Excus us!!☺ The place is reserved ☺ #singapore #tissuepaper

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One of the strangest sights you’ll ever find in Singapore food courts is the rows upon rows of pocket tissues obnoxiously placed on empty desks or seats. These pocket tissues, occasionally replaced by umbrellas, are used to reserve seats, so that people may scour for food without worrying about seat availability.

It’s an interesting way of making reservations. But more importantly, it’s very reflective of Singaporean culture and mentality. Part of Singapore’s culture is centered around kiasu-ism. Kiasu means “to be afraid to lose” in Hokkien, a Chinese dialect. It’s often used a derogatory term by other Asians to describe the few Singaporeans who engage in inconsiderate, sometimes petty and overly self-centered actions.

Source: http://nanyate.com/culture/singapore-files-the-tissue-culture