Most working population will have their days off on Saturdays and Sundays. That’s why we often hear the term TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) on a Friday or even Thursdays in anticipation. If there is a public holiday on a Friday or Monday, it will be referred to as a long weekend.
Even our domestic helpers will get their day off in a week and it usually falls on a Sunday. Many of them will gather at places where they have a community of their own country people. In Singapore, we have some places known for the congregation of migrant workers from specific countries. For the Filipinos, there is a shopping mall in Orchard called Lucky Plaza where they gather or buy their local goods. For the Thai people, there is also a shopping mall called Golden Mile complex at Beach Road that sells most of their local fare and items. There are also other places for workers from Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam and this post is not meant to serve as an exhaustive list.
The Indians will go to a place called Little India in Serangoon Road where there are plenty of shops, markets and malls serving their needs. The Malays have Geylang Serai, Kampung Glam and Arab Street areas as their common meeting points for shops, market and food places. The Eurasians also have their own community club in Katong area and the Chinese have Chinatown at People’s Park area. The indians, malays, eurasians and chinese are common races of Singaporeans so some of the common places need to be larger to accommodate both the migrant workers and locals patronising the shops, malls and markets.
Of course the migrant workers are able to go wherever they like on their day off and some may go to the parks or beaches around the island to spend time with their friends and family. Personally, I think they know how to have more fun and relaxation than most of the locals based on my observations over the years. It could be that they are happy to meet their friends or family which they would not get to see perhaps for over a month or more. The locals like me have the liberty to meet our friends and family at any time we choose or want.
So it is wonderful when the weekends come because the mood is high and joyous and that would make a really good break. For me, a break would sometimes mean chilling at home or a preferred nook 🙂
There you have it… why weekends are called breaks 🙂