Huat ah!

Singaporelang — What the Singlish?

Photos by Zinkie Aw

Mai tu liao!

About Zinkie Aw: Born in 1985, Zinkie has a self-confessed obsession with ‘trashy portraits’. Her work primarily revolves around her observations on issues like identity, urban consumption, trends and the environment.

Zinkie’s photographs have been featured in publications like the Sunday Times (UK) and Kult Magazine, as well as on online photography sites like Invisible Photographer Asia and PetaPixel.

Chim…..

How Singaporean are you?

Wah biang!

What’s your favourite Singlish catchphrase?

From your previous projects, such as Meet the Candi-dates (which documented people playing Candy Crush, 2013) and Republic of Pulau Semakau (about people and trash, 2012), you seem obsessed with social habits. Why?

Mabok…
Bao ga liao.

What Singaporelang habits do you find the most interesting? And what do you find most disturbing?

Stylo Milo.

There are a lot of Singlish phrases in Singapore. How did you select the ones presented in this book? Was there a vote among friends, or did you simply tikam and decide?

Kelong ah!

What is the best and worst thing you have heard about your photos?

Buay hoo…

Complete this sentence: “In 10 years, I hope Singapore will be …”

Is Singlish a behaviour or just a language?

Kaypoh?

Do you think the authorities will ever regret trying to discourage Singaporeans from using Singlish?

Paktor!

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