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31 May 2013

Tiny Lobsters In Da Hu - Part 2


I was told that 寿宁路 was the Mecca of these Tiny Lobsters. This was touted as the street that started it all.

When I got there, the entire street was lined with tiny lobster restaurants with touts spilling over onto the streets trying to persuade you to eat at their restaurant.

The interesting thing was that almost every other restaurant is named 香吧岛 No. xx. It is akin to our Katong Laksa where each store who named their stalls Katong Laksa No. xx.

While Katong Laksa is quite straight forward. Katong is where Katong Laksa all started and most of them still ply their trade there at Katong.

香吧岛? I tried searching it on the map but I can't find anything remotely close to it. Looks like this so-called island does not exist which mean neither that street/area nor the lobsters originate from this mysteriously named 香吧岛.

The tiny lobsters come in more or less two of preparation. The standard 香辣 is about RMB 40 (SGD 8.00) per 500g while the more elaborate 十三香 (13 herbs and spices, 2 more than Colonel Sanders) was RMB 120 (SGD 24.00 per kg i.e. minimum order is 1kg).

Frankly speaking, they weren't very good.


That place is a friggin' tourist trap.

So after one unsatisfying kilo, we stood up and left for another place

We went to this other restaurant near my place away from the city.

It was MUCH MUCH MUCH better!!!

First of all, the presentation, if you compare the two pictures, was way better.

The restaurant here leave the broth inside the bowl while the previous one was all drained away.

The spice has a real kick and what better than to wash it down with ice cold beer.

Ahhhh.......

Price?

Same. This other location also sells at RMB 40 per 500g for both the 香辣 and 十三香.

I will definitely come back again. And again.

p.s. The one at near my office was only RMB 32 per 500g but it must be said that it was located quite ulu compared to city area of 寿宁路, hence it is acceptable that prices are more expensive due to location.)


- Voxeros

28 May 2013

Singapore Pride - Anthony Chen

First of all, congratulations to Anthony Chen for winning the Camera d'Or at this year's Festival de Cannes.

I watched the trailer (scroll down) and I like what I've seen. I can't wait for it to hit the big screen.

However, this post, despite the title is not really about Anthony Chen and his awesome award.


There were some people pouring scorn over the win due to the ties the movie had with the Gahmen i.e. the movie received grants from the Gahmen to fund the production of the movie.

Well, I am not going to talk about that either.

My issue here is a question.

What has become of Singapore that anything and everything, touched by the Gahmen, would be met with a torrent of jeers and scorn?

Are we filled with so much hatred for the Gahmen that we become blind to what they do, regardless of good or bad?

Granted that the Gahmen has done quite a lot of sucky things of late (the disastrous PUB Save Water video for example), surely we mustn't be blind and condemn them all with a single swat?

There are good things that we should applaud regardless how relatively incompetent the Gahmen has become compared to the yesteryear. Credit where it is due.

As much as it is wrong for the people to 不分青红皂白, the Gahmen must reflect deeply and buck up.

2016 is getting closer as we speak.


Media Credits: Facebook - Ilo Ilo 

-Voxeros

27 May 2013

Do Bears Shit In The Woods? - The Sequel


 I don't get it.

What is this obsession with shitting in public places? Are there no toilets in the world?

Just last year, I blogged about QQLand tourist shitting on the street of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong in broad daylight.

Since there has been other cases and all thanks to camera phones, the internet and social media, we accorded the unfortunately treat of witnessing it over and over again, shared by millions of people around the world.

Aiyoh......

There were cases of kid pooping in the main hall of an airport and another kid in the single aisle of the airplane cabin.

OK. Fine. These are kids and we just blame it on poor parenting.

But adults??!! That is really no excuse!

This latest was taken off the security camera of the elevator in Shenzhen subway station.

Enjoy. Hope it ruins your lunch.


p.s. This is definitely not exclusive to QQLanders as I have personally witnessed a crackhead pooping in the corner of the overhead bridge at Tom Bradley International Airport in Los Angeles, several years ago. Still, it is quite disturbing to see recent cases on the internet, almost all exclusively QQLanders.

Why like that?? Aiyoh..... sia suay man....

p.p.s. If we keep getting this cases up on the web, I may just need to start a QQShit series.

- Voxeros

24 May 2013

Strange Surfing Habit Of The QQLander


I notice a strange habit among the folks in QQLand.

From time to time, we were given a web address to check out, be it a company website printed on their name card or a certain website which some one wanted you to read.

