We check if this gahmen ad is an accurate depiction of the S’porean way of life
When reality meets improbability.
Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia
12 January 2018 - 25 March 2018, 10am-7pm
Singapore Art Museum
FOSSASIA Submit 2018
22 March 2018 - 25 February 2018, -
The government usually doesn’t do that many ads. But when they do, they create longish commercials that try to make you cry.
Directed by Kelvin Tong (of Eating Air and The Maid fame), this 2-minute dripping-with-nostalgia ad chronicles the life of a typical Singaporean guy having the typical Singaporean experience of buying an HDB flat with CPF money and the not-so-common episode of hospitalisation following an accident.
Speaking of reality and improbability, let’s take a look at how realistic this ad is.
1. Salary in a brown envelope
Probability: 100%. Back in the typewriter-days, simi is GIRO?
2. The Office BFF
Who just cannot resist being a lightbulb.
After all these years, he’s still the same.
Probability: 90%. Smoke break kaki, fellow kengster, the office BFF has stood the test of time, providing comfort in the bleakest of working environments.
3. Finding love in the office
Probability: 50%. This is really split down the middle. While some have no qualms, there’s a camp that swears off such office romance for fear of gossip and career stagnation.
4. Pinning your CPF statement – beside your wedding photo
Probability: How about never in a million years?
5. Buying your flat with CPF money
Probability: 100%. See point 1 and you will understand why the money lying in the CPF account is useful.
6. Dads prepare the milk while mums comfort the baby
Probability: 70%. It’s usually safer for dads to handle inanimate objects.
7. Pushed by your son, fell to the road and kena banged by car
Probability: 1%. That’s like SUPER suay man.
8. Only sustained leg injuries after kena banged by car
Probability: 2%. From super suay to super heng, what are the odds?
9. Using Medisave to pay for hospitalisation bills
Probability: 90%. Currently, Medisave covers you for most medical procedures (here are nine ways you can use Medisave). Even if your Medisave runs out, you can also use an immediate family member’s Medisave Account.
10. Full recovery after accident
Probability: 70%. A combination of sheer will and physiotherapy also work wonders.
11. Man continues to fumble with collars, even after collecting his CPF
Probability: 80%. Guys will be guys.
What’s the probability of you retiring early? With proper planning it might be sooner than later. There’s little sense in delaying the inevitable, hence CPF would like to give you some insight of what it takes to retire comfortably.
This post fuels Mothership.sg so our writers can grow our CPF. Probability: 101%