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!

May is the month for moving

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I haven’t blogged for a few days because we’ve been busy arranging our big move to our new premises, and some things are falling into place, although, as with all moves, it’s still a little stressful.

Looking for new premises has had its interesting moments though. There was one landlord who showed us an apartment, and when we asked about a strange looking area behind the kitchen, he said, “oh, that can be the maid’s room. You can put a fridge to block this opening so the maid can have some privacy”.

If we had taken the place and if we did have a maid, that would mean we’d have to make sure we never look around the sides of the fridge lest we invade the maid’s privacy and “outrage her modesty”, as we say in these parts.

There were also other apartments we viewed that looked (and smelled) like they’d never seen daylight, and would never see daylight given the types of rental the landlords were asking for.

But despite all that, we’ve been very blessed to have had a really nice landlord who would’ve let us stay for the same rent if she could. And there are not many landlords send food over (with serving instructions) when they’ve just arrived from overseas.

Secret blog of a P65 MP: Part 3

Dear Blog,

More good news for Singaporeans. It’s cash bonus time. What am I going to do with the extra $200 I am getting? I will donate it to charity of course.

But I must be honest. I did think about putting it to a new iPod nano for my wife, and she said, “what will the other MPs think? Besides I don’t work out to music, so it’s ok”.

The Budget’s $1.8 billion surplus turning into $3 billion worth of cash payouts for Singaporeans is really something. I mean, if you do the Math (which I’m not good at), you will see that mathematically, that is an impossibility. Kudos must be given to the people at MAS and MOF. They can crunch numbers so well you get $3 out of every $1.80.

We must give credit where credit is due. Even where debit is due in this case. Just like Jayakumar said yesterday in the papers. One slip up doesn’t mean we discount all the good work we have done.
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LTA reveals Christmas decorations for 2008

Five more ERP gantries go up this morning on Upper Bukit Timah Road, Upper Boon Keng Road, Geylang Bahru, Toa Payoh and Kallang Bahru, and motorists will be cheerfully counting how much money they spend as they commute to work.

Buoyed by the success of it’s ERP gantry planting scheme, the LTA has teamed up with STB to unveil this year’s Orchard Road Christmas decorations. The LTA believes that this year’s decorations, when combined with LTA’s scientifically formulated electronic schemes will also have the benefit of reducing traffic during peak Christmas shopping hours this year.

Said LTA spokesman, Mr Loh Lee Chia, “It’s a wonder why we didn’t think of this earlier. Not only will everyone benefit at Christmas, motorists will even be able to sing ‘Jingle Bells’ to the beat of their IU unit beeping under every gantry-decoration”.

Christmas Decorations 2008