by Felix Cheong
illustrations by PMan
Life in Singapore is good, sometimes even — dare we say it? — absurd. In Singapore Siu Dai, Felix Cheong, with a little help from illustrator PMan, finds humour in the everyday. From our kiasu behaviour to weird geographical boundaries called GRCs and OB markers, no quirk is left unturned.
These 50 short stories, praised by Singapore’s top humorists for their brew of wit and snappy storytelling, will raise the so-called SG Conversation to a new, satirical pitch. So laugh along as we look forward to Singapore’s 50th birthday!
Singapore Siu Dai 2 is the second volume in the series.
About the Author
Felix Cheong is a well-known figure in the Singapore literary scene and the author of eight books, including four volumes of poetry (Temptation and Other Poems, I Watch The Stars Go Out, Broken by the Rain, Sudden In Youth) and two young adult novels. His third poetry collection, Broken by the Rain (2003), was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize and his collection of short stories, Vanishing Point, was long-listed for the prestigious Frank O’Connor Award in 2013. His work has been widely published in journals, anthologized and featured on radio and TV. Felix has been invited to writers’ festivals all over the world, including Edinburgh, West Cork, Sydney, Christchurch and Hong Kong.
In 2000, he was conferred the Young Artist of the Year Award by the National Arts Council. Felix holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Queensland and is currently an adjunct lecturer with Murdoch University, University of Newcastle, LASALLE College of the Arts and Temasek Polytechnic.
“Funny and identifiable…A man after my own mischievous heart.”
— Neil Humphreys
“Tantalising morsels of Singapore life — some sweet, some tart, some which bite back. Die-die must buy!”
— Colin Goh, creator, TalkingCock.com and director, Singapore Dreaming
“Read Felix’s twisted but funny stories about life, love, school, men, women, stupidity and some more subjects as well. These stories are fresh material. Instead of thinking that life is great and spend time yanking a nose hair, you should sit back, relax and enjoy Singapore Siu Dai.”
— Moe Alkaff, comedian
“Singapore Siu Dai is at once fascinating, piercing and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Felix’s weird and wonderful characters are begging for their own television series! This sweet read is a goldmine of wit and satire.”
— Prem Anand, creator, The Noose
“A rich and arresting depiction of modern Singapore, full of character and rude wit. These vignettes of our Lion City form a mosaic of our nation.”
— Adrian Tan, author, The Teenage Textbook
“The book ends on a slightly darker note and made me ponder on the cost of the rapid development in this little island of ours. I loved the part where Gini was an adviser to the Prime Minister. I must say the Felix did a pretty good job at ending on a sombre note to balance things out a little. It helps the average citizen reflect on how healthy progress is for the nation."
— Rachel, online book reviewer
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Dimension: 130mm x 200mm