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Monday, August 29, 2011

Brushing Teeth in Singapore

I remembered my first few days at work.  Had my lunch at the Hawker Station near our place and headed back to the office.

I opened up my drawer, pulled my toothbrush and a toothpaste.  Spread a 2-cm paste on to my brush and prepared to walk to the toilet  or "Comfort Room / CR" as what we call it in my country.

My boss saw me and said, "You're brushing your teeth after lunch?".   I replied, looking surprised as my boss, "Yah!, of course!"...There was a silent "Duhhh!" at the end of my sentence.

Why My Boss Was Totally Surprised?
"Brush 3 times a day!" is what Colgate advertisements are saying in the Philippines.  From the day I

started to hold a brush until now, this is what I was used to do after lunch.

So, I was surprised to see one advertisement at the the MRT Stations in Singapore, where it stated that we should brush our teeth twice a day!

My boss explained to me that they don't brush their teeth after lunch.  We should do it only twice a day (after breakfast and before bedtime) and explained that it will damage and retract our gums if we do it thrice.

I was shocked! (in British accent)...I'm now confused who's saying the right way.  Is it because Filipinos eat more sweets than Singaporeans?

Then my boss said, "If I saw someone brushing his teeth in the toilet after lunch hour, he's definitely a Filipino!"

Please leave your comment below about this. Help!


  1. Hi Ben A.! Thank you for sharing that! I'm really starting to love your blog site! What did you do after that? Did you still brushed your teeth after lunch time? :D

    1. Thanks...keep on reading my blog...I'm still doing the 3-time brushing because I can't help having the taste of my food for more than 2 hours. I do it since young and I know you're doing it too.

  2. Hi Ben A., thank you for the reply. onga e, dito kasi sa pinas nasanay na kapag bago bumalik sa desk mo e magreretouch muna which is kasama na nga ang pagtoothbrush. siguro hindi ka naman magisang gumagawa niyan sa singapore kaya okay lang.. LOL :D


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