Category Archives: singapore

Singapore’s Can Can Attitude

Merlion (My Memories)
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I love Singapore! I was privileged to call the Lion City home for about 18 months and my youngest daughter was even born there.

Just about everything you’ve probably heard about Singapore is true. It is clean. It is modern. It is amazing.

How did this tiny, crowded island with extremely limited resources manage to make itself a relevant commercial and cultural hub? I’m convinced that it’s because of their Can Can attitude.

Can

Can, simply means “Yes, I can.” If you ask a Singaporean to do something quick and easy they will likely respond with a quick can.

No Can

Initially, you would think that No Can just means “No, I cannot.” But, you’d be wrong. It actually means something more along the lines of “I’m terribly sorry, but I am unable to comply with your wishes.”

Can Can

My favorite version of all, Can Can, signifies “Yes, of course I will do the thing which you have asked me to do as it would give me great honor and satisfaction.”

Singapore Chinatown (Pop Punch)
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Although discouraged by the government’s Speak Good English campaign, Singlish is a hybrid of the four official languages spoken in Singapore.

So, although the words spoken are often English in origin, the meaning behind is uniquely Singaporean.

Regrettably, I only know a little Singlish, but I do, however, speak fluent Texican.

Do you speak or know of any hybrid languages? Which one(s)? What words or concepts stand out to you? Sound off in the comments below.

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Food Fail: Some Things Shouldn’t Go Together

BBQ Sauce and Marshmallows
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Peanut butter and jelly.

Cold milk and cereal.

Mashed potatoes and gravy.

Peas and carrots (according to Forest Gump).

Bacon and … shoot, what doesn’t go with bacon?

These are all things that do and should go together.

Barbecue sauce and marshmallows, however, do not, and should not go together (I sound like a Dr. Seuss book, I know).

Have you seen any odd food pairings lately? What do you think should never be paired and/or eaten together? Sound off in the comments below.

Beware of the mentally challenged zombie children

Dead Slow Children Crossing
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I just got an email that a photo I took nearly a year and a half ago recently landed on the homepage of one of the sites in the Fail Blog family.

Email Cheeseburger Network
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Beware of the mentally challenged zombie children. – Engrish Funny: Engrish Pictures That Is Your Funny Engrish.

The site is generally in pretty bad taste, but still—yeah, me!

Asia’s Hot Flavour

Dear Heinz:

For over 100 years we Americans have been enjoying your ketchup and it has been our go-to condiment of choice. So, why are you withholding from us your tastiest creation ever?

Why, oh why?

Why can’t I buy Chilli Sauce in the US?

Heinz Chilli Sauce

Best Hot Sauce Ever

I got hooked on your deliciously sweet and spicy Chilli Sauce while living in Singapore where the stuff was darn near ubiquitous.

I found that nearly every food can be improved by dipping or smothering it in this amazing stuff. Everything from burgers and fries to gyoza and steamed rice can be kicked up a notch by a adding a generous helping from the bottle with the yellow and green label.

Everywhere from hawker centres, to McDonalds, and even Outback Steak House all serve the sauce proudly in Singapore. And local grocery stores FairPrice, Carrefour, and Cold Storage all have it available for purchase. Sadly, none of them will ship internationally.

I’ve checked, eBay, Amazon, Google and can’t find anyone in the States who sells the stuff.

So, I’m sending my plea out via cyberspace.

Attention Heinz: Sell your Chilli Sauce in the US.  If you sell it here all of your wildest dreams will come true … and you will make a fortune.

Is there anyone else out there with a hankering for Heinz Chilli Sauce? What are you craving that you can’t get in the US (or wherever you live)? Sound off in the comments below.

Rub It Where It Hurts

I discovered Tiger Balm during high school and found it to be the perfect panacea for all manner of sports–related aches & pains. Only recently, did I discover that they actually make the stuff here in Singapore.

Tiger Balm claims that it “works wherever it hurts” and lists on the label a number of specific maladies for which it provides relief.

  • muscle aches & pains
  • insect bites
  • and … flatulence!

Tiger Balm (Back)

This begs the question, where on earth are you supposed to rub the orange gunk to fix that?!?! I’ve decided that I don’t really want to know.

Slice of Heaven

York Peppermint Pattie + Thin Mints
Once a year the heavens smile upon us and we are blessed with the privilege of buying Girl Scout Cookies. The best of the bunch are Thin Mints. For the uninitiated, Thin Mints are slim, mint-flavored chocolate cookies dipped in chocolate and they rock.

I’ve often wondered how you could make them better. Add peanut butter? Nope, the flavors clash. Dip them in milk? The chocoloate coating prevents that from doing much. How about increasing that “cool, mint sensation”? Hmmm…

Mint Slices

Imagine the lovechild of a Thin Mint and a York Peppermint Pattie. If you thought this up 40+ years ago you would have invented the Mint Slice.

Our friends down under at Arnott’s have produced what is, in my opinion, the best snack-cookie ever. I’m not sure of their availability in the US. But if you see them, buy some, and share them with someone you love. You can thank me later.

Mint Slices Thumb 1
Yum
Yum Mint Slices Thumb 2
Mint Slices Thumb 3 Yum!

Is there anything better than a Mint Slice? Let me know what you think in the comments.