Hello. I rewrote my Singapore OC's bio not too long ago and I'll be really happy if someone gave me some critique on how to improve on her.
Vanda Raffles Admin’s reason for her name:
"Vanda" comes from the breed of orchid Singapore uses as her national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim. Singapore is made up of 4 main races - The Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians. I decided against using a Chinese / Malay / Indian name & surname because it will be too messy and complicated. Since English is Singapore's language of administration and the first language of every Singaporean, I made my OC take up an English name to be fair to the people of the main races.
"Raffles", her surname, comes from the founder of Modern Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles. I personally think that Singapore would feel most grateful towards her founder instead of the country he worked for. Singapore is also known as "Raffles' Little Child". Therefore, she has her founder's surname, "Raffles", instead of "Kirkland".Nicknames:
Little Red Dot
16 years oldCountry’s age:
49 (since independence in 1965)
195 (since founding in 1819)Height:
O+ (43.6% of her citizens are O RH Positive and is the most common blood type in Singapore.) Sexual orientation:
Vanda has an oval face shape, broad tip nose and rounded, medium eyebrows. Her eyes are dark brown in colour and they look emotionless. This is due to her bad eyesight and reputation as a “soulless city”. She wears contact lenses instead of glasses because she finds it annoying and frustrating.
She has a medium tan skin tone due to her close proximity to the equator and tropical climate. Her face is prone to breakouts because of the heat and humidity of the climate.
She has straight, raven black hair that reaches down to her armpits and blunt bangs that reaches right above her eyebrows.
The weird flipped 'J' ahoge, which sticks out, came out after her unusual independence. The crescent-like ahoge symbolises the disputed island of Pedra Branca.
They are NOT her sensitive spots.
Vanda has a rectangular body shape and small chest area. She is considered a petite when compared to the Western countries.Outfits:Smart Casual (Office wear)
She sports a light blue, short sleeved, frilled blouse and black knee-length skirt. She wears a pair of black flats. In addition, she wears a red lanyard around her neck with her office identification card attached to it.Casual
She would wear a printed or plain coloured T-shirt with shorts. She usually wears this at home and as her sleepwear.
T-shirt and jeans when she goes out for a walk.Formal (Business meetings)
She would be dressed in a black blazer with a plain white blouse and a maroon tie tucked neatly beneath it. It is accompanied with a pair of black dress pants a matching pair of black heels.Formal (Visits to other countries)
She dons the "Singapore Girl" uniform. It is a blue, scoop neck Sarong Kebaya with batik designs. It is an altered design of the traditional Sarong Kebaya worn by the Malays, Peranakans and Javanese. Her hair would be coiled and tied into a French twist. She would also wear a pair of matching patterned slippers.Speech mannerism:
Her tone is usually confident and formal during business meetings and important events. However, when interacting with others on a personal level, she tends to be more awkward and uncertain. There will be more pauses between sentences and sounds like “uhh” and “hmm”.
This Singapore OC rarely speaks Singlish because she is afraid of embarrassing herself in front of other countries. Due to the fact that some words in Singlish has a different meaning in English, many English-speaking countries might get of the wrong meaning. She speaks "formal English", the type of English Singaporeans will use and speak in politics and business.Religious beliefs:
Due to a large diversity of religions in Singapore (~10 religions), Vanda declares herself as a free thinker in order not to offend followers of any religions. Zodiac (Eastern):
Snake Zodiac (Western):
A Orang Utan named “Ah Meng” who passed away 6 years ago. Earliest memory:
Her earliest memory dates back to 1819, when Sir Stamford Raffles founded “modern Singapore”. This memory is very important to her.
Admin’s reasoning for her first memory:
Most of the Singaporeans in do not know the history of Singapore during the ancient times, which once known as Singapura and Temasek. They only know the history of “modern Singapore”, which was post-1819 because it is taught in schools. As the personification of the country and people, she doesn’t remember her ancestors and how she started out before 1819. History:
Vanda first met Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819. She was known as "Singapura" but he founded her as "Singapore" a few days later as a trading post of the British East India Company. His plans for her future made her look up to him as a father. She was then taken in as a British colony in 1824. It broke her when she received news that he died in 1826. Although the time Vanda spent with him was very short, she understood his vision of transforming her into a great city in the future.
