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Month: November 2013

China 101: Always Bring A Roll of Toilet Paper Wherever You Go

China 101: Always Bring A Roll of Toilet Paper Wherever You Go

“Sir! The gates are breaching!”

Startled from the lull from the audio feedback from external sources, the main controller barked, “What d’ya mean? Pinpoint the source ASAP. We are in a classroom! Goddamnit!”

“Sir, yes sir! … Found it!” The minion replied with a beam on his face. Immediately, his face creased, “Approximately 5 minutes ago, the body was instructed to drink 加多宝 that we agree to order from the canteen earlier. Through homeostatic regulation, the muscles are pushing the byproducts out against the gate.”

“I’ll be damned…” The main controller quickly compute alternate scenarios and steps to take…

Without missing a beat, the body was instructed to rush out to the toilet, only to be greeted empty toilet paper holders. Grudgingly, a roll was purchased from the nearby store.

It was a nice shit, with several more minutes than expected missing from the class.

Lesson learnt: always have a roll of toilet paper onhand. You never know when you need it, especially in China.


Image taken from: Drop – Toilet paper shôsetsu

Singapore Food in Xiamen

Singapore Food in Xiamen

One thing that all my friends, and eventually me, miss on exchange or while travelling on extended trip is Singapore food. Nothing beats having food from home regardless of where you are. So it was a pleasant surprise to find Singaporean-run restaurant here in Xiamen! The lady boss (whom we call her “Auntie” on the first sight) is a Singaporean who married to a local here. She heads back to Singapore every couple of months to refresh herself, saying that despite of living in Xiamen for years, she still could not adapt fully to the local culture here. When she comes back from Singapore, she will usually pack tons of ingredients from Singapore for her restaurant.

Her restaurant is tucked somewhere near the Pan Pacific Hotel in Xiamen.

Her menu changes every day, depending on the ingredients that she has on hands.

We went a few days later to get Chicken Rice… 

… And spread the joy of Singapore food to our Taiwanese friends here and a local friend too! Apparently, there is also another Singaporean-ran chicken rice restaurant in Taiwan as one commented that there is such a dish being sold near her university back in Taiwan!

Now on to other food cravings… 

… Kueh Tutu, (Fried) Ikan Bilis, Ang Ku Kueh, Popiah.


For Singaporeans who wants to some Singaporean fare in Xiamen, you can visit Auntie’s Weibo for the menu of the day and her address. The last I checked, there will be Ba Ku Teh on Thursday (7 Nov 2014).  😈


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Kinetic Rain got destroyed

Kinetic Rain got destroyed

So apparently, some lady decidedly be brave enough to climb over the railings at Changi Airport Terminal 1 and destroy a kinetic installation, Kinetic Rain. It was installed in July 2012 as part of the terminal’s refurbishment. Over the years, it has become a welcoming sight and almost everyone had good comments on the installation.

Back to the lady… I saw the news on Facebook through Willy’s page. My first thought was, “WHAT THE HECK IS SHE DOING? WHY IS SHE DOING THIS?!” Through her senseless behaviour, a good installation got damaged and probably be out of commission until the management of the Airport starts repairing it. Additionally, it seems that she endangered her own safety by walking on the thin metal strips that supports the safety net below the installation just to get a raindrop.

Here is the initial image that Willy shared. Video update is below the image.

As I have noted in my comments to my friends, we do not know who is this lady. Netizens have been pointing fingers at other nationalities. But for all we know, it could be a spoilt brat from any where. As for why no security stopped her? She could have climbed the railings before it was too late for anyone to stop her. As much as there are SAF and police personnel patrolling the airport, as much as one can be prepared for any scenarios, it just takes one incident to undo every effort. No one would also want to risk his life going on the safety net that was probably designed to catch loose raindrops, preventing injuries to the people using the travelators below, not knowing whether the net is rated for humans to pounce on each other. Until the investigation into the matter is completed and reported via the media, all we can do is to speculate.

Nonetheless, t’is a sad day for open art installation.