Normally, what I would do is just type in the address in the web address column and voila, the webpage loads right away.

For some unexplainable reason, the folks here that I come across has this ritual of starting up a search engine (in most cases in Baidu.com) and then search for the web address by keying in the web address.

Naturally, first on the search result would be that of the desired website with a click-able link  and THEN they would click it to get to the webpage corresponding to the web address.

If you ask me, that is totally redundant.

I tried telling to them to just simply key in the address in the address column but NO. It has to be via the search engine.

Go figure.

*shrugs*

- Voxeros

23 May 2013

Street Breakfast In Da Hu

That's my breakfast.

A Chinese prata with a hotdog (meat origin: unknown) for a modest sum of RMB 2.00 (SGD 0.40).

I think it's a chicken sausage coz I spitted out a chicken bone fragment. Then again, it could be a bone fragment of a rat's femur.

Who knows?

Siti, Muthu and XiaoMing would certainly baulk at it but honestly? It was rather yummy.

So far, I haven't had any food poisoning as a result.

We used to have an old Hokkien saying, "Lup sup jiak. Lup sup dua." (Translate: Dirty eat. Dirty grow up.)

Over here, their version of the same saying (or something similar to that effect) was "不干不净, 吃了没病". (Translate: Not clean. Not hygenic. Eat already not sick."

*shrugs*

p.s. I realised I've been shrugging a lot when it comes to QQLand stuff. *shrugs*

- Voxeros

22 May 2013

Wahoo BlueHR Bluetooth 4.0 Heart Rate Monitor

I got a new toy.

It's the Wahoo heart rate monitor that uses Bluetooth 4.0 instead of some proprietary network or ANT+.

It was relatively cheaper since it doesn't have a receiver watch.

It wasn't a big problem since I don't stare at the watch every step of my run.

The signal goes straight to my phone where notification, at regular intervals, is via audio through the earphones.

The best part? Signal transmission is consistent. No more dropped signals or ridiculous heart rate readings.

Finally.

I was glad to be finally rid of the stupid Polar HRM which I gladly gave to the Towkay Neo of Lucky Bar.

I figured it shouldn't be a problem for her since she runs less than 5km.

When I first brought it to her bar for her to try it, it didn't work properly.

Her heart rate was 205 bpm which obviously was incorrect.

I figured it's probably the battery in the transmitter running out of juice.

I have yet to hear from her if she has had the battery replaced. I hope it works.

- Voxeros

21 May 2013

Champion Subway Auntie

It's the end of the day as we all made our way to the subway station to get home.

My station is the starting station of Line 1 which means that we get to board an empty train.

Empty train means available seats and so the moment the door opens, I am very amused to see people fighting their way in as if someone accidentally dropped a grenade on the floor behind them.

In all fairness, the subway network spans very a large geographical area, compared to Singapore, and so it may be a relatively long ride.

So there I was getting into the train where all the seats were taken, then I saw this lady who brought her own seat.

Brilliant!

But due to the height, or rather the lack of height, of the stool, I felt that her sitting down was at a very awkward height.

I made it a point to stand behind her (how else to sneak a photo?).

Sekali I stand in front then the train jam brake and Genghis Khan langah her face how?

Better to have a pole in between us.

:P

- Voxeros

20 May 2013

The Singa Conspiracy



The news set the social media abuzz but JayWalk Online is here first to expose the smokescreen.

It was not because Singa was "too tired" after so many years and making no headway.

It was in fact, that he was outed to have a second identity which contravened Singapore Kindness Movement HR policy strictly forbidding dual employment.

According to SKM's public relations manager Ms Yu WeiShi, "We are deeply disappointed to discover this deceit. It has over turned all the hard work that we, through Singa, has put in over the years. Singa has been asked to leave with immediate effect due to conflict of interests."



The disguise was so simple, it was clever. All it took was a black marker pen. Draw a broad dark line down the the tail et voila. A pair of legs!

If only Ariel knew this!



So what about the tail sticking out from behind if Singa has already has the alleged tail?

That my friends, is the antenna like that of the angler fish, except this one is located at the posterior section instead of the forehead.

Image Credits: http://behindthebasics.blogspot.com; http://www.tumblr.com
 

- Voxeros

17 May 2013

What I Learn About Da Hu So Far - Part 5


In this final segment of the "What I Learn In Da Hu So Far" series, I am going to talk about the people in Shanghai.