Life under the British rule was hard - Poor healthcare, sanitation and unfair treatment of her citizens. Immigrants swarmed in by the hundreds. Poverty and crime were prevalent. Even so, Vanda held on to Sir Stamford Raffles’ dream of becoming a great city for the British Empire. She remained loyal to her colonial master and was optimistic about her future.
All of her respect and trust in Britain was crushed during the surrender of Singapore to the Japanese in 1942. What was once known as “the impregnable fortress” fell in 7 days. Life under the Japanese rule wasn’t any better. She was renamed to “Syonan-to” and forced to learn the Japanese language. Her resistance was met with harsh punishments. The Kempeitai executed her citizens in the Sook Ching Massacre, which were mostly targeted at the Chinese population.
In 1945, when she was surrendered back to Britain, she was happy to be relieved from the years of torture and fear under the Japanese. However, she had changed within the 3 years when she was under the Japanese. Since the British were unable to defend their colonies, her people had a different idea for the future. They didn’t want Singapore to be a colony anymore. They wanted independence. Ironically, their common dream of freeing Singapore from the British ended up dividing them. Some wanted Singapore to be a Communist country while others wanted democracy. She ended up rebelling in her own way against the British rule by rioting on the streets. Singapore was at risk of becoming a Communist country due to the communists' popularity and influence in the country. Due to this fact, The British held on to Singapore longer because they felt that Singapore had no capable leaders of leading the country on the right path. Singapore decided to merge with Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak to from Malaysia for a common market and for the purpose of breaking away from the British rule.
The days after the merger weren’t peaceful. There was constant racial unrest amongst the people in both territories. Indonesia and the Philippines were unhappy with the merger. Indonesia openly expressed his objection through “Konfrontasi” and Singapore got caught in the violence. The MacDonald House bombing in 1965 made her lose her trust in Indonesia and strained their ties. The people in Malaysia and Singapore were having racial tensions and their bosses couldn't get along at all. Singapore's boss wanted equality for her citizens but Malaysia's boss had a different idea.
In 1965, the Malaysian government decided to expel Singapore to prevent any more internal chaos. Singapore was officially expelled on 9th August 1965. Singapore had no choice but to declare independence on the very same day.
Singapore was fearful for her future. She didn’t trust her neighbours that much anymore. It took her quite some time to realise the situation she was in and her first birthday celebrated on 9th August 1966 was her main motivation to work hard. In order to communicate with her citizens better, she learnt their mother tongues – Mandarin Chinese and Tamil. She learnt English during her days as a colony and Bahasa Melayu was the mother tongue she already knew. Her citizens worked hard together, regardless of race, language or religion, under the common identity of being a “Singaporean”.
Her first batch of soldiers was trained in 1967, with help and guidance from the Israeli forces. However, she cannot openly express her gratitude to Israel because of the fear of offending her neighbours.
In the process of constantly upgrading herself with new knowledge and dialects, it caused her to suffer quite a bit. Her eyesight deteriorated over time. She had to wear a pair of thick glasses due to myopia. The different languages Singapore pushed herself to learn ended up confusing her, causing her to unintentionally create “Singlish”, an English based creole which borrows words from languages like Bahasa Melayu, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil and Chinese-based dialects like Hokkien, Cantonese and Teochew. She once spoke Singlish with pride, however, the other nations other than Malaysia, who spoke Manglish, couldn't understand her at all. Due to the fact that Singlish will affect the speaker's proficiency in English, Singlish is frowned upon by her boss and he constantly encouraged Singapore and the citizens to speak in proper English.Personality:
Vanda is the female personification of the Republic of Singapore, a country and city-state known for its greenery, strict laws and being the "fine city". After being expelled from the Federation of Malaysia on 9th August 1965, which resulted in her sudden independence, her personality changed completely.
