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The Secret Mermaid

It makes me quite happy when I’m at The Secret Mermaid and seeing people browse over the spirits, talk about their preferences, and enjoy the cocktails. Who would have thought this tiny spot in Raffles Place would work?

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I suppose it’s a passion project. The Secret Mermaid is set up to be the tasting room for the craft spirits that we import from America and distribute via Liberty Spirits Asia.

You can take the guy out of the Mcdonalds…

But you can’t take the Mcdonalds out of the guy.

The annual festival of fast food has begun!

Kickstarted it yesterday with not one but two meals provided by Mcdelivery.  What a stupendous world-changing moment it must have been when the first person came up with the idea of food delivery.  “I want food… but I don’t want to make it… and I don’t want to go out into the wild to get it…”

Admittedly I wake up today feeling like my blood has turned into something synthetic and the leftover apple pie tasting rubbery (breakfast!) but that’s part of the full Mcdonalds experience.

Soon it will be time for house-visiting and gorging on things that are unhealthier than fast food. Bak kwa and pineapple tarts!

Singapore government scholarship bonds

In the US I never heard of anyone having a scholarship bond.

I can’t begin to understand it – at age 18 committing to 8 years of a job or company before you have even attended university.

One former scholarship holder looks back on her experience.

If you’re considering a government scholarship bond, this is a must-read.

Pizza Hut Online – I solved you!

Oh happy day.  Happy, happy, happy day!

I have a soft spot for fast food and convenience.  Getting pizza delivered to my apartment brings me joy each time.

The ordering process, however, does not. Time spent on the phone repeating my order, clarifying the address, confirming the credit card… agh!

Last year, I was thrilled to discover they had implemented web ordering for delivery.  I thought to myself, “How great! I can sit here at the computer, browse the menu, and with a couple clicks hot pizza will be sent to me.  No human interaction necessary!”

And then I tried to use the system.


It would never complete the registration process.  I would enter in my contact details, click submit, and then it would get stuck at the message saying, “Processing your registration.  Please wait.”  My determination to create a Pizza Hut online account drove me to leave that registration page up for 3 hours.  Same result.

I wrote MULTIPLE (yes, I’m that free) e-mails to Pizza Hut to let them know of the registration problem.  I got ZERO responses.  I called up Pizza Hut (for my manual orders) and told them of the issues.  They informed me they were aware of it and had no solution.

I HAVE FOUND THE SOLUTION!  (At least for Internet Explorer 8.0 users).

  1. Start Internet Explorer in “InPrivate” mode (CTRL-SHIFT-P or click on the “Page” dropdown)
  2. Go to
  3. Enable “Compatibility View” (click on the “Page” dropdown and select “Compatibility View” or click on the icon to the right of the URL / address box)
  4. Click “No” on the Security Warning that comes up asking “Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely?”
  5. Register for a new account

Result: Success!

Pizza Hut may have fixed their page so these steps are all unnecessary, but every time I tried before, it failed.  With these steps, registration worked.

Now let’s see if my pizza shows up on time.

Pizza Hut Singapore owes me.

(Written on the HP Mini 1000 while waiting for the pizza to be delivered)


Because we could all use a little tolerance and acceptance.

Read Popagandhi

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Is Iowa more tolerant than Singapore?

When it comes to gay rights, Iowa certainly is.  Gay marriage is now legal in Iowa.

Though to be fair, this was a decision from the court and not put to a vote by the state population.


“But the thing is,” she went on, “it’s really none of my business. Who am I to tell someone how to live? I live the way I want, and they should live the way they want. I’m surely not going to stomp and raise heck and campaign against it.”

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Enjoy the difference!

Can someone explain the logic behind the Budget Terminal’s slogan “Enjoy the difference!”

Is it being sarcastic?  What part should I enjoy?  The walk in the rain from the plane to terminal since there’s no jetway?  Or the 400 meter slog to immigration along a concrete hallway lined with iron bars on the windows?

Photo from StarvingFox

Clearly I’m not the only one with this opinion.

A nicer slogan would be:
"Budget Terminal: Welcome to Singapore"

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