Based on my experience, Singaporeans are courteous but not mindful (She gives up high-flying career to pursue mindfulness, May 19).
Often, when I hold the door open for people in Singapore, many simply walk through without saying "thank you".
However, when I follow their disrespectful act with "it is my pleasure to hold the door for you", invariably, the person says "thank you" quickly with some embarrassment.
Another example is when I am at a hawker centre and I am asked whether the empty seats at my table are taken. Usually, when I say no, the person sits down immediately without saying anything.
However, when I say, "it is my pleasure to answer your question", once again, the "thank you" comes out quickly.
Singaporeans are courteous but just not mindful.
Mindfulness is the key to courtesy too.
Ong Poh Seng