On a Street in Singapore: not just a new guide book?

Well, the book "On a Street in Singapore" also has a chapter on ways to use "Singlish". Is this part of Singapore campaign to promote "Singlish" to the visitors? I wonder how it contradicts the Speak Good English Campaign. Oh wait, that campaign is not applicable to visitors--they'll be encouraged to use "Singlish". Heh.

A new guide book looks set to give a tongue-in-cheek look at life in Singapore.

"On a Street in Singapore" author James Suresh said: "There are six chapters, and we start off with (the) history of Singapore (including) the reasons for Singapore being called a 'Lion City'.

"But we do it with humour, so (that readers will) remember the history of Singapore. Then we go on to places -- places to go, things to see".

Mr Suresh added that the book also contains a chapter on ways to use "Singlish".

The guide comes with illustrations by local artist Syed Ismail.

"On a Street in Singapore" costs S$15 and will go on sale on Tuesday at major bookstores and souvenir shops.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Witty S'pore guide book to be launched".

A new guide book promises a tongue-in-cheek look at life in Singapore and it may be just the book for visitors to the island.

In On a Street in Singapore, a visitor would be pleasantly surprised to discover the multi-faceted aspects of life in this "little red dot".

Author James Suresh said the book was written with a humorous slant.

"There are six chapters, and we start off with a history of Singapore, why Singapore is called a 'Lion City'. Then we go on to places - places to go, things to see."

The guide, which comes with illustrations by local artist Syed Ismail, also explains the use of "Singlish".

For example, while a satisfied reader might exclaim: "This is an excellent piece of work!", some Singaporeans may well express their delight by saying: "This book 'shiok' man!"

The chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board, Ms Aw Kah Peng, noted that Singaporeans, despite their international mindset, relate to one another in a very special way through the use of Singlish.

Singaporeans, she said, all know and understand "lah", "shiok", and "wah lau". "These words require no explanation. And that's what makes us different," said Ms Aw.

Costing $15, the book will go on sale today at major bookstores and souvenir shops.

From Today, "A tourist's guide to S'pore, Singlish included".

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