haato ice creams are safe

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We have it on good authority that haato ice-creams are safe from tainted milk.

The AVA went and did a check on them and found that their ice creams are completely free of melamine, because their milk comes from Australia, where they are quite stringent about people putting things used in the manufacture of plastics into their milk.

Not only that, the owners of haato have taken the trouble of going through their inventory of other stuff, like the cookies and other confections they use in their offerings, to make sure that they are also free from Chinese Melamine Milk.

Again, I urge everyone to check their food labels, and when in doubt, don’t eat the stuff. Then go out and buy some haato and soothe yourselves.


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The Singapore formula for ethnic harmony

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It is diabolically simple – just don’t talk about it. When you don’t raise race issues, they won’t surface, and everyone is none the wiser, and Confucius did say something to the effect of doing away with knowledge and grief consequentially not being known.

It makes me really upset to hear about the Police disallowing a Speakers’ Corner application to speak about the CAAS not having Tamil language signboards at Changi Airport (they have English, Chinese, Malay and Japanese ones).

I thought there was some liberalisation or something, and that the National Parks were in charge now, but apparently, it now seems if the Parks receive applications with keywords like “race”, “language” and “religion”, they refer them to the police to be disallowed.

When pressed, the CAAS, who, bless their hearts, are doing a fine job of running airports, but who need PR people desperately, apparently responded like this:

The CAAS replied last week that directional signboards were previously only in English. From April 2005, they were also in Chinese, Malay and Japanese, to cater to the large number of visitors speaking those languages.

As English was India’s second language, it was advised by the Singapore Tourism Board that English signs were sufficient.

Bravo, Singapore Tourism Board too. So English comes second, between Hindi and Tamil, issit?

I hear they’re changing the lines of the National Pledge:

...pledge ourselves as one united people who will not talk about race, language or religion… to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation.

Signs at public places should be in:

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Got hope lah

If just some of the ill-mannered kids grow up to become selfless heroes, like 2LT Kok Khew Fai, who is just 20, and has done something you think you only read about in books or see it in the movies.

If you haven’t already heard, the instructor-officer was accompanying his recruits at a live grenade throwing exercise when one of his recruits drops his grenade on the backswing instead of lobbing it forward, landing it about 4m behind where they’re standing.

There is about 5 seconds before the grenade detonates, and I’d like to think that both 2LT Kok and the recruit took this time to mutter a hellalotta expletives, as the young officer dived on top of the recruit to shield him from the detonation.

Dived on top of the recruit to shield him.

That’s selfless, even though the design of the grenade bay makes it quite hard to get hurt, apparently, unless you were to bang your head repeatedly against the blast-proof wall.

Mothers, quickly, instill this kind of behaviour in your kids – go make them clean up after themselves at the hawker centre.

Got milk?


These are things you shouldn’t even have to think about, but now, you have to, because some idiot put melamine in milk.

Before you go away thinking it’s okay because you’re a snob and you don’t drink milk products from China and Dutch Lady is not really your kinda brand of strawberry milk, here’s some dairy food for thought:

This evening an always well-meaning friend of ours sent us an sms telling us about the AVA’s recall of many foods with milk content – and we’re talking about non-China brands of confectionery.

We scrambled online onto the AVA’s site and found it still just lists Yili Brand Yogurt Flavoured Ice Confection, Dutch Lady and White Rabbit Creamy Candy as the products recalled from Singapore shelves, while they have “suspended the import and sale of all milk and milk products from China”.

Maybe they’re just taking things off the shelves quietly and testing them for melamine, and once confirmed, they’ll announce total recall of every blardy thing.

I bought a bunch of Cornettos and Magnums a few days ago without checking where they were made. We’ve eaten the Cornettos already, and the remaining Magnum’s wrapper says its “Country of Origin” is Germany, which still doesn’t mean it’s completely safe, because if the Dutch Lady gets her milk from China, who is to say where the Kraut Frau gets hers?

My fancy vanilla ice-cream from Dreyers is made by Nestlé in Hong Kong, which is in China, which means in all likelihood, will contain milk from one of the major China milk suppliers.

I’d strongly recommend everyone double checking their food labels – and when in doubt, don’t eat it.

There is no hope


I was sitting down at Whampoa market waiting for my chye tow kuay to be ready, and next to me was this gangly, pimply teenage fella sitting across from who I assume to be his mother, who was stacking up hers and her son’s empty bowls and chopsticks because they’d just finished her lunch and it seemed the right thing for her to do, because it’d make it easier for the hawker centre cleaner dude/lady to clean up.

So it was really not very nice of her son, the gangly, pimply teenage fella with the annoying gangly, pimply teenage fella voice – you know, when they’re 17 they still sound as if their voice just broke – to tell her off, saying, “you help them clean up for what? Leave it lah! Go restaurant also like that, come here also like that!”

The mother must have been a little taken aback, because I think ordinarily, she, like all good mothers everywhere, would have given the fella two tight slaps and a smack on the top of his head with the chopsticks held together in her fist.


I will not stand for my food being censored!

Hate it when my food gets censored

I was at the neighbourhood Cheers convenience store looking to get tempted to buy snackies when I picked up a packet of Seneca Apple Chips, turned to see the ingredients listed, in case they were made with harmful stuff like trans fat and fake apples, and saw the blurb describing the product which was marked in places with permanent marker ink.

Thinking it might be the random work of an Apple Chip Packet Vandal, I picked up another packet, and it was marked the same manner, making me think that it might be the work of a Serial Apple Chip Packet Vandal…

It is still funny even though you sorta know what word it was that was so uglily struck out. In fact, it makes me wonder who complained, and caused them to hastily black-mark the offending word instead of recalling the product.

Inflation goes crazy

It’s getting worse, this inflation – I don’t know how they measure the CPI, but I’m sure it doesn’t take into consideration how small your dim sum has been getting lately.

Check out the radish pastry from Crystal Jade Shanghai La Mian Xiao Long Bao Which Is In Need Of A Re-Branding Because Name Is Too Long:

The amazing shrinking radish pastry @ Crystal Jade

They used to be at least twice the size! To paraphrase Erik Zoolander, “what is this? Dim Sum for ants? It should be at least… three times the size!