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A Singaporean’s observation of Filipinos

Posted by temasektimes on June 11, 2012

A point to bring out: what mastery of English language these pinoys have? zilch if we take the international benchmark of the Angus Ross Literature prize which is almost annually won by a Singaporean since its inception. The Angus Ross prize is recognization of the best literature paper in “A” levels outside UK.

I have lived in their country more than 25 years ago, It struck me then when I was watching their daily tv channels which were predominantly about this person yakking away with his or her own opinions in some local municipal issues. Full of rah rah but no substance. To take the cake, my pinoy friend who is a doctor there passed this remark “Fiilipinos all want to be leaders.” Where are the followers? All talk and no action.

Looking at their poilitical leaders’ behaviour is a ghastly exercise of megalomaniac and ineptness. Estrada, Aquino, Marcoses were leechers to their own country with playboy attitude and cowboy rules. I once passed Baguio there and the whole place gave ma a creep – it was dark, alleys with prostitutes, drug addicts openly shooting pots.

My observation of pinoys here in Singapore is not favourable either. I have seen maids abusing little children by literally dragging the tiny tots while yakking on the phone, infesting the shopping centres with their irritating English slang and tagalog which sounded more like chickens and ducks talking. They are supeficial people in the corporate world, smiling fakely but with a dagger behind – just look at their politicians and political culture which affirm this culturally imbibed trait.

Now the pinoys are so emboldened thinking a pax-filipino can be entrenched here in Singapore. Look Pinoys! We Singaporeans are gracious and to a large extent our government policies welcome FT or the other FT*****. This is by no means you can shit and feel arrogant here. As pointed out, Vietnam and Mymmar are catching up and we can look to them as alternative source of labour. In addition, they seem more refined and gracious in their mannerisms.

LAI

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times

541 Responses to “A Singaporean’s observation of Filipinos”

  1. Jardel said

    Pinoys are here because they are cheap. Employers can get them for less than 1.5k per month for graduates. Local ones starts from 2.3K. So as long they are cheap, they will be here. Those 60% who still believe that they are talents are either daft or in the civil service.

    Vietnam and Myanmmar need to be politically stable and be able to speak English before they can be seen as competitors to the pinoys. When I say English, it is not the standard one. One just have to talk with a pinoy to see what standard we are looking. It is very very basic English, akin to A,B and C.

    End of the day. if an employer can get an American at 1.5K, he or she will get the job. Quality? Bullshit.

    • kayle said

      “One just have to talk TO a pinoy to see what standard we are looking FOR,” you mean. – a pinoy

      • Chris St. A said

        Kayle: you are stupid. “Talk to” and “talk with” are the same. In some circles, “talk to” is even considered rude, like you are talking down to someone of lower rank. Talk “with” implies you’re on the same level. The difference mainly lies in US and British usage. Nagmamagaling ka pang epal ka eh, kung alam ko lang Bisaya accent ka rin.

      • Klave said

        Wow Chris St.! It only needs another pinoy to bad mouth a pinoy. This is exactly why our country (Philippines) is doomed. So what if one has a bisayan accent? Do you think the Tagalog accent sounds better? In my opinion, I completely agree with Jardel said except about the American part. Work quality is more of a personal aspect rather than a race aspect. Some people just suck at what they do.
        As for the author of this article, anyone listening to a language that one doesn’t know would be like listening to ducks and chickens, maybe except for the french though, they sound nice even if you don’t understand anything.

    • Andre said

      stupid dude, not all pinoys there are cheap, I’m challenging you to a CPF contribution and tax paid competition. I’m betting $100k sgd that I trump you by a mile. I own you Jardel fooking shet

      • Chris St. A said

        I’m sure the commenter was referring to the mean income level of pinoys. Hurray, you have the highest income bracket. Now brace yourself for the averaging out of that with Philippine domestic workers’ wages.

      • Gecko said

        Looks like you got owned instead. Still want to challenge? I’m all ready.
        Btw, your stake is way too low.

    • Who are you.. said

      ohh yeah.. you considered your self a good one? look at your self in the mirror, look who’s talking here? all of those insect talking they are excellent in their own world..have you either search your roots? is that what you called education of your own because Singaporeans are better than Filipinos..all of you are disgrace and shame of your native land because of your so called great attitude!! you are worse product of your own education…

      • jojo said

        I never thought that Singaporeans acted in this way. I have always viewed them to be truly educated, mild mannered. And never have I heard of Singaporeans as racist people…but this proved me wrong. How pathetic that you think of yourselves to be above others.

      • nihon said

        some people cannot take the brutal truth, truth hurts, but we ain’t no racist, boy’s advice, ‘ should reflect on yourselves.’ don’t play/hide behind the race card; someone who use it, is usually one.

      • Pinoy Is Shitting Everywhere! said

        @jojo, to deal with shitty pinoys like you, one need not to be educated, in fact, being civic to pinoys scums is uselss as it is obvious that scums never appreciate being treated in a civil manner!

        Can’t take the heat, go back and fuck you stinking bitch mother, that what you fucking pinoy creatures are good for!!

      • jojo said

        @ Pinoy is shitting everywhere! I don’t need to be educated to see that you are uneducated person. I can’t take the heat? Say that to my face you dumbass. People who uses ” FUCK YOUR STINKING BITCH MOTHER ” is a clear sign that you really use your education well. You just can’t accept the fact that you are truly a racist dumbass.

      • Pinoys Is Shitting Everywhere! said

        @Jojo, and you just can’t accept that you are truly a stinking pinoy scum and bastard! Do you have a face…or you just have an ass up your neck!!!!!

      • Reina Younghusband said

        @pinoys is shitting everywhere; and you nevertheless should accept the fact that your mouth shits more than your ass. You should burn your diplomas for your ancestor’s sake. HEATHEN.

    • KC said

      PHILIPPINES: World’s best country in business English

      http://ph.news.yahoo.com/ph–world-s-best-country-in-business-english.html

      REAL STATISTICS. based on studies and not on BLUNT, RACIST, AND IMMATURE BLOG like this.

    • Tedigator said

      Cool down Pinoys. You might be offended by the post but this does not represent the entire Singaporean attitude. This is a site where Singapore sissies converge, most of haters here are losers in real life. Move on and continue what you do best.

      The world is a battle of the fittest and what at least people can do when they hate their situation is blog and point fingers at someone else. I had read articles here, at most with the intent to crowd haters and with the intent to inflame. Anyway, this rarely happens in a real work scenario where people can see each other. Anyone got offended here? Let me introduce you to the Internet.

      There are lots of things better to do than loiter at this blog. Don’t cry out your hearts on this. Prove yourselves at work where you earn money and not on blogs where you don’t get anything. Life is short, do what it means to excel. There are lots of opportunities to grab in Singapore where haters miss out.

      哦, 我是菲律宾人。^^

    • Frank Torres said

      The Philippines is leading the world in BPO call centers, not Singapore. haha. Talk about english proficiency!!

  2. vin183 said

    Very true. They are getting too arrogant and too many of them….like a plague! And whether they speak in their native Tagalog or their horribly accented English…their voices are so high pitched, even the men! Their guys sound like castrated eunuchs!

    • Andre said

      and you have a british accent you horrible pathetic you

      • oso said

        I agree Andre, idiot Singaporeans might have been proud of imitating Fuckin British accent….

      • Pinoy Is Shitting Everywhere! said

        and you fuxking pinoy scums like smelling british farts, don’t you?

    • nihon said

      this andre pest, likely to be a flip, swaggering n strutting around here, throwing its — around, bragging about its income, if u r so good go back to your rat hole.

      • Pinoy Is Shitting Everywhere! said

        yup, obviously one that like fuxking his own stinking pinoy nitch mother given every opportunities as well. now you know why Singapore is contaminated and infested with these cheap creatures who shit everywhere and anywhere, but it is in their genes…pinoy are indeed one the most lowly fuxking freaky creatures in planet earth!

  3. Kemo Sabe said

    I think the Singapore has made a mistake allowing a Pinoy community to take root here. We have to learn a thing or two about how Pinoys behave. In the US for eg, if you employ a Pinoy, he brings in his family; and the family in turn bring in others of the compareys – those related not necessarily by blood but by ties of kinship made through say being a god parent of a child. If you have a Pinoy in your department, very soon it growns to two, then more; eventually a small Pinoy community emerges. If the Manager is say an American, they will “manage him out” and put one of their kind in; and they’ll proliferate and then pressure the system to do things in their favour. Smart as our leaders are, they are not so street smart against the Pinoy who can overthrow a legitimately installed government with “people’s power” Has the Philippines improved since? No. Still in the rut, because people who destabliise will go on destablishing because there are people who thrive in this environment to make good money, to enjoy some days off to protest. Pinoys are tardy. Sad to say most of the late comers in Church are Pinoy. You will find this tardiness in Singapore too. Thye will blame the traffic, the MRT breakdowns, etc. Good luck Singapore.

    • Penny Wong said

      A Pinoy community took root here decades ago when their women folks came here to serve as your maids. The wages you paid your maids helped to educate their children who are now working here.

      • Kemo Sabe said

        Those who came as maid did not bring along their friends and relatives. Those on employment passes do.

        Contrary to what some think, their graduates are not that cheap because the educational system turn out so many graduates and accountants, but they can’t practise back home because of a system of board exams to sieve them out. So many who come here are may not be of the calibre acceptable even back in the Philippines.

        What I am trying to warn here is this – be prepared for more following one, taxing our system to a point we can’t cope.

      • Xyz said

        Yes but only with our gracious and loving government that allows such talents to work here.

      • deannek said

        I totally agree. Its human nature to flock where employment and good opportunity is. If you look at your heritage Singaporeans are families from different countries that came to these small fishing port village for work. We Filipinos take care of your children, clean your houses, feed your household, help you make living. A little decency for my countrymen who make your lives better. To us your accent also irritates us, but the difference is we accept it. Can you honestly say the only acceptable English accent is American or Brit? C’mon

      • A.L. said

        Even if you hate me and my fellow countrymen (Filipinos) and insist on discriminating against your fellow Asians, I know that those who hate us are a mere handful in a sea of better men and women. It’s because I understand that your attitudes and feelings towards all of us (Pinoys) are based on your own experiences and on the opinions you’ve formed for yourselves or have allowed other bigots to help form for you that I choose to respect all Singaporeans still.

        This doesn’t mean that I have no pride whether it be pride in myself or pride for my country and my countrymen. This just means that I choose to be the better, more understanding person. I do not, in any way mean to say that I am better than all or any Singaporean. Instead of taking the bait, getting upset and inciting more hatred, I choose to let your words teach me to be a better person, a more aware person. Reading the hateful, painful and undeserved comments did sadden me, especially because I love Singapore and the people who live, work, thrive, survive and try their best to make it here. But my sadness is alleviated by the knowledge that, surely, there are Singaporeans out there who don’t feel this way towards us.

        In the many times I’ve been here, I haven’t really experienced any raw or intense discrimination because I don’t look, act or speak like your stereotypical Filipino. I look and am often mistaken for a Hong Kong or American Chinese citizen because of my features, light skin, height (I am about 5’8″ tall), size (I am much larger than the average Filipino) and because I write and speak grammatically correct American English with a neutralized accent. If I don’t speak, I am often mistaken for a Singaporean, too.

        I hope we can all stop the hatred and discrimination towards each other or towards any other person, race, ethnicity, etc. Don’t we all really just want peace and harmony in the end? I know I do.

  4. smiling fakely but with a dagger behind said

    “smiling fakely but with a dagger behind”

    well said, my working experience with them is that they are 1 bunch of back stabbers

    • Pinoy ako said

      self check!!!

    • Chris St. A said

      They stab everyone, even themselves. It’s called “crab mentality.” When someone rises up the ranks quickly, he will be pulled down because of professional jealousy.

    • ChristineL said

      Can’t help but agree.. & this is first hand observation from someone who wasn’t raised in the Philippines but is currently living there.

  5. Andrew said

    The author of this comment also demonstrates his poor command of the English language. Pot calling the kettle black.

    • Jardel said

      Hello, are we commenting on the proficiency and correctness of English language used here or simply the vast population of Pinoys that we have on hand now? You, Andrew, just does not see the point. You are fast in pointing out mistake but what solutions do you have? Akin to what dear Mr. DPM TCH had just said in the last infamous showdown with the 17 and 18 years old.

      • Andre said

        hahahaha got hit by that one ha, can we just look at the numbers of how many IELTS or TOEFL passers there are in singapore and philippines so that we can settle it once and for all, last time I look the AIM debate team trumps both NYU and SMU

      • Pinoy Is Shitting Everywhere! said

        Indeed Andre, beside words, nothing else works for your country…scum presidents elected by a land of scums, what can you expect?

    • DY said

      in addition to that, the first paragraph (as an argument) is quite silly.

    • i say what i think only... said

      at least i can tell he is locally bred singaporean. i enjoy reading it, homely view.

    • celia said

      So disgusting…..look who’s talking?! Not all singaporean are good in english!they always say lah..lah..leh..leh….goodness! Before you talk other people you should look at yourself first…!

      • G M said

        I speak perfect English and throw in the occasional “Lah” to affirm my S’porean identity. Problem, Pinoy bitch?

      • SG said

        At least Singaporean (even senior citizen can speak clearly) is are far better-off than retard Pinoy pronunciation. In overseas, the hosts are much more comfortable with Singaporeans.

      • SG said

        At least Singaporean (even senior citizen can speak clearly) IS far better-off than retard Pinoy pronunciation. In overseas, the hosts are much more comfortable with Singaporeans.

      • Jl2nUvv said

        That is our cultural language. True Singaporeans have adapted to it, regardless of race. If you don’t like it, get out. In Manila no one will speak like that, so please, go back there.

      • Haha said

        SG’s can speak clearly? You must be kidding me! Your choppy pronunciation of every word u utter is better? You are funny sg! My wife working there had to adjust to your accent because you cant understand american pronunciation! Not to mention you intonation! Pls dont integrate your chinese intonation with the american english. I beg of you! I didnt know tha SG’s have a very good sense of humor! Haha

      • FP said

        i agree!!! just look at yourself first before you look at others… you might be worse than them… so disgusting racists…only GOD can judge people.. you don’t have the right to do that!!!!

      • Andre said

        Frogs don’t see themselves in the mirror, after all they are first world frogs

      • KC said

        FP said “i agree!!! just look at yourself first before you look at others… you might be worse than them… so disgusting racists…only GOD can judge people.. you don’t have the right to do that!!!!”

        — brother most of the people here do not choose to know God, our Creator, Jesus Christ–free thinkers are all over here, so what can we expect. Anyways, to the author of this blog—if you have Lord Jesus Christ—God will bless you!

      • Pinoy Is Shitting Everywhere! said

        and pinoy dogs never know what they are barking at…after all, they simply think and act like dogs!

      • Reina Younghusband said

        @PISE Take a look at yourself. The one who doesnt make sense speaks alot more. GRAMMAR! LEARN IT! HYPOCRITE!

    • So what said

      So what as long as we can understand what he said. Are you a Pinoy?

    • Tru Blu Sinkie said

      MUCH MUCH better than the Pinoys, thank you very much.

    • young sg mummy said

      but at least its better than those of the pinoys’…their’s is wat i would call a ‘grammatical catastrophe’…seems like we have to try to understand wat they are saying,bt they do nt try to understand wat we r saying….

      • Asiong Salonga said

        Really are all of you perfect with the english language? Its a good thing im not singaporean coz i dont want to be perfect!

      • Haha said

        Are you talking in chinese-english accent or just plain american accent? Again, american has its own intonation. Pls down integrate your intonation with the english language. And if it’s word, it’s best that you say it word per word and syllables per word. eg. eng-glish, in-to-ne-si-yon (with your chinese intonation) haha…

      • FP said

        simply because you can’t be understood at all…

      • Art Te said

        Are we talking here of how the English language being spoken? or how the “PINOYS” work? The PINOYS are hired here because they let their actions at work talk. It is what the employers see. “ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN VOICE”.

      • Taylor said

        hahahha! lah!

      • KC said

        Simple analogy, why would Singaporean companies and MNCs choose to hire Filipinos—because we are reliable, professional and above all we can communicate very well—oh so these are how ducks and chickens talk eh? You guys are funny.

        Please go to English-speaking countries and I am sure they would hardly understand you! Pathetic bitter blogger!

      • FP said

        “ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN VOICE”.? what? where did you find this? yaiks!!! got you there!!!

      • Frank Torres said

        Dude how is someone with a Chinese or Indian ancestry going to clown on a Filipino’s accent? Go to any western country and it is Indian and Chinese who is globally considered to have the funniest accents. Not only that Filipinos have the 2nd highest median household income in the United States after Indians. That doesn’t sound like a people who are uneducated and rotten. If anything Filipinos are one of the more well-respected ethnic groups in the US because they come to America already knowing English unlike the Latinos or other ethnic groups.

  6. spotlessleopard said

    All foreigners as long as they can be exploited will be exploited by the Political Leaders and their cronies (Employers)…and as long as Pinoys are dumb enough to be exploited and get paid less then their officialy declared pay…the so call economic growth of Singapore will be at the expense of singaporeans and productivity will remain low…..

    I have come across filipinos who accept “employment” under such onerous conditions…where is their pride?.They have no choice….accept exploitation or go hungry in Philippines…..They remain an exploited people…that is why there are millions of them worldwide without them their country will collapse.

    • Jl2nUvv said

      Agreed wholeheartedly. Exploited by their own corrupted leaders back home. Exploited by other governments abroad. For cheaper wages, for votes. Pathetic situation really, yet they will never realize it. Just look at those ‘prideful’ bunch. Believing they’re more talented. Nonsense.

      If they believe they’re more talented simply because they can secure jobs, no arguments needed already. You can see their intellectual limitations from that viewpoint alone.

      • Conrad said

        I think you don’t understand. What we are demonstrating is a trait present in every human. Surviving. Yes, our country isn’t the best place to be in right now. Like what Spotlessleopard said, and you agreed to wholeheartedly, ” accept exploitation or go hungry in the Philippines”. Who the hell in their right mind would choose to go hungry? :) To hell with pride!

        To put it simply, we are just thinking outside the box. You may say, “stay in the Philippines and help change it for the better”, that’s all good but change doesn’t happen overnight. In the meantime, where are we going the get the money to put food on the table?

      • KC said

        We are humble workers and we never boast about what we have and are never shy of what we are lacking.
        And you are talking about intellect Jl2nUvv??
        “Oh wah! your brain ah, must be spoiled lah! You ha, eat medicine leh, go back and rest” my boyfriend is a singaporean and he bids to stay away from his SINGLISH tongue.

        So, please, before you notice someone else’s dirt, please wipe your stains first, this could help. These bitter people mustve been retrenched or dumped by their companies for world-class Filipinos.

        And i cannot blame you guys, we “bring home the bacon EH!” imagine, we earn, say starting salary as SGD3k, then remit to Philippines where we can buy cars, big house, build business, send children to good school, while you, here?

        “Walao Eh! no money leh, imagine ah, average singaporean diploma 1.8K only eh! topup card, da pao mee fan, THEN HOW?”

        well oh well…thanks to your government!!

      • Gecko said

        Conrad, I see your point and can feel for you. But just feel the attitude and aggression of your cabayan here. Pls ponder.

        KC, you should be grateful to your host for giving you a good life instead of making such condescending remarks. Hope you dont make your boyfriend speak Taglish. Btw, the equivalent of a SGD 1.8k ( exclusive of CPF ) salary for a Singaporean is gross max SGD 1.0k for you. Not to worry, you will get the job – because you are cheaper. And, yes, you should thank our government.

    • Chris St. A said

      “To hell with pride,” Conrad says accurately. The stomach comes first. To heap scorn on Flips as a “prideful bunch” and then later ask “where is their pride” in going abroad to work is contradicting yourself. If you don’t have money, the only thing you have left is pride, otherwise you’d do something illegal for a living. Working for low wages abroad is not at all dishonorable.

  7. Sean said

    the pinoys are nothing but economic refugees. only difference is they are better dressed than typical refugees, don’t live in tents by the borders, & know to “talk big”

    • Gate Keeper said

      All I can remember, early 80’s maids and construction workers came to work. helped the SG infrastructure and SG family. Early 90’s Pinoy Engr (PMETs) floods SG. Early to mid 2000 up until now, from hospitality to Managers were filled by them. I respect those early 90’s PMETs, they are the real FT. But now with the new batch, they are loud, show-off and what nots.

    • Frank Torres said

      What exactly would you call the founders of Singapore? true refugees?

  8. Non-pinoy/non-Singaporean said

    Just a reminder to Temasek Times and all its fangirls that racist, self-congratulatory and poorly-written posts like this do not make Singaporeans look gracious or clever…rather the reverse.

    Check yourselves.

    • G M said

      You are not S’porean and in no position to comment on our affairs.

      Restrain yourself.

      • Foreign Talent, Mr Foreign Talent to you said

        He or she is in a very good position to comment, as proven by the fact that they did.

        This blog is open for the world to read, as are the black hearts of some of the people who ‘contribute’ to it. Do you like being seen as pathetic, racist and small minded, parochial hicks?

    • em said

      Very, very well-said. You took the words right out of my mouth.