I love them.

They are so much more civil than their counterparts in the South.

Let me tell you what happened a couple of weeks ago.

I followed my delivery crew to one of my client's warehouse for delivery as I wanted to see the actual operation first hand.

We were at the loading dock where it was elevated so as to be at the same height as the container for efficient loading/unloading.

When we got there, the warehouse crew was scrubbing and hosing the floor. Apparently, someone has broken something fluid during unloading before us.

The cleaning up was done just as we arrived as the cleaning crew was dumping the big bucket of water off the loading bay into the drainage grill below.

It almost got us as he didn't realise we were down below.

My driver jumped and blurted "哈哈. 没弄到我! 好险!" (Translate: Haha. You missed! Phew!)

The cleaning crew was most apologetic but at the end of it all it was no harm, no foul.

Had this happened in South QQLand, you'd be sure that your father, your mother and your mother's genitals would have been cursed to death.

Still, compared to the Capital, it still fell short, albeit a little.

I was at the subway train station where everyone was required to place their bags through the x-ray prior to entering the platforms for security checks.

What I noticed are the people just ignoring it and walking pass despite prompting from the security staff. It's the power of the masses in action, as the helpless security staff couldn't do anything about it. You can stop one but while doing that, you let the other 9 walk right pass you. The one that you stopped would start arguing why he/she is being victimised while the other 9 gets to just walk by? Earning minimum wage, I assumed, it was just too much work for the security staff to enforce the check.

I told one of the security staff, as I put my bag through the x-ray, that I feel sorry for his helplessness.

"人的素质问题吧." He quipped.

I nodded in agreement.

I have not encountered such situation when I was in the Capital.

The folks in the Capital, especially the elder folks, are affectionately known as 老北京.

There was once I stopped to ask for directions and this one old chap was so helpful that he was ready to climb into my car and guide me all the way there.

Bless his awesome big heart.


--> Click Here For The Rest Of "What I Learn In Da Hu So Far" series.


- Voxeros

16 May 2013

What I Learn About Da Hu So Far - Part 4


As expensive as Da Hu may sound to be, the food can be very inexpensive. It's a situation very similar to the Capital where a person may have a full, well fed stomach but still have to sleep on the streets.


In a way, that is your indication of the wealth-poverty gap between the haves and the have-nots.

While you can have dinner that goes easily go up to 4-figures, you can just as easily find food for mere pittance.

It very much depends on where you are in Shanghai. There are the expensive affluent districts and there are the more humble ones.

Due to the fact that I need warehouses i.e. large areas of land, my office-cum-warehouses are more often than not, located in some obscure ulu location. The up side is that the food is cheap there.

That was my breakfast above. A bun and a Chinese prata for a princely sum of RMB 2.00 (SGD 0.40).

The two tofu buns that I had the other day (picture left)? RMB 1.00 (SGD 0.20).


The problem with ulu places is the hygiene level. The place is damn dirty with folks simply sweeping their garbage out of the streets with their children playing in the dirt right next to it.

You know how when we were taught in primary school, during Health Education, to avoid street hawkers so that we don't kena cholera, typhoid and other types of food poisoning risk?

We were taught the perils, other than unhygienic practices, of dust, airborne diseases and exhaust fumes contaminating the food?

To be honest, it is not that we ignore these warnings but rather given the environment that we are in, we have no choice.

The place is like that. What can you do about it?

This place is definitely not for the likes of XiaoMing, Siti and Muthu.

So far, I have not encountered any runny tummy trouble since moving to Da Hu.

Perhaps, it's my stomach of steel.

Shrugs.

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- Voxeros

15 May 2013

What I Learn About Da Hu So Far - Part 3


There are many property web portals and I have learned that they are all bullshit. I would even go to the extent of calling all of them crooks.

Nothing you see is real. Even if it were genuine, I have already lost faith in these web portals who purportedly claimed that they cut out the middle man and that any misrepresentation would have been easily exposed and reported since it is the web where everybody is free to leave a comment.

Again. Bullshit.

The above was a "picture" of an apartment within walking distance to the train station and at a rate well below my budget. Naturally, I was delighted initially but my skepticism soon crept in as I started taking a big pinch of salt. Still, there was this small part of me secretly hoping that I had struck the lottery.

Below is the front page where they advertised a studio apartment at RMB 2000 (SGD 400) a month. It is very cheap by Singapore standards but please be reminded that we are in QQLand. Shanghai. Sibeh ulu part of Shanghai.


