The Singlish compliment “So Atas”, meaning sophisticated and elegant, is the inspiration for this intricate orchid room fragrance that transports us to a place of eternal beauty and heady aromas created by nature through the blooms of orchids.
A short history of Singlish
Singapore is a multi-cultured country and its population is not afraid to embrace the fact. No matter what their mother tongue, Singlish is the local lingo that is understood by everyone in the country. The language has its own dictionary and many visitors to Singapore learn at least a few words so that they can participate in conversations and order their favorite food and beverages.
Singlish is a real melting pot of a number of languages and includes English, Mandarin, Teochew, Hokkien, Cantonese, Malay, and Tamil. First recorded in 1973, Singlish came about after independence in 1965 when many people learned English outside of the formal education system.
English is one of Singapore’s official languages and many imported TV series from America and Australia are loved by its people; there has been the added influence from these in the evolution of this interesting and much-loved language.
The language is so ingrained into the culture of the country that it is used in newspapers, radio, television, and by ordinary people going about their daily business.
In 2016, the Oxford English Dictionary added 19 new Singlish words to its quarterly update. Since the year 2000, when the Oxford English Dictionary launched its online version, quite a number of words have been added.
Even though Singlish is loved and used by most, a huge majority of Singaporeans are fluent in English, required by the sophisticated nature of the country’s economy and its strategic position for business in the region and globally.
Some Singlish words that everyone should know
“So Shiok” - Great
“Leng Zai” - Handsome Man
“Leng Zai” _ Beautiful Girl
“Bo Jio” - Never invite
“Anything Lor” -When you can’t decide what you want...so “Anything Lor”
“Guai Lan” - People who are difficult to deal with
"What time Already?” - Use it on someone who is always late!
“Pai Seh” - Apologetic remark to show embarrassment
“Kao Pei Kao Bu (KPKB)” - People who fuss over little things
“Siao” - Response to a crazy idea and of course “Atas”- Totally Elegant
Atas a sophisticated and elegant room fragrance
Atas had to be given the elegance that its name deserves and at Singapore Memories that meant the aroma from the fragrant orchids of Singapore. Orchids and their diversity hide many surprises and the majority is fragrant with the added benefit of therapeutic powers. It was Confucius that referred to the Oriental Cymbidiums, just one example of this beautiful species, as the “King of Fragrance”.
Atas- “totally elegant” - a room fragrance to be enjoyed in sophisticated settings anywhere in the world. This is a memorable souvenir for every visitor to Singapore to take back home. Its sophistication and elegance also make it the ideal corporate gift.