    • Jl2nUvv said

      It doesn’t make Fox News and the likes appear intelligent either. But they do give it raw; Articles which generate interest and views.

      On the contrary, comments debasing this system of free media and speech and opinion shows the absurd amount of limitations in your thinking capabilities and ability to accept other perspectives.

      Check yourSELF.

      • Non-pinoy/non-Singaporean said

        Far be it from me to to debase the freedom to express yourself or diversity of opinion…as far as I’m concerned, you fight trashy media (like the above posting) with more free speech, not with censorship.
        In that spirit, I’m just using the said freedom to point out how uneducated, racist and ignorant the author of this post and his/her supporters are.

      • Asiong Salonga said

        Wow big cheers to your perfect thinking capabilities, one thing though do you know all filipinos to be saying stuff you are very sure of? Really? Are you a perfect human being to be boasting with these godlike descriminations? Really? Well i dont want to check my self coz sure as hell am not like YOU!

      • sweetbean said

        wah very LIKE leh

      • FP said

        try checking yourself too!!!!

      • FP said

        Try going to the states or any english speaking country…check who can be understood!!!

      • yes I do agree, this comment is simply arrogance and quite discriminating. Simply put: “Singaporeans are of the superior race, but cannot take care of their own laundry and children, so they hire inferior Pinoys.”

    • mahbok tan said

      This is Singapore and not Great Britain or Europe or America…….!!!

      You expect us to use American English or Queens English….????

      We are proud to have SINGLISH…..thats important in terms of communication and its culture….!!!

      • Non-pinoy/non-Singaporean said

        Got nothing against Singlish – but if you’re going to be proud of Singlish then you can’t disparage the pinoys for their own brand of English…rocks/glass houses, pot/kettle/black…that sort of thing.

      • Asiong Salonga said

        So keep it that way and dont be arroggant you piece of shit!

      • New Jersey resident said

        Don’t you think that’s the exact reason why Americans, Europeans, not to mention you, Singaporeans need Filipinos to work with you?

        You are proud of your SINGLISH, Filipinos are proud with “Carabao” english.

        Besides, check the link why Philippines would soon make a global invasion:

        http://www.globalenglish.com/whoweare/newsroom/press_releases/757

      • Andre said

        yeah as frog in the well it not that important, but please do work in countries like the US and UK and you’ll see what I mean

      • driller said

        “Struggling, Fast-Growth and BRIC Economies at a Disadvantage
        Only the Philippines attained a score above 7.0, a BEI level within range of a high proficiency that indicates an ability to take an active role in business discussions and perform relatively complex tasks. This is particularly interesting because the Philippines, a country with one-tenth of the population of India, recently overtook India as a hub for call centers.4 Joining the Philippines in the top five were Norway (6.54), Estonia (6.45), Serbia (6.38) and Slovenia (6.19).

        It is not surprising that both the Philippines and Norway—the only two countries in the top five in both 2011 and 2012—are improving their economies, based on the latest GDP data from the World Bank. The increased Business English capability for global workers from these two countries is an indicator of continued economic growth and business success.”

        Source: http://www.globalenglish.com/whoweare/newsroom/press_releases/757

      • Pinoy Is Shitting Everywhere! said

        and indeed, pinoy dogs can only always lick the toes of humans when in UK or in US, because that’s what they are being regarded!

    • Pinoy ako said

      English is an international language….not to be a subject of debate and especially becoming a racist…”all men are created equal”…

      • FP said

        Which is why Millions of call centers are situated in the Philippines…. try to apply to one of our call centers here in the Philippines… let’s see if you’ll pass….

      • Pinoys Is Shitting Everywhere! said

        millions of call centers are situated in philippines because you scums are cheap slaves…they were there at the invitation of your dumbass government who can’t provide a job for their own scums…it has nothing to do with your stupid english accent that pronounce “fax” as “farts”…like once I mocked a pinoy scum over the other end of the phone who keeps telling me “Please farts in your details…”, and I have to tell him that I have already farted! LOL!

      • Frank Torres said

        Lke FP said, try applying to a call center in the Philippines and see if you can get in. haha. The proof is in the pudding.

  9. Regina said

    The writer’s assessement of the pinoys i think also describes some Chinese/Indian/Malay/Eurasian singaporeans and even china/india/usa/uk nationals. So what IS your point??????

    • Jl2nUvv said

      Nope. The assessments can in no way be possibly attributed to other nationalities except Pinoys.

      The article is clear enough. If it is too cheem for you, please, run along, and go somewhere else akin to your level of understanding. Facebook, or common media fodder like TNP and such. Pssst. Off you go.

      • Tru Blu Sinkie said

        Well said!!!

      • coo coo said

        I wonder where does she/he stays in PH for the last 25 years. I wonder if he or she will get back to PH. I will forward this article to the area. I’d love to see head line news fellow SGporean being skinned alive in PH.

        coo coo

      • deannek said

        What Regina is trying to say, I’ll gonna elaborate for your own understanding. Chinese, Indians, USA, UK goes to countries where opportunity rises. Maybe you should check the history of Singapore. where it came from and who are its inhabitants. And Facebook? I bet you also have facebook. What face book is for dumb people? clearly you think only of yourself too much

      • Taylor said

        i can’t seem to find the word cheem!

      • driller said

        CHEEM: Hokkien term meaning something is profound or deep or intellectual.
        “You study philosophy? Wah lao, damn cheem, man!” [Actually the term “cheem” is used with an admiring yet simultaneously condescending attitude.]
        Source: http://www.lyen.net/gpage87.html

        Cheem , cheem meaning , definition of cheem , what is cheem – To describe complicated language which uses large intelligent words/vocabulary. Commonly used in asian countries such as Singapore and Malaysia.Applies to any language not just for those who have a limited fluency of the english language
        Some examples : Girl 1 : that picture is of such an explicit natureGirl 2 : Explicit nature? whats that mean? Dont use such cheem words on me lah.
        Source: http://www.definition-of.net

    • Frank Torres said

      You can tell the writer has limited experience abroad because he does not seem to realize that these qualities he perceives as exclusively Filipino traits are in fact universal traits you will find in every ethnic group in the world.

  10. Im a. Filipino said

    Thank you for all your comments, you’ll making us more proud than ever. god bless us all.

    • Jl2nUvv said

      I’m guessing He forgot to bless you.

      Your country is in shams, your people scattered, picking at scraps and nuggets of whatever country willing to throw at you for their own means.

      But its alright. Continue being proud. If its one of the last possessions you have left.

      • Asiong Salonga said

        Why? Are you rich by any chance. Your too loud, like a barking dog at the end of its chain, if you thing singapore is really and i mean really a SPECIAL country, then prove it to the world by all means, if you can though coz if not then just sit and stick out your tongue!

      • sweetbean said

        How true!

      • Pink cherry said

        You my dear, are obviously living a sad, pathetic life to even waste your time on this closed-minded piece of racist blabbering. I think that deep inside, you must adore Filipinos because you are obviously greatly affected by them! Dont you know that the more you hate, the more you love?

      • jecyayi said

        Singapore is a Christian nation right? meaning you guys have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ not just a religion… Well, unless you posters are muslims, buddhist, atheist, and such it is understandable that you guys have this racism issues. :)

      • useless said

        useless pride as I say

      • Pinoy ako said

        you are sick!!! Racist!!!

      • New Jersey resident said

        You are one bitter Singaporean. Be proud being a racist and ignorant. It’s apparently your best asset.

      • Mel said

        beautifully commented!

      • Andre said

        grow up and be a better educated well traveled person, soon all that hatred will be gone. I’ll pray for your soul

      • santiago said

        and HE completely not accepting you as His child.. You racist!

      • konig wolf said

        I hope you would know how it is to be in their shoes before you out give your negative comments about them.

        This is what a great man said “Before you state to your brother that he has a speck on his eye, make sure you remove that plank on your eye as well” and “Whoever is perfect enough in this area should cast the first stone”.

        I also remembered a post that I saw “Before you judge me, make sure you are perfect”.

        From what I see here… we (as in all of us) are not perfect and are not in a position to judge others because of this and that, so, to cut things short, better stop before they look for something that they can speak against you.

      • FP said

        SHould i say is it just merely envy that makes you racist Singaporeans blabber…. admit it!!! you’re just envious of the pinoys who can speak proficient english… it’s just a matter of taking a good bath to shake-off Envy and Jealousy!!! yeah right!!! Take a bath!!!

      • Pinoys Is Shitting Everywhere! said

        I don’t see how pinoy scums can speak more proficient english than Malaaysians or Singaporeans…in fact, many of those call centers who are situated in pinoy scumland always gets complaint from callers who have problem understand their stupid english pronounciation. Wonder why anyone should be jealous of stupid morons who can’t even pronounce the word “fax” as it is and keeps talking “fucks” around instead!

  11. Sheksunn said

    Wao… racist…
    If race were left out, this might make a good piece aimed at FT in general who take advantage of this “funny island in the sea…” to sing a version of Singapura favoured by pinnoy delegates of the youth ship some years ago…

  12. Nick said

    Wow…very well said. I have one Pinoy here who was just junior. Since he was hired, I taught him some stuffs on the company operation. But his attitude just put me off. Kinda like a spoon fed guy. Nevertheless, he is constantly approach on my managers to talk. Since then he became selected being a team lead. He misused the power by needing that attendance whether we were late and needed to put on capitalized. Besides that, each of the shift patten is having one of their guys around to monitor us. We have Indians here though. From time to time, he will oc these pinoys to get feedback on you. And guess what this team lead even ask the collegue about you and he asked you about your collegue about yout skills in technical. I am a ft as well but we came here just to work. But they came here just to climb about people head. This is really not a good idea to hire pinoys afterall.

  13. taber said

    Hey look whos talkin?! …look at your mirror!

    • Jl2nUvv said

      Off you go. Shoo.

      • Asiong Salonga said

        Really loud eh, boy. Arf arf!

      • Pinoy ako said

        check yourself man…

      • Singaporeans smell really bad. said

        I think you need some anger management sessions Jl2nUvv. Off you go darling. Shove.

      • Who are you.. said

        ohh yeah.. you considered your self a good one? look at your self in the mirror, look who’s talking here? all those insect talking they are excellent in their own world..have you either search your roots? is that what you called education
        of your own because Singaporeans are better than Filipinos..all of you are disgrace and shame of your native land because of your so called great attitude!! you are worse product of your own education…

      • Pinoy Is Shitting Everywhere! said

        don’t see how pinoys are well educated either, after all, they originate from a land that fill with lowly liars and cheats!

  14. Ah Loot said

    I do not agree with some of the comments. In Canada the Filipinos are an asset to the community. They are well behave, respectful and hardworking. Singaporeans are not an easy lot to get along with. Every action has an opposite reaction. Do not push them to the wall. Without these Filipinos working here you Singaporeans are will be washing your own toilets and doing your own dirty laundry. Remember your roots you are not from the upper crust.

    • G M said

      Canada? Of course! Pinoys have the biggest case of colonial complex. Look at all their women desperately angling for caucasian husbands as their local men are too inept to take care of the family. SPGs have nothing on them when it comes to scheming to hook a White Fish.

      • Pink cherry said

        Hep! Another insecure fellow here! Hahaha

      • Pink cherry said

        And by the way, at least Filipinos know thevalue of hardwork. You only know the value of branded items! Look at your country! Everything is manicured and trying so hard to look perfect!

      • white trash said

        Isn’t Singaporean women are keen to have white husband as well?

      • Andre said

        its not really about them being caucasian dude, It’s all about this white dude owning 8 inches barrel, don’t be shy about your 2 incher though you’ll still get some fugly pinay in OT as long you paid them right. Cheers to your 2 incher

      • Chris St. A said

        Andre: you weren’t able to defeat the guy’s racist comment with another racist comment. Heard that Filipino men are usually no longer than 5 inches. That’s pathetic! But does making that argument make the other argument less offensive? Go look in the mirror, you brown racist mofo.

      • Chris St. A said

        And Andre: you seem to be enamored of the 8″ Caucasian barrel as well, seeing that it was the first thing that came into your mind when male-female relationships were brought up. So you like ‘em big and white too eh? Northside or Southside? LOLz.

      • DB said

        Are you speaking from experience? Bitterness for being left by a filipino woman for a western man? lol!!!!

      • Gecko said

        DB. Loads of Ma-L available here. No bitterness, only sweetness! Tkx.

    • Jl2nUvv said

      No you are very wrong sir. We Singaporeans have mixed well and integrated well with foreigners in the years past.

      Your country, sir, allows firearms. And do not have any policies catered to, and exploited by these Pinoys. Anybody will be well behaved there.

      And without Pinoys here, we have other nationalities who have faithfully served us as maids without much fanfare. Classic case of overestimating one’s contributions there.

      • Asiong Salonga said

        Again with the barking, please prove that your country is the best i beg you…

      • Pink cherry said

        What arrogance! It’s true what most foreigners say about you, coming for such a small country, you want to have the biggest of everything! Dude, there’s a term for that – superiority complex!!!

      • Pink cherry said

        *coming from

    • Go Canda dun come to S'pore said

      Not all maids in S’pore are Pinoy.
      I prefer Indonesian maid than Pinoy maid though Pinoy maid can speak better English than Indonesian maid.

      • Immatured and Selfish said

        Go Canada Dun Come to S’pore,

        I agree with you. Just make sure that you have not eaten food or drank coffee with menstrual blood prepared by your Indonesian maid to mprove your stormy relationship with your them…

      • Chris St. A said

        “Immatured and Selfish” is probably a Pinoy bitter at the possibility of the maid position being taken over by Indos. And no, there is no such word as “immatured”–the proper adjective is “immature” without EVER having the need to have a past tense to it because it is NOT A VERB. Retard.

      • jgiesiaope said

        we are all human being,we just came from the dust after all,and we are all gonna go back there…so please no more fighting with each other ..I am so sad to read all the comments here,May God touch your heart and soul and have peace to everyone here….cheers…{note: I’m sorry if my grammar here are not correct…thank you…}

      • Mature and not selfish said

        If you treat your Indonesian maid well, she will not give her monthly blood for you to drink.
        Even my maid agencies have recom Indonesian maid than pinoy maid. Most angmoh employers will employ pinoy maids due to their superior command of English but with a strong Tagalog accent.

    • DB said

      Are you speaking from experience? Bitterness for being left by a filipino woman for a western man? lol!

  15. anubiss said

    “RACIST” would be an apropriate name for you.. Judging people by their culture, languange etc.. Yeah you won the angus literature prize rah rah rah. So what?? Oh like vietnamese better than pinoy’s? Then why dont you live at vietnam for the rest of ur life? Or Try make a survey.. How much of them can speak basic english, and what they sound like? Try to visit myanmar too.. Do the same thing.

    Oh.. And speaking of “Back Stabbers” youre on the “A” Level of back stabing and not to mention “A” plus level of “Racism” which makes you no better than what you post on ur blog.. :D

    Good luck with you
    i hope you dont get killed by the people you descrimenate.. :D

    • anubiss said

      dont get jealous just because you got beaten by an underdog in terms of talents and capabilities..

      What else can you do aside from speaking english fluently?

      sOcial climbing?
      Discreminating other people?

      By the way.. I would like to informt you that you are a potential “BACK STABBER”
      Try to read ur blog again and again.. Congratulations!!
      It turns out that ur a potentiall backstabber any way!!

      If you did it via blog..
      Dont get surprized if ur doing it to ur coleagues or boss right now..

      funny ei?!

    • Jl2nUvv said

      People here do not kill each other due to feelings of discrimination. Please, educate yourself on this country’s customs and culture. This is not like your country. Typical case of self imposition here.

      It is not a racist article. It states facts, opinions backed with supportive evidence. And no, even though we think Vietnamese and Myanmar nationals are getting better, we do not want to go live in Vietnam or anywhere else. Simply because THIS IS OUR COUNTRY.

      Ungrateful, unintelligent and disgusting wretch. Telling locals to go live elsewhere.

      I feel so ashamed for you, for your actions.

      Please dont shame yourself and your countrymen further. Shoo. Back to whichever hole you came from.

      • Asiong Salonga said

        Ohhh your an educated dog, you bark too much, try going out into the open, broadcast it, please, to prove your point so that we can see if you are the person who you think you are, try it and feel good about yourself. Afraid?

      • singaporean shinigami said

        singapore really is a “FINE” city .. haha what a shame to all singaporeans .. hats down to all of ya –,)

      • Topper said

        Why the hell do you always use shoo? In my country, we use shoo for dogs or animals. Shouldn’t you also feel ashamed for your actions. I guess racism is part of your country huh.

      • Pink cherry said

        Facts??? This piece of stupid blabbering is all about biased opinions! One would expect this kind of hate article from someone who is either has very serious case of psychological problems or someone who has lived under a rock for so long! Wake up man, you’re living in a world where boundaries have already blurred, people are mobile and that everyone is open-minded enough to actually respect diffirent cultures!

      • FP said

        Anubis you are an “A” level backstabber…. you’re such a disgrace and shame to Singapore…. you know that!!!

      • Andre said

        stop being an keyboard warrior all you get is sore thumbs, walk the talk and proceed to lucky plaza and drive the pinoys out, common wouldnt be that hard

      • santiago said

        hahaha! somebody got pinch by his own words!…lol!

      • aztg...... said

        i agree to that..:-) He”s a coward!!!!!

      • driller said

        Jl2nUvv, if you say that this article states facts, be sure that it is well researched and studied, ok? i think the one who wrote the article has schizo, having loss of associations on the things that he/she wrote. he wanted to point out one thing, English language, then politics and the place Baguio came out, come on, is that an article? it is a rubbish from the “trash bin” person who wrote it.

    • Singapore_First said

      If you feel this place is not “racially friendly” enough to your liking, please feel free to go back to your rightful country, which you abandoned with little regard.

      Threat to be killed by the Filipino community? Pinoys think that they can act with impunity and freely bring up death threats while living in a foreign country. Singaporeans do not kill or threaten to kill other people for a meaningless online posts.

      • LoLa said

        We dont care whether its racially friendly in singapore or not, and no we didnt and will never abandon our own country just for your country. we get what we want in life, which is getting a job, and getting paid and we are happy about it? filipinos working outside the country helped Philippines in so many ways, so what the heck you care about our lives? SORE and bitter, i say. dont be so hateful, and stop venting your anger and rants at us, it makes you look like a cry baby wanting some milk to stop his mouth from crying? :(

      • Gecko said

        Ooi, pinoys, Why no reply?

      • A Singaporean Abroad said

        My sentiments exactly!

    • Pinoy ako said

      I agree!!! someday you’ll regret what you just did…talking about backstabbing… what do you think are you doing… self check and just watch your own tail….

      • Chris St. A said

        Woooh….the guy’s scared. “Watch your own tail”–ghetto attitude through and through. “Iskwater” or “jologs” as it is called in the Philippines.

  16. Just spreading the word to other countries. said

    Before you base your judgement on a race from a bunch of bad apples to realize that not all Filipinos are such. As long as a bad example is set by one unfortunate Filipino, you immediately group them all into one. Sadly, there are Filipinos who let their pride get to them as you have mentioned and observed (like other people regardless of race who suddenly feel like they are the almighty after reaching a more stable country i.e. USA, Canada). However, there are others, probably the majority, who stay humble, hardworking and unnoticed. Regardless, no one has the right to judge anyone, either parties. Filipinos should watch themselves too before they retaliate. Nevertheless, I hope and look forward to a resolution that would allow both parties to live in Singapore in harmony. Sigh, I really miss that. Having been raised in Singapore for the majority of my life (surprise surprise) I can never just tell anyone I am from my native country, I always have to mention Singapore, and how Singaporean I feel. Hence all these FT hate (especially to Filipinos, PRCs etc) is really unsettling. I come home to Singapore (surprise again, Singapore is my home) feeling like it is a totally different place.

  17. ronald said

    Thank you for your honest opinion about us “Filipinos”. I hope GREAT people like will not be judged just like the way you are judging us “Filipinos”…

  18. Commoner said

    By posting this you only demonstrated:

    Immaturity

    You have successfully succumbed to your anger and went ahead to discriminate a certain community.
    Apparently, the education system in the Philippines follows the US system. NONE of them would consider and pursue an A-level certificate because it is not a requirement to obtain higher forms of education — like what they seek in their locals Universities. Straightforwardly, they won’t even bother taking A-levels. BUT if you talk about SAT, of course most of the students who can afford a proper education would be sure to have taken it.

    Estrada, Aquino and Marcos(this guy is a communist, by the way) are all worst presidential leaders. Many of the Filipinos are completely ashamed of them already, and you still choose to be so anal about it.

    So please, do read up first yeah? Don’t go babbling on sensitive stuff that may spur unhealthy competition around us here.

    You don’t deserve a point of view, if the only one you see is you.

    PS. I agree that the Filipinos can be really big-headed and nettlesome but we still need to live on the right principles to build a good community. Respect is indeed imperative in SG

    • G M said

      Respect has to go both ways. Pinoys in S’pore have gotten too swollen-headed, strutting around with an inflated, often false, sense of self-worth. They need to check their attitude or go home.

    • HGt65aKt said

      SATs can not compare to the standards of education we have here. Do your research. Pick up the books, and see for yourself.

      Statements regarding the failed politicians are simply supportive evidence to his perspective. We should not mention any sensitive evidence? Gingerly step around it? In what court of law, pray tell, does that work?

