Friends of Buro: SG50 interview with Victoria Cheng

Friends of Buro: SG50 interview with Victoria Cheng

Text: Dora Aljoofri-Shrestha

Photo: Vanessa Caitlin

Victoria Cheng has a soft spot for Paddle Pop, the view from Henderson Waves, and SMRT (haters gonna hate)

You know you've met a Singaporean when... they don't mind queueing up. The kiasu-ness is strong here.

My fondest memory from the last five decades is... spending late nights at Henderson Waves where my friends and I would sit in the night breeze, chat and look out at Keppel and the water in the distance.  

I wish Singapore would bring back... tea dances. I've never seen one, but I've heard so much about it and would like to witness one.

I'm not Singaporean, but I really love to complain about... the weather. I'm sure Singaporeans feel the same way. 

Singaporeans should stop complaining about... the public transportation. The MRT breaks down for an hour and makes the headlines. Try daily subway commutes where air-conditioning isn't always working and there are delays every three stops while sitting next to a homeless guy without pants on a rickety train. Oh, and this is after you accidentally sit on someone's spilled 7-Eleven slushie.

The most underrated thing about Singapore is... how studious everyone is. Nowhere else in the world have I seen cafes with signs by the cashier notifying students not to study there during peak hours.

Every time I return back to Singapore, I appreciate... how fast it takes to get from the plane to my doorstep.

The cost of our country's progress... is the ERP charges.

In 10 years time, I would like to see Singapore... living in a biospheric dome with technology you'd see in Disney's Tomorrowland. I expect nothing less, Singapore!

Singapore is uniquely... not obese despite its supper culture with high cholesterol dishes that are all greased up and deliciously full of lard.

Victoria Cheng

Favourite local TV show: Channel News Asia, I guess? I don't want TV, except for the news.

Favourite local brand: Paddle Pop

Favourite shopping mall... Ion Orchard. I have my atas moments.

Favourite hawker centre: Tiong Bahru Market. The chwee kueh there is the bomb.


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