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Singapore is one of the safest cities I have lived so far. There is added measure of absolute safety in communication messages in most public spaces. They make sure you are warned in advance of all the possible impending dangers that could happen. I am wondering if this could be a manifestation of the Kiasu culture here. (The Coxford Singlish Dictionary meaning of Kiasu is here)
While at the Shangri-La Hotel yesterday, happened to see this all encompassing rules and regulations board. So if you are planning to use the hotel pool premises, make sure you reach there in advance (timing depends on your reading and understanding capabilities) to figure out what applies to you.
Then there are these which could turn out really helpful in the most unusual of circumstances, when bad luck just turns its act on you.
Occasionally, you could be in the way of some angry charging rhinos. Of course not in the city, but at the Singapore zoo.
And some to our benefit, especially helpful to prevent your public transit turning into a durian stench nightmare!!
The Killer Gerbil is a graffiti and graphic artist whose work can be seen in quite corners and certain unlikely quarters of graffiti-free Singapore. Here is a sampling of the ones I had the pleasure to spot.
[Photo courtesy of the spectacular Flickr photostream of Malayalam] The picture above is that of a menu board that hangs outside Kerala's omnipresent little toddy bars. It's in Malayalam and the items listed on the menu goes like this: Rice, tapioca, crab, fish curry, squid, fish fry, prawn fry, cockle stir fry, fish head, boiled yam, chicken fry.
When I saw this picture, I was instantly salivating and nostalgically craving for those amazing seafood dishes cooked up in the toddy bars that I had frequented with friends back home in Kerala. I don't drink toddy, but I devour the spicy seafood concoctions that they serve.
The fact that I'm in Singapore also kind of gave me some sort of reassurance that I can somehow find some solace in the local Indo-Singaporean seafood which has some influences and shades of the Kerala seafood cuisine. Some of the items mentioned on the menu above is easily recognizable on a local menu here, like the infamous curry fishhead.
So I guess I shouldn't be complaining and probably will head out and grab a fishhead meal this weekend.
While I was uploading some of my Singapore pictures from April, I stumbled on this name board signage for the digital art and design company Phenomenon. A phenomenally visual use of some generic everyday icons to spell a name.