Just in Singapore

Just in Singapore (simplified Chinese: 一房半厅一水缸, literally "One Room, Half a Living Room, and a Water Basin") is a Singaporean Chinese modern comedic drama which was telecasted on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp Channel 8. It made its debut on 25 February 2008 and ended on 4 April 2008. This drama serial consists of 30 episodes, and was screened on every weekday night at 9:00 pm. The series was repeated at 2am on Sundays.

Just in Singapore
(一房半厅一水缸)
GenreComedy
Family
Neighbours
Written byAng Eng Tee 洪荣狄
StarringChen Liping
Huang Wenyong
Fiona Xie
Kang Cheng Xi
Li Yinzhu
Opening theme屋檐 by Yi Xun
Ending theme替我爱你 by Diya Tan
Country of originSingapore
Original language(s)Chinese
Some Singlish and Malay dialogue
No. of episodes30
Production
Producer(s)He Fa Ming 何法明
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes per episode
Release
Original networkMediaCorp TV Channel 8
Original release25 February 
4 April 2008
Chronology
Preceded byTaste of Love
Followed byThe Truth
External links
Website

This drama serial is written by the highly acclaimed scriptwriter, Ang Eng Tee (洪荣狄), whose credits include The Golden Path, The Little Nyonya and An Ode to Life.

Cast

Main cast

Supporting Cast

Synopsis

The story is set in a HDB estate and revolves around its occupants. Everyday, heartwarming scenes of tears and laughter take place in these humble settings. Characters include Lin Bang, an over-the-hill stage-singer, and his family; Robert and Mary, a married couple who are not disabled in any way but totally rely on relief funds from the government to get by; Ma Zhigang, a man without conscience who secretly caused his grandmother's death so he can claim insurance funds; ‘Auntie Auto’ and ‘San Wan who are misers; ‘Uncle Kopi’ and ‘Auntie Kopi’ who are still living in their rental flat even though their children are doing very well...

Uncle Kopi (Liang Tian) and Auntie Kopi (He Bing) have a large ceramic tub at home. Left behind by Uncle Kopi's father, it has held water for the baths of many generations in their family. When their youngest daughter (Ong Ai Leng) wishes to entrust her parents with the care of her young son, she is worried that the tub may be a hazard and thus asks her parents to dispose of it. The old couple is unwilling to give it up and decide to put it at their neighbour Grandmother Ma's (Hong Da Mu) home for the time being.

Grandmother Ma's grandson Ma Zhigang (Adam Chen) is a lazy young man who refuses to hold a proper job. He owes a huge debt and so decides to sell the tub. However, he runs into loansharks while on the way to sell the tub and therefore leaves the tub behind while on the run. He is saved by Qianqian (Apple Hong), a Vietnamese bride brought to Singapore by San Wan (MC King). Zhigang, seeing how beautiful Qianqian is, cheats San Wan of a large sum of money and instigates Qianqian to elope with him.

The tub left behind by Zhigang is picked up by the Weijie, the eldest son of the lazy couple Robert (Nelson Chia) and Mary (Patricia Mok). Thereafter, it ends up with Auntie Auto (Li Yingzhu), and then Lin Bang's (Huang Wenyong) family.

Lin Bang's wife Nancy (Chen Liping) runs a shrine and they have two daughters. Their eldest daughter Xiuzhen (Paige Chua), a university student, is pretty, intelligent, and carries a torch for Su Dingyi (Kang Chengxi), a handsome and stylish young man from a wealthy family. But Lin Bang is actually her stepfather and so her biological father does not recognise her as his daughter. To get closer to him, she hides the fact that she is from a poor family, so that she will not feel ashamed of her parents.

