Show Some Pride

ZbBZ (Singapore) - - IN THE FIRST PLACE - Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor Dr Ng King Kang

Just be­fore he left Sin­ga­pore, a friend who was vis­it­ing from Hong Kong asked where he could get salted egg potato chips and fish skin crisps. He wanted to buy eight to 10 packs as gifts for friends back home. It was only then that I re­alised how fa­mous home-grown snack brand The Golden Duck is.

Sin­ga­pore might be small, but it has quite a big sta­ble of well-known brands. Take Ben­gawan Solo’s pan­dan chif­fon cakes, for ex­am­ple. They lit­er­ally sell like hot cakes at the air­port, where they are a hit with de­part­ing trav­ellers.

That’s how it usu­ally is. We tend to take things for granted. We pay scant at­ten­tion to the things and peo­ple around us, much less cher­ish them.

I’m a prime ex­am­ple of this. While I live in Hol­land Vil­lage, which is fa­mous for its eater­ies and wa­ter­ing holes, I hardly dine there. And when I travel, neigh­bour­ing des­ti­na­tions such as Malaysia and In­done­sia will never top my list.

We are used to look­ing out­wards and not in­wards, look­ing up to oth­ers and down­play­ing our­selves. It’s only when we cel­e­brate Na­tional Day or run into prob­lems abroad that we re­mem­ber the ad­van­tages of home.

In­deed, Sin­ga­pore is home to a host of brands that we can be proud of. From The Golden Duck to the T’ang Quar­tet, mo­bile mar­ket­place Carousell to gaming ac­ces­sories maker Razer, these home­grown names are mak­ing waves around the world.

Hu­mil­ity might be a virtue, but let’s not de­velop an in­fe­ri­or­ity com­plex. We should learn to ap­pre­ci­ate and show­case our own strengths and tal­ents, and not just be an ob­ject of envy to oth­ers.

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