Singapore MRT station names turn into pun-ny punchlines online

If you like your puns filled with local Singapore flavour, then a collection of memes making its rounds on the Internet is sure to tickle your funny bone.

Singaporean Pamela Tham created a set of memes playing on the names of MRT stations such as Khatib, Esplanade and Dakota. They took on a life of their own after she posted them on her Facebook page on January 9.

The album of puns has garnered more than 1,500 shares on Facebook within two days and struck a chord with many netizens, with several of them contributing their own puns.

“Aiyah. My keropok lau hong, not Kranji already”, goes one of Ms Tham's puns. Another reads: “It's so warm in my living room 'cos Marsiling fan is broken."

 

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Her idea has since been shared on SGAG, a popular Singapore-based website now filled with more user-generated MRT name memes.

Ms Tham was inspired by Malaysian Scyler Yang who gave Hong Kong’s MTR station names a similar humorous treatment with puns like “What would you like, sir? Wan Chai latte, please” and “Hong Kong is awesome, for Kwai Hing out loud.”

 

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While some of the puns invoke a cringe more than a laugh, there is at least one more activity to keep a person occupied while in transit - thinking up puns to entertain oneself, and others.

dannonh@sph.com.sg