Rachel Pang Comics, Ah Beng Foodie, and other cool Singaporean Instagram accounts to follow: Screenshots #4
In Singapore, when it comes to food, our cameras eat first. Whether it's a slo-mo mozzarella cheese pull or the breaking of a wobbly onsen egg atop of a rice bowl, it's funny how Singaporeans would do anything — even stand on a chair — to get that perfect snapshot once a delicious dish lands on our table. While it's not a new account, it's a safe bet to say that no one does food reviews in a distinctly Singaporean manner better than Ah Beng Foodie. From an ugly-delicious plate of carrot cake from a hawker centre in Bedok to hole-in-the-wall cafes in the heartlands, the dishes that he spotlights are often random. His image-making skills are also far from Spielbergian, but his witty Singlish commentary has that cutthroat brutal honesty that we would come to expect from our fellow red-blooded, khaki shorts-wearing Singaporean males. Case in point, his brooding thoughts on a bowl of ramen: "The smell alone is enuff to make even hardcore vege go jiak bak and its enough to trick the parotid glands in my brain to secrete more saliva in my mouth".
Singaporean artist Rachel Pang first came to my attention back in July when her IG post in response to the 'brownface' saga went viral. She provided succinct definitions of racism and Chinese privilege in a gallery of eight black-and-white illustrations, something many weren't able to achieve in their lengthy thought pieces about the matter. To date, the post has deservedly garnered over 20,000 likes. The truth is, Rachel hasn't shied away from difficult conversations from the start. She has touched on culturally trending topics such as sexism, mental health, and body positivity. It's not all 'woke' millennial activism, though. For Halloween, she suggested some low-effort costume ideas that included a Uniqlo model. "It's you 90% of the time anyway", she captioned the sketch. We couldn't agree more.
Overheard isn't an entirely new concept. It's basically a feed of hilarious comments that have been overheard by nosy people around the city. The caption usually details where exactly it was heard. Currently, there are verified IG accounts for the world's most bougie cities such as London, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco. Considering that Singapore has been consistently regarded as the world's most expensive city, it comes as no surprise that Singapore has its very own Overheard edition. Overheard in Singapore began and abruptly ended after just 15 IG posts back in January this year, but it sprung back to life last month with three all-new posts. Most of the statements are downright funny, but my personal favourite would definitely be, "Sorry hor, I don't cry for men. I only cry for money". Truer words have never been spoken.
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