Confession time: I am a drug smuggler!
(Miyagi recently had a craving for a poppy-seed bun, but when he asked for one he was instantly informed of his rights* and led off to a dark, dank dungeon... well not quite, but he was told that poppy-seeds are uniquely illegal in continually Astounding Singapore.) E@L made a comment...
I had looked around all the shops for quite a while back there as The Mouse (my ex-maid - haven't you been following my blog?) was going to make us some poppy-seed blinis (Russian pancake/drop-scone like things). Eventually, I had to stash of some poppy-seeds in my bag on a trip back from Hong Kong (which should not be so severe on drugs as it was founded as a shipping port for Jardine-Matheison's Indian opium cartel to feed the Chinese addicts they had created... sort of like Colombia's relationship with USA, though the cocaine dealers are not backed by the British Government.)
Question is: what if I had got caught? Mandatory death penalty? Media outrage? Appeals for clemency? Diplomatic crisis? Candle-lit vigils and on-line petitions for E@L? Would I have got to give my mother one last hug?
I am going home to flush those incriminating little black seeds down the toilet right this minute!
Browsing through the list of banned/restricted items E@L notices that --
Industrial safety items:
c) Life line
d) Safety lines
are also prohibited. Presumably because they might be used to stop cheap, indentured laborers from falling off buildings sites, or cheap, indentured maids from falling out of flat windows? Life is cheaper than industrial safety, one is forced to conclude.
* [ASIDE: Actually no, in Singapore, they wouldn't inform you of your rights, would they Mr Wang? Reason? You have none. OK, you do have some; you have the right to be arrested and held on a whim... you have the right to talk to the police until you confess... you have the right to be caned, hung and buried anonymously.]
OTHER MONKEYS SAID
I swear I've had those poppy seed buns in Singapore before. But mrbrown tells me it was served on a Singapore Airlines flight to Bangkok, and we had already left the ground.
The question remains, were those buns manufactured locally? Or were they kept on-board from another jurisdiction?
So many issues...
Knowing SIA as I do (Platinum PPS Member -- ta dah! -- cards arrived yesterday!) I'd say those PS-buns were left over from pre Malaya partition/independence celebrations...
maids...only worth a few hundred bucks, I mean why not kill your maid if it's that cheap. It's more expensive to arrange an assassination in Manila.
if you are driving down grange road in twenty minutes that will be my bare arse being shown to the traffic.
pass on that.