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Manneken Pis – Photo by (oranje)

If there’s anything that reminds us that we live in a backward part of the world, it’s headlines like these:

Malaysia drops idea of travel restriction for women

More CCTVs to be installed to rid problem of urine in lifts in Aljunied GRC

What happened to the Swiss Standard of Living Goh Chok Tong talked about in the 90s? Left it in Switzerland?

Oh wait, I know. We got complacent.

Gotta love the internet: Icee mystery solved

icee.com
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I wrote a post about Icee last August, wondering where the colourful slushy drink was sold, if anywhere at all.

The mystery has been solved. Dwayne Scott left a comment on that blog post saying he was the man who set up the Icee franchise in Singapore:

FROM THE MAN WHO SET UP ICEE SINGAPORE 1N 1979.AFTER TRYING FOR 10 YEARS THE ICEE CORP CLOSED THAT OFFICE IN 1989.THERE IS SOME DISCUSSION OF MAYBE TRYING TO REOPEN THAT OFFICE AND SEVERAL OTHERS THAT WERE IN OPERATION THROUGHOUT SOUTHEAST ASIA FROM 1979 UNTIL 1996 WHEN THE REGIONAL OFFICE IN HONG KONG FINALLY CLOSED.
HONG KONG,INDONESIA,TAIWAN,MALAYSIA AND THE PHILIPPINES WERE THE OTHERS.
I ENJOYED EVERY TRIP I MADE TO SINGAPORE,I HOPE TO RETURN AGAIN SOON

Thank you Scotty, for making Icee a part of our youth. (I was gonna say childhood, but you know, I’m not that young). And it’s really ok to type EVERYTHING IN CAPS, because if Icee used to freeze my brains, I can imagine what it would have done to your keyboard.

Map woes

Streetdirectory.com is still grappling with some issues, and although I’ve been loathe to use it for navigational purposes, I’ve found it useful lately as a business directory when I’ve searched for businesses like furniture repairers and shit.

Today, instead of a blank rectangle where the map usually appears after a painful wait of several seconds, the people who run streetdirectory.com have put in what they think is a message that, by way of what they think is humour, placate people looking for directions to far flung places in Singapore.

Asia Travel : Map of 10 Lorong Nangka (S) 425103
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Dear Users
Our Singapore Maps have escaped out the window!

They were last seen wearing many layers of data acquired through many hours of painstaking land surveys.

They are up-to-date and considered highly
user-friendly.
The public is advised to avoid travelling to unfamiliar places in the meantime.

Rest assured, we’ve got our best men on the ground trying to bring them back, but we’ll need your help too!

We’ll tell you how in the days to come. 🙂
Editor
Streetdirectory.com