Channel 8 TV Show Tells It Like It Is
While many people have stopped watching Channel 8 dramas, this 90-second clip of Xu Bin playing an angst-ridden adult has hit the right notes. In it, he rants about the increasing costs of living in Singapore, and it seems like many relate to this scene as it has some grain of truth in it. Here’s what he said in Mandarin.
For those who do not speak the language, here’s what he said:
“One turns 30 in the blink of an eye. One has to get married, buy a house, and have children. This isn’t possible without money. Nowadays, a flat costs $300,000 to $400,000. If you work in the CBD, your expenses will tally up to $5 or $6, that is, if you scrimp and save. If I want to listen to the government and have children, I’ll need to get a girlfriend. If I have no money, how will I woo a girl? Dates and holidays together cost money. Without cash, no one would date me, even if I look like a superstar.
Some people want to remain in university and not work. But who will manage family expenses and the mortgage? A wedding table at a banquet costs at least $1,000, and a photoshoot costs $3,000-$4,000.
Everything costs money!
Our generation doesn’t want a higher quality of life. We only want to maintain our standard of living. In order to do this, we need to make money! You don’t want a son who has to rely on you to set up a home, right?
TL;DR—it’s incredibly difficult to make a living, although it doesn’t seem like this sentiment is new. Channel 8 has used it before in another TV series:
The Struggle Is Real
This short scene has since gone viral, and we can understand why as it is relatable. After all, we face these rising costs every day, and having a perfectly coiffed Channel 8 TV star parrot this back to us doesn’t make it any easier to make a living.
This situation is worse for the have nots of Singapore, where government subsidies are not enough anymore. Although it’s wise for us to save, we have to find a way to bridge the rich-poor gap and make sure that everyone else has enough to live.