Drink with me..

I realise that people around me are somehow terrified of participating in food activities on their own. There’s this stigma that attaches itself to Singaporeans, or Asians, probably, who are seen eating or drinking alone. What’s worse is that it has become such a strong form of dominant ideology that it’s hard not to judge someone as “depressed and lonely” when we come across such an individual during our daily activities.

Call it cultural difference or whatever but I have a friend, a hongkonger by birth and now a New Zealand citizen, who often has a drink or two at any random pub he can find while waiting to pass the time. And he doesn’t feel that there’s anything wrong with that. Yet I, and probably many other Singaporeans, would really think twice before having a drink alone without feeling somewhat wierd and out of place.

It’s interesting to think about how being immersed in a different culture can change the way we view certain activities.

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