Singapore Siu Dai 2: The SG Conversation Upsize!
by Felix Cheong
illustrations by PMan
Bolder and edgier! Felix Cheong's follow-up to Singapore Siu Dai finds him poking his pen once again in topical issues. And he doesn't shy away from spoofing highly-paid ministers and asking tough questions. Like: Are we really a nation of top problem solvers? What if Sentosa Cove becomes a rich man's republic? Singapore Siu Dai 2 will delight you with its off beat humour and its short, sweet and sharp storytelling.
About the Author
Felix Cheong has never considered himself to be a funny writer. Until Singapore Siu Dai came along, he was more well-known as a writer behind four volumes of poetry (Temptation and Other Poems, I Watch The Stars Go Out, Broken by the Rain, Sudden In Youth), two young adult novels and a collection of short stories - Vanishing Point, which was long-listed for the prestigious Frank O’Connor Award in 2013. He had also won several awards, such as the Young Artist of the Year for Literature in 2000, and been nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize. He had even travelled to writers' festivals all over the world to read his works, always with that self-same serious demeanour.
Nothing surprised him as much as the satirical short, short stories that came together in a heated rush in Singapore Siu Dai. And he hopes they'll surprise you too! This is the second book in the series.
"The chatter, mutterings, moans and groans you hear every day on this crowded island? Felix Cheong filters them through the coffee sock and serves up a distilled and compact punch of sharp observations on the real Singapore Conversation. But don't let the refreshing economy of the language he uses fool you..."
- Benjamin "Mr Miyagi" Lee
"Reading Singapore Siu Dai 2 is like having an expresso shot in the arm. Perked me up no end to see Singapore and Singaporeans through Felix Cheong's lens. We're weird people living in a weird place. Really."
- Bertha Henson, author of Troublemaker and media lecturer at the National University of Singapore
"Funny. Irreverent. Touching. Refreshingly honest. Felix Cheong hits all the right spots. I could not stop reading from the word go, but had to stop to take a leak, I was laughing so much."
- Clement Mesenas, author of The Last Great Strike and Dissident Voice
"This is a very subversive book. Following on his first one, this second one brilliantly written by Felix continues the Singapore Conversation we never had. The wit and humour will only speak to those brought up in Singapore or who knows Singapore intimately. But beneath the humour, they raise serious issues about our unique dysfunctional society. At the end of the book, I felt a great sense of foreboding of where our society is heading. Hopefully, his first and now this second book will prick the conscience of our policy thinkers."
- Lee Cheok Yew, former CEO, Television Corporation of Singapore
"... Cheong pokes fun at hot-button topics that many are hesitant to discuss and admit openly. From our kiasuism to the bane of securing an apartment and the realism of celebrating Chinese New Year, no issues are left unturned. Everything is laced with scintillating wit and subtle sarcasm... His satirical work reflects the problems nestled within our lion city, made easy to digest with his quirk and veracity. "
- Jovita Ang, NP Tribune
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Dimension: 130mm x 200mm