Thursday, 21 June 2012

Ah Lian vs Auntie on Singapore MRT :I've experienced it before (kinda)

Have you seen the latest video to go viral in Singapore? Here it is. An auntie provoking a girl (who has since been given the moniker ah-lian) leading to a full blown verbal outburst with 4 letter words and broken English thrown in.

After hearing about the news and watching the video i am definitely on the girls side! I mean she gave up her seat to the auntie (it was a priority seat for senior citizens/pregnant mothers)! No one knows how the disagreement started but it was said to be because, the auntie had waited a bit too long for her liking for the girl to give up her seat to her. She then starts nagging like any old fashioned auntie would, with the girl initially feigning ignorance by playing with her phone.It was funny to hear one of the auntie's first accusation in the video was 'You must be from China!' Why does this auntie hate Chinese Nationals so much padahal their ancestors are from China? Auntie must be 1st generation Singaporean Chinese bless her old soul.

Well what happened next you can see in the video. Auntie wanted to take a photo of the girl to put in Today newspaper (one of Singapore's most popular newspaper)

I feel for the poor girl. The fact is, on my rare visits to Singapore, me and my husband encountered sort of the same thing. Sort of.. no verbal or physical abuse.. but the context was the same.

Me and my husband took a bus then an MRT from JB to Singapore to do some touristy holiday one day trip. Pretty much like how Singaporeans travel to Malacca to eat chicken rice balls. We were headed to Orchard road (which takes a long time) and we were NOT in any way seated at priority seating seats. The priority seats were just opposite us. Then, an old greying uncle and his significantly younger wife got on the train. The person next to my husband gave up his seat to the uncle. The priority seaters did not budge. The rather young looking auntie was standing ramrod straight (no osteoporosis whatsoever, botox also could have been keeping her face fairly line free), staring straight at us.

At that point i was thinking.. would i want someone to give up seats to me? NO! Cos that would mean i look OLD! Also we did a lot of walking in Singapore and our feet were sore.Five minutes later the auntie started whispering to a young girl standing next to her while surreptitiously (but not quite discreetly enough) forking out her mobile phone trying to take a picture of us.

At that point i was thinking 'Wait.. is she trying to do what i think she's trying to do.. nah.. where go people so 'Wu liao' ( nothing better to do)! I turned away and ignored. The couple left the train 3 stops later anyway.

This incident, made me remember that incident.

So it is a trend for old aunties to take pictures of random strangers who do them' injustice' to publish in newspapers!Luckily the disease has not spread across the causeway. (Of course i'm not saying all Singaporean aunties are like that i've met quite a few nice ones, but it's the bad hats that give a bad name to aunties everywhere)

I'm in favour of priority seaters giving up their seats, but please aunties at least look like you're old enough to need those seats can?

Is it a wonder why nursing homes in JB are becoming extremely popular?


LauraLeia said...

I was in Singapore a few days ago, and luckily i didn't encounter any of these 'aunties' on the MRT, lol. But I agree, some of these 'old folks' think they deserve a seat just because they are older than us, nevermind that they dye their hair and makeup in order to look younger, LOL. Ironic.

saltvinegar said...

Hehe ironic indeed.. sometimes, i wonder why they deserve special treatment (i mean the young aunties la not the ones tht really deserve a seat) :P

CORBz said...

Who is that girl ? omg .. interested sia..

CORBz said...

Who is that Lady (so called Ah Lian)
Interested sia ~~ =3


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