July 3rd, 2004

krazy koati

First floor: telephones gents ready-made suits

I went in search of slacks today. For reference, in real life I'm a big, doughy guy. Buying clothes that fit will is a challenge in the best of times; in Singapore, where many people are smaller than my left leg, it seemed impossible. At the Seiyu in Bugis Village I couldn't get close to fitting, but I did hear the amusing announcement, ``Attention, please. An item has been behind. Will the owner please claim it at the service counter on the third floor? Thank you.'' I think the intent was to inspire customers with a vague uncertainty about their possessions.

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The basement of Takashimaya also features a neat array of generally Japanese restaurants, offering some neat if relatively expensive treats. I don't go there often enough, but the number of stands with cheery cartoon octopuses (octopotes?) wearing aprons and apparently encouraging you to eat their severed tentacles provides an endless array of bizarre thoughts which distract one from wondering what's in the Most Popular Big Bowl of Meat.

Trivia: Edmond Halley received a temporary Royal Navy commission as captain in 1698, for his voyages mapping magnetic declination and determining longitude. Source: Maps and Civilization: Cartography in Culture and Society, Norman J.W. Thrower.

Currently Reading: Why Don't We Learn From History? Basil H. Liddell-Hart.