I went down to a property agency and I asked about the market rate of a studio apartment of the above property and I was told that the rental on average was RMB 4600 (SGD 920), which I felt was a more realistic figure. Naturally, I was rather upset at the discrepancy between the advertised rates and reality.

I then asked about a few other properties in the vicinity and the discrepancies is about RMB 1000 (SGD 200). While SGD 200 may not sound like a lot but it is a alarming 30-over % discrepancy.

Obviously, these so-called "apartments" are baits to entice you to call them and they lure you in for the slaughter.

Bait-n-Switch.

I found another 2 pages of 2 different properties.



See anything wrong with them?

Click on both properties and look at all the photos.

They are friggin' identical!!

How can two different properties have identical layout, furniture, everything??

All I can say is that this supposed agent for supposed Century21 (I keep saying supposed coz I can't even be sure if he is an agent of the said agency) is a swindler.

Scum.

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- Voxeros

14 May 2013

What I Learn About Da Hu So Far - Part 2

It takes a while to figure out the public transport in every new place.

For those who are familiar with peak hour conditions of QQLand public transportation, can be a very big challenge.


So it's the taxi service, in the interim, to get around.

I am putting up at a friend's place (rent free) but it is a wee bit far away from my office.

For now, cab fare getting to work and back is about RMB 50 (SGD 10) each way. Multiply that by 26 wucking days, it's a rather hefty RMB 1300 (about SGD 260) a month.

Still relatively cheap by Singapore standard but lest you be reminded, I am not in Singapore.

I was late the first day of getting to work on my own. I was waiting for cab at the wrong places. They were either occupied or heading in the wrong direction.

I did a search for taxi service apps for the mobile phone and discover there were many. I downloaded them all and tried then all.

None of them worked, as I was not able to secure a single successful booking. Getting home from work is even worse as it is damn ulu to begin with.

That was until I discovered 大黄蜂 (literal translation: Big Yellow Hornet).

I started to notice the few cabs that I took had their mobile phones mounted on their dashboard with this app on their screen. I had a good chat with the drivers and realised quite a large number of cabbies uses this app. This new app is rather popular among the cabbies due to their generous subsidies to the cabbies. I think it is good strategy to encourage adoption rate as long as the software developer has enough start-up capital to sustain the initial burn.

Unlike our Comfort-Delgro app which is run by the taxi company i.e. a surcharge imposed, this one is very much like Tan Kin Lian's Taxi Automated Booking System (TABS), which I suspect is defunct as I can't find it anywhere on Apple Appstore. It is an independent software linking up cabs and passengers, bypassing the taxi company.

Like TABS, there is also the option to add tips to entice the cabbies to take up your fare ahead of other passengers, especially during peak hours.

The downside, especially during peak hours, is that you need to book a little in advance as the wait for the taxi to actually show up is about 20 minutes.

If you need a cab right away, it is better to just stand out there on the street and try to flag one down. Again, you will need to figure where to wait for the cab.

Payment for me is via their EZLink card which is very good in the sense you don't have to deal with pesky change after you paid your fare.

Always, take the receipt regardless if you need it or not.

I made the mistake of not taking the receipt and the cabbie made off with my iPhone when I carelessly dropped it.

It was totally my fault as I let my guard down since Shanghai and Beijing are so much safer than cowboy town D0ngguan.

As the saying goes, low crime doesn't mean no crime.

It was a very expensive lesson

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- Voxeros

13 May 2013

What I Learn About Da Hu So Far - Part 1


If there is one word to describe Da Hu. What would it be?

Vibrant? Modern? Sophistication? Exciting?

I supposed everyone has a different answer to that question.

Me?

The word is Money.

Yes.

Money.

The city is all about money and the thirsty quest for more.

Money opens any and every door ahead of you. You just need to have enough of it.

I have quite a number of friends in Da Hu and upon hearing my arrival, their phone calls came fast and furious seeking to meet up.

So one of the nights, I met up with some friends at this upscale place called Bund18 where it is an old UNESCO award winning heritage preservation building. The inside has been converted to high-end luxury goods store with Club Cuvve (see above and right), where I was headed, occupying the fourth floor.

The damage for one night of clubbing? About RMB 7000 (about SGD 1400).

Good grief.

It is easy to make friends when you have money as some of these folks are like sharks, who smelled blood from a mile away, making a bee-line in your direction. Where all credit is due, they are straight forward about it and made no effort to disguise.

