. So original, I know.
Singaporeans should stop complaining about... the public transport. It's really not that bad! Where I grew up, sometimes the trains wouldn't even come at all.
The most underrated thing about Singapore is... this is super boring — but the tax filing system is pretty great.
Each time I return back to our island, I appreciate... the fact that everything is pretty much within a 20-minute travel time.
The cost of our country's progress... is the inordinate amount of paperwork required to get seemingly simple things done.
The one local dish I would pay any amount for is... steamed chicken rice!
In 10 years' time, I would like to see Singapore... as a place where aunties and uncles no longer have to work as hawker centre cleaners or street sweepers.
Singapore is uniquely... patriotic.
Durian: Bitter or sweet? Neither, I can't get past the smell.
Favourite local brand: In Good Company, their clothes make me feel happy and peaceful.
Favourite Singlish word: Wahlao
Favourite childhood snack: Soft white toast with butter and sugar.
Favourite hawker centre: Pek Kio at Owen Road, I love that sleepy neighbourhood.
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