During her life as a British colony, Singapore used to be a cheerful, laid-back and easy-going person. She was always optimistic about her future because she felt that her colonial master could protect her from any harm despite the bad quality of life her citizens had. Nevertheless, they all looked up to the British and were happy being colonised. The British gave her hope during the uneasiness of an impending war in South East Asia. She was nicknamed "Gibraltar of the East" and believed that she was "the impregnable fortress" of the British Empire. Her hopes and trust were crushed when she suffered air raids and finally, the biggest betrayal she experienced, the unconditional surrender of her land to the Japanese.
When she was known as "Syonan-to", she couldn't bring herself to be optimistic and cheerful as she once was when she was a British colony. The days she lived in fear and pain changed her. By the end of the Japanese Occupation, she was tired of being a colony. Although Singapore and her people were glad that the British returned to them after a month of anomie after the surrender of the Japanese, she became distant and cold towards her first colonial master. She was still fuming mad with the British for abandoning her people when they needed them the most.
She remained the same even after merging and becoming a state in Malaysia. After the sudden expulsion of her from Malaysia, it made Singapore think of Malaysia as a rival.
Initially after gaining independence, she was unmotivated to work hard despite her citizens feeling relieved when they heard about the separation. It is partially due to her fear of the world and the countries around her. She saw herself as a vulnerable island with larger and fiercer neighbours. Another fear was not having natural resources to survive. Singapore slowly recovered from her shock from the separation and on the following year of 9th August 1966, she celebrated her first birthday in the rain. Despite the rain, her citizens cheered for her enthusiastically and the overwhelming positive response she got did make her feel their "National Pride and Confidence in the Future". It motivated Singapore to pick herself up and slowly, her fears were proved wrong.
Over the years, one of the few major changes she had was how strict she became with her laws and shows no mercy to whoever who broke them. One notable example was the Michael Faye case which strained Singapore's ties with the USA. Her strictness came about because of the riots and unjust she witnessed in her short history and she didn't want to see history repeating itself. She also strongly believes that her tough laws would protect the innocent. She was also once called the "Disneyland with death sentence" due to her capital punishments for those who commit serious crimes and she was quite offended by that "nickname". Her laws for fining people who commits less serious offences made them give her the nickname of "Fine City".
Other than her strict laws, she is also known as a "kiasu" (怕输) person, meaning someone who is extremely afraid to lose out. She is fiercely competitive and is always afraid of losing to another country in terms of rankings, especially in academics.
Despite how others view her as someone who is "all work, no play", she took an interest in gardening and the arts. After slowly building the city, she realised that the city of hers lacked greenery. Her boss noticed that too. They didn't want Singapore to be known as a "concrete jungle", therefore, Singapore started to work towards being a "garden city". The "Tree planting day" started in 1971 and hundreds of trees were planted island-wide. The "Tree planting day" still continues up till today. In the present day, Singapore wanted to attract and impress tourists with her interest. The Gardens by the Bay was built. The domes could house plants from other climates and the outdoor gardens could have plants from the tropical region.
As for the Arts, Singapore is still learning how to appreciate the different forms of art and is also encouraging her citizens to do the same.
Singapore loves cooking. Even though most of the dishes she liked to cook didn't originate from her, she loved learning how to make the dishes. The few popular cuisines in her country are the Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese cuisines. However, the things she learnt to cook from a nationality's cuisine tend to lose some of its original flavour. This never fails to put Vanda in a bad mood because she wants the taste of the food to be as accurate as possible.
In addition to cooking, she loves eating equally. Eating is considered one of her national pastimes for her citizens and herself. She is never afraid of trying out new dishes from different cultures.