      Immaturity is the inability to recognize this as a groomed article of debate, and your failure to refute it intelligently.

      I do not blame you however, maybe you were never taught how to, so i’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.

  19. ronald said

    Thank you for your honest opinion about us “Filipinos”. I hope GREAT people like *you will not be judged just like the way you are judging us “Filipinos”…

  20. Rustle said

    Let me see. So your happiness with the filipinos here is their language and behaviour, not because they are competing with you for jobs, eh? After all, you mentioned Vietnam and Myanmar as alternative sources of labour.
    Have you lost yourself in your unhappiness?
    Straighten out your thoughts, man.
    Sometimes you people are so intent in hitting out at everything the government does you don’t even know what you’re saying. :)

  21. New Jersey resident said

    Nice comment and feedback. I say I agree on half of what’s written here. The article solely depicts the negative side of an Asian race. Wonderful.

    I guess it would also seem fair if I comment on the negatives–this time towards the writer’s perspectives and/or writing style. For starters, looking at technical errors above anything else, it appears that the writer has adapted to the UK English standard of spelling and sentence constructions (no problem there). I found a lot of grammatical errors and I would love to list ALL of them. On the contrary, I would also like to make my comment as short as possible.

    A few of the technical errors:

    a. “Recognization.”
    b. Growns to twos?
    c. Use of “which” instead of “that”
    d. Gracious mannerisms. Surely, you meant manners (malapropism)?
    e. Dangling modifiers
    f. Verb tenses
    g. “MYANMAR”
    h. Let’s say lots of errors in sentence structure

    Misconception:

    Stereotyping. This has been very common among nations. Whites, blacks, Chinese, Filipinos and heck, Singaporeans, too. We use stereotyping for humor. Apparently, this article is using it to “describe” a nation. For that, we thank you. I agree that some of it are true. Moving on, I listed a few of the concepts that the writer had mistakenly

    a. “Filipinos all want to be leaders.” Seriously? Do you have high regards towards your friend or even believe this doctor friend of yours to that extent? All talk, no action–as ridiculous as it may sound, I would beg to differ. You may be right that there are Filipinos who are, indeed, like this, but I personally think that this applies to all nations regardless of culture. To cite an example, look at where US is standing now as far as economy is concerned. Right. All talk, no action.
    b. I once passed Baguio there and the whole place gave ma a creep– Apart from the error in the sentence structure and spelling, what the hell are you talking about? I grew up in Baguio and I couldn’t think of an alley with prostitutes, drug addicts “publicly” engaging in pot. Come to think of it, Baguio is recognized as one of the cleanest and safest cities in the Philippines… but sure… why would anyone believe someone who lived in Baguio for more than three decades (sarcasm).
    c. Politically speaking, I admit our country has never been at the top of the list. In fact, you may see us at the bottom of the list. Our new government administration is doing its best to get rid of corrupt officials and the president has been doing a good job, so far. This is a slow, working progress so anything you throw at us regarding politics is respected.
    d. Vietnam and Myanmar are catching up and we can look to them as alternative source of labor. That’s your opinion and I highly respect it. Letting out strong words such as these give me the impression you are one of your country’s leaders. With the above insights, we humbly thank you for sharing us your thoughts.

  22. Asiong Salonga said

    Wow ive never heard of anyone who goes to other countries and make such critical judgements, sure the phil is not a stable country and even its people, but is singapore any better or perfect for that matter as this f….. Is so proudly saying. All of us want greener pastures some go too far just to achieve it, well thats your f….. Opinion, but remember this the drug mules that are being caught by the police in other countries, thier drugs also came from SINGAPORE!

  23. Kemo Sabe said

    Well ultimately it is not about bad Filipinos but BAD government policy – policy enacted without proper consideration of the repercussions. We can’t change the nature of Filipinos and they sense of community – but we ought to know the knock on effects.

  24. Mercylynne Bastian said

    Filipinos are the international nurses, doctors, English teachers, domestic helpers, musicians and workers of the this part of the globe because they can understand and make themselves be understood much better but this is a general trait of people who take any opportunity to uplift themselves is it not? I am a Filipino, a highlander, an Asian and a world citizen. Why be so regionalistic? The traits you have stated are found everywhere in the same circumstances. Peace, the reason Singapore is what it is lies in the understructure of its trade and people and Philippines is a vital part of that.

  25. Overseer said

    So I heard they wanna bring more FT in. Purge out the Singaporeans. Control the FT by feeding them. Soon in Singapore there will be no more Singaporeans. Only ‘Fake Singaporeans’. They think they can control all these FT. In the end, the FT will usurp and overthrow the very ones who brought them into Singapore.

    • Wala Lang said

      By simply reading this, I can feel that the writer have so much fear and insecurity with Filipino Community. They actually fear that Filipinos can simply overthrown their country? Where’s your confidence SG?

    • A Sad Singaporean said

      I agree. It is clear that these invasions do not develop a natural equilibrium with its surrounding environment. It seems that they move into an area and then more and more congregate until the host’s resource is consumed and exhausted. The only way these invaders can survive is to try to eradicate the host from the area altogether. There is another organism on earth that follows the same pattern: It’s called a virus. These invasions are like a disease, a cancer of the country. Is there a cure or will Singapore die from this disease?

    • Foreign Talent, Mr Foreign Talent to you said

      And where did you hear that? You must be very worried, poor thing.

  26. Alex said

    Temasek Times you are a disgrace. You should not let this types of issue to be put up here. You are being racist to put up this type of matter on your blogs. You can cause chaos to our country racial harmony. I am a Singaporean and i really disagree with you on this matter. I hope you delete this post and be more aware with the post future blogs you put up. Thank you.

    • HGt65aKt said

      I am a Singaporean too. But i dont mind reading sentiments similar to the common thinking. This is a blog, relating articles of interest. If you do not like what you see here, please, scram and go elsewhere. Maybe some Phillippines support facebook group page for the Singapore based will be more pleasing for you. Go.

    • enjoy the foreplay said

      Temasek Times is merely facilitating foreplay between willing participants on this website. Whether it turns into climax or anti-climax is not up to TT.
      Sit back and relax lah Alex. Keep an open mind and you will learn all kinds of things that is not possible from wimps like PAP and Straits Times.

    • young sg mummy said

      the races in spore(mly,ind,chi n eursn-born n bred in sg) are all in harmony..cant u tell?we are in sync wif the notion dat we do not condone d influx of FOREIGN “TALENTS”.. U must be one of the 60% huh…well,get this-we are n haf always been in harmony..we do not haf a problem wif our own citizen..rathet,its those pinoys n prcs n wat nots….dis is not abt racial discrimination…get ur facts right…

    • Shuniegirl said

      But nothing beats you off! MONGOLOIDS!

    • SG said

      If you cannot stand, just sit and watch. Do self-check whether how true it is about majority of Filipinos. I believe that, if there is no smoke, surely no fire, right? Anyway, in my personal encounter with Pinoy, out of 10, at least 1 Pinoy is really discipline, well-mannered and speaks clear English pronunciation, no worry about perfect pronunciation; most of us do not have it anyway.

    • LoLa said

      Alex, you will even find out that its not just Filipino people are being hated by singaporeans, it is also SINGAPOREANS being hate by many, you just need to go to GOOGLE and search “i hate singaporeans and singapore” and you will see tons of result from all over the world.

  27. Ron said

    Shame on Temasek Times for carrying a racist write-up. It is racist as it harps on the so-called bad characteristics of the Phillipines, their leaders, their way of talking etc. Whatever happens in the Phillipines is their country and their business.

    There have been recent angry exchanges and insults hurled in the social media. It is no different than petty quarrels and Singaporeans should not succumb to such petty quarrels and take sides just because we are Singaporeans.

    The crux of the matter is that there are too many Filipinos working in the service sector and that is the most prominent area too in terms of interaction with the shopping crowd. Seldom have I read about sending the Filipino maids home. By and large most are well-behaved despite the sacrifices they make.

    So, this is an issue that the government needs to address… how to strike a suitable balance. Tell us the quota, tell us what areas they are employed and how are visas issued, etc.

    • PAP policies the problem said

      Think harder lah Ron!
      The crux of the matter is the PAP’s ill thought policies that is causing all the frustrations around. It is imperative to make PAP the minority in parliament before things can get better for sporeans, i.e. rewrite policies for CPF, HDB, Education, Jobs, Immigration, Manpower, Minimum Wages, Appointments of key personnel, etc, etc.

    • LeeConYou said

      For fucks sake Ron, learn to relax, don’t blame TT. You can choose not to visit this webste and participate. Life is about making choices and you have this choice.

      The article serves a purpose, it brings out the best or the worst in each participant.
      Keep an open mind and you can learn much just by reading.
      Afterall life is not always fine and dandy.

  28. angmo said

    actually, there is just one person who hates FTs and makes a comment here, then the other FT haters gather round and make a commotion. In the end they form an anti-FT mob. Everybody just really can’t please anybody.

    I know a group of Singaporeans who always collaborate with the Filipino community to create harmonious racism-free events to gather everyone regardless of race who just wants to have a good time. Hence they also have a pro-FT group.

    The social environment is always divided by groups anyways. Whether which part of the globe you go to, every community has it. all of you guys have a choice actually. either waste your time growing wrinkles on your faces hating each other, or spend it on an activity that will make yourselves more productive.

    what does this activity aim to do anyways? it will just make you hate each other more and it will just go on and on an on, and it wouldn’t stop… and the result? you still hate each other… so what happened? nothing – just energy, time, wasted on hating each other.

    correct? or correct?

  29. mike said

    Funny because it is somewhat true but these kind of opinions are better kept inside your head or just among your friends and not for the whole world to read and criticize.
    As they say, opinions are like assholes, we all have one but we don’t go shoving it around to everyone. :-)
    I’m filipino just to clear things out. You have some good points there, and your english was clearly constructed to intimidate and showcase the prowess and command you have for english.
    But to point your opinions across in such a demeaning manner is too much. You could have done it in a better way, sarcasm maybe? Satirical? Backhanded compliments?
    I must praise you for your genuine bravery to tackle on such a sensitive issue but to have a hasty generalisation is a big logical fallacy.
    We are all hypocrites at the end of the day, that’s my favorite quote. ;-)

  30. singaporean said

    just my pt of view..instead of of all true blue singaporeans yacking away on the net..we shld all come together to c how we can let our opinions be made known to the ruling party..cos i too feel the stress of having so many foreigners in Singapore…well lets c wat we all can do….

  31. tryme said

    is time to get All “Filipinos” locusts out Singapore

  32. Poster Gamer said

    If you keep on posting these kind of nationality baiting articles, then your government will not take you seriously. Sometime this website contain valid local concerns but unfortunately, this kind of article will be a reason for your government to ignore the whole thing and lump you all as racist and immature.

  33. singaporean shinigami said

    i am talking to all singaporeans right now .. why the grudge? is it because of envy, insecurity because of PH’s popularity or just a mere fact of jealousy? why dont you try to put it on a positive way? ( hope that you know something about constructive criticism ) not on insulting or looking down to another country ( not to mention that you also insulted Vietnam and Myanmar ) .. singapore really is a “FINE” city .. its frustrating but i never heard something positive from singaporean people, hope that negativity will lay low >.<

    • sfng said

      PH’s popularity… really? Any articles supporting that? Did I miss anything?

      • driller said

        Sfng, you only read what you want to read. that’s it!

      • Had said

        is there a singaporean counterpart of charice pempengco? a singaporean counterpart of manny pacquiao? a singaporean counterpart of Jessica Sanchez? a singaporean counterpart of Leah Salonga? a singaporean counterpart of carlo ocab? a singaporean counterpart of dave batista? a singaporean counterpart of jasmine trias? a singaporean counterpart of kiwi kamara? a singaporean counterpart of nicole scherzinger? a singaorean counterpart of arnel pineda? any???

  34. singaporean shinigami said

    i am talking to all singaporeans right now .. why the grudge? is it because of envy, insecurity because of PH’s popularity or just a mere fact of jealousy? why dont you try to put it on a positive way? ( hope that you know something about constructive criticism ) not on insulting or looking down to another country ( not to mention that you also insulted Vietnam and Myanmar ) .. singapore really is a “FINE” city .. its frustrating but i never heard something positive from singaporean people, hope that negativity will lay low >...<

  35. efren cabbigat said

    I’m a Filipino. My experience has taught me well not to make prejudices. In the end, i can never judge a person unless i walk a mile in his/her shoes. Prejudice is baseless. It has reaped the lives of many- blacks, gays, jews, etc. all of them were judged and maltreated due to their group/race. they were so wrongly categorized. Now, if you put a Filipino persons in a box, you will miss the chance of knowing their differences and uniqueness.

  36. singaporean shinigami said

    look at this article, its really moving .. making me doubt about “singaporean” manners and etiquette .. whew! shame on you damn singaporean shitheads

    http://temasektimes.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/singapore-women-young-and-old-offer-sex-online-in-their-hunt-for-sugardaddies/

  37. singaporean shinigami said

    found the grudge! bitter truth for “SHITgaporeans”

    http://temasektimes.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/singaporeans-outnumbered-by-filipinos-by-7-to-1-in-job-interview/#comments

  38. batsi said

    I am a Filipino and I am proud of it. I felt so bad upon reading this article. I understand that the author had alot of bad experiences with Filipinos but to generalize it is racism. English is not our first language so do not expect us to be as fluent as the author. There is no need for us to have a mastery in english to effectively communicate to any person. The author claims that he have in our country for 25 years. He must have enjoyed the hospitality of our people.

  39. Apartheid said

    After everything you said, the fact is we are still here living in your perfect little singaporean society and there’s nothing you can do about it. Deal with it. La la lai.

  40. Ivanlicious said

    It is ironic that grammartards like you try to criticize other people’s command of the English language while you miserably fail at it. Get some skills man so you’d get a job in your own country lmao

  41. wow so hurtful statements and comments equals racist, I’ve been reading about the feed backs to my fellow Filipino. well, thank you . your words served as our reminder of how are we going and what most of Filipino do. I congratulate you indeed of having that very opinionated point of view about us. and yes partly you are right , proud only remains in us for every little thing we made to success is in fact makes a great impact to our happiness. which you can’t take away from us.

    you are entitled to your own opinion and i respect that. :)
    God Bless!

  42. Tia said

    This is one of the worst threads that I have read in this forum. I have worked with different nationalities outside Singapore. Some of them were my domestic helpers, some were my bosses, some were my colleagues. Today, I stand outside the working world as a full-time time mother. I still keet in touch with all these wonderful foreigners!If there’s any pinoy who is reading this, please post the poem ‘I am a Filippino’. Forgive us, Singaporeans as our lives have been too comfortable and made us complacent.

    • Foreign Talent, Mr Foreign Talent to you said

      Odds are the very small proportion of Singaporeans representing the nation on this blog in such a pathetic manner are a) very young, b) still living at home with their parents, c) have never lived and worked outside their little brain-washed bubble. Hopefully time will fix all three of these issues.

  43. Singapore_First said

    Online blog-media is all about reflecting individual voices from the ground. Good job Temasek Times for truthfully reporting what people are saying.

  44. Just Saying said

    This post saddens me because instead of trying to get along and understanding each other, people choose to focus on the negative things about other cultures. While it’s true that most Filipinos speak heavily-accented English, doesn’t that also apply to the French, Germans and Singaporeans? I can list more nationalities which don’t quite have mastery of the English language. Since when has mastery of the English language become an indication of intelligence? I live in the US and have met a lot of folks who speak perfect English (them growing up here an all). Frankly, not a lot of them have much substance behind what they say.

    I’m not even going to point out all the grammatical and spelling errors in this poorly-written article – I find that a huge waste of time because I understand that English is not the national language in Singapore. It’s simply ignorant to think otherwise. And though I respect freedom of speech and the need to voice out personal opinions, I believe this post is very unhelpful in fostering harmony amongst the Singaporean community.

  45. paul tiz said

    Hahaha! This is hilarious! What an ignorant piece of crap called “article”is this, I read. Let me tell you why:

    The so-“facts” are selective and biased. Basing the general to the specific is fallacy of ignorance to the nth degree. What about leaders like Fidel V. Ramos? UN Sec Gen Carlos P. Romulo? How about the countless “Flip-pinos”that died fighting in WW 2? The Boy Scouts of the Philippines that served as recon scouts and medicsfor wounded soldiers both domestic and foreign?

    Maybe you should be reminded of your “dark” past since you feel so high-and-mighty.Remember, STINK-A-POO? Before Lee Kwan Yew, Singapura is a DRUG-PORT to the West. Kinda like the Netherlands, only 10 times as worse.It was also an ARMS POST ……nope not for the Brits, but for PIRATES! Reason why is Singapura is a strategic post in the Asian region. A moat, if you will. Singapura got to where its at because it wanted to erase its past because Singapura has no history worth remembering. Lee Kwan Yew created your history.

    Oh, and btw, NO SINGAPOREAN , I know is serving the US Armed Forces. Filipinos do, and have succeeded in making it their career. Imagine, the toughest training in the face of the earth.

    I have come across a Singaporean on basic training. He QUIT THE FIRST DAY! He said he cannot take it anymore. He misses his MOMY AND GIRLFRIEND. PATHETIC! I guess Singaporeans are weak-minded and pathetic.

  46. my POV said

    It only shows how insecure you are with “filipinos”. If you are indeed educated why are you writing such racy blog, I hope you realize that you are putting Singaporeans in to shame for you yourself can’t behave like what you bragged about. Actually reading this blog is a waste of energy a disgrace to a so called country that we Filipinos expects to be equal and respectful, so sad to know that someone “singaporean” like you can’t behave like a respectful human being.

  47. jecyayi said

    Singapore is a Christian nation right? meaning you guys have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ not just a religion… Well, unless you posters are muslims, buddhist, atheist, and such it is understandable that you guys have this racism. :)

    • You start to talk religion you will be charged said

      You must be a pinoy by saying that Singapore is a Christian nation? Please do not drag in the religion, pinoy is not one of four main race in Singapore.

  48. iai said

    Thanks for reading my humble post. I am no racist. I am a loyalist, loyal to my country Singapore. I am entitled to voice out what may seem the influx of FTs has changed the social fabric of our society. I say this again as a true bred local here.

    Look at the Pinoy Land where nuns and priests in their frocks marched in the open to protest. Their brand of Catholicism is a dangerous mix of politics and religion. Can we afford these Pinoys to introduce this brand of street politics here? In one of my trips to a mountain resort from Manila with an over-enthusiastic tour guide giving us tourists a run-down of Marcos govenance instead of a running commentary of the tourist sites along the bus trip. We were entertained for a few hours of local babbling politics. Quite amusing from a Singaporean point of view.

    Let me reiterate my stance again: you are our guests to work and live here. Do not try to meddle in our local ways of doing things such as our healthy multireligious and multiracial understanding among Singaporeans. We may not be perfect as a nation or society, but our fore-fathers, our families and our children build Singapore as she is today. It is not charity for you to come here as you seek a better livelihood. Appreciate the door open to you. Hold your head high by earning a decent living and not be swell-headed. Do not assume opportunities are always there open to you. When it comes to the crunch, Singaporeans will stand side by side as it is only natural for this is our HOME.

    • ibyang said

      ”Do not try to meddle in our local ways” ??? Filipinos go to Singapore to work, who cares about meddling in your local ways? Wake up man, we all are just specks in this whole wide world. And just one trip to a mountain resort with some remarks from a tour guide does not make you a Filipino expert.
      ”It is not charity for you to come here as you seek a better livelihood.” Then stop being charitable, tell your government to stop hiring Filipinos. You need the Filipinos, you call for them, so you must accept them.

      BTW, you are overthinking this stuff, man. What are you on?

    • iai said

      I noticed no Pinoys here commented on their firebrand catholicism which is ridiculous to say the least. Nunnery frocks and habits kneeling on the street to protest against their government. Theatrical but no substance. They should tend to their flocks in a dignified religious manner in their place of worship and not spoiling the good religion by marching on the streets. If pinoys here dare to do that in my homeland, we will round you up and put you in Changi Prison with complimentary free meals. I love the law and order in my beloved homeland Singapore. My advise: don’t mess with our peaceful social harmony. Look at Hong Kong, their maids want permanent residencey as if it is a right, Luckily the supreme court made it clear it is the government to decide on this.

      Pinoys are opinionated as seen at all levels of their society. You ask a question, they give you non-stop verbal diarrhea of what they think of this or that. No wonder it is not easy to govern their people. All want or think like leaders. Where are the followers? Is this self-importance or a display of oneupmanship? A prominent Singaporean banker was quoted in the local newspapers that “I do not know how to do business in Phillippines.” When I read that I was puzzled as this person owes one of the local Big Four banks here and decided to branch out its banking business in the Phillippines. The overseas venture was a disaster and he made that statement. Coming from a respected banker, it says alot. I guess it was a headache dealing with pinoys even in business areas. I did not even touch on discussing their corrupt government there… read the newspapers and I rest my case.

      If I hurt any pinoys I am sorry, My motivation is clear: when you go to a guest country, respect the country’s norms and ways of life. Don’t overstep the boundaries and we are watching you on how you conduct yourself here. It is not too late to self-reflect for those who are guilty of this. For a start, a little toning down of the volume of your tagalog dialogue in public places will be much appreciated by us.

