Usually, people are not as specific and insightful as Wing when it comes to describing events.
same problems, Academics, Not everyone does well in school nor have good grades ., The Singapore Education System emphasizes on meritocracy and displays elitism too. Altough Wing does not come from a noble background, he is still given a chance of enrolling into a Junior College., Relationships, Some people like Wing are introverted by nature or bad at handling relationships and thus do not have good relationships with their friends , families and girlfriends ,boyfriends., Nowadays in society,people choose their partners that are about the same status as them. Usually in Singapore the people that come from a reputable family will pair together and those people from a poorer and less-educated family will be together. This is still an exisisting problem in society about the different barriers between the different social casts. It can be inferred from the book, we can clearly see and witness for ouselves the conflicts and arguements that both Chole and Wing disagree on concerning identity issues which eventually led to a breakup., NS (National Service), Wing and the other recruits do not recognise the island which Krisnan pointed to them. This reflects on how little Singaporeans know of their country , this scenario might still happen in this modern age when we Singaporeans are not even able to identify our own country and some do not develop the identity and loyalty that we ought to have as Singaporeans., Thus Daren Shiau is trying to suggest that Singaporeans do not know how to apprieciate or understand heartland and that we do not have the mindset of defending Singapore well
STATUS, Not everyone has a complete family, Some people do not know their ancesters and thus search for identity like Wing who doesnt know who his father is and does not know what future he wants .
Boys in 1990s, Hope to be able to support family, Contented with leading simple lives, As a result, the values and mindsets are completely irrelevant. Because there is a drastic difference between the past and present.
Boys in 2000s, Hope to be successful,rich, Have big dreams
Wing comes to a lot of bad luck in his life and search for identity . He has many problems in his relationships and doesn't have much supporting friends or longlasting relationships. Even his mother does not really understand him . His life seems to only get worser., Not very realistic because Wing's life is portrayed to be extremly difficult.
No Singaporean boy would remember so much events about his past . Wing can remember the past so vividly yet he can't even remember important things like who his father was and that he had two birth certificates., People usually do not have as good memory as Wing when it comes to recalling past events, thus this comes in as a point of doubt on whether the information provided is an accurate account.
definition, realistic: given to the representation of things as they really are., portrayal: depicting or representing
Being born in Singapore as a citizen, Should and ought to have a certain pride towards the country and to know about one's culture and roots.