austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

You went the wrong way, old King Louie

I got on the MRT at Orchard Road, heading for a transfer at Dhoby Ghaut. Right after me came on two women who were, apparently tourists, since the first thing they did is ask one another if they got on the wrong train. They looked up at the MRT map, and one said, ``I know where we're going, I just don't know if we're going the right way.'' They pinned it down, pretty soon, to the problem that the red line (the North-South line) runs in both directions. (Years ago they had different colors for the different directions, but the MRT system abandoned this because they felt with the expansion of the train lines color-coding that much would be too complicated for people to follow.) It was just a very nicely presented little comedy bit about getting lost on the train, and I was ready to offer help except that just then, the MRT came to a stop and I got off.

I then realized I'd gotten off at the wrong stop. Maybe being lost is contagious.

I'm glad that I recognized my mistake and got back on before the doors closed, but at that point I figured that the two women I'd been overhearing were at least as qualified to figure out whether they were lost as I was.

And the Culinary World Cup's been held. Singapore came out of it with two gold medals in the Expogast 2006 contest. Their golds were in the ``hot cooking'' and the ``cold display'' categories, good for a position as second runner-up in the competition between more than 35 countries, but I admit I didn't see what it was they cooked. The news mentioned they'd been training for it for months, though. They were greeted in triumph at Changi Airport by Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean, who's also the president of the Singapore National Olympic Council. I'm fairly sure I mentioned this before, but the team was supported by the Workforce Development Agency and by the Food and Beverage Industry Skills and Training Council.

Trivia: Snickers candy bars, introduced in 1930, were named after a favorite horse in the Mars company's stable. Source: Sweets: A History of Temptation, Tim Richardson.

Currently Reading: Advertising and the Transformation of American Society, 1865 - 1920, James D Norris.


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