      • Lower down that tagalog dialogin public places, fkr said

        I STRONGLY AGREE ON THIS. ” For a start, a little toning down of the volume of your tagalog dialogue in public places will be much appreciated by us.”

        But the rest of your opinion, is rubbish.

      • LAI LAI get outta my sight, careful when you leave my door may heat your arse :) said

        CIBAI! your mouth is kanina cibai :) learned that word from a singaporean! just using it in a sentence hahaha!

      • Edward philip said

        I agree on your first and second statement. Filipino politics or governent should be secular. Meaning filipino politician should abide, respect, follow and decide based on the constitution not on their religious belief. I’ve been a victim of reglious self righteousness of this so called christian catholics since I have a different religous belief. But I would never generalize a society that have different views and outlook in life.

        Pinoys are opinionated, not all are. I’ve been working in one of the largest Shared oil companies. We know how to respect our team lead. We dine and party wiht our foreign and local bosses but we exercise restraint because we know they hold a position in our office.

        I envy your country for having one of biggest economies in Asia and law that is secular and non religious. I am one of the filipinos that want to work and live in Singapore. But one this is for sure, I will go back to my country for the fact that we are more humble and family oriented.

        You can write your blog in a more positive way but then again it’s your blog. It’s your opinion but opinions is not an abosolute truth.

    • jojo said

      While I am inclined to retaliate with harsh words regarding your post, I opted not to. Simply because it will add fuel to a fire and perhaps it is not an educated manner to address this. While your observations and your blog may have points and merits, they have became moot because of the way you have addressed them. You have infuriated majority of Filipinos because you have degraded them. Degrading Filipinos in a way that implies your are above us, and you expect that you will be understood as not being a racist? How naive? Discrimination, racism, religions are subjects that are sensitive. They require the utmost intelligence when one has to tackle them and debate them. Your sentiments are lost and the merits they have because this is not a ” HUMBLE ” post. You claim to be loyal to your country, I do not question that. As Filipinos, we are loyal to our country as well, despite all the ugliness it posses. But we are also bent on defending our nation and our nationality once we are stepped on.We will also stand side by side if we are being treated unfairly. Singapore is a beautiful country no doubt, which is why a lot of Filipinos go there to earn a living. But do not taint it with a blog like this. Your post have generalized the whole Filipino community which is an err in your part. Have you considered the repercussions of this? Is it also clear to you that as a response to your post we have generalized Singaporeans as racists? I don’t think it is fair, right? Because I firmly believe that though I haven’t been to your country, Singaporeans have the ability to be educated and to prove that you are educated. We as people of our country have our flaws, also our system, education, government, culture and religion. While we all enjoy the ” FREEDOM ” of speech, still we must be cautious enough not to abuse it. While it is not in my desire to engage anyone in a debate, I am not hiding my name under fancy aliases. And this is coming from someone who only finished secondary school.

    • paul tiz said

      There you go again…..you obviously lack sense and logic. I mean, READ YOUR POST AGAIN!

      Have a sense! You contradicted every statement you made thru your examples and derive from it. FALLACY OF IGNORANCE.

      Get it to your thick, pathetic head.

      If you don’t need Flips, why don’t you apply as a waiter, or street sweeper, or dishwasher, LAH! OR DON’T QUIT ON THE FIRST DAY YOUweak- SINGAS DECIDE TO JOIN THE US ARMY
      I guess I can’t instruct logic on ince you consider yourself a PRIME example of a Singaporean, I guess all of you are dumb and racially pathetic , .

  49. my POV said

    wag ka nga mag sulat ng blog dyan kung mali naman grammar mo.. it means “If you can’t write a grammatically correct blog, better keep it to yourself..

  50. paul nastor said

    This blog is an act of racism. Racist are politically and scholarly challenged, meaning: IDIOT!

  51. wendylindsayaceson01 said

    25 years kang nandito? bat ka nagtagal dito kung ayaw moh?> hooooy! ITS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES! democratic kasi kami unlike other country! observing pala huh? e ikaw? na obserbahan moh na din ba ang sarili moh?!

  52. Topper said

    Reading this makes me wonder what kind of breeding the author grew up with.

    I am from Baguio, the place you just mentioned with dark alleys and prostitutes. You talk about it like your city has none. You talk as if you’re city is this haven of saints. You even use words such as “megalomaniac” and “ineptness” to try to show yourself off as an intelligent person when your actions and pretenses and nothing more than dumb and prehistoric. You have the thinking of a Neo-Nazi Asian guy who talks about Asians like they don’t belong to the same continent. Honestly, what the hell is wrong with you? My Dad works abroad and has been doing so for the past 20 years, not seeing us grow up, just so he could give us a better life. So are those Filipinos with “…their irritating English slang and tagalog which sounded more like chickens and ducks talking.” who left their families here for just the same reasons.

    I’m appalled. I used to look up to your country. Had that dream that maybe my country could reach even half of what you’ve accomplished. Now, I guess you know how one would feel after what you just wrote. But one person’s actions or words don’t speak for a whole nation. That much I do hope for.

  53. jun said

    in the near future filipinos will overran your country, so you better be good to us. … :)

  54. bibsy said

    …You are a racist… u dont deserve to live….

  55. Eizan said

    I am appalled by the sheer amount of racism and sweeping generalizations in this article. The Philippines (and Filipinos) have its own share of flaws (e.g. poverty, corruption, lack of law enforcement, etc.) and I am sure Singapore isn’t spotless either (e.g. ageing population, income disparity, etc).

    I can hardly consider the Angus Ross Literature prize as the “world standard” in measuring someone’s English ability. That’s what the TOEFL and IELTS are for: a standardized English test that all the world’s universities and companies (read: not just outside but inside the UK, mind you) recognize.

    It’s unfortunate that you have witnessed the negative side of living in the Philippines. No country is perfect and I’m sure Singapore has its own social problems. I will not justify your observations about my country as I have seen the other side of living in the island of Singapore that would most definitely not make its way in your state-controlled mainstream media and tourist guides.

    I do not judge a whole nation by a small number of its citizens either. Every person is different and I tend to look at the bigger picture in every person I meet.

    To wrap things up, you don’t improve the state of your country by stepping upon other nations. I’m sure we all aspire of having the good life someday; we all just differ in the way we achieve it. When you start throwing mud at another person, the people seeing the fight will have a bad taste in his mouth, just like what this article did. Don’t expect the next slew of comments to be quite civil as I admit a number of my fellowmen can get emotional when national pride is at stake. Too bad for the author, we’re actually celebrating our Independence Day today.

    At the end of the day, you’ve said your piece but have you actually done something to improve the situation? You don’t like seeing Filipino maids in your HDB flats but your government keeps on encouraging foreign talents to come to Singapore. Admit it or not, you need us as much as we need you. There’s not much work where these maid come from so they have to seek work elsewhere. Just imagine if all the FTs leave Singapore; whose going to man all your shops and do civil service?

    I’m inspired by the way Singapore has elevated itself after having separated from Malaysia decades ago, how LKW has pursued the type of economy you all Singaporeans enjoy. But behind all those gleaming high rise building walls and trendy shopping districts, you can never hide the fact that the foreigners you so love to criticize are the ones running your economy.

    Sincerely,

    Eizan
    Filipino

  56. Conrad said

    Wow. What an observation. Here’s my take.

    Who said we have a “mastery” over English? Maybe it’s best that you should complain to them? Hmm, it seems that the way you’re putting it is that all the locals speak good english because one of your countrymen always wins the Angus Ross Literature Prize? Please correct me if I’m wrong. :)

    Yakking away with his or her own opinions.. How can you say it had no substance? It’s the same thing with this article, you may think this has substance and we may think that this has no substance. Pretty subjective right? It’s either that or you don’t respect other people’s opinions. Please don’t tell me that these are all observations. You always follow up your observations with your own opinions. “Filipinos all want to be leaders.” C’mon, a little ambition didn’t hurt anybody.

    Ok, Our political history may not be perfect. So what? Is there a perfect government? I agree with you that that their behaviour was a “ghastly exercise of megalomaniac and ineptness”. But on the brighter side at least our country isn’t as war-torn as the middle east. As for the Baguio thing, I guess you missed out on the good stuff there.

    I am really sorry that all you see in us are our faults. It is unfair to pass judgement on the majority because of the minority. You even find our language “irritating and like chickens and ducks talking”. I realized that this is not an observation but hatred talking.

    With that said, I would like to thank you for your opinions and observations and I will take this as constructive criticism. First thing I’ll try to do tomorrow is not to sound like a duck or a chicken. :)

    Good day!

  57. marc said

    I feel so sorry for you Mr/Ms Lai for your failed perceptions about Filipinos. You say that you have lived in the Philippines 25 years ago. My question to you is, does your having lived here make you such an expert about us Filipinos?

    Which part of the Philippines did you go to? cause it looks to me as though you were staying in the slums or some of the depressed areas in the Philippines. Watching local TV shows? Well Singaporean expert, tell me how should a local noon time show be?

    All I can see with your blog is a lot of hate. Why is that? Did you come to the Philippines to work 25 years ago and failed because you were so inept and lacking in skills that you were fired eventually? Did you have Filipina girlfriends who dumped you because you weren’t good enough for them and now you have to take it against all of the Filipinos who are trying to earn an honest living?

    You say that you went to Baguio and saw things i.e. pot sessions, prostitutes etc. My next question is, why the hell where you in that area anyway? When in fact, there are more posh areas, clubs and hotels and restaurants that you could have gone to instead.

    Oh I know, maybe you couldn’t afford to go to the places where we decent, educated and classy people go to. Or you must have been so cheap to spend your hard earned pennies to go to better places.

    A lot of people in our Government I have to agree with you are corrupt, but hey, it’s our country and whatever our affairs are, are none of your business. We don’t go around saying things about your people, like the way your government has to be strict with all of you and have implemented fines because you and your kind of people “spit” everywhere else or that you couldn’t even throw your thrash in the proper trash receptacles.

    Look, if you hate Filipinos so much, then one suggestion, you should start a program to teach your own people how to clean your homes, wash your clothes, do your laundry or more basically, take a shower at least twice a day and brush your teeth regularly, so that we Filipinos, do not have to smell your shitty smell everyday and do your jobs for you. Oh and I don’t think I should even mention how you and your kind don’t even know how to clean your own toilets.

    For your so called being an educated person, you surely have shown in your blog that it is you who needs lessons in refinement. Oh and did i mention that you didn’t even proof read your blog prior to posting it because there are quite a number of grammatical errors and wrongly spelled words, Mr. Literature savvy sack of vile.

    Lastly, to Nasi Lemak times, you call what you have done here by allowing Lai to post his ridiculoous blog, responsible journalism? If you do, then all I can say to you, is you can kiss my sweet smelling, beautiful brown ass.

  58. be greatful Singaporeans, you have a beautiful country. said

    I wish a lot of investors would also invest here in the philippines like in singapore, so filipinos would opted to stay here, but I guess flawed government system here in the philippines would make that hard. I’m thinking how many years can the philippines rise from being a third world country?

  59. be greatful Singaporeans, you have a beautiful country! said

    I wish a lot of investors would also invest here in the Philippines like in Singapore, so Filipinos would opted to stay here, but I guess flawed government system here would make that hard. I’m thinking how many years can the Philippines rise from a third world country.

  60. Shuniegirl said

    Wait till I get to Singapore and wrote the same post about the country you are being proud of. And let me observe your English grammar. For now, you are the complete definition of a despicable RACIST. Booooh! God Bless Singapore that is full of SHIT!

  61. Shuniegirl said

    As the top economy in Asia (next to Japan) in the 1960 s and ’70s, we even boasted to have the first airline in Asia. When Malaysia’s Putrajaya complex was developed to give a new face to Malaysia’s seat of power, we had already did this with the proposed development of Roxas Boulevard where the cultural center and coconut palace have been constructed 10 years before. When Singapore structured its economy to become the leader in Southeast Asia, we were a silent partner in this; our architects, engineers, nurses and IT specialists are part of the team that led the development.

  62. Don't be hating said

    Well, Filipinos usually don’t care about people who talk about them all because they know that when other countries start talking smack about them, this obviously just points out that these countries have way less interesting things to ponder up on their own country’s issues. Argue all you want, Filipinos already have been acclaimed as the number 1 business English speaking country in Asia. So, don’t be hating just try to catch up or better yet, grow up.

  63. Ed Matthews said

    I pity you Singaporeans who live in a country that is suppressed. You have no freedom whatsoever. Your government treats you like little children. Show me a Singaporean who has brought honor to your country globally. None. You think you are superior? Think again.

    • Filipinos are generally more hospitable, humorous and resilient. They can multitask at the workplace unlike many Singaporeans who refuse to keep their work areas tidy because sweeping floors is demeaning to them (and I’ve heard this anecdote from other nationalities who are not Filipino but work in Singapore).

      Cultural differences will always exist, whichever country you may find yourselves in. It’s a matter of practicing diplomacy which in turn leads to respect and tolerance towards other races.

      A piece of advice to the author: if you’re still living in the Philippines after having this bigotry-laced article published online, do your current hosts a favor and go home to your country. The Philippines doesn’t need ungrateful visitors/residents like you, whether you’re Singaporean or from another country.

  64. Bitter? said

    Maybe the author was dumped by a Filipina real bad!

  65. anon said

    I believe the only problem here is we GENERALIZE everything.

    The observation is good, yes, that’s the flaw of pinoys. But, do we really need to generalize?

    All races have flaws, Pinoys, Singaporeans, Americans, Europeans and stuff.

    The observations are accurate but, it just don’t happen to pinoys, it also happens to other races.

    By having this post, i think it would just create conflict between 2 countries.

    Why pinpoint the negative things, can we focus on the good qualities?

  66. FP said

    What do you benefit from being a racist? i agree with Alex… thank you for not being one of these Immature beings with their unsolicited comments. Well does it make you a more supreme being? you’re just being true to yourself…. but at the same time dumping yourself as well… is it taught in your schools and churches to become a racist? We come in peace to your country and not bring war…like what you do to your own country…PRIDE GOES BEFORE DESTRUCTION as God’s word says in Proverbs 16:18…come to think of it before you retaliate… do an attitude check…you are just a disgrace in your own country!!!

  67. anon said

    I think it’s just a strategy of the writer to stir a commotion so that they can enjoy traffic from pinoys that will over-react to the post.

    This kind of post will be viral on facebook and the traffic will be high.

    expect major comments from trolls, spam and others.

  68. GOSHI said

    After reading all the bad comments about us, I think singaporeans are just too scared, intimidated and threatened by Filipinos. Because if they’re not they won’t spend time to write an article about us.Keep the comments coming singaporeans because it makes us even more proud!

    • If proud you won't be here said

      If you are more proud you should not even leave your country.
      You should be even more proud if you can help to build your country up from third to first world instead of coming to Singapore taking jobs away from singaporeans?

      • blueice said

        So Its all about the jobs??… do i need to say more?

        “taking jobs away from singaporeans?”

  69. ZeroTolerance said

    I hear your frustrations. And I certainly respect your opinions. As they say, where there’s smoke there’s fire. It seems like many Filipinos I have met so far tend to be lazy and enjoy backstabbing others. Having grown up and educated in the states, I feel ashamed as a Filipino. I was proud to be a filipino until I started hanging out with other filipinos. They only bring you down with them. They destroy each other too. I was hurt when it was done to me. I don’t understand why they do that. They even have a name for it… “crab mentality”. If you take a basket of crabs, and as one of the crabs get to the top of the basket, another crab pulls him down. Not having grown up in Filipino culture, I am still trying to make sense of the behavior.

    As much as I want to vent and bad talk them, I’m a firm believer that most people in this world are good. I know we’re both frustrated, and it would be easy just to call them names, blame them, put them back on a boat for Manila, and never see them again. But let’s try to keep an open mind, and look at it at a different angle.

    The educated Filipinos don’t come to Singapore to work as maids. The educated ones get jobs or open up businesses. Hence, they never have to leave the country. What Singapore is getting is a batch of Filipinos who have very little education and are willing to take on jobs many of us frown upon. They do this so they can send money back so they can feed their families. It must be hard for them to live in a different country and have to acclimate. LIke most human beings, I am sure many of them would prefer to be with their families in their home country instead. But I’m also aware that this doesn’t excuse their behavior. All I can ask is to try putting yourself in their shoes.

    Somehow, I don’t think that all of the blame should be to the leaders of their country. I think it resides in themselves. They need to start taking responsibility – as individuals and as a race.

    I admire you for your courage in expressing your opinions. It must have been very hard to have to post this. All I can say is that I’m sorry this happened. Be rest assured that not all Filipinos behave like this. I know many Filipinos are reading this and, hopefully, are doing some introspections. I hope it brings about change – to Filipinos: knowing that they’re getting a bad reputation and should try to bring about change, and to the Non-Filipinos: who will use this to try to be more patient, understand them, and guide them instead of belittling them. I know it won’t be easy. They’re in your country, whether you like it or not. The best thing to do is to lead by example and continue being a role model for them.

    • sfng said

      Well said :)

    • KC said

      ZeroTolerance — “I admire you for your courage in expressing your opinions. It must have been very hard to have to post this. All I can say is that I’m sorry this happened.”

      Why would you say sorry for this author’s experience? every visitor suffers mishap and disappointment in a foreign land. same as when they say to us, Filipinos “if you dont like here in SIngapore, go back to your poor land”

      And what is admirable with this blog? This just creates chaos and rust to SG-PH relationship.

      People have you read this?

      http://ph.news.yahoo.com/philippines-studying-military-accord-singapore-070358035.html?ugccmtnav=v1%2Fcomments%2Fcontext%2F4edbc5aa-40b8-374e-bae7-803db120a1e1%2Fcomments%3Fcount%3D20%26sortBy%3DhighestRated%26isNext%3Dtrue%26offset%3D20%26pageNumber%3D1

      SG has been sending proposal for their troops to train in Phils. So why would you choose to land in Phils eh?

      Please consider bigger aspects before posting such INCONSIDERATE, RACIST AND IMMATURE blog. Not all but Most of the Filipinos are God-fearing and values high morale, we are considered underdogs but we can endure for our families. You would not want me to post the same BLOG and this time bout staying here in Singapore and suffering heart-attack over seeing Oldies working, Pro-divorce, Legalized abortion and Free-thinkers.

      This is nothing but MEDIOCRITY.

    • KC said

      And “just now” my SIngaporean boyfriend sent sms to me and i quote…

      “Tell them that your government does not know how to treat Singaporeans, esp the old and young ones. Question them what is the average Singaporean age of holding degree? 26 yo or older?…” he has more to say, but nevertheless,, we would not want to start brawl over time-consuming arguments as these would not reflect real intellect. Afterall, every nation has foul and debatable issues–so please this is a certified RACIST POST!

    • Had said

      “What Singapore is getting is a batch of Filipinos who have very little education and are willing to take on jobs many of us frown upon.”

      I’m afraid that’s not true at all. Not all Filipinos working in SG have little education. but if with “very little education” you mean having a bachelor’s degree or even masters, then you must have a very lofty conception of what i should say as “sufficient education”…

    • Gecko said

      Zero, great observation. Very balance post. My sentiment exactly.

  70. thedullandignorant said

    Philippines is a country that can take an active role in business discussions and perform relatively complex tasks.

    Check your country’s level of competency:

  71. thedullandignorant said

    Only the Philippines attained a score above 7.0, a BEI level within range of a high proficiency that indicates an ability to take an active role in business discussions and perform relatively complex tasks. This is particularly interesting because the Philippines, a country with one-tenth of the population of India, recently overtook India as a hub for call centers.4 Joining the Philippines in the top five were Norway (6.54), Estonia (6.45), Serbia (6.38) and Slovenia (6.19).

    It is not surprising that both the Philippines and Norway—the only two countries in the top five in both 2011 and 2012—are improving their economies, based on the latest GDP data from the World Bank. The increased Business English capability for global workers from these two countries is an indicator of continued economic growth and business success.

    http://www.globalenglish.com/whoweare/newsroom/press_releases/757

  72. trueblue_singaporean said

    i love Pinoys. they helped us.

    they fill up jobs shunned by us, Singaporeans.

    they put a lot of money in Singapore when we were poor and when they were rich.

    i dont complain. we are becoming a globalised country. only my fellow Singaporeans who are
    not working hard enough complain.

    the spoiled wheel of the cart makes the
    most noise.

    that’s what you see now. just my 2 cents.

  73. ulolkah said

    Looks who’s talkin?

  74. M.A.B. said

    Dear Jl2nUvv (and company),

    As I raise my son to be a citizen of this world, I will keep you in mind. Because you are the complete anti-thesis of what I want my son to be when he grows up.

    I will teach him the difference between human beings and batches of fruit. I assure you, the two are not comparable even in the most unimaginative and flawed of analogies.

    I will teach him the true definition of the world “prideful”. All you have to do is look up its meaning to see that the word better applies to you. It shows in every single one of your hateful and bigoted comments on this pathetic, sorry little post.

    I will teach him the difference between “fact” and “opinion”. Claiming that “this article is not racist”, but is rather fact backed up by “supportive evidence”, shows you think that any ignorant conclusion you draw in your tiny, closed mind is a “fact”. I assure you, it is not. Do not be so delusional.

