I was at Market 360 at Ion Orchard Mall tonight, doing some grocery shopping when I noticed a sign near the aisle of Japanese snack foods.
Please be informed that Japanese imports are:
- from the non-affected parts of Japan
- tested and approved for import by the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (AVA)
Thank you for your attention
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by the sign. While we are several thousand miles away from Japan (and only slightly closer than the West Coast of the US by plane), I guess it makes sense that people here are nervous about imported Japanese food and produce. I know it’s probably not necessary, but once they found tainted milk, I decided that caution was the better part of valor and switched E to Australian milk (both are readily available here and within pennies of each other for price). Elanor is really the only one drinking milk, and I can’t help but want to be more cautious for her.
But life marches on, and just around the corner from the Japanese food sign, I saw…
Considering we’re atheists, Easter is just an excuse for candy consumption. I am saddened to report that I’ve yet to spy a Reeses Easter Egg or a Reeseter Bunny for sale (don’t worry, I’ll get you my pretties…in the US, the day after Easter for half price, mwah hah hah!!!), but there’s a pretty decent variety. Interestingly enough, I’ve yet to see a single chocolate cross or anything even quasi-religious pertaining to Easter (with the exception of one children’s board book at Kinokuniya, my favorite local bookstore). Personally, considering it’s the year of the Rabbit, I just kept up my Chinese New Year Bunny themed decorations from February, and will take them down once we’re back in May.
We won’t actually be in Singapore for Easter–we leave Good Friday for the US (arriving on Good Friday, thanks to the joys of international travel and the international date line) and will be in town for the holiday (and more importantly the post-holiday half off candy sale!).