Despite her cold exterior, she will eventually warm up to others with time. She won't be that formal and awkward to interact with. She can be a little more expressive at times too. However, that doesn't mean that she will disclose how she truly feels about that country because she believes in "giving face". "Face" is very important to her because she doesn't want to hurt bilateral ties by being too direct with her words.Countries Singapore has historical relations with:
MalaysiaRelations with other countries:- UK
They first came in contact in 1826, when she officially became a British colony. She respected him and trusted him. However, her attitude towards him changed after the Second World War. She became more distant towards him. After her independence, they became good friends. In the present day, she still respects him as a friend and the country who guided her when she was younger. However, she couldn't bring herself to trust him as much as she did before.- Japan
Even though Japan caused her people to suffer and die during World War II, she decided to forgive his actions. She didn't want her people to drag the hatred from generations to generations. However, she is still very awkward when being around him because the memories from World War II still remains in her head.- Malaysia
Malaysia is her closest neighbour geographically and their relationship is usually unstable. They can fight over the smallest things but can patch up after some time. For example, the dispute over Pedra Branca and Middle Rocks. The quarrel led to both countries going to the International Court of Justice to resolve their territorial dispute. She views Malaysia as an annoying neighbour and a rival. However, she doesn't really trust Malaysia because he often threatened to cut off the sale of water to her. This forced Singapore to seek more innovative methods to be self-sufficient in her water supply by 2061, when the last water contract with Malaysia ends.- Indonesia
Despite having conflicts and a few tensions, Singapore still considers Indonesia as a neighbour and an acquaintance of hers. Their friendship is still strained because she feels that Indonesia is too bossy and insensitive towards her. A notable example is Indonesia's recent naming of a warship after two Indonesians Singapore regarded as terrorists. Due to Indonesia's Konfrontasi during her pre-independent days, she doesn't trust Indonesia at all.- Israel
Israel helped the newly independent Singapore set up her military defence force and she is thankful for his help. However, Malaysia and Indonesia doesn't like her friendship with Israel, therefore, she rarely visited or talked to him to avoid provoking her larger neighbours. - Brunei
Singapore treats Brunei as a good friend of hers and their currencies are on par. They conduct military exercises together annually. However, they rarely have a common topic to chat about. Whenever they are together, they'll just enjoy each other's company in silence.- People's Republic of China
Their bilateral ties are gradually warming up after a few ups and downs. Singapore looks up to him as a teacher, but at the same time, she is quite fearful of him. It is because shortly after her independence in 1965, there were China-backed communist threats in her country, which made her feel uneasy. Despite several disputes in the past, he recently loaned Singapore two of his pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, for 10 years, in recognition of their friendship. - United States of America
Singapore first met him when she was still under the British rule. They became good friends shortly after she gained independence. They share a good bilateral relationship in business and defence. However, they can't get along at times due to Singapore being overly strict with her laws. She also doesn't like him mistaking her as a province in the People's Republic of China.<< 4 Asian Dragons >>
Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore are the 4 Asian Dragons.- Taiwan (Republic Of China)
They have a rocky relationship after quarrelling a few times with each other. However, they managed to solve their misunderstandings. She considers Taiwan as one of her closer friends in East Asia. She introduced Singapore one of her drinks, bubble tea, and this drink is popular among her people.- Hong Kong
They were once British colonies and in the present day, she treats him like a friendly rival. She engages in a healthy competition with him and strives to overtake him in global rankings. - S. Korea
Vanda considers South Korea as a friend. He introduced her to K-Pop (dance and music) and she liked it. It is also the current trend in Singapore.Quirks:
- She would always have at least 2 or 3 packets of tissue with her. These are her "weapons" during the peak hours for breakfast, lunch and dinner. She leaves the packet of tissue on the table to "chope" (reserve) the table. The people who are looking for empty tables would automatically know that the table is already "reserved"and they would search for another one.
- She tends to judge a food stall’s food by the length of their queue. The longer the queue, the better it is.
- She queues up for almost everything – Food, freebies to Hello Kitty plush toys.
- She doesn’t like making small talk with her fellow country personifications and people.
- She avoids the priority seat on the trains in fear of seeing her face being shamed on the internet.
- She likes staring at something. It can be anything at all. People's faces, their attire, handbags and even the food they are eating.
- She drinks "Milo Dinosaur", a type of chocolate drink with lots of the chocolatey powder piled on top, whenever she's feeling stressed.
- She likes comparing prices and quality between several items to get the best deal out of everything, including toilet papers.
- She is obsessed with academic performance.
Eating (National past time) Dislikes:
Cigarettes Favourite animals:
Cats and snakes in general.
Vanda Raffles (c) MaidenPhoenix