At the ferry terminal, I observed this incident. Two Chinese ladies were speaking in English and Teochew. One of them asked in Teochew about a local dish. A Malay lady, sitting in front and wearing a tudong overhead them and told them the name of the dish. She was a Singaporean and shyly told me that she knew a little bit of Teochew, having mixed with the Chinese in the daily life.
This is multi-racialism in spirit; where every one can understand a little about the language, food and culture of the other communities. This is one positive aspect of life in Singapore that should be preserved. It may be a simple incident, but it is quite meaningful.