Their younger daughter Xiuming (Fiona Xie) is not as intelligent as her elder sister. After finishing her ‘N’ levels, she operates a stall at a night market. She has grown up among the lower social levels and feels that even though people of this class are not wealthy and have no social status to speak of, they can etch an honest living and give support to one another. Hence, she does not mind when people find out that she lives in a rented flat, has a father who is a taxi driver by day and getai singer by night and a mother who gets up to dodgy things at the temple. Xiuming's honest and open nature attracts Dingyi and he begins to woo her. However his attempts often end in comedic failure or is misinterpreted by Xiuming.

Uncle Kopi's son (Rayson Tan), a professor, discovers that a Chinese ceramics auction by Sotheby's includes a particular piece named ‘Nine Dragon Tub’. This is a precious treasure from the palace dating back to the year of Qing Kang and is valued at US$5,000,000. He suddenly remembers that there is a tub just like that in their home and it might just turn out to be that very same tub! Thus, he secretly tries to gain possession of it for himself. Unfortunately, the tub has been passed around and its whereabouts is unknown. Very quickly, news of the ‘Nine Dragon Tub’ spreads far and wide. Everyone is desperately trying to locate the tub...

The ‘treasure’ has in fact ended up with Lin Bang who is currently using it as a spa tub. He soaks himself in warm water in the tub every day to ease aches and pains. When Nancy finds out the true value of this tub, she decides to keep it a secret and sell the tub away quietly. This way, she will be able to get the family out of their rented flat and they will become wealthy folks. Will this plan of hers succeed?

Trivia

  • One of the cast member of this drama, Jimmy Nah, also known as MC King, died during the period of filming for this drama serial. Thus, he only filmed 80% of the screentime from the requirement of his role. The remaining 20% of his role was filmed by a replacement. However, his face was edited into the replacement actor. Since he died during the period of filming, this was the last show/drama serial he was in.
  • Most of the audience felt that Li Yin Zhu gave the best performance as her role Automatic Auntie out of the many cast members.
  • This was the last Chinese drama serial Fiona Xie filmed before she left the local TV station, MediaCorp in December 2009.

Awards & Nominations

The other dramas and best theme songs nominated are Yi Xun 亦迅 — Just in Singapore, 一房半厅一水缸 (《屋檐》), Daren Tan 陈轩昱 — Crime Busters x 2 叮当神探 (《幻听》), Chew Sin Huey 石欣卉 — Perfect Cut 一切完美 (《我知道我变漂亮了》), Mi Lu Bing 迷路兵 — The Golden Path 黄金路 (《路》) & Cavin Soh 苏智诚 — Love Blossoms 心花朵朵开 (《心花朵朵开》)

Star Awards 2009

Star Awards 2009
AwardNomineeResult
Best Actor 最佳男主角Huang Wenyong 黃文永Nominated
Best Actrerss 最佳女主角Chen Liping 陈莉萍Nominated
Young Talent Award 青平果奖Justin Peng 彭修轩Nominated
Best Drama Serial 最佳电视剧N/ANominated
Best Theme Song 最佳主题曲《屋檐》 by Yi XunNominated
Top 10 Highest Viewership Local Dramas in 2008 Award
十大最高收视率
N/AWon Highly Commended
2008 Asian Television Awards
Best ActorHuang WenyongNominated
Best ActressPatricia MokNominated

Viewership rating and reception

Since the debut of this series, it has generated largely positive reviews from critics. This drama serial is ranked the third Highest Viewership Drama for Year 2008, behind The Little Nyonya and Nanny Daddy.

WeekEpisodeDatePercentage of Population (%)
Week 1Ep 1 to Ep 525 February 2008 to 29 February 200818.7%
Week 2Ep 6 to Ep 103 March 2008 to 7 March 200818.1%
Week 3Ep 11 to Ep 1510 March 2008 to 14 March 200818.7%
Week 4Ep 16 to Ep 2017 March 2008 to 21 March 200819.4%
Week 5Ep 21 to Ep 2524 March 2008 to 28 March 200820.4%
Week 6Ep 26 to Ep 3031 March 2008 to 4 April 200821.5%
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