    I will teach him to be open and accepting of other cultures and races. He will grow up knowing that the world is a vast place filled with a thousand different nationalities and that each of these nationalities come with their own quirks, so he may grow up being big and open-minded. Not small and scared like you obviously are. Because these hate messages you type in here are quite clearly stemming from your ignorance, and fear of what you do not truly understand.

    I will teach him to put forward whatever opinions ad arguments he has without being blinded by bigotry or hate. Because frankly, whatever logical point you have is tainted by your inability to put aside your pettiness for argument’s sake. And you end up sounding like a right idiot posing as an intellectual.

    I will teach him to pity people like you, whose intellectual limitations go far beyond the academic. You may be schooled, but you have no idea how small-minded you actually are.

    I will teach him to be tolerant and compassionate. I will teach him to be kind.

    I will teach him to be the exact opposite of you, because I would like to leave this world a better place. If you and others like you had learned such things growing up, then the world will be a much better place to live. Unfortunately, in this day and age we still have to suffer fools like you. And all we can do is teach our kids better, and hope that someday we would have evolved beyond such ignorance as you have demonstrated.

    As far as I can see, all you are good for is setting an example of what a decent human being should not be. And so I thank you for that small, albeit unknowing, contribution at least.

    Now off you go. Shoo.

    • Taylor said

      very well said sir!… all i can say as well to the writer(if he’s indeed a writer) is “NOW OFF YOU GO,SHOO! :)

    • thedullandignorant said

      THIS IS HOW “CHILDREN OF THE WORLD” SHOULD BE EDUCATED!

    • Rej said

      I’m sure your children will grow to be respectable members of this society. I commend your wide-minded attitude towards diversity. You have exemplified the difference between a learned man and an ignoramus who assumes he is learned.

  75. wow, i can hardly believe the racism that emanates from this shit pile. I profess to not know much about singapore or singaporeans so i will not comment on that, unlike the author who probably “lived” in the Philippines 25 years ago for a week or two. you claim your dominant proficiency in english because Singaporeans have for eons, been winning some unknown contest that has a prize money of 200 dollars? yay!!! way to go singapore!Then the author and almost all subsequent commenters go on to blast how Filipinos speak english in broken down grammatically incoherent phrases that makes my freaking head spin like a top. you guys are freaking hilarious. I know of a lot of Filipinos working in singapore an hey, you may be right, there are a lot. but you have to ask yourself, is it really because the rates to pay them are cheap? or is it because no matter how lowly some of you here might think of them, they actually get the job done? i could go on and on but i will just say this for now, and check back on you all tomorrow. say what you will about Filipinos, how they act, how they talk, how low we are on the totem pole of global power. but do not dare call us inferior. i’m trying to get myself to argue with everything you all wrote down, point for point, but you know what? it’s not even worth it. it’s iike arguing with swine. keep it up temasek times! oh and if you hardly understood anything i said, yup, i just called you all pigs.

  76. AbcCba said

    What do you wish to gain in writing this article? I pray that may God help you eliminate all the hatred in your heart. May you learn to forgive the person who may have hurt you and caused you to write such hateful article. God bless. Peace be with everyone.

  77. Sai said

    Not all Filipinos are like that. Not all Singaporeans are gracious either. Some Filipinos are brilliant in speaking English and even teach English abroad and locally, Don’t think like you know the whole population when in fact you’ve just encountered few.

  78. Andre said

    Where does temasek review gets all his ghost writer, guys if you don’t want pinoys working there just kick them out its your country your rules

  79. Richard said

    Racism, it’s everywhere. It’s in everyone’s blood like a virus. It is an infection with variations in level.

  80. OR said

    Hahaha. Thanks for the laugh. This is the funniest thing I’ve read in a while.

    Go believe that, you retards.

  81. Frr Rivera said

    ……..Remember…you are a reflection of anything you despise…Children of God,GOD bless you..

  82. pinoypride said

    “A point to bring out: what mastery of English language these pinoys have? zilch if we take the international benchmark of the Angus Ross Literature prize which is almost annually won by a Singaporean since its inception. The Angus Ross prize is recognization of the best literature paper in “A” levels outside UK.”

    You might want to read this:

    http://www.scandasia.com/viewNews.php? coun_code=ph&news_id=10512

    (For objectivity, this is not a Philippine-based website)

  83. We know where are you coming from. said

  84. ken said

    Singaporeans are morons! Even this writer is a moron! You are just envy with their achievements that’s why you are humiliating them in your article! Filipino’s are very talented and a very hard working people. You are putting yourself in disgrace idiot!

    • worthy pinoy FT said

      Very talented indeed in singing, talking, dancing, flirting?
      Very hard working indeed in staying back to talk on the phone, surf net?

      • Had said

        If that’s what the pinoy FTs are doing in their jobs, aren’t the singaporeans stupid enough to continue hiring and paying these “slackers” as you want to put it?

  85. Robin said

    Your article is baseless. Please choose your words if you are talking about the morality of the Filipinos. Just who the hell are you to write about it. You don’t know that much and double check your grammar.

    Temasek Times, articles like this shouldn’t be published .

    Thank You

  86. bread said

    heh, of course if you’d make the Angus Ross Prize for Literature as a benchmark, Singaporeans would trounce the Filipinos almost every time. Average Filipinos do not take GCE A-level exams, unless they plan on studying in the UK or its former colonies, and as far as I know, the Angus Ross prize is only awarded to those who took A-level exams.

    I don’t know where you get this “Filipinos’ mastery of the English language is zilch” crap, but we do have the best business English in the world, at least according to the GlobalEnglish Corporation’s index (http://ph.news.yahoo.com/ph–world-s-best-country-in-business-english.html). A lot of employers would also love to have Filipinos in their payroll because they can understand Filipino English more than Singaporean English, Chinese English, or even Indian English. Of course, you Singaporeans think your English is better than Filipino English. It’s your “flavor,” anyway. But I’ve worked with a lot of Americans, Brits, and Australians, and they would always say, “I really prefer working with Filipinos. Their accent is easier to understand, compared to the Singaporeans.”

    Well if you don’t want Filipinos working in Singapore, go and complain to your government. Get Vietnamese and/or Burmese maids, if that’s what you really prefer.

  87. Bob said

    Bob Marley once said: “Before you point your fingers to others, make sure that its clean”.

  88. Back when singapore was nothing said

    Filipino architects, maids, construction workers, laborers helped build Singapore when it was by far the majority foreign labor Singapore relied on. Show a little respect.

    • Back when singapore was nothing said

      Filipino architects, maids, construction workers, laborers helped build Singapore when they were by far the majority foreign labor Singapore relied on. Show a little respect.

      • meamichen said

        Yeah so true, during our convention that factual story was imparted to us by our professional speakers. That when in late years Singapore was in mmm shall we say not in a class A level of living in everything compared to what they accomplished now, Filipinos helped Singapore out to stand up and be build , why such so hatred ? if you really love your country, you’re not gonna write something or anything the infect the whole. I don’t even know you, do i? or shall i says, were i a part of observation? I am a Filipino you know but none of your adjectives describe me, my friends and even my family.

  89. Usisera said

    C’mon. Can’t we all just get along? No one’s English is flawless — even native speakers have their slips and lapses — and no one’s country is perfect. Some Singaporeans aren’t gracious — btw, pointing out how gracious you are actually negates your graciousness — while some are. Some Pinoys don’t just yak away at the malls, while some do. We’re human. Each person is different. Let’s just accept that and respect the differences.

  90. yo said

    Singapore seems clean but singaporeans has the dirtiest and lamest brain in the world!

    • Beware of what you said said

      Are you saying that our men in white also not clean since they are also S’poreans? They wear white so how can they be not clean??
      Beware of our powerful ISA, you can be detained without trial for as long as 32 years…

  91. yo said

    kill the singaporeans!!

    • RealityCheck said

      Issues aside, i am not here to stand in anyone’s camp and i am Singaporean.

      Yo, your comment riles me as being irresponsible and of the most degrading nature. Plenty of families and persons livelihood are at stake and yet instead of helping to diffuse the situation to reach a common ground, you chose to make a vile statement.

      Have you ever thought that someone might take your comment literally and hurt/kill an innocent? Have you ever thought what will be the consequences when each sides retaliates against each other as a result? I am telling you now – you will have to shoulder the blame and guilt that you indirectly caused.

      Blood on your hands if it happens………

      RealityCheck

    • Go to changi jail said

      Can someone make a police report? This pinoy is going to kill S’poreans.

    • Gecko said

      Mr/ms pinoy, this is not phillipines. Pls leave.

  92. Gayaya lang mo mga giatay said

    paghunong mo oi. di mumuprosper kung dili tungod namong mga pinoy. hinampak. In this age, racism and bigotry should not be condoned. If you guys represent Singapore, then you are in big trouble because it’s apparent that all those fines have eroded your humanity and manners.

  93. the talking chopsticks said

    you call singapore a country? it’s not, it’s a refugee camp! there are no real singaporeans… and the moronic temasek times doesn’t realise he or she is just a refugee… a moronic refugee!

    • pot calling kettle black said

      S’pore may be a refugee camp but why so many pinoys want to come here to be a refugee? May be in S’pore they can be a 1st world country refugee still better than a 3rd world country refugee back home??

  94. will shit on a singaporean said

    anyone who is not singaporean will agree that singaporean english is bad, the accent is worse and the women are ugly.

    • the talking chopsticks said

      you can say that again pal… man, they’re really ugly! singaporean men are uglier though…

    • sfng said

      Are you the author taking on a different nickname? Cos you sound just like him/her, stereotyping everything.

  95. Jafri Basron said

    The Government of Singapore has to reduce the number of workforce from the Philippines. There’re indeed more than 130 countries in this world and the citizens of the said countries are as good if not better than the Filipinos. Truly, the time to reduce the dependency on the the Filipinos to do the works, before unsightly incident occurs in this peaceful nation.

  96. erlopin said

    Singapore is like a tiny winy island, the girls are so ugly, they just cant win in MIss Universe Pageant hahahahaha, they are so proud of their english when all youll just understand is lalalalalalalalalallalalala million la words, is that an american or brit accent? NOP !! Its a trying hard english accent, Filipinos are far more better, 3rd largest english speaking nation in the world, they can compete everywhere in the world,

    • erlopin said

      Singapore`s  government is succesful but the public sucks hakhakhak they cant even compete outside their wormhole go outside Singapore and see if you can compete with us Filipinos , there are few singaporeans in other countries I dont know why?? not because they are rich but because they are stupid loosers

      • cheap always win said

        One thing S’poreans can’t compete with Pinoys is cheap, cheaper and cheaperest.
        Oh yes, at least S’poreans have a recog degree which cannot be bought.

    • Gecko said

      Ooi Erlopin, you are a very aggressive pinoy. your kabayan would be ashamed of your gagu ranting. I employ Filipinos and are fully aware of their proficiency or lack of it. It is clear that you are the real LOSER. You Epic Fail. And your English is atrocious! You, erlopin, is a shame to Filipinos and all Mankind. Crawl back into your shell, you balag.

  97. mta said

    What about your former leader seeking advice from a “Filipino” President? What can you say?

  98. erlopin said

    A Filipinos observation of Singaporeans they are a trying hard english speakers , Singapore is such a boring place , all places are man made, no natural sceneries, are there really a singaporean race? I cant seem to imagine a singaporean race because its population is a combination of indian , chinese, and different ethnic groups, Philippines is a large country , your country is just a city in our place, hahahaha

    • nobody ask you to stay here said

      Then why are you still in S’pore? Please roll back to your own country if it is so good and better than S’pore.

      • erlopin said

        Im not in Singapore Stupid shit besides I dont want to go in such a boring small place, , my house is bigger than your city

    • Gecko said

      We will hunt you down. This is a promise.

  99. bebe said

    Who are you to judge Filipinos? Have you even proven anything yet? Check yourself first. If you think you’re so great, well just to let you know, you’re not! You are a small piece in this big world. You are nobody.

  100. erlopin said

    BY THE WAY IN THE NEWS TODAY!! READ YOUR NEWS! HAHAHAHA, Singaporean Girls are whores selling their bodies for money
    ———————————————————-

    http://temasektimes.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/singapore-women-young-and-old-offer-sex-online-in-their-hunt-for-sugardaddies/

    Singapore women young and old offer sex online
    in their hunt for sugardaddies

    The recent ‘sex for tender’ scandal involving ex-SCDF Chief Peter Lim Sin Pang and the ongoing
    underage prostitute sex scandal implicating several high-level government officials have shocked
    the entire nation and raised serious questions on the degeneration of moral values in today’s
    modern society.

    While Singapore’s laws are skewed largely in favor of women, especially the Woman’s Charter
    which protects their rights and interests, the reality on the ground is that an increasing number
    of them are willing parties initiating ‘deals’ with men to sell their bodies in exchange for
    financial gains.

    Besides a thriving social escort industry which provides ample opportunities for Singapore women
    to make a quick buck, many are openly soliciting for ‘sugardaddies’ online.

    In a popular forum for expats, three postings were posted by three different women aged 21, 25 and
    34 a few hours apart today looking for ‘sugarboyfriends’ or ‘sugardaddies’:

    The 21 year old girl is still studying and is looking for a man to provide her with a ‘good’
    monthly allowance:

    http://temasektimes.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/singapore-women-young-and-old-offer-sex-online-in-their-hunt-for-sugardaddies/

    • Gecko said

      Erlopin, you are a gaga to post this. There are way more pinay, balag like you and children prostituting yourselves all over the world. You got the world’s largest whorehouse in your own very backyard! You should know.

  101. RealityCheck said

    Good folks of both sides. This is a pointless exercise. Singaporeans are no better than Filipinos, neither are we worse off than each other.

    The socio-economics, demographics are as diverse between us two countries. However, we do have something in common – that is we are plagued by failed policies that had frustrated many of us. Taking the racist route is by far the coward’s way of viewing the predicaments we faced today. We blame others while glorifying ourselves. Sadly, this seems to be the case here.

    We are not pawns or just another statistic. We are decent folks whom just want to have financial stability to take care of our families and maybe vacations thrown in. I do not blame the Filipinos for our situation as the host country opened the door wide without taking into the considerations of its impact over the years. We have our needs, so do our friends in Philippines.

    With this, i hope both sides will recognize and accept the flaws we have and start viewing the core issues at hand…. and hopefully one day, both sides will be able to correct the mistakes that put us in this predicament, that is the day for cheers for both Singapore and The Philippines.

    RealityCheck
    Singaporean

  102. bonbon said

    The post is a plain racial discrimination. nothing more… Lah Lah (Sounds so gay!) hahahahaha

  103. paetechie said

    just google “philippines best in business english” to score a point without joining racist commenters :) i hate racism and stereotyping

  104. naiomi yu said

    To all singaporean! Your opinions doesn’t matter! We work for our family and we make your economy better! You should be thankful about that :) without filipinos your economy will be on drain! Because we filipinos are more productive and competitive at work :) english speaking is not the only key in your success, we are behind in your success. This is the truth and nothing but the truth! :) FILIPINOS- keep smiling :) Happy independence day everyone! Mabuhay!

  105. quezon said

    lol whoever made this post should complain to their government for creating policies allowing Filipino’s to enter their country. Or you can also go make a sign up campaign and complain to whoever governs the employment field in your country to prevent us from getting hired in your country. Let’s see what happens :)

    or maybe… could it be that you’re just bitter of not being hired in the past over a filipino because of your accent? guess what, US peeps would prefer the way Filipino’s speak English, than the random “lah” you have, which will make any American wonder, what did he just say? what “lah”?

    lol.

    • Just trying to be objective said

      I can totally relate. It’s not just “lah”, there are some who uses “mah” or “ah”… They would say “You want this one AH?” or “no MAH”. But despite all of these, we do not make an article and ridicule them for the way they speak.

    • BJJ Black Belt said

      cause you pathetic lost souls like to imitate the yanks. look upon them like Gods or something.

  106. erlopin said

    Look at the Philippines today!! The Phillipines is Growing and Ready to be a First World country like yours in 15 to 20 years

    • Klave said

      It is sad that we are growing by brute force (PH’s private sector is amazing).
      And our political leaders will simply take all the credit.
      If the government just slowed down their corruption by half, I wouldn’t be surprised if we would be a first world country in 5 years.

    • nitesoul said

      15 – 20 years is far too long. other countries are already on the way to be first world country. high rise buildings are not the measurement of being First World!

    • wOW said

      Crime City

  107. quezon said

    oh on a side note, this is not Filipino’s point of view of Singaporeans, however, I noticed this from your very own site as well :

    really amazing of those Singaporeans who look badly over Filipino’s:

    http://temasektimes.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/singapore-women-young-and-old-offer-sex-online-in-their-hunt-for-sugardaddies/

    sugardaddies anyone who wants some fun with those singaporean gals? :)

    Lesson learned? Before pointing fingers, make sure your nails are clean.

    • Gecko said

      Quezon, who has the largest whorehouse in the world? Largest exporter of pokpoks? Japayukes, child-prostitutes, baklas, etc, etc, etc? Clean nails huh? Wake up to reality, totoy!

  108. nihon said

    remember the flips burnt our flag? we hanged flor, she murdered 2 innocent kids by just throwing them down, that’s contributions to our household, hang a few more flors; flips r great talkers, now hiding behind american skirts when prc wants to beat them. haha.

    and making our place better? just go back n make your rat hole better, if you r so ‘good’. so who is behind the philipines’ failures? Just get lost, we will be better. flips r better at politicking n farking around; that’s why productivity shot down.

    for 40 years, flips were not in the picture, we were doing well, singaporeans consistently were rated as world’s #1 workers.

    flip flop flor

    • donjuandemarco said

      so who rated singaporeans as #1 workers? is that #1 workers in the world or “#1 workers in singapore”???

    • quezon said

      your sources please for being #1 workers in the world?

      and you said you were doing well huh? then why did your country open itself for outsiders to work in it? dont tell us to get lost, tell your leaders to create a law for all those that you’re complaining above.

      • Gecko said

        Sources? Go google.

        We open up to help you help us enrich ourselves even more.

        Btw, we are also in your country buying land and building dwellings to rehouse your slump dwellers – all for FREE – go google.

        No need to thank us. Just be appreciative. You are welcome.
        Cheers

  109. “Full of rah rah but no substance.”

    This is exactly what this letter is all about. Racism is so last 5 decades ago or something, you need to catch up and learn what being progressive is all about. Of course, you’re entitled to your own opinion, but don’t expect anyone educated to listen to you if all you’re going to do is badmouth certain races and not present your points in a respectful, well-thought out way.

    Also, it is interesting to note how you seem to talk down to Filipinos in this message, and how the way you write your words make it very evident that you consider yourself quite higher than people from Vietnam and Myanmar.

    How terrible. I wonder how your Filipino friend feels about your mud-slinging and rudeness towards people of his own race. I hope he stops talking to you completely.

  110. donjuandemarco said

    Greetings,
    I believe I have to comment on every paragraph you wrote.

    For paragraph # 1:

    Using the “Angus Ross Literature prize” as an international benchmark for English proficiency is a stupid standard , id it’s just an international standard developed in a small portion of your narrow imagination. English proficiency should be based on four factors namely speaking, reading, listening and writing. The Angus Ross prize is a “literature” prize, a competition of “written works” and does not exhibit all the four elements involved in the IELTS (speaking, listening, writing and reading). If you base English proficiency on studies conducted by Global English Corporation or maybe on some web articles from Forbes magazine (http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2012/04/05/countries-with-the-best-business-english/). You will clearly see the opposite of what you have written.

    For paragraph # 2:

    It is true that people yak away with his or her own opinions on local municipal issues, but I’m glad they can do that in the Philippines. In Singapore people are afraid to speak up and share their opinion to the public because everything is controlled by the government. No wonder there’s no Big Brother version in Singapore because if somebody talk shit about the public, they cannot edit the show anymore…

    For paragraph #3:

    Before you talk about other politicians, be sure you know much about your politicians. And you talked about prostitutes? How about Geylang? And drug issues? Can you prove to the world that there’s no drug issues in your country?

    For paragraph # 4:

    Abuse??? Just a few days ago a Singaporean woman punches an old Singaporean lady at kopitiam for being slow. “Everyday Singapore life”… What happened to “manners”. Just now I check the article online… It’s gone… Probably filtered out to protect an image. And again, before talking about other politicians, make sure you yours very well..

    For paragraph # 5:

    I hope you have an idea what “gracious” really is….

    Conclusion:

    You are a total RACIST!…

  111. PRIDE said

    It’s ironic that he’s boasting about English when there’s a TON of errors in his grammar. Go back to school. Oh wait, school is where you learned your shitty grammar. Forget that. Just stick to speaking your own language

  112. Better English and better governance are two different things. Don’t get them mixed up. We Filipinos, at least the ones who are fortunate enough to have received a decent education, have much better English ability then a well educated Singaporean. This is proven and observed even by native English speakers. However, Singapore is blessed with a wonderful government that truly cares for its citizens. This is proven and observed by anyone who have lived in both Singapore and the Philippines. We all have our straights and weaknesses.

    Let us not give in to hate my friend. After all we are all brothers and sisters in this tiny little planet.

