Technically, one can experience what it is like to be a “Crazy Rich Asian”, without breaking the bank.
Socio-economic status (SES), a term made famous by social studies textbook Complete Guide to O-Level Social Studies Vol 1, by Rowan Luc, is now a widely used lingo by Singaporeans to poke fun at one another’s social status.
In fact, Ricemedia.co came out with a really hilarious measurement for SES:
In this light-hearted article, we asked the internet and interviewed people around us on some of the “High SES” behaviours which average Singaporeans might have witnessed.
For a good laugh!
What is The most “High SES” thing Singaporeans witnessed someone doing?
Booking an air ticket, cause Tom Yum
” My friend had a serious craving for Authentic Tom Yum. He booked a flight to Bangkok the next morning to satisfy his craving and return that night.”
When aircon broke down
” Aircon broke down in their house so book a room in Mandarin Oriental hotel to stay for 3 days while they fix it.”
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Stream Korean drama on the train with no WIFI on.
3-ply tissue paper
” Once I saw someone book a seat at the food court with a packet of three-ply tissue.”
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” Yacht Party!”
Lays and Ruffles vs Calbee
” Went to get potato chips with my friends for our pre-drinking session. They got Lays and Ruffles instead of Calbee.”
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Getting celebrities to sing at the wedding
” Friend’s colleague got Shane from Westlife to be their wedding singer.”
Answering the call of nature that costs S$4
” Saw some guy paid $4 per entry parking at Elizabeth hotel just to use the toilet, he drove off after that without washing his hand.”
That expensive Facebook status
A Facebook status of a mid-20s that goes like “I’m liquidating some of my holdings to finance another property acquisition, does anyone want to buy my holiday house in Japan? It’s fully paid and has a great location in the countryside next to a lake and mountain etc.!”
Drinks Starbucks every day
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Book Grab for a 20seconds ride to avoid the Sun
Ordering meal on a Scoot flight
What an ATM receipt revealed
” An uncle who looks like your typical delivery driver in his flip-flops and patched up tee shirt, walking away from the atm without taking his receipt, with S$16 million in his savings account alone. then proceed to buy Newspaper with a stack of 100 dollar bills.”
Cai Png as a reflection of SES
” I have once seen someone purchase Cai Png with three portions of meat and one fish.”
Books Grab, only uses JustGrab
” My buddy only uses JustGrab, simply cause it is the default setting on his phone and he always forgot to change.”
How this guy pays for his Bak Ku Teh
” Saw a baller placed a thick stack of $50 notes bundled by rubber band on a Kopitiam table. He proceeds to pay for his Bak Kut Teh and drinks flicking his $50 note separately. He did not even bother to ask for change.”
Balling in NS
” During NS, I saw someone pay someone $5 just to fill up his water bag before force preparation.”
Moving out from his parents
” Relative moved out of his parents’ house… into the Shangri-la hotel.”
Taxi for high SES
” Once saw someone take the Chrysler taxi at the airport.”
” Gets water from 7-11. Evian.”
To show face
” A friend flew to Hong Kong for 1 day for a gathering to “show face”.”
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