Neil Humphreys is a British columnist and author of three best-selling humorous books about Singapore. He is a freelance writer and writes regular columns in the sports and lifestyle sections of various publications.
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Inspiring, engaging and humorous!
I didn't read his books before, but I attended one of his talks, and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. He is very very witty, humorous and engaging. He talks about his life, about his primary school teacher asking him to write a composition about a cat that got its tail caught by the door, to working as a trader to coming to Singapore to teach, being a journalist and proceeding with his career elsewhere. You may think that it is a very normal talk, nothing special, but it is more than special.
But he transited his story very well, from one stage to another, and it just make you feel so connected with whatever he is saying. At some point of time, it was so funny that we all laughed till the point where you stomach just knot itself in crazy fits of laughter. We all left the talk feeling so inspired and light-hearted.
Really a cool, crazy and entertaining and awesome guy! I just can't stress enough my fondness of him!
Humorist and experienced backpacker of the Singapore culture
I remember the days when Neil Humpreys used to write a weekly column for Today Newspaper. It was quirky, full of humour and delightful and hence such editions of the Today Newspaper became an extremely valuable commodity for me.
Neil Humpreys has this lovable ability to bring in new perspective to mundane things. For example, in call me 'Colin the Sticker Lady', he gives an entertaining take about the case of 'My Grandfather's Road' about people asking him if he was the perpetrator whos been distributing stickers and how he felt his name was not cool enough and why his mum did not call him Colin Skywalker.
In his books, he pass off as an ang moh who has invitingly immersed himself totally in the culture of this lovely, sexy island. From attraction such as the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles at Boat Quay to his neighbours, any article written by him promises to bring delight after a long week of work and frustrations.
Definitely a cool and crazy guy!
Humourous, engaging and slide-splittingly witty!
Neil Humphreys is probably the one 'ang moh' that knows more about Singapore and its unique quirks better than any heartlander ever will! While I personally have not chanced upon his columns in the newspapers, I have had the joy of reading one of his books: Return to a Sexy Island.
His writing style is one that is able to portray the side-splitting hilarity of his numerous exploits in his adventures around Singapore, where he goes from thoughtfully pondering about the naming of 'The Shoppes' at Marina Bay Sands (why the extra 'e' though? To make it sound fancier?) to trying to escape from the wrath of a wild warthog whilst cycling in Pulau Ubin. The light-hearted and at times, self-depricating tone of his writing is certainly enjoyable to those who have a drier sense of humour as opposed to those who prefer a more slapstick genre.
Granted, while some may find his writing veering towards the more "politically-correct" side, Mr. Humphreys makes it up with his quirky descriptions of places and people only unique to Singapore as well as a whole lot of laughter along the way. Thus, I would strongly recommend those looking to re-explore Singapore, to pick up a copy of his book: Return to Sexy Island ($19.90 at Popular bookstore) as well as his other earlier books: Scribbles from an even Smaller Island and Final Notes from a Great Island!
The funniest angmoh in Singapore
I first started reading the news at 8 years old and I remember looking forward to Neil Humphrey's works. Imagine my excitement when he first published his book about his stay in Singapore, titled 'Notes from an even smaller island' and two other subsequent books! His humour is uncanny and his tales always leave me in laughter, especially the memorable story of his first landlady Saudita.
Despite the humour injected in his works, he also addresses serious issues in Singapore such as the issue of filial piety and his takes on them based on his experience. Neil Humphreys is truly talented as he manages to include deep messages and humour in his works.
Fresh perspective in digestible titbits
One columnist whose presence I missed in the TODAY paper. He wrote in such an engaging and easy-to-read manner that even the young me could appreciate his writing. With an uncanny wit to sustain interest in pretty mundane topics, his humorous pieces definitely captured my interest in a sea of articles, which were likely more useful for academics.
For sure, he was accustomed to life here—not the kind of “angmoh” who lived in expatriate housing and only socialized with fellow “angmohs”. Unlike some Westerners who pass critique on Singapore in general, he is armed with an inherent understanding of how the country works. Also, he sees the advantages of Singapore systems that we locals are blind to because we’ve taken it for granted.
I would say, he offers a fresh perspective (that isn’t all too different from ours) in digestible titbits.
True blue local angmoh
Neil Humphreys' is much more than a writer, he is the literary voice of Singapore to the world. Having read his books about life in Singapore, I am glad to say that he has quite accurately documented the good and the ugly side of this country. Unlike books written by writers from international corporations, the account given by him about life here resonates with many of us locals.
With a wit that has managed to tickle my funny bone as well as a writing style that makes for easy reading, I hav never once got bored from reading his books.
When I was still in secondary school, I would look forward to reading the Life section of the saturday papers as he used to write a weekly column there. I hope to see him in our local papers again and look forward to reading his other literary works.
Now i know.
I first chanced upon Neil Humphrey’s book in the bookshelf at home and thought to myself that a Caucasian man writing about my country should provide for an interesting read. I won’t say I was disappointed, but the book felt like too easy a read (mind you this is on top of the fact that I read his book in primary school).
I would recommend nostalgic Singaporeans living overseas to read his older books. It was funny how he made Singapore sound like a place where only little hobbits live (are we really that short?), and it definitely was interesting getting a take on how a foreigner sees my home.
Light Sabres marked Neil Humphrey with memorability!
I remembered flipping the newspapers daily in search of news that inspires both physically and mentally.
Apparently, Neil Humphrey was the journalist who provided everything I sought after!
I chanced upon his article. It was rather lengthy. My eyeballs were involved in a physical exercise scanning the article sentence by sentence. My eyelids didn't droop either as it trailed on towards the next sentence, and the next. Instead, it grew wider with amusement.
Tickled by Neil Humphrey's technique in writing, he succeeded in etching his name within my memory system!
I can't recall what the article was ranting about. However, one phrase from that article was not simply embedded into my memory card, it' was equipped with embossment.
I remembered having a mental debate on what was that actually for a couple of minutes!
Yes, that was Neil Humphrey's description of a certain masculinely fertile asset. It encapsulates an impressively vivid image once anyone is able to comprehend the actual meaning of these sabres!
Certainly, these are no ordinary sabres to conquer galaxies in Star Wars!