  113. Matt said

    Oh well, think first before publishing that trash.

    Filipinos are way better than you guys, you know that folks!

    a “little” note:

    http://ph.news.yahoo.com/ph–world-s-best-country-in-business-english.html

    • wOW said

      I use to think u ppl are great until I found the sad truth of many married pinoy man here work and play our gals feeling then break their heart. So many of them have family and children back in Philipines. Its really disappointing. Totally changed my perception of u all.

    • Pinoy Is Shitting Everywhere! said

      must admit that Singaporeans can’t think and act like dogs like you do….but that’s what pinoy scums and trash like you are good for only!

  114. Jem said

    The author of this article visibly shows he is not a proffesional either. And he is of much lower level than those Pinoys he was talking about. They are more gracious and refined, he said? Then why don’t he try to read his article again and see how disgraceful and unrefined his choice of words are. WE FILIPINOS DEMAND PUBLIC APOLOGY! WE DON’T DESERVE THIS KIND OF TREATMENT! And FYI, Tagalog never sounded like talking ducks.

    • donjuandemarco said

      they are the one who sound like chickens and talking ducks!… hehehehe!!!

    • Pinoy Is Shitting Everywhere! said

      we don’t apologise to dogs and bitch,,,but we don;t mind giving you some leftovers, which is why you are here, isn’t it?

    • Mute said

      I only agree one observation. When you talk tagalog in public, please lower it down. You talk like the new PRC in Singapore.
      Look at you fellow countrymen from outside Luzon, Visayan and from Mindanao. They are not loud when they speak.

  115. Melonie said

    This article is badly made. Every nationality has a dark and convoluted side. “I’m the best race in this world because most of us are not cleaning sewers for a living” thinking doesn’t make you a better person. Stereotyping is just plain retarded.

  116. Check the link below to know more about the Singlish.

    I am more proud now being a Pinoy. =)

    • come home baby said

      Then you should go back to your own country and continue to be more proud, nobody here is stopping you…

      • erlopin said

        WAHAHAHAHAHA this is waht you call ENGLISH WTH!!!! Singapore English is not English, its a cavemen language hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

    • Had said

      I couldn’t help but laugh out loud with this singlish video! surely the pride of the singaporeans!! xD

      but i wonder what sorcery those callers used to understand what that singaporean was talking about! oh yeah! i forgot, singaporeans’ english are way better and more understandable than that of the filipinos so there should be no wonder to that! xDDD

  117. IamproudPinoy said

    It’s so funny that 2011- 2012 The Philippines is the number one country in Business English and Singapore is only number 7??? If you don’t like us, you don’t have a choice but deal with it what we want in SG is dollars not you Singaporeans. Yes, you are richer than us but we are more recognized than you globally. Singapore never won any beauty contest because all of you are fugly! Not even talented can’t even sing and you are disgrace to your own country you don’t even take care of your parents you just let them work even so old. Karma is a bitch!!! No wonder most of you are arrogants, think that your the best in this world but nobody cares for you except your country. I hope a tsunami wave will hit your country and I imagine where are you going then? We have 7,107 islands will donate one island for you! You will all regret that soon especially most of you are free-thinkers don’t believe in God. God bless still the few good Singaporeans!

    • take care of yourself first said

      Thought most Pinoys dun believe in karma, dun tell me that you are the exceptional one?
      Keep those islands to yourself, you should quickly go back to be the guardian of your own island before PRC take it away??
      Before tsunami hit S’pore, hopefully it won’t hit your thousand islands first…
      What so good to believe in your god?

  118. Filipinos are the best... said

    … domestic workers. thanks for washing my clothes and hdb. I’m forever grateful for the hours you put in for so little money.. Sometimes I think about renting two of you little people, but I’m afraid that you might murder each other and make a bloody mess.

  119. Asean said

    Annabelle Chong makes Singaporean proud you know ;)

  120. Mirror on the wall said

    In order for you to insult me, I must first value your opinion.
    Nice try though!

  121. nicole said

    your headhunters are filipinos. of course they will hire their own. duh.

  122. Just trying to be objective said

    Generalizing Filipinos based on the limited encounters that you had with the Filipinos in Singapore is such as shallow thing to do. We are aware that not all Filipinos are disciplined and well-mannered, but that doesn’t mean that ALL Filipinos are like that. You criticize the manner wherein we speak using the English language based on the encounters you had with housemaids and you assumed that all Filipinos are incapable of speaking proper English. I have been in Singapore and I have also met a lot of Singaporeans here in Malaysia, the Singaporeans that I have met here does not have menial jobs, they are in Sales & Marketing and yet their accent is as horrendous as the accent of the Filipino housemaids that you were insulting. What I’m trying to say is that not all Filipinos lack the skills in conversing using the English language, just as not all Singaporeans are as good as you want yourself to believe.

    You were bragging that Singaporeans always win the Angus Ross Literature prize, and as you have said, it is the benchmark for ‘A’ levels. Is this your basis for thinking that Singaporeans are far more superior than us when it comes to speaking in English? Well, if that is the case then maybe you should visit http://www.globalenglish.com/whoweare/newsroom/press_releases/757 and look for the sub-title “Struggling, Fast-Growth and BRIC Economies at a Disadvantage “. You will see in that article that Philippines is number one when it comes to Business English proficiency and Singapore did not even made it to top five.

    All I’m saying is do not generalize us based on the bad experiences you had with some of the Filipinos in Singapore because we do not generalize Singaporeans based on our bad experiences with them.

  123. prideinstride said

    People’s attitude and does not describe the rest of a nation more than that of the people living in it. We can criticise each other but then again, we need to be very careful on how we say things and voice out our opinions. Having one bad experience with one group of people does not mean their race culture and their nationality are all the same. Think about it this way, there are good in each person, whether they are black white, brown, or whatever colour or language they speak. Why can’t we just have those traits talk about instead of putting them down.

    Writing this articles does not convince you and the people you know that Filipinos are indeed back stabbers, just because writing this proves you are doing so as well. We may be a race of cheap labour, but that does not define us a people with bad hearts and intention. We take pride in doing jobs that other people see as below their station or stature. We take care of your children while you work, We take care of your elderly parents as you do not have the time and energy to do so. We clean your houses as you pay as to do so, the reason are all the same for each individual doing such jobs. To help their families back home earn a living and support their needs. So think before you speak. My parents told me, that if you have nothing good to say then just hold back.

    Thank you as well, for writing this article, as this will certainly be another call to Filipinos out there that sometime we forget who we are. But people like you remind us that we are indeed good people even if you take everything bad and put us down.

  124. Not the condescending author said

    I believe the writer has some lapse in the accepted definition of RESPECT.

  125. Rej said

    What exactly is your purpose in writing this article?

    Will demeaning Filipinos working in Singapore make you feel good about yourself? It’s a pity that you seem to have not enjoyed your stay in the Philippines many years back. But I don’t think that you are in a position to make conclusions based on your very limited exposure to the country…or obviously very limited knowledge of it.

    You cannot even highlight your strength’s to justify why it’s unnecessary, for companies in Singapore, to keep hiring Filipinos instead of locals like you. You resort to something so pathetic as putting others down just so you can feel superior over others or feel good about yourself. You can only assert that FTs from other countries like Myanmar and Vietnam may soon replace the Filipinos here. So what difference will that make? You still cannot convince employers to hire locals like you instead of the FTs. Why so scared of the Filipinos’ presence in Singapore? Why do you seem to approve of FTs from Myanmar or Vietnam working in SG but not the Filipinos?

    I have many Singaporean friends and colleagues that I respect and hold high regard for. They do not seem to be as close-minded as you are with regard to the presence of Filipino Talents here. How about- maybe because they are confident about themselves that no FT can pose a threat to their position in this society?

    Besides, who is a real Singaporean? Most here being third generation citizens who are mere descendants of the early immigrants that came to this tiny but special country in the 19th and early 20th century (early FTs I suppose).

    Lastly, everything is all in the mind. The thing is: if we smile, you will assume that it’s fake and scheming…but if we don’t- we are arrogant. No matter what we do is bound to displease you.

    Maybe it would be easier for all of us to co-exist if we learn the basic rule of respect for each other including each other’s cultural quirks and differences.

    “IF YOU HATE [A PERSON], YOU HATE SOMETHING [IN HIM] THAT IS PART OF YOURSELF. WHAT ISN’T PART OF OURSELVES DOESN’T DISTURB US”
    -Hermann Hesse

    • S'pore belong to four main race said

      Please remember that this is our country of birth, we are native S’poreans whether 2nd or 3rd generations and most importantly, we belong to one of the four main race in S’pore, unfortunately pinoy is not one of them.

      • Foreign Talent, Mr Foreign Talent to you said

        You really might like to do a little research into that …

  126. A guy who speaks REAL English said

    @temasektimes

    You’re a bigot with the English equivalent of a Caveman with a dictionary. Your English is in no way acceptable in the UK (Where you claimed to have lived and I quote “…for 25 years ago”) OR in the United States.

    My chinky-eyed friend, I am mocking your English grammar to your face. :) Before taking out the log in other peoples eyes, you need to first take out the log in your chinky eyes. :D

  127. stokedtraveler said

    wow I never expected to come across such an article from a singaporean against the Filipino race. Let me point out my comment on some concerns the author had on Pinoys:

    1. English Proficiency – read this article: http://www.globalenglish.com/whoweare/newsroom/press_releases/757

    Philippines and Norway are the only two countries that met the acceptable level of business standard. It is good that singaporeans were also ranked as 9th place amongst all the countries.

    10 Best Countries:
    Philippines
    Norway
    Serbia
    Slovenia
    Australia
    Malaysia
    India
    Lithuania
    Singapore
    Canada

    2. Low wage workers – yes Filipinos get lower salaries than Singaporeans. Blame it on both governments – not the people. Philippines has some ways to go as far as politics and improving the standard of living. Until then most of those looking for higher compensation will look for work abroad. Singapore on the otherhand has built such a high standard of living and salaries/wages that multinational companies located there find it hard to have a balance betweenn CAPEX and OPEX. Imagine, what would happen to Singaporean economy if multinational corporations moved their investment to the source of their workforce — say the Philippines? What would happen to some Singaporean families if they’d have to stay at home to watch the kids instead of work because there are no helpers of other nationalities because local helpers are all too expensive?

    3. Economy — Singapore is not as different as the Philippines. The economic boom you are experiencing is because of the industry of people (workforce) and the government policies on global investors. Both these come be recovered in time by the Philippines (was already achieved by the Philippines back in the period before the 80’s). However, your country lack a lot of natural resources that the philippines has abundance of. Singapore is in fact even sharing land with a neighbor country.

    4. Race — if you have studied our history, you’ll learn that we all come from the same race. asians have migrated to various islands and mixed with westernerns until they were able to create their physical identity and language. In the more recent history, Singaporeans are not a unique pure-bred race too. Actually other than the political separation, Singapore is as much as Malaysians — just like Filipinos.

    I have to understand that the hatred is coming from the fact that migratory workers are taking away jobs from the locals. Some Filipino businessmen feel the same towards other races putting up large businesses in the Philippines thus killing small home-made businesses by locals. It is normal and blame it on globalization.

    If you’d like to keep out Foreign workers and tourists then have your government apply a closed door policy like what China did for a long time. Only, China was successful because they had the land mass, the workforce and all the natural resources they need. Singapore only has a small workforce and a piece of land no bigger than the biggest cities in the Philippines. Filipinos will then still be globally marketable as skilled and professional workers elsewhere because of their education and attitude.

    I still love my chinese kin but it is sad that there are those that are too traditional to accept that cultures will merge as an effect of true globalization. Racism and prejudice will always exist but can always be settled with real understanding of one another. Not all Filipinos are blindly patriotic and so are Singaporeans. The better ones are those that understand that instead of blaming others, they have to build themselves to be globally competitive in a global market place (not on a silo-scale industry)

  128. nitesoul said

    dear author,

    i am a Filipino. i am supposed to get offended but then, reading the whole blog makes me say THANK YOU that you have lived here in the Philippines and you basically know what you’re talking about.

    about your observation, yes, i tend to agree. we have lost sight of what is important and tend to just scream that WE ARE FILIPINO and FILIPINO PRIDE! that said, is full of crap. full of BS. i really don’t care if majority of your readers demand this and that or tell you this and that. IT IS TIME.

    it is time that we wake up from the dreams and fantasies and see life as it is. Filipinos are not special. i really hate it when Filipinos think that they are super special and that the world has to thank us. we brag left and right. we dishonor people who work their asses off. of highlight people base on their skin color. we are full of shit (pardon my language).

    thank you for not being afraid to tell the truth. truth hurts. and a lot of us are butt hurt, sourgrapers, ungrateful retards.

    then again, i still believe that we will rise above this all. i agree with you, but i cannot abandon my country. my country needs me. this country needs people who are open minded and not easily offended by people like you who speaks the truth.

    i will do the best i can to help this country.

    SALAMAT.

  129. stokedtraveler said

    oh I realize this is made up news page that claims to deliver unbiased & “factual” news coming from real people. The problem is because the “real people” claimed here do not have “real identities” then it can easily be made up. The fact that the feedback is moderated defeats the purpose of press freedom. All this is just to pick up site traffic and advertising hoping to get the site noticed in the local paper. such a shame that I actually spent time to write a feedback here.

  130. Chivi said

    wow these articles is very honestly write! I love you to it! Filipinos are very stupidity. GOOD JOBS!

  131. Aco said

    I guess Singaporeans do have a right to think this way… However, bear in mind that the majority of workforce that runs your business community relies on us, Filipinos. And if you’re really better than us, then you’ll have the time to take care of small things… Or, is this the side of insecure Singaporeans who is slowly being overwhelmed by hardworking Filipinos? One more thing, JUDGE NOT LEST YE BE JUDGED. If you’re that intelligent, go figure.

  132. Shuniegirl said

    And being a racist makes this blog popular eh? hmmm

  133. Simon Paul Felismino said

    I’d like to think that this person is mislead by the media and the very limited perspective he/she has. bad mouthing other races/ countries doesn’t benefit anyone or anything at all except hatred and strife, I as an educator, a writer and a researcher, I feel responsible for meeting people and talking to them and not just judging them by just looking at them. the senses has limitations and it is better to understand first before seeking to be understood… this kind of post obviously seeks the attention of the higher ups who are aware of the situation, if not in control. we also want to know the history and culture of the country before publishing such dim-witted material like this. Singapore as we all know is a little country in south east asia with so little work force and population that 2/3rds of their current population are foreign workers THEY ACTUALLY SEEK to work for them. and as we all know, Singaporeans tolerated their colonial masters because they’re complacent with the “economic status” and “national stability” unlike the Filipinos who actually overthrew their colonial masters to rule on their own. ONLY FILIPINOS HAVE THE AUDACITY TO BE FREE BECAUSE WE KNOW WE ARE CAPABLE AND WE DO NOT RELY MUCH ON FOREIGN AID… so next time, before publishing anything like this, make sure you know who you’re writing with and who you’re writing for… lack of writers who would win your literary price doesn’t reflect the state of the country… YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON BEHIND CLOSE DOORS ok? I hope I enlightened everyone who would look down on others… the real intelligent people would not do this… it’s pathetic to seek attention by destroying someone else’s reputation and seeking refuge with other pathetic people…

  134. chichiri said

    you just proved how racist singaporeans can be, you can trash talk us filipinos as much as you want but one thing is for sure…. we won’t stoop down to your level, i thought that singaporeans are more educated than this…. how disappointing…

  135. Yan yan said

    Somewhere out there an angmoh is looking down at you, too.

    • BJJ Black Belt said

      ARE U KIDDING ? ANG MOH COUNTRIES BANKRUPT.MANY ARE THEM ARE COMING TO THIS PART OF THE WORLD TO LOOK FOR FOR JOBS.WAKE UP ,MAN! ECONOMIC TIDE HAS SHIFTED.

    • Thank you pinoy maids said

      Guess you have not been to angmoh countries, they are doing dirty jobs in their own countries, so should S’poreans look down on them?
      S’poreans are lucky to have pinoy maids doing the dirty jobs…

  136. Dogmeat said

    Racism is just a name that many tagged on Singaporeans for trying to do what is honourable and to protect our society from systematic undermining by the PAP by opening the floodgates to low quality foreigners. We are never against any specific country or race, but when our society is degraded by selfish, crude, and uncivilised foreigners, it is considered “racism” to speak up about it?

    • the talking chopsticks said

      duh?! are you stupid or what?

    • Melanie said

      tell your government to ban filipinos from entering your country do not put your displaced anger on us -it is your government’s fault for opening your country for employment to filipinos. as far as i know one of your fellow singaporeans employ a filipina teacher to teach her children the english language and mathematics to go back to your country to take those whatever exams you have. you’re not the only country to employ filipinos, and oh, can you please also tell your government to stop sending singaporeans who sell drugs in our country? you have so many of them here in fact. so i guess since your fellow singaporeans harass women here, rape them too and sell them to other singaporeans and sell drugs, by speaking of it, i am being a racist too. so how’s that for degrading our society by your being selfish and crude, can i say selling drugs, harassing our women and raping them as being singaporeans uncivilised foreigners too?

    • Wala Lang said

      Then do what you think is right. At the end of the day it is your government. Don’t waste time, pointing out Filipino community’s flaws only.

    • Iai said

      I noticed no Pinoys here commented on their firebrand catholicism which is ridiculous to say the least. Nunnery frocks and habits kneeling on the street to protest against their government. Theatrical but no substance. They should tend to their flocks in a dignified religious manner in their place of worship and not spoiling the good religion by marching on the streets. If pinoys here dare to do that in my homeland, we will round you up and put you in Changi Prison with complimentary free meals. I love the law and order in my beloved homeland Singapore. My advise: don’t mess with our peaceful social harmony. Look at Hong Kong, their maids want permanent residencey as if it is a right, Luckily the supreme court made it clear it is the government to decide on this.

      Pinoys are opinionated as seen at all levels of their society. You ask a question, they give you non-stop verbal diarrhea of what they think of this or that. No wonder it is not easy to govern their people. All want or think like leaders. Where are the followers? Is this self-importance or a display of oneupmanship? A prominent Singaporean banker was quoted in the local newspapers that “I do not know how to do business in Phillippines.” When I read that I was puzzled as this person owes one of the local Big Four banks here and decided to branch out its banking business in the Phillippines. The overseas venture was a disaster and he made that statement. Coming from a respected banker, it says alot. I guess it was a headache dealing with pinoys even in business areas. I did not even touch on discussing their corrupt government there… read the newspapers and I rest my case.

      If I hurt any pinoys I am sorry, My motivation is clear: when you go to a guest country, respect the country’s norms and ways of life. Don’t overstep the boundaries and we are watching you on how you conduct yourself here. It is not too late to self-reflect for those who are guilty of this. For a start, a little toning down of the volume of your tagalog dialogue in public places will be much appreciated by us.

    • Mike from CA said

      Yes, it is racism. Please do not generalize. We should see people as individuals and not as sole representatives of a country/race.Though you make it sound as if you are noble, you are still racist because of your prejudice to a specific race.

    • trueblue_singaporean said

      PAP opened the gates because of fellow lazy, arrogant Singaporean workers.

      Then let’s have arrogant but hard working foreigners instead to make our country prosper. Better that way.

      My countrymen who work hard never complain because we have more than what the foreigners have.

      You just have to work hard and think smart. Else you will be left behind by other Singaporeans and unfortunately, also by foreigners.

  137. Rej said

    What exactly is your purpose in writing this article?

    Will demeaning Filipinos working in Singapore make you feel good about yourself? It’s a pity that you seem to have not enjoyed your stay in the Philippines many years back. But I don’t think that you are in a position to make conclusions based on your very limited exposure to the country…or obviously very limited knowledge of it.

    You cannot even highlight your strength’s to justify why it’s unnecessary, for companies in Singapore, to keep hiring Filipinos instead of locals like you. You resort to something so pathetic as putting others down just so you can feel superior over others or feel good about yourself. You can only assert that FTs from other countries like Myanmar and Vietnam may soon replace the Filipinos here. So what difference will that make? You still cannot convince employers to hire locals like you instead of the FTs. Why so scared of the Filipinos’ presence in Singapore? Why do you seem to approve of FTs from Myanmar or Vietnam working in SG but not the Filipinos?

    I have many Singaporean friends and colleagues that I respect and hold high regard for. They do not seem to be as close-minded as you are with regard to the presence of Filipino Talents here. How about- maybe because they are confident about themselves that no FT can pose a threat to their position in this society?

    Besides, who is a real Singaporean? Most here being third generation citizens who are mere descendants of the early immigrants that came to this tiny but special country in the 19th and early 20th century (early FTs I suppose).

    Lastly, everything is all in the mind. The thing is: if we smile, you will assume that it’s fake and scheming…but if we don’t- we are arrogant. No matter what we do is bound to displease you.

    Maybe it would be easier for all of us to co-exist if we learn the basic rule of respect for each other including each other’s cultural quirks and differences.

    “What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us”- Herman Hesse

  138. bebang masaya said

    Just watch these!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG5Gr-rjEWY&feature=related,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avGVLw8-mfI&feature=related and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSLrOZq39xg
    ENJOY!!!!!

