Q&A with Ms Shida


This week’s interview is with Ms Shida 🙂 She has been with us for 8 years and has been bringing us a lot of joy and laughter. Check our our Q&A with her!

Why did you choose to work at Bunka?

I sent my CV to many countries, and Bunka replied me first (hahaha)~

What do you do on your day off?

I do yoga and housework. Sometimes I have dinner with friends.

What do you miss about Japan?

I miss my family and friends. I miss my bed too.

Where is your current favourite hangout?

I like Botanic Gardens. I stay near there so it’s convenient. But usually, I hang out around my house or Orchard. If you want to see me, please come to Orchard ^^

What is one “Singlish” word you have learnt?

“Kiasu”. My students taught me that word.


What are your favourite and least favourite local foods?

Favourite: Yong Tau Foo. Please recommend me good Yong Tau Foo places not too far from Orchard! I don’t want to travel too far…

Least Favourite: Durian. And, Rojak. I tried a few times with my students, but because of the black sauce, I don’t know what I’m eating. I think pineapples taste better without the sauce… Cucumbers too. I can eat cucumbers with mayonnaise, but with the black sauce it’s a bit weird.

Of all the countries you have visited, which is your favourite, and why?

I love Italy! I love the Italians, the scenery and the language. I learnt the language for 2 terms in Singapore.

What is/are your hobby(ies)?

Yoga – I do yoga quite frequently, maybe 3 times a week. I do Peranakan beading too. I am beading a pair of shoes… I’ve been at it for a year but it’s still not done yet   -_-“

What will you recommend to people who are planning a visit to Kanagawa?

Kamakura Enoden – it’s the name of a train line in Kamakura. The trains are quite old, so they go in-between houses. From the train, you can see a beach which I used to visit when I was a high school student.

You must have experienced some culture shock when you first came to Singapore. Tell us about them!

I used to live in Ang Mo Kio, and my neighbours had young kids. One day, when I was leaving the house, a small boy called me, “Auntie, auntie!” I was quite shocked and a little offended, so I ignored him. Auntie in Japanese is “Obasan”, that means old! At that time I didn’t know that everyone in Singapore is “uncle”, or “aunty”. I don’t feel bad though. If someone calls me “auntie” now, I will still ignore him or her (haha).

What message would you like to leave to students who are currently learning the Japanese language?

When I was a student, I didn’t like English at all. But, after I managed to make friends using the English language, I found out that I can discover a new world with a new language. Many students start learning Japanese because they are interested, or because they have spare time. But I think they have to know that knowing Japanese can also open new doors and opportunities. 

Ms Shida: Enjoy the learning process, and have fun! 🙂