Everything, it seems, has a price tag.

Ultimately, it is a transaction where you decide whether to go ahead with it. Or not.

I supposed it is fine if you have buckets and buckets of money stash in the crevices of your sofa but there are those who got caught up with the glitz of it all that they failed to understand that you need very very deep pockets to keep up.

These are the folks who get wiped out first. It is not that they don't know how to play the game but rather, the fact that they don't have enough chips to remain at the table to see the game to the end.

It is not before long that these people get themselves enslaved by credit cards and other form of debts that they eventually fall off the radar.

And guess what?

Nobody will notice their disappearance into oblivion.

It is just a matter of time, short time if I may add, before the next fool shows up and take the seat that was vacated earlier.

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- Voxeros

08 May 2013

Lucky Bar In Da Hu


As I am settling down in Da Hu, I found a little bar that I shall make it my Chill HQ.

Initially, as per my SOP, I would seek out an Irish Pub but the nearest one that I can find was quite a distance away.

A friend brought me to this one and I made new friends instantly.

I like the cosiness of the place and the prices are not expensive compared to the clubbing sites along the bund where a night of partying can easily set you back by 4-figures. SGD.

They open daily from 1pm which is perfect for a lazy afternoon with a book.

It's a tiny bar with just a bar counter and just 4 tables.

Weekends are about 80% full with everybody knowing everybody else.

I was there last Sunday and it was a slow afternoon of just 3 other customers and a pooch.

The dog probably make a lousy guard dog as she is very friendly to everyone including me who at the time was a complete stranger.

So there I was, taking it easy with a Guinness and a book while the dog laid quietly under my chair snoozing the afternoon away.

Nice.

- Voxeros

07 May 2013

Sian XMM Episode XXV

Well, what do you know? I claimed yet another international victim. Heh.

Was taking a dig at all the girls who die die must take picture of their food before they eat by saying that smartphones these days have a sanitizer function where you point at your food, click the shutter and all the germs will be killed.

Heh.



- Voxeros

06 May 2013

Tiny Lobsters In Da Hu


That's Shanghai's famous 小龙虾 (Little Lobster or Tiny Lobster), which depending on region, is also known as Crawfish, Crayfish or Yabby.

It is a little bit confusing for folks from Singapore as crayfish in Singapore refers to Slipper Lobster which is a different crustacean altogether.

The Tiny Lobster is in season right now (May to September) and we made our way to the restaurant to eat.

The lobsters are usually cooked in a savoury broth with Sichuan peppercorn generously added to give it that extra kick.

These yummy lobsters are ordered by the kilo and we ordered 4 kilos for the 5 of us. It may sound like a lot but in actual fact, a significant portion of the total weight actually goes to the head and shell.


We were each given a tray to collect our shells and the one in the foreground is mine. *burp*


Ice cold beer is perhaps the best complement to this dish and as you can probably figured out, it was an awesome meal. *hic*

- Voxeros

04 May 2013

MYP Award Ceremony 2013 - Part 2

The Run For Funds (RFF) MYP Award Ceremony was held back in end-March but due to busy schedule of Adrian, the report didn't come out until now.

This year is a significant milestone here at Run For Funds (RFF).

I am personally very proud of what Adrian has done thus far and will continue to do.

So without further ado, here's Adrian's report.

Cheers.




Hi folks, (pics can be found @ http://www.facebook.com/RunForFunds).

On 30th March 2013, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Maximize Your Potential (MYP) award at Geylang Methodist School Primary (GMSP).

If we include the 20 recipients this year (of which 9 are first time recipients), the MYP program has touched 74 young lives and their families since 2004.

The event was attended by the teachers, award recipients, their parents and supporters of the Run For Funds (RFF) movement (which sponsors MYP).

The ceremony was a simple and dignified one.

It started with students sharing how the MYP helped them in their studies by giving them confidence in their ability to excel. GMSP Vice-Principal Molly Soong also imparted wise words and shared a song to highlight the importance of having faith and diligence. She encouraged the students to show confidence to speak up and exercise their leadership qualities.

Adrian shared how the Run For Funds (RFF) movement was founded in 2002 and the inception of MYP in 2004. He also explained that MYP qualification criteria are stringent and both students and their parents should be very proud because qualification means the students have done well academically and have demonstrated exemplary behaviour in school.

He shared the successes of past MYP recipients:

  • 2004 batch: Alfie Lim who scored 7A and 1B in 2011 A-levels and will read law in NUS.
     