  139. Mommo said

    Temasek, please hire an editor! Your English is so terrible, you already shamed your country with your first paragraph!

  140. No ah said

    See the average young man and woman in Singapore, what is the average age where they achieved their Degree certificate?

    Other countries can do it by an age of 20. And they are able to be accepted by companies to handle higher responsibility and decision making at the younger age and obtained experiences.

    I think the government is doing a great job here in Singapore; ulitmately we still need economic growth, we cannot be satisfied, once we are satisfied we will failed, and economic growth means more FT, because Singaporean cannot make it grow and could not even sustain the birth rate, furthermore most of the young men still need to serve the national service.

    See we are fit man! And FT loves us. Song bo, we are born in a surplus nation, now my HDB worth 400k divide by my family members of 4 = 100k EPS. Good or not ! Born to be rich and I will veture overseas to be a venture
    Capitalist – without qualification.

  141. Jim said

    Thief cry catch thief…..

  142. No ah said

    Anyone doesn’t like FT, please go emigrate yourself, there will be a new singaporean, jus like how we were born and as well as how our grandparents came here.

    I love my girlfriend! Humble and lovely

    Bunny

    • good advice said

      Yes, took your advice, now I have got my Aust PR, going to migrate soon…
      Have fun with your new S’poreans.

  143. BJJ Black Belt said

    Philipines is a fucking joke of this region. Has a borrowed culture from the Spaniards and the Americans.Many Pinoy women like to carry the Yankie’s balls to get a green card.Pinoys look good on surface but lack substance. Pathetic bunch of ladyboys!

    • LAI LAI get outta my sight, careful when you leave my door may heat your arse :) said

      excuse me? borrowed? are you freaking kidding me? what about your so-called “British English” was it originated in Singapore???HAhahaha! You have so many things borrowed… your imported food from other countries, your labours, what else? look at yourselves please. your a big joke hahah

  144. Asian Girl said

    I thought we Asians were better than all this racism and prejudice. But I guess I was wrong :( I don’t think there is a race that is superior, after all, we are all humans. Our countries all have imperfections may it be big or small, we still are innately proud of our motherland. Why should English be the measure of the better person? The better person would always be the one who respects others and begets respect as well… But I guess such people do not exist anymore :(

  145. The Human Race said

    Of course it’s racism you numbnut. To blatantly express that Singaporean society is being degraded by \”selfish, crude and uncivilised foreigners” without taking into consideration that there are countless locals who are also \”selfish, crude and uncivilised\”, is racism point blank. As far as I\’m concerned, whether you\’re Singaporean, Filipino, Chinese, Malay or whatever, as long as you\’re freaking human, then we are all the same. Racism is a product of discrimination and prejudice, it should have no place in your life. Don\’t hate!

    And don\’t make this a debate about who speaks the best English. To my knowledge, not even the predominantly English-speaking nationalities speak perfect English — Americans included. Everyone has their own flaws, some more pronounced than others. Stop the racial bashing and just learn to accept what\’s good about a particular race, whether it be Filipinos or any non-Singaporean. I\’m sure Filipinos are great too, you just have to learn to get along with them. It doesn\’t matter where you come from, or what color skin you have, everyone is made of the same thing.

    If a Singaporean comes over to the Philippines, you will be a freaking king there. Not because of your money, or your social status, or anything trivial. It\’s because we are friendly people and we genuinely want to have a drink with you, laugh and tell jokes and whatever. Have you ever heard of Filipino hospitality? It\’s world famous.

    Seriously, whoever posted idiotic, racist comments on this thread should be ashamed of themselves. LOL. Let\’s hope not every Singaporean thinks like you guys. I prefer to think there are some good ones out there.

  146. True Blue Through and Through Pinoy said

    by reacting to this, we are making this retard famous. stop reacting and stop visiting this stupid site. this retarded nincompoop can call us anything he wants but we all know deep inside what we can do and how good we are at it. no race is perfect. no country is perfect. no language is perfect and most certainly, no person is perfect.

    the writer is obviously needing the internet traffic so he won’t be fired from his job that is why he is resorting to such racism. I hope no other Pinoys would patronize this site and feed the flame the write wants.

    peace all. ang masuko, pildi. ang tamaan, wag magalit.

  147. Moi said

    Aside from Singapore, Japan, Dubai, Saudi, and other Middle Eastern countries are the most common work destination of FIlipinos. We go there because it is more economically beneificial for us than working at home. We are grateful to these countries for making it possible for us to have better economic means. In return we provide the brawn and brain as these countries modernize/develop or maintain the status quo.

    It is a win-win situation. We supply what Singapore and other countries do not have in return for something that we cannot easily obtain at home. There is no shame in looking for the proverbial greener pasture. In fact, it is the wise thing to do.

    In a country like Singapore, it is almost impossible to just walk in and get a job. One has to have the right qualifications and experience, or at the very least, the willingness to perform a job considered beneath the station of an average Singaporean.

    The Singaporean government gave the blessing to FIlipinos (and other nationalities) to keep working there. It is safe to assume that this is because the native workforce cannot cope with the demands of the country’s growth. This is a simple supply-demand situation, no more no less. If tomorrow you Singaporeans suddenly find yourselves having enough native workforce, then this supply-demand law will take care of the Filipinos’ supposedly unwelcome proliferation in Singapore more effectively and outrightly than this cheap racist slur.

    But first, Singapore, you have to gear up and breed more, or at least be willing to perform household chores.

    Having been posted overseas (and working with expatriates from practically all nations) has completely banished my “scorn” for funny English grammar and accent. I am embarrassed to admit that I used to hate the Singaporean sing-song accent; I also do not like the Filipino stiff-toned English; I laugh at the shrunk-tongued Indian speech; I dislike the guttural Germanic utterance of the English language; I find the hill-billy twang too uneducated; I find unromantic the Latino version of English . . . I have worked with all sorts of accents but at the end of the day we get the work done and the cacophony of the rhytms and trills of the English language as it is spoken internationally all seem to make sense.

    To recap the main points: 1) Filipinos are in Singapore because of a mutual need, and 2) English is an international language and is spoken in more manners than there are nations.

    Ergo: the writer of this blog should work at building his native workforce and he should get out of SIngapore more often and sample the countless versions of the spoken English language.

    Peace and light!

  148. i don't even care how you speak.. said

    I don’t mind if any other country can speak more graciously than us or the other way around, as long as we can communicate with each other. I think that’s way better than ranting about who’s way better. God! it makes me wanna puke.

  149. OMGingerAnn said

    I pity the author of this no-brainer article. Cant stand that FILIPINOS are better than you? Well, we cant help but to excel in everything. Why blame Filipinos? Well, above all we’re not blaming others for our misfortune. We rather take a big leap to improve ourselves instead of whining and ranting! You mentioned that you’re gracious? Do you even know the word ’cause it doesn’t show! So shut the fuck up you loser!

  150. not pinoy not sg said

    To all Foreign workers (from Philippines and other nations) and open-minded true-blooded Singaporeans,
    It is now known that Temasek Times is a racist blogsite. Let us not expect something good will be read from here. Let us all ‘shoo’ from here. Haha.

  151. Allen said

    To all my fellow countrymen (pinoys) and to the rest of the posters on the Temasek Times, I have read all of your comments and arguments grilling each other on who has a better or greater command of English. I have read a lot of racist, derogatory and demeaning comments from both parties and I must say that neither party have been astute enough to bite their tongue and just shut their mouth.
    To my fellow countrymen here in Singapore, I know how it feels to be judged, discriminated, bullied and belittled by people like Mr Lai, but we are better than this.
    I am proud to be a Filipino and I show it through my work and the way I talk to people. We as Filipinos and as a country have been through a lot trials. People from the outside looking in will always judge us Filipinos by the ways our leaders have acted and by the attitude and demeanor of our countrymen who represents us and work in various countries, companies and positions. We all get mad at the people who talk smack about the Philippines but never consider as to why they do. We always tell them to look in the mirror before they open their mouths but have we also looked at Mirror? Are you proud of what you see or do some of the comments that people from the forum hold true? Whether you are in Singapore as a Maid, an Engineer, an Architect, an IT personnel or just on vacation know that you are a representative of our country.
    If we really are to say we are proud Filipinos then we should act honorably, distinguishingly and be ambassadors for our country. STAND TALL, HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH and BE PROUD there is not a need to stoop down to the level of the poster. Take the higher ground and know that you are here in Singapore because you have earned your right to be here. It is neither your proper diction nor your proper intonation of the English language that got you to where you are now. It is by the grace of God and your ability to use what was given to you that got you here. You and I have no right to bash their “lovely” opinions about us. Do not get me wrong though I am not okay with what was posted and in actuality I was a bit hurt but it is only an opinion of one person and the rest a lot of racist remarks and stereotyping. We are made with thicker skin than that aren’t we not. Don’t throw away your morals, dignity and pride just to strike back.
    The time to shine as country, as Filipinos and as citizens of this Earth is NOW. Let’s show them why “IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES”.
    To Mr Lai the original poster of the article and his supporters on the forum you bunch truly are “UNIQUELY SINGAPORE”.

    • sfng said

      Thumbs up! Now, that’s integrity.

    • nobody force you to come here said

      More fun there then why come here?

      • Allen said

        Working and having fun is two different things. We earn money and spend it in the Philippines which why it is more Fun. There is a time to work and a time for fun. Work in SG and have fun in PH. Where do you go to have my friend? Come to the Philippines I’m sure you’ll have fun.

  152. N L P said

    I think enough is enough ! All pinoy who hate Singapore, show us your pride and dignity – GO HOME ! Singaporean do not go so low to argue with those parasites who dislike the people and country. If they are so smart the country won’t be in the dumps.

    • The Talking Chopsticks said

      you singaporeans are all morons that’s why you need filipinos to do the work for you… without the FTs, you’ll be in the dumps you morons! talk about ungrateful silly little testicled singaporeans… bastards!

      • Gecko said

        TTC, I feel sorry for you. Begging from people whom you hate so much must be agonising. Poor ungrateful gago.

  153. dramachine said

    i’ve been to singapore and you exophobes are not geniuses either. singaporeans are indeed disciplined which is kinda what filipino lacks.. but seriously? you guys have to look at your funny selves and see who looks more like nerds..

  154. fil said

    look, we did not just went into your country
    your country opened itself to us, think again before you speak. :)

    • correction said

      Sorry it’s pap govt opening up to you people, pap is not S’pore and S’pore is not pap, understand?
      But if you people has the basic dignity please do not come in here.

  155. la3Magazine said

    I pity singaporeans their own government does not want to hire them..instead the government get talents from outside.

    there is a reason why pinoys are taking your jobs… its because they are better and cheaper

    • Eat your own words said

      Thanks for admitting that Pinoys are not CHEAP but CHEAPER, do remember that cheap stuff does not mean is good stuff.
      So CHEAPER = talents?

  156. donjuandemarco said

    I’m wondering why my comments are not moderated/uploaded….

  157. I Am The Best said

    Hail, hail, Singapore!!! We are superior. We don’t have dark alleys and prostitutes. We don’t have annoying accents. Our people don’t get hungry. We don’t seek employment abroad. We’re all honest and never corrupt. We don’t need Filipinos here in our great country.

  158. I Am The Best said

    Dear Author,
    What were you doing in the miserable Philippines for 25 years if you can’t stand it? Just stay in our beloved Singapore and bask in our Angus Ross Literature prize. Take comfort from the fact that we don’t need Filipinos in this great country because we’re more talented, intelligent and just better people than they are.

  159. BORN FILIPINO said

    hail your ass!! as we all know if the English didn’t help you to stand your country. im sure you are worst than the Philippines! at least we Filipino have our own freedom not like you Singaporeans is a British ass wipers…”The island was controlled by different kingdoms in Southeast Asia including the Siamese, Javanese, and Sultanate of Malacca from the 14th century and the Sultanate of Johor from the 16th century.” hey ass wipers see you don’t have your own identity!!!!

  160. Temasek Times -cheap journalism said

    I am disappointed that this article has been published in the internet. Temasek Times should learn more about responsible journalism. Articles released should be backed by further studies and statistics. The content is based on the author’s view and not what ALL singaporeans perceive about Filipinos. If this is the case, I can conclude that Temasek Times is a cheap type of journalism.

    Learn from this article below Temasek Times so you can be as globally competitive..

    This article: http://www.globalenglish.com/whoweare/newsroom/press_releases/757 are released and factual.

    Filipinos are competitive globally. That’s all I can say. With all the comments above, it only shows how patriotic we are to our own native land. Whether you are Singaporean or Filipino.

    Either way, every Country has their own good and bad side.

  161. Michael said

    Very true when you say “all want to be leaders”. A bunch of know it alls here. Pretend to know it all, but know nothing.

  162. donjuandemarco said

    Greetings,

    I believe I have to comment on every paragraph you wrote.

    For paragraph # 1:

    Using the “Angus Ross Literature prize” as an international benchmark for English proficiency is a stupid standard , it’s just an international standard developed in a small portion of your narrow imagination. English proficiency should be based on four factors namely speaking, reading, listening and writing. The Angus Ross prize is a “literature” prize, a competition of “written works” and does not exhibit all the four elements involved in the IELTS (speaking, listening, writing and reading). If you base English proficiency on studies conducted by Global English Corporation or maybe on some web articles from Forbes magazine (http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2012/04/05/countries-with-the-best-business-english/). You will clearly see the opposite of what you have written.

    For paragraph # 2:

    It is true that people yak away with his or her own opinions on local municipal issues, but I’m glad they can do that in the Philippines. In Singapore people are afraid to speak up and share their opinion to the public because everything is controlled by the government. No wonder there’s no Big Brother version in Singapore because if somebody talk shit about the public, they cannot edit the show anymore…

    For paragraph #3:

    Before you talk about other politicians, be sure you know much about your politicians. And you talked about prostitutes? How about Geylang? And drug issues? Can you prove to the world that there’s no drug issues in your country?

    For paragraph # 4:

    Abuse??? Just a few days ago a Singaporean woman punches an old Singaporean lady at kopitiam for being slow. “Everyday Singapore life”… What happened to “manners”. Just now I check the article online… It’s gone… Probably filtered out to protect an image. And again, before talking about other politicians, make sure you yours very well..

    For paragraph # 5:

    I hope you have an idea what “gracious” really is….

    Conclusion:

    You are a total RACIST!…

  163. donjuandemarco said

    still waiting for my comment to be moderated… is somebody controlling the comments here?…

  164. shiroiluke said

    I surely do not agree and definitely won’t agree to the negative comments by Temasek Times.
    Regardless of Race, location and even who they are, Singaporean like us, and most of us learn to appreciate the Filipino.

    Personal account, I have a number of friends from Philippine, and in fact i love them for who they are.
    Those that you saw in those shopping Centers are Domestic Workers who are not as good as those highly educated ones.

    How can u judge them according to your narrow mind and give them names?
    And do not use the word “pinoy”, as it is a crude word for anyone of them.

    Look yourself at the mirror before u judge, and for god sake, do something more productive than trying to flame the whole world to go against u TT.

  165. ChristineL said

    Despite the obvious discrimination this writer has written about Filipinos, can the Filipinos really disagree with what was said? Filipinos do tend to bring each other down. From what I’ve seen, it already starts at childhood where children are pointing out differences bluntly towards each other. As for the politics.. Filipinos would have a better govt IF there were BETTER people running it. The English? I, myself, do not understand why SOME (not all, mind you) Filipinos have to add slang. It doesn’t sound proper and to agree with the article, a bit pretentious. Besides that, all countries have their faults or weaknesses. To the author, if Singaporeans are oh so humble then maybe you should’ve showed that when writing your opinions.

  166. la said

    Singlish ftw la. <3

  167. Jason1976 said

    As always, a lot of tough people… in the internet. Its always been like this on the net, since forever. People say that discrimination and bigotry are bad, yet people practice it everyday. Everyone always wants to be better than everyone.

    World Peace is a fucking joke.

  168. c said

    Geez.,,, why some singaporeans have to be racist?… Not nice… And hey.,yah i am a filipino… But im not going to tell some bad things to singaporeans co’z most of my singaporeans friends are nice… But yah.,, no need to fight fight… and hey., filipinos have to be nice, don’t act like you own the singapore.. Gosh…

  169. KYLEph said

    …was at the Hilton along Orchard Rd. a few years back. …rode the lift with a Malay-looking Singaporean assisting guests as we just checked-in. He asked, “What floor, Sir?” to which I replied, “Executive Floor, please. Thank you.” He gave me a smile and said, “You are a Filipino right, Sir?”. I smiled back and answered, “Yes” and followed it up with, “How did you know?”. He then said, “…because only Filipinos can speak that good English in Asia.” That Singaporean who served me on the lift may just probably be the most educated and humble man I’ve met this side of the world.

  170. Tubes said

    I do think it’s best not to generalize both Filipinos and Singaporean.

    Trust me both sides have their nice, hardworking and lazy, irresponsible people.

    I do agree not all Filipinos folks who are here are paid cheaply.

    But every time you folks say WE (Filipinos) are better and more talented than you Singaporeans, are you going put your last penny on the betting table?

    Above that, those that decided to be a local here, thinking its heaven, please dont go telling the pure Singaporean if you dont like it here in Singapore you can GTFO.

    And please for heaven sake dont bring in religion into the topic…

  171. Creatures from a sick man land! said

    Wonder how creatures from a shabby country that can’t even get anything right can think they are better than humans in Singapore?

    Take the recent spat with China over Scarborough Shoal, when China sent their fleet of warship, these pinoy dogs simply shit in the pants, put their tails between their legs and stop barking!

    Not forgetting too the humiliation of having tonnes of bananas and mangoes being wasted in the customs of China, and yet, they can’t do anything to address the Chinese actions…they again did not bark!

    Or how their “highly talented” police commandos try to defuse a hostage situation with their “highly talented” maneuvers that only kill 7 hostages (at least not all), and was an overnight sensation globally where people get to see their “talents” in a different perspectives!

    Of course, they also have a “highly talented” president who have such heart to even smile when making an official statement over the outcome of the hostage situation…and what kind of creatures will elect such a president?

    Indeed, Singaporean are not as talented as pinoys when shitting through mouth is concerned…humans have only one arse hole…but creatures from philippines have two, one at the bottom, the other right up in the head…that’s why they can go round shitting everywhere and at anytime!

    It is good to have such creatures here in Singapore, so that Singaporeans can get some consolation that at least, they are still consider human beings, as opposed to being a creature. So, treasure your status, fellow Singaporeans!

  172. Lauren said

    This article had made me affected really bad.. personally and emotionally.

  173. Tony said

    The author is perhaps responding to this article, http://ph.news.yahoo.com/ph–world-s-best-country-in-business-english.html . A cocky person like him is hurt when he saw his country is in the tail and the Philippines ahead. TRUTH HURTS! Sorry bro. Keep catching up!

  174. Mark Twain said

    “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience” – Mark Twain

    Long live the Three Stars and a Sun!

  175. Worthless Pinoys! said

    Ha ha Ha, the president of these highly talented pinoys went to USA to seek support in fight against China, but get a gold treatment from Obama instead…highly talented indeed. Another classic example of pinoys thinking too highly of their worth even when they worth nothing!

    • donjuandemarco said

      hey! I want to help you improve your grammar…. why don’t you write it as below:

      Hahaha! the President of these highly talented Pinoys went to the USA seeking support in their battle against China, but he got a golden treatment from Obama instead… Highly talented indeed… Another classic example of Pinoys thinking highly ( i think no need to put too, because you already mention highly) of their value (worth is not appropriate to use, it’s so redundant) even though they’re (not just “they”) worth nothing!

      Nice grammar dude! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! LOL

  176. kotak said

    haizzzzz lai…so bitter with filipinos? i admire singapore for having a dictatorial govt which made a very small country into a great one today….but dont be soooo arrogant…the magic word being small. everything you just import. you cant survive on your own…let us not even discuss your army. anything just takes one shot, one snap, one click, and all will be gone…so be nice and be thankful for what you have and dont step on others.

    • Gecko said

      Very wise not to discuss about my army. Don’t even try to compare. Trust me. And do check your armory before you vocalise your ‘shot snap click’. Btw, ex master has just donated a used radar, use it wisely.

  177. singlishsucks said

    nah. a typical racist singaporean who thinks he’s better than anyone else. not worth giving attention. these are second or third generation singaporeans who are spoiled and complains a lot, lazy and suffering from having too much time on there hands bored of jacking off to indonesian porn while whining and burst some zits on there ugly faces and bad hygene. they don’t deserve to have a country of there own much less have the tenacity on telling there neighbors what to do with there lives.

  178. sand said

    http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20120612126767

  179. Kz said

    Singaporeans u r blessed… We know that actually, u guys no need to brag about it… To my fellow Filipinos, better stop.. No point arguing with them, it’s not our country anyway, or else this will be an ever ending fight… To Singaporeans be thankful ur country is so tiny! Imagine Singapore as large as china or at least as large as phillipines full of Singaporeans with such attitude, haiiiii it will probably the worst country ever! :)

    • Gecko said

      Honestly, who is the WINDY one? Yes, don’t argue, debate is good. We can learn from each other. Do you really think that if we have 7000 islands, we will be like you? Not likely. You have taken the ‘honor’.

