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#trending: Singaporeans praised for sense of humour over post claiming Jewel's Rain Vortex is at Scottish shopping mall

SINGAPORE — Singaporeans have hijacked a Facebook post with their hilarious takes on landmarks here that could be other famous world sites. This was after a Scotland travel page posted a photo of Jewel Changi Airport's Rain Vortex, stating that it was in Almondvale Shopping Centre in Scotland.

A Facebook post referring to Jewel Changi Airport's Rain Vortex (left) as 'Almondvale Shopping Centre, Livingston' (right) in Scotland has caught the attention of Singapore online users.

A Facebook post referring to Jewel Changi Airport's Rain Vortex (left) as 'Almondvale Shopping Centre, Livingston' (right) in Scotland has caught the attention of Singapore online users.

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SINGAPORE — Singaporeans have hijacked a Facebook post with their hilarious takes on landmarks here that could be other famous world sites. This was after a Scotland travel page posted a photo of Jewel Changi Airport's Rain Vortex, stating that it was in Almondvale Shopping Centre in Scotland.

Last month, Facebook page Travel Scotland Goals posted the unassuming photo with the caption: "Almondvale Shopping Centre, Livingston". After blowing up on social media channels here on Monday (July 18), it now has more than 6,700 reactions and 5,600 shares, with 3,300 comments and counting.

Even official brand accounts have joined in the fun, such as Changi Airport itself, which posted an image of the dinosaur-themed Changi Jurassic Mile outdoor exhibition, calling it "Jurassic World Dominion" in a reference to the recent Hollywood blockbuster film.

Air-conditioning company Daikin Singapore posted a photo of its main office building in Ang Mo Kio, naming it "Urquhart Castle, Scotland" — though it also hilariously got the meme wrong when it first posted the photo with the right identification, prompting teasing replies from online users.

One said: "I don't think Daikin understands how memes work."

The edit history on Daikin Singapore's Facebook comment. It took its marketing team a few hours, but they got it in the end.

Other top comments featured the well-known three towers of Marina Bay Sands as "Stonehenge, Salisbury, United Kingdom" and a snow-capped "Mount Faber, Singapore".

Even public figures and mythical creatures are fair game. In some comments, Mrs Jospehine Teo, Minister for Communications and Information, is now the "Duchess of Cambridge", and the country's Merlion mascot is the "Loch Ness Monster".

Though the Facebook post on Travel Scotland Goals appeared at first glance to be an honest mistake, the account parodies iconic images of other countries and labels them as being in Scotland. The page has generated a strong fanbase, even spawning a public group with more than 1,200 members.

The owner claims to have started the page as a joke two years ago, inspired by a former colleague of his who tried to warn him against potential dating application scams by telling of a fictional "Mount Kilamanforhisgiro".

Since then, he has been diligently posting his "mistaken location" images. However, it seems that he is often met with criticism from newcomers, rather than amusement.

In one comment on a photo titled "Portobello Beach, Edinburgh", he snipes: "Can people please stop saying this is Bora Bora, it's Porto Porto ... Bello."

Unsurprisingly, his new Singaporean viewers provide a welcome contrast to the "haters". In a follow-up post on Tuesday (July 19), the Travel Scotland owner said: "Can't believe there are people from Singapore who have hijacked my comments section on this post and their comments are brilliant."

Fans of the page responded with praise for the commenters, noting that there are "not many countries that would get the banter" and calling it a "peak Travel Scotland moment".

One remarked: "A sense of humour is alive and well in Singapore!"

Some even called it "an omen", saying that the comments had made them "even more determined to visit Singapore someday".

For the curious, the Almondvale Shopping Centre does exist in Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland, though it is now simply called "The Centre".

One of Scotland's largest shopping centres, it may not have a Rain Vortex, but it does have a glass roof of its own.

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This is not the first time the online community has been engaging in such activities. In June last year, an American teenager posted a photo of Marina Bay Sands, calling it "Downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee".

His post drew similar light-hearted meme comments from Singaporeans, with more than 18,800 comments and 15,400 shares.

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