"Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor are seen in a blue Proton Saga... "When asked whether there is any tension with the sultan, Dr Mahathir said: “No, I don’t see anything because I went to see him and he drove me to the airport. I don’t want to comment on the sultans because if I say anything that is not good then it’s not nice because he is the sultan”"

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Sunday, July 05, 2009

"The bitterest tragic element in life to be derived from an intellectual source is the belief in a brute Fate or Destiny." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Pictures from February:

"Authentic Malacca Wan Ton Mee. (Singapore Branch) Malacca - Opposite Ong Ya Kong Temple Banda Hilir"

Notice that this comes in two options: Without Chili and With Chili. So no, despite what Malaysians' carping may lead one to assume, Wan Ton Mee without Chili is acceptable.

Also, this was quite lacklustre, raising one or more of the following possibilities:

1) As a franchisee, the standard was below its home stall's
2) The ranting about good Malaysian food by Malaysians and Singaporeans alike is misleading
3) The home stall also sucks
4) This is authentic but not good

From Bumbu Restaurant:

"Please Stop At Two!"
The guy (R. Tan) designed the sign himself (he wasn't paid, unfortunately) when he was at the Ministry of Health (in the 60s IIRC 1960 or 1970)

Lemongrass Chicken Head (!)

Arabic spoils the look of this prosperous mirror.
Addendum: The restaurant also had no Chinese gods (though it had other Chinese decorative arts) so it could remain Halal.

From the National Geographic Store at Vivocity:

"Tahitians are amphibious and live in the water as much as possible."

A ridiculously expensive table. It costs S$42,200. Presumably because it is "unique".

"Controlled freezing chamber... Simulate the freezing conditions you may encounter on your trip or expedition. Temperatures inside the chamber reach 15 degrees Celsius"
I blame Americans' inability to convert to the Metric scale properly. No wonder the Mars Probe crashed.

"Photography is not recommended as we would like to respect the photographers' original works"
I love that they respected their visitors.

"Ben and Jerry's 3 Piece Melamine Set For Kids"
I'm guessing they designed this before Melamine became a dirty word.

In my series of bust enhancement ads,
BustStations: "International Japanese Model"
I love how they didn't even name her (in subsequent ads they did)
I also love how the fine print is printed in such a way as to be invisible
Incidentally I tired to win the vouchers for a friend, but they refused to give them to me and wanted her contact. I kind of expected it, but it was STILL scummy.

"C.M.I. Maritime Pte Ltd"

"Chicken Lever"

"Chicken Shawarma... contains a good deal of mineral called selenium that is... known to help infertile men improve the motility of sperm cells!... must-have for health conscious... Comes with fries"

Chinese Figurines at Ah Chew Desserts which display Asian Values (one's naked and one's in underwear)

"Due to economy crisis, CAKE HISTORY is giving a special offer to our value customer. Each bread is selling at $1 only!"
It sounds better in Chinese

"4 Heavenly Dish" (their Fried Platter Combination)

"Ve-Tsin Gourmet Powder". It has salt and MSG (Ajinomoto being branded as 'Umami Seasoning' is still not as bad)

"Hair Extension. 100% Human Hair"
Do people get hair extensions with artificial hair?

They levy GST on top of the prices - for takeout!

""We weigh your ice cream to ensure they're your healtier choice.....""
Nice way Uzumaki justifies being kiam siap. Notice that their definition of a double scoop is actually 1.5 times a single scoop.
[Addendum: TMM suggests their cone is 45g and each scoop 45g, but that's a very heavy cone]

"To whom it may concern
Milk Powder NOT from China
This is to certify that we do not use any milk powder from China to manufacture any of our products"
For once, Krimer comes in useful.
I love how Malaysia Dairy Industries makes Non-Dairy Creamer. Malaysia Boleh!

Notice how Ma Maison only has endorsements from Japanese magazines. Its status as "the finest Continental cuisine restaurant in Singapore" is thus doubtful.

Mannikins with "real" and textured hair

"[Pig:] To know me is to love me"

Proud Vermonster Team - with 3 girls and only 1 guy! I'm impressed.

Girls playing dumb kiddy game at Vivocity. Some things don't change with age

"All Ranovation & Repair"

Spider on Path

"Nature's answer to hydrated skin"
Besides the suggestion that this dehydrates you, it makes you wonder: if it's 99.9% water, why not just use water?

"WARNING. You are committing an offence if you employ foreign workers without valid work passes. PENALTY. Jail term"
Not the most reassuring thing to see on your lunch table

"An Nisaa' Muslimah Salon. Strictly for ladies only. Man not allowed"
Sexual discrimination!

"Toastbox: Hainanese Curry Chicken. Just one mouthful of the tender chicken with rich Hainanese curry certainly gave us a taste of the early Southeast Asian immigrants!"
This puts a whole new spin on "Tastes like chicken"...

"We're now hiring foreigners!"

Cookie & Monkey (Kids' rides): Your children will be baffled by the conditions
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