Thursday, September 4, 2008

Just for Laughs #9 - East West Dissociation

* 3 days to finals! Woohoo!!

Been busy studying so didn't have much time posting new entries. But quite a few funny happenings transpired these few days. I will share one with you. 

Coming from the great Malaise-ia, the idea of referring to my location in Singapore as being in the west or in the east of the island was quite foreign. 

Rarely have i heard Malaise-ians saying they are staying in the east or west. Granted there are West and East Malaise-ia, and also West and East Coast, but when have you heard them being referred to in that manner? People proudly profess that they are from Kuching or Kuala Terengganu and so on.

So i can understand that some Malaise-ians CAN have difficulties associating with East/West. 

I am staying in Bukit Batok*, just north of the blue bubble on the map above which marks Jurong East MRT interchange. Bukit Batok MRT station is only one stop away. Going by the location of Bukit Batok relative to the island, that would put me in the west of the island. 

*No it's not a hill, and i don't see unusual concentration of coughing patients here. The only elevation in the island with lots of coughing TB patients is at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, which is at Novena, or the central of the island. 

But this is classic. 

Scenario: Reading a food blog and lamenting our poor fate of living in the west of the island where there is not much good makan place. The east of the island is where most of the population stays in, with a glut of better good food. 

CJ: Sighs too bad we are staying in the west. 

Someone*: West? 

CJ: Yeah we are staying in the west of the island. 

Someone*: Really? 

CJ: (eyes rolling) Yeaaahhhhhh.....

Someone*: But it's Jurong EAST!!! Why would they call it east if it's in the west?!!!

CJ: (falls behind, mouth frothing, face twitching, and legs kicking = seizure from disbelief)

*Someone = Steph aka Almighty. 

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