Category Archives: Places

Audi R8 Launch Event

Audi (2), originally uploaded by Shuffling Feet.

Sunday, Nov 25th 07 – The Audi R8 world premier, created a buzz outside the Marriott on Orchard Road. Some Audi legends rolled out onto the street amid much fanfare. In this pic you can spot the Audi  Silver Arrow with Alan McNish in full vintage gear.

I’m lovin’ it!

I was never a big fan of McDonald’s. Plain Jane burgers that tasted the same everywhere in the world.  Well, not till I came to Singapore and met McSpicy. Forget health food give me a McSpicy anytime. I find my self drawn to the nearest McDonald’s ever so often.

What beats me is why this fiery innovation from the Ron’s kitchen hasn’t been declared a Chart buster in the country of spices – India. Last time I checked , McSpicy hadn’t still arrived.

To the marketing folks at McDonald India – Got McSpicy?

Fan-tastic

Huge Fan at Bugis Village

Must be in the Guinness book, I don’t know. But this is one huge mother of all ceiling fans. Found inside Bugis Village, the mecca of street shopping in Singapore. Its a bit ironical actually, considering ceiling fans are mostly phased out in the Singapore residential and commercial spaces.

Also in within its radius span at the ground level is a sex toys outfit , a souvenir shop and couple of snack stalls. Try the assorted stuffed pancakes. I always make it a point to get myself the coconut filled ones. Love it.

Singapore Duck Race 2007

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My Picture from the last duck race to be held in Singapore. An amusing concept where thousands of rubbers ducks are released into the Singapore river. The river current(?) eggs them on to the finish line which is further down the river. The event is held for charity and the public pitch in by adopting a duck. All in all a fun day out for the family.

Eager spectators thronged the banks on both sides of Clarke Quay. The  event started a good 50 mins late. But hey, its all for a cause right.

Comex 2007 – The big electronics fair in Sg

As always, it’s been drawing a lot of visitors and I think the weekend is going to be really buzzzzing with folks scouting around for that SUPER deal. If you have been eyeing something for a while and want the right environment to make an impulse decision – Go Now!

There are lots of offers, but even with its many brand offerings, the scope of the exhibition is narrower than it should be.

Some of the high end or newer end models are just not available. Take for example the Lenovo X61 Tablet. Given the size of the Lenovo stall, it’s a pity that they didn’t have one on display or even a price quote for the same.  All the people we met there seemed ill- prepared to give any answers on that model. It’s almost as if they never expected anyone to enquire about the X61 tablet!! With the kind of crowd that turns up at COMEX, M/s Lenovo, you got to be ready for anything. Don’t just sell what you have, sell what the customer wants.

I saw similar shortcomings at Apple. Although I think the promoters this time were very good. They were full of energy and quite intelligible, much like the brand itself.  We enquired about offers on the Ipod Nano and BOSE docking system as a package ——–‘Blank’

Come on Apple, get Creative! 😉

Comex is on till 2nd Sept  from noon to 9 pm at the Suntec City Exhibition Center.

  • Be prepared for huge swell of humanity, by Singaporean standards. But, everyone does a wonderful job of not bumping into each other.
  • Be prepared for an army of P4’s – Pointless Paper Pushing Promoters. Wouldn’t generalize, some of them really do a good job. (The organizers of COMEX, should put a limit to the no of promoters per stall)
  • Be prepared for long queues at the Taxi stand and difficulty booking one.
  • Finally be prepared for a lighter wallet / bank account!

My well thought out, impulse purchase at COMEX: a Nikon D40 DSLR kit with extra zoom lens. I am thrilled to bits.

 

Mustafa Shopping Center Singapore – The Story

I just happened to be at Mustafa yesterday and then ‘coinkindingly’ when I got home I watched a Soapumentry – Life Stories II on Channel 5 Singapore. This episode was a light bio on the genesis of the Mustafa Shopping Center enterprise in Little India. So here are some things I learnt along the way –

  • Mohamed Mustafa arrived in Singapore in the early 1950’s from India.
  • He started a tea and snacks push cart stall, to cater to the locals with the help of a close friend Samsuddin.
  • Mushtaq Ahmad, the son of Mohamed Mustafa came to Singapore in 1954 after the untimely death of his mother. He came from Uttar Pradesh. (one would think Tamil Nadu since most immigrants to Singapore were from the South of India )
  • He was instrumental in taking the Mustafa business from food to textiles and much more.
  • The business that started off on 4 wheels moved into a 500 sq foot shop house and today covers 150,000 sq feet of shopping area selling more that 150,000 items with an annual turnover of S$ 302 Million.
  • Mushtaq Ahmad is one of the richest men in Singapore with an estimated worth of USD 165 Million.
  • Mushtaq Ahmad stuck to sound business principles like volume driven business at cheaper fixed prices. Owning rather than renting the location and most importantly, listening and responding to customer needs.

Today, Mohamed Mustafa & Samsuddin Co Pte Ltd Shopping center is a landmark and a ‘must go’ place on any tourist list. Its literally bursting at the seams and continuously changing. Truly Inspiring!

More on Mustafa in my next post…

Check out www.mobtv.sg for broadband television playback of Life Stories II.

Onam Sadya in Singapore

sadya.jpgsadya.jpgsadya.jpgsadya.jpgThis one is for all my mallu brethren. With Onam around the corner you must be looking for a good place to savour the ’20 plus-item on banana leaf’ lunch extravaganza, which has become the high point of any Onam celebration.

Spice Junction (126, Race Course road) is hosting the ‘Ona Sadya’ starting today all the way till next Sunday. The Sadya will be served between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm. Priced at S$ 12.90 per adult and 6.90 per child. Pretty reasonable for a feast away from home I’d say.

Spice Junction can be reached on 63417980

They have an Onam Takeaway pack that serves 10 -12 people for s$129.I am planning to go next weekend. I am sure its going to be packed the next few days.