  • 2004 batch: Tan Zhiwei who scored 3A and 3B in the 2012 A-levels and has been accepted to SMU Business School, NTU Business and NUS Engineering. Zhiwei is currently assessing his options.

Adrian stressed the importance of wisdom vs the greed for money and shared the story of King Solomon’s wisdom in dealing with 2 women disputing over ownership a child.

Adrian also reminded the students of the importance of prudence, grace and giving back with a story.

3 years ago, $2,000 was raised for Tan Zhiwei to buy a new computer for school.

When Adrian and his buddy Jason Chen met him to share the news, he opted to buy a $899 notebook instead, choosing to save the money, which was held in Adrian’s custody, to pay exam fees or family exigencies.

The amount of money was not used and was recycled to fund this year MYP award.

This is possible because Zhiwei wasn’t greedy and was contented with what he had.

Zhiwei still uses that $899 computer today.

Both Alfie and Zhiwei are perfect examples of students who, despite having less than favourable family circumstances, have worked hard and excelled both in conduct and grades.

They are role models for the current batch of MYP recipients and Adrian urged the award recipients to follow their footsteps.

This year, Run For Funds (RFF) goes international.

Superfriend Aw Kah Peng will be running the Stockholm marathon to raise funds for Run For Funds (RFF).

We thank for her for keeping the RFF flying high wish her a safe and superb run.

Unlike previous years where sponsors presented MYP awards, the awards were presented by Mrs Jessie Soh and Ms Theresa Thong, the teachers-in-charge of MYP.

Without the dedication and labour of love of these 2 ladies over the past 10 years, MYP will not be such a resounding success. They were presented with small tokens of appreciation from the sponsors of MYP.

Well folks, thanks for your support, generosity and prayers for the past 10 years.

I looking forward to your continued support for 10 more.

Let’s continue to make a difference (no matter how insignificant they may seem) in the lives that we touch.

Blessings,

Adrian 



- Voxeros

03 May 2013

Champion Staff


Not sure if anyone of you is sharp-eyed enough to figure out what's wrong with this picture above.

Here. Let me zoom in for you below.


Yes. That is one of my sales staff playing camping in the office.

I was initially concerned about the unfortunate placing of his workstation and offered to help tie up the curtains. As it turned out, my offer was turned down as he was perfectly happy pitching his tent.

Reason?

The glare from the window was making him having a hard time reading his computer screen and so a darkened environment was more comfortable for his eyes.

*roll eyes* (No pun intended).

So anyway, this is a good staff that is producing results and I decided to turn a blind eye (Again. No pun intended).

As long as he doesn't start a campfire in the middle of the office can liao.

- Voxeros

02 May 2013

Lay's Potato Chips In QQLand


Was doing my grocery shopping when I spotted these at the snack section.

Lay's, a subsidiary of Pepsico offered some unusual flavours to tempt the local palates.

Hot & Sour Fish Soup flavour. Errr..... I have heard of Fish & Chips but never would I have imagined that it would turned out to be like this.

Numb & Spicy Hot Pot translated to human language is 麻辣火锅 flavour where they added Sichuan peppercorn to the condiment spices.

So verdict? Frankly speaking, they are quite yummy (imma MSG junkie) but I couldn't tell the flavours apart. The whole snack was so loaded with condiments that my tongue went under local anesthesia.

- Voxeros

01 May 2013

The Lion Swims Tonight


"In the ocean, the mighty ocean, the Lion swims tonight......."

Following my break to catch the Shanghai Formula One race, I was back on the plane headed back to D0ngGuan. That's when I learnt about the Lion Air crash at Bali from the headlines of the newspaper given out by the flight staff.


Anyway, it was great to hear that everyone was fine.

Indonesian Airline safety has always been a joke. Indonesian airlines were, at one time back in 2007, banned from entering EU due to overly poor safety record.


I have had make several jokes about Indonesian Airlines and here's a flash from the past.


As I was looking at the airline logos, I realise Lion Air's logo isn't exactly good for business. It looks to me that it is either

  1. A cross between a lion and a lion fish

    or
     
  2. Our very own Merlion with the tail flipped in the other direction.
Either one is a creature meant to be under water. Not exactly a logo of good omen for an airline. Perhaps, it is no surprise to find the plane in the water. Perhaps the Lion Fish/Merlion misses home?

Image Credit: http://static.guim.co.uk
-Voxeros
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