Origin: Acronym, HDB stands for Housing Development Board
The Housing Development Board of Singapore is the statutory body that is in charge of public housing in Singapore.
The vast majority of Singaporeans stay in HDB flats. So, when a Singaporean says he/she stays in an HDB, it simply means he/she is staying in public housing.
HDB is very often used as a lame way for marriage proposal (perceived by Singaporean females) as one of the criteria in applying for a new BTO (Build-To-Order) or resale HDB flat is through the Fiancé/Fiancée Scheme.
Male: “Eh dear ah, we have come so far in our relationship, it is time to apply for HDB. Ok??
Female: “What!?!? Is this a proposal??? Where are the flowers and diamond ring??? You are not even on one knee!! How can your proposal be so lame!! It has to be memorable and romantic!!! @!##$@%$$@#^%$#^
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