      • Kz said

        I respect u. :)

        Imagine 2 classes, both with excellent teacher and random type of students, the only thing is that one is of 50 students, and the other is of 500. Which class will u think will produce better product? The one with less students easy to control and handle , or the latter with more in numbers but too many to handle??

        The answer ? I also don’t know., no one knows., :) so we should stop this fight and make ourself a good product of our own nation.,.
        :)

  180. arrapot said

    “Forgive them for they don’t know what they’re SAYING… ” To my Kababayans, I salute you for working hard in other countries; leaving your loved ones here is really a big sacrifice. Mabuhay!

  181. lee said

    pinoys, ok.why dun we have a friendly debate here.i know there are good pinoys as well as bad one.same as every race.soooo, lets debate.

  182. working pinoy said

    Hate and bigoted speeches must not be allowed to propagate among races. This article has no productive value to the Singaporeans or Singapore.

  183. […] Heto ang link sa buong mensahe: A Singaporean’s Observation of Filipinos […]

  184. ok let me say something to defend why some of us Singaporeans think this way.
    PINOYS, imagine now its the opposite….. your country are number one in asia and we are the poorest.Your government decide to let in millions of Singaporeans to take over every sector of your jobs…. everywhere you can see Singaporeans taking away your jobs.
    Ok, and we talk sooo loud infront of you.We celebrate our national day right infront of your doorstep.
    We dont hang around with you guys, but form a group together.

    Now, what will you do???Complain like what we did now???Scold the government???And now you be telling us heh SIngaporean pest, get your butts out of our country.Dont come and take our jobs.

    What will you feel if we tell u straight in your face, heh we help build up your economic, if without us, ur country economic will die.
    We look after your kids.If without us, your lazy woman will not be able to work and will affect the economic.
    We are the real professional and you guys just not able to fight with us over the jobs and thats why your government so look high on us.

    Now, PInoys, just be frank here… and tell us… what will you be feeling???

    If you can understand that, you will understand why some of them are feeling this way.Especially with some facebook comments by some of your Pinoys friends scolding Singaporean girls stupid… cannot look after child.. and so on!!!

    Well, just think about it, so far until now, did you guys met any nasty Singaporeans scold at you to go back to your homeland???Any nasty Singaporeans shout at you… heh fark off Pinoys.Or talk nasty racist remarks at you guys???Tell me frankly.. yes or no???

    Singaporeans already been very very kind here.Allow so many of you in and work to earn a decent living to send back home.Some like what i said just now, they felt threaten and decide to be a keyboard warrior to voice out their anger at the government for letting in so many FT.

    We are all Asians.And the more we need to respect each other and unite each other for the best interest of South East Asia.Not fighting and scolding each other.

    I respect some of the Pinoys for being hardworking and not getting into any trouble with the law here.But i do saw some of the nasty one acting like hooligan.Same as us Singaporeasn, be it Malay or Chinese.We do have hooligans too.So, its back to sqaure one.Don’t point at others if you yourself also have the same problem.I refer to every race as well!

    No one own anyone here.You guys(Pinoys and all FT) are not taking salary for free.So, to those who like to say, we Singaporeans give you job and be grateful… well guys, they dont work for free too.

    And to those Pinoys who like to think as if Singapore need the Pinoys or else we will suffer in our nation building… do take note too.
    do some history research, and check who are the real maker of Singaore before and now.

    if u say contribute … yes i will agree.if you want to say we are the professionals and we need you… well better do some research and thinking before you guys make this comments.It will make you guys look shame.

    Last but not least, Singapore is a tiny country.Its a fact.So, go ahead and say that to us cos its a fact.
    But just a reminder too, a tiny nation without any natural resources like you guys have, and can be Asia number one the financial sector…something we must have done right to earn it.So its fact and accept it.
    If Singaporeans are racist, then how about try go to some part of USA where the whites totally look down on Asians???You can talk good english, but these racist whites will look at you as Asian yellow skin.

    Respect each other and there will be world and racial peace.

    • just dropping by said

      actually, FT’s are just taking the jobs that YOU guys don’t want to take. so there’s no point in getting jealous. would you work as a maid? would you work in KFC or in cheers as a cashier? Your government is controlling it anyways. If they see that the job the FT is applying for is more for the local crowd, they don’t grant them the pass to work. I think the writer of this article is just doing what Singaporeans do best – COMPLAIN!

  185. jopie said

    Go lang nang go mga kababayan ko… Kahit ano man ang sabihin nila… Pilipino pa rin ang pinaka sought after na nanggagawa… Hindi dahil “cheap” tayo kung hindi dahil MAGALING TALAGA ANG PINOY…. di nila matanggap yun kaya ganyan sila… Ipakita natin na EDUCATED tayo… wag na lang patulan… mamatay man sila sa INGGIT sa ABILIDAD ng mga PILIPINO… GOD BLESS EVERYONE…I am proud to be a FILIPINO!!!!!

  186. iai said

    I say and repeat again: Pinoys at all levels of society are highly opinionated. This could be due to their political culture: flag bearing, breasts beating, hysteria, mobbish show of sound and fury signifying nothing. Just look at their domestic politics: senator said this, judge overruled, police chief intervened and finally prisoner sent to live in “prison” with favoured amenities. If I am a Pinoy, I will feel so ashamed in the ineptness of my country. Fortunately I am Singaporean and we have to guard ourselves against the subtle and not-so-subtle infiltration of this foreign sick man of Asia citizens from being emboldened here. Majulah Singapore!!!

    • openurminds said

      well, for us pinoys let’s just be thankful singapore allow us to go here and work for us to feed our family back home. there’s no point competing or arguing with them, it’s their land, it’s their rules, and it’s their opinions. and we also hv our opinions, but let’s keep it to ourselves.

      let’s just take what they say & observe about us in a positive way and workout on ourselves to improve how we can better interact with the locals and build a more stronger relationship with them.

      sa mga magrereply, isipin nyo nman kung ang sasabihin nyo ay makakabuti sa estado ng mga pinoy sa singapore. andami ng narereject na pass, renewals, PRs, tas ganyan pa babanat nyo dito.

      c’mon fellow Filipinos, show some class. This is their land, learn to respect the culture and it’s people.

  187. Proud Filipino said

    All I know is sing-glish sucks! Is that what you are proud off?!

    • openurminds said

      well, for us pinoys let’s just be thankful singapore allow us to go here and work for us to feed our family back home. there’s no point competing or arguing with them, it’s their land, it’s their rules, and it’s their opinions. and we also hv our opinions, but let’s keep it to ourselves.

      let’s just take what they say & observe about us in a positive way and workout on ourselves to improve how we can better interact with the locals and build a more stronger relationship with them.

      sa mga magrereply, isipin nyo nman kung ang sasabihin nyo ay makakabuti sa estado ng mga pinoy sa singapore. andami ng narereject na pass, renewals, PRs, tas ganyan pa babanat nyo dito.

      c’mon fellow Filipinos, show some class. This is their land, learn to respect the culture and it’s people.

      • just dropping by said

        Correct! I think this has to stop… both parties have stated their point anyways… but in the end, nobody gets anything… just hatred and emotional burden. unless that person is a masochist who loves the feeling of hurt and anger then that person will never really stop ;))

        this bickering and ditching each other on the internet is just pure child’s play. we never know… maybe the person who wrote this article is just a 12-year-old brat and everybody got affected. – impressive! now can everybody just stop, shut up, and move on with everybody’s lives? c’mon people have some peace!

    • Gecko said

      Proud Filipino: I do understand that that is all you know. We are not proud nor ashame of Singlish. It is just a useful vehicle of communication amongst our different races. A wonderful manifestation of cultures and languages integration. Similarly, you have your Taglish too. Although it is developed largely due to a vocabulary issue, I won’t ever condemn it. Perhaps you should learn from Openurminds. Try to get along and be happy. Cheers

  188. Pinoy Din Ako said

    I don’t see what the issue is here. The man gave his opinion on what his senses has perceived about Filipinos. Why the hate people?

    Would it be possible, that the reason a huge majority of you are ranting is because somehow, the truth hurts? It seems to me that a lot of the reactions here indicate just that.

    The author never stated that all Filipinos are alike, perhaps he just wanted to point out his observation that most of us are.

    Common guys. Show to the world that we’re better than this. This is the author’s humble opinion. Instead of bashing him with insults, why don’t we consider what he said and work on our weaknesses. Only when we learn to accept the reality of things will we begin to grow.

  189. Really style, nice and wonderful content material, practically nothing at all we require.

  190. agent said

    opinion about English Proficiency, I believe no nationality will ever be able to speak and write Perfect English. I am a filipino proud to work in the call center industry and has spoken to millions of americans and canadians. Even their native tongues have grammatical slips. Cant even spell simple english words. Some americans are hard to understand as well bec of their southern accent. Ive seen one reality show in britain, they have to subtitle the show so it can be understood. My point is even the native english speaking countries arent perfect with their own language, how can filipinos or singaporeans be?

  191. SimplengGarapal said

  192. So, “recognization” is a word now?

  193. Get a Filipino to edit your magnum opus, bitch!!! That literary award is for UK-English speakers, bitch. Filipininos speak American English, bitch.

  194. Anna said

    An article a few people I know have come across and sent to me to read. I knew immediately I would have an opinion because of the words “Singaporean” and “Filipino”, myself identifying with both countries and calling both places home. 

    Upon reading it, I felt outraged and incredibly hurt at all the accusations and sweeping generalisations the author made, especially when I have been told the opposite of what he accuses Filipinos of being. I have heard many, not just Singaporeans, say they think we are a lively, hospitable bunch with a more than decent standard of English, among other things. And I pride myself on retaining that aspect of being a full-blooded Filipino, despite only being in the motherland for 2 to 3 months a year. 

    However I am also proud of having grown up in one of the safest countries in the world, and receiving a normal, local education. I know that it is the Singaporean mindset that keeps pushing me to do better academically, but my Filipino upbringing that tells me I need to give back to society. This mentality will not only apply to Filipinos/Singaporeans; I’m just saying that considering myself to be both a Filipino and a Singaporean helps so much in life. 

    I have travelled to many regions, I have met people of many different races and religions, and I know that no one has a perfect country. I have seen much and learnt that tolerance, empathy, and understanding are all key elements in ensuring you get the best out of however many worlds you’ve lived in. There are many things I dislike about Singapore AND the Philippines, but there are also many many things I love about both. You can’t have it all, and neither can a single country. What one country lacks, it borrows or buys from another. That’s business, that’s politics, and countries around the world are ALL doing it. 

    Also, English proficiency is hardly something to be fighting over. I have witnessed many people of many races struggle with English. And English itself is a borrowed language, with words rooted in French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, etc etc and the list goes on. The global development of the world as a whole has resulted in the inevitable borrowing of cultures from country to country. Children in Singapore can watch British cartoons. Children in the Philippines can learn Spanish in school. Botj countries have access to the same satellite/cable TV channels, as do many countries around the world. It’s the power of technology and the Internet! (And yes, I learnt that in Social Studies, a subject taught in local Singaporean schools. However I have discussed this “phenomenon” with friends from around the world. This subject matter isn’t just a Singaporean mindset, it’s a global issue.)

    I am sure many Singaporeans would disagree with this man, but I’m also sure many Filipinos would secretly admit to the work-ethics or whatever other accusations there are. However, the faults he has pointed out are definitely not just “Filipino” in general, but human through and through. He could have pointed these things out, but it is hardly fair of him to generalise it as a Filipino fault. That would be the racism. 

    One guy’s narrow-minded opinion has sparked off such a crazy debate in the comments, where the words thrown around are more hurtful than the article itself. But moreover a journalism website has no grasp over the concept of “responsible journalism”. If I knew for a fact the government would do something about this irresponsibility and blatant racism, I have half the mind to write a letter in myself. However these cases are rampant and even more so in a multiracial country like this. The laws that stood against racism are having a hard time catching all the culprits. I would like to think the unhappy commenters and the writer himself are still the minority of what I feel are both very global countries, in their own special way. 

    As a side note, if we are to argue about stupidity, it is not a racial problem so much as an individual problem. I hear a certain Amanda believes Singapore is in Europe and that Canada is a religion, but I certainly don’t see the rest of America thinking the same way.

  195. TP said

    Filipinos are one of the laziest people in the world, much like Mexicans.
    They are nice and happy people but they will act blur and pretend not to know anything just to get away with not having to do anything.
    I know coz I worked and lived in Php before.
    However I love their carefree nature and happy go lucky attitude, which explains why they tend to be lazy and can’t be bothered.

  196. There is always a danger when you generalize thing just looking at a minute component of a whole. In an effort to appear learned, one just end up looking stupid. Maybe we should take time to think it over and ponder on these words I’ve read somewhere: “Another form of wastefulness is the expenditure of words beyond the income of ideas”

  197. There is always a danger when you generalize things just by looking at a minute component of a whole. In an effort to appear learned, one just end up looking stupid. Maybe we should take time to think it over and ponder on these words I’ve read somewhere: “Another form of wastefulness is the expenditure of words beyond the income of ideas”

  198. neutral. said

    To much hate. I hope a super power extraterrestrial beings to wages war on planet earth. A war that we cannot win. maybe then, just maybe we could one day set aside the difference just even for a minute and accepts ones good and bad side.To be united as one race and be called earthlings. PS I have every right to dream and I’m from Philippines.

  199. mattma said

    I agree with the comment you posted..it seems right those pinoy trying to overwrite citizen with bringing their culture and tradition here.i experience that too as i know they are pretending and bound to act and live like king.lazy like a log and no talent i seen on them..with their stupid hardly slang which i dont understand and their dislike faces when serving..its best they just pack their bags and leave singapore.not only the places occupy by them our home,job,benefits all claim up.

  200. locoacapulco said

    Iam a western with a pinay woman…I wont generalize things here …but i can tell u a few things from a real western mind about the pinoys.
    and these things i will write here down are not only saved in my mind from my womans shit pinay doings.
    1. pinoys generalize all…critics they cant hear…result will be that they call u rude or they ignore it simply
    2. if u dont stopp to serve a constructive critics they start fast to cry like a small girl
    3. Answer will be by them when u ask WHY do u cry right now about a normal critics ” uve touched my human beeing and my pride ”
    4. this kind of answers are extremly egoistic and have a touch of stupid arrogance in it
    5. they believe god will rule their life for them…yes i believe also in god but i believe also its a bad sin to ask only god for help without to use my own brain
    6. if ur talking to them about money they note fast what profit is for them to reach
    7. They have a fucked up mentality which is caused by many generations and the biggest prob is for them that they dont note it on their own that they look not only like
    airheads that they have also actions like airheads.

    I am saying these things as fuckin longnose western which is not in the age like grandfa and wants to go to asia for a nice fuck toy.

    Ive lived in many places already in south america, america , europe but the mentality of a pinoy is extremly strange …. i did ask my woman one day….after another arrogance attack by her…TELL ME NOW what rights do u have to be arrogant ????? tell it to me right now ! arrogant you can be when ur bank account has 1 mio USD in plus.
    So what ? Answer it with ur nice pinoy pride where u cheat to urself ur the best human on earth but the truth is that ur only a weak small creature which doesnt know where is left and right compared with a anyoing arrogance .

    Answer by her” U look down to me and judge me ”
    Thats a typical pinoy answer with no brain inside it…..and so did my woman not only answer when it comes wind in the pinoy face…so answer near all pinoys .
    I hate you pinoys of course not and i dont care if ur pinoy, arab or any other but i am saying also here now…u pinoys come clear ground urself fast fast down to the earth and u will earn one day real pride and not a childish pride where u even dont know why u have it…..correct me pls if i am telling here not the truth but view urselfs all well as pinoys.

    English is not my ain language so expect that i have mistakes in my comment thx and bye

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  202. Gudam said

    FARK all the pinoys.
    we accept any nationals here to work as long as u behave n stop being so arrogant . Respect this land n sg culture. We will do e same if we were to visit ur pinoy country in future.
    KNNBCCB .

    Pinoys are the worst nationals in the world , go google n u will find i am not lying, its a fact .

    • MilkandWater said

      Lol, why dont you google how and why people hate singaporeans too? Even singaporeans hate other singaporeans? Why ha? Oh please, your not perfect. I dont hate singaporeans, in fact, i love the place and its people, i just hate how hateful some are.

  203. Gudam said

    In e past i thought the indians are the worst , now den i realize its not e indians, its the pinoys.
    Because in e past i seldom see pinoys as they are usually maidsand well behave .

    Nowadays u go and see for yourself. Orchard, mrts, Marina bay sands are flooded with pinoys. If they realize these areas classified as higher standard of shopping centres, they shouldnt have pinics all over those grand shopping malls.

    i am not against having FTs but please !!! Since u are working in another country , not ur home country, please respect sg culture n behave urselves.

    I dun see malaysians , indonesians working in singapore far away from home as irritating as pinoys.

    what i can say about pinoy is :
    they are well behave when they are alone.
    when they have numbers, as more n more pinoys are comingto sg to work, they become arrogant and treat sg as their Philippines .

    Ever any of u wonder ?? will touists who came to singapore mistook this country as philippines??? everywhere u go u see 3 out of 5 people are pinoys.
    ccb pinoys. if i have hiv i will spread to each of u !

    • No to Arrogant Singaporean said

      Oh my goodness, you think you are replying to a text message. Don’t worry Filipinos will be going home soon. Their economy grew faster than any southeast asian countries and is poised to grow even further. More filipinos would rather work at home than in other places like this God saken island called Singapore and where citizens think of themselves so highly.

  204. ManilaBoy said

    You can not simply have a sweeping generalization of Filipinos – it’s 18x larger than Singapore and a country 90 Million people strong. :)

    The behavior of Filipinos varies from where they are from, social class, race and background.

    Manileños (people born, raised and educated in Manila) are quite different vs those from the provinces. They are more self-assured, assertive, better educated, and would typically come from relatively more middle to upper class family (read = people who also hire maids). They have relatively larger egos that would probably rub some Singaporeans quite strongly. Chances are they can also do head on debate with you in straight English.

    This is true as well for people from the provinces that come from relatively more affluent families and have studied in institutions in Manila.

    Chances are these people from the higher classes in Filipino society are what Singaporeans are now having a chance to interact with vs years ago. As Singapore position itself as a regional hub in Asia, it’s inevitable for Singaporeans to face the most elitist spoiled brats from all over Southeast Asia. ;)

    Oh and those who party in Orchard, don’t worry, you’re not alone… chances are the elitist Filipinos would be annoyed of them too.

    • JC said

      I agree with you ManilaBoy that no one should have a sweeping generalization of Filipinos or any nationality.

      And besides, there are also Filipinos who don’t go to Singapore to work but to shop or simply visit, and not to work. I encountered rude Singaporeans, Filipinos and people from other countries before as well. We should all accept that people aren’t the same and there are good and bad people everywhere.

      I am from the Philippines and I occasionally visit Singapore.

      • JC said

        I mean, *There are also Filipinos who don’t go to Singapore to work but to shop or simply visit. :)

        Let us promote peace and stability in ASEAN!

  205. […] posting on that same website, ‘ A Singaporean’s Observation of Filipinos ‘, dated June 11th, […]

  206. […] posting on that same website, ‘ A Singaporean’s Observation of Filipinos ’, dated June 11th, […]

  207. Bella Morgan said

    I just want to add my two cents here, it used to be, when people from less-developed countries tried to make a living in first world countries, it wasn’t so easy. So when they really had the chance, they didn’t take it for granted. They were usually the best of the bunch, and they were serious about their work, about making it in the big city. But nowadays, as demand on cheap labors rises, people could find jobs in first world countries relatively easier, and they’d come out in droves so the socio-cultural impact is more noticeable compared to years ago.

    From my observation, Filipinos and PRC are the majority in the FT pool, so by mathematical alone, it’s understandable you are bound to come across unfavorable Filipinos and PRC more than any other nationalities. These unfavorable characters can really do a number on you and when people are frustrated, they tend to attack obvious physical / visible traits as an easy way out.

    That being said, I need to vent out my frustration over some Filipinos I’ve met here whom I think are only riding on the coattails of their good predecessors. However, this is not unique to Filipinos, sometimes I think Filipinos are just unfortunate to be an easy target for blame, IMHO.

  208. Ryu said

    Their stupidity can only be matched by their ignorance for many Filipino who are trying desperately to fool themself and others by saying that the horrible English they are learning/using there, and the political/cultural cancers are not that bad. Philippines will likely never become a first world country.

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  210. JK said

    Wow this is a great article that showcase a lot of real thoughts here of the pinoys. I am a true blue Singaporean but I was treated as a second class citizen in my own country by this ‘service staff’ pinoys. They are very irritating in public, speaking loudly trying to ‘slang’ which makes it really hard to understand them. They try so hard to please the Caucasians here and look down on the locals but this is our country and they need to learn to respect the locals. As the saying goes:’ when you’re in Rome, do what the Romans do.’ The whole Singapore seems tp be overtaken by the pinoys. Totally agree when these pinoys need favor from you, they’ be ‘nice’ to you. Once they’ve achieved their goals, they’ll cast you out like a dirty rag! That makes me wonder what’s Singapore going to be in 10-20 years time with this kind of breed among us. Singapore being used n spit out n discarded? A question to ponder for a lot of us.

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