Sweat and Kiasu in Singapore

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How I Fell for an Unlikely Place


On a Saturday morning in February, sweat was about the only thing I could think of, climbing to the summit of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Excuse me, perspiration—except, no, I mean sweat, drenching my T-shirt, dripping down my neck, steaming up my glasses so badly that I had to take them off.

At one point, my ten-year-old son studied me as we chugged more water. “I can see the sweat on your face!” he cried in mock horror.

This led to a string of giggled nicknames for me as we slogged on. “Saltskin” was my favorite, “Easy Sweat” a distant second.

Tree of Light

In the spring of 2012, when my husband was a visiting scholar at a university in Singapore, I came prepared to sweat. My suitcase was stuffed with tank tops and T-shirts. We’d landed just north of the Equator, at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, where temperatures average 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

Yet, it’s shockingly easy to avoid sweating in Singapore—my first clue that all was not what it seemed there.

Even if you can’t afford air-conditioning in your apartment, you can escape to a refrigerated cafe or mall. The subway is air-conditioned; buses are air-conditioned. Or you can choose to hike in a protected area of rainforest.

In Singapore, sweating has become a lifestyle option.

Martha Nichols is Editor in Chief of Talking Writing.
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2 comments on “Sweat and Kiasu in Singapore

  1. Dear SG Hard Truth: I very much appreciate having my piece featured on this blog. However, it is copyrighted material that belongs to the magazine Talking Writing in which it was published. It’s fine to post the beginning of such a piece on a blog or another website, then provide a link through to the full article, and I’d be happy to have you do that here. But otherwise, you are reprinting the full essay without my permission. Thank you — Martha Nichols

  2. sorry about it. We have updated the article accordingly. Regards

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