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Brownies

Brownies have a curious reputation. We speak of earning “brownie points.” As far as I am concerned this can only mean everybody likes his brownie: chocolatey, sweet, dense and moist – what’s there not to like? Still, I have yet to hear of someone eating brownies by the square foot. You could though! If you have the stomach for this. But brownies are filling. If you are out on a mountain hike and too early for breakfast being served, that’s what you should have in your backpack. Brownies taste particularly good with a little something in your backpocket flask. (I hope you don’t fill your canteen with that stuff. Because, if you do, you just may have a little problem.)...

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Our Lovely Kampong...

“The parking aunty is squinting into your windshield,” said Mei, our next door neighbour, holding open the shop door and calling out to me in not exactly the most discrete of conspiratorial voices. She is a bit loud. And she is kind. So are most of our neighbours (kind, I mean, not loud). “Thank you, Mei, I take care of that!” I go over to the parking aunty, telling her that we are loading and unloading. “Just a few more minutes!” Her face is grim and determined, she seems to have a quota to fill. She looks at me, and nods. “Five minutes!” “Yes Ma’am.” When stepping out from the shop you see to your left an antique dealer, just...

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Happy National Day

A birthday is coming up. We are already constantly reminded. Flags and banners proliferate almost by the hour. In the fast food joints, you spot young men and women of the NS in camouflage fatigues – but somebody should tell the authorities that “NS” is a rather unfortunate ABN (abbreviation) to use for… well everything. On the day, Singapore’s airforce will thunder over the high-rises, and mark the blue skies with long contrails. And in the side-lanes to the parade, spot the tank force gathering. All this for August 9. And all of this, of course, a demonstration of peaceful intent with balloons and fireworks. One should hope so. The Romans had a saying: “if you seek peace, prepare for...

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Prolonging the Life of Your Flowers

Only ten minutes ago, somebody came into our shop — a young man with a strong American accent, who clocked me as being British, and asked whether we do the preservation of flowers. What he was looking for was to have the bridal bouquet of his upcoming wedding mummified, so to speak, and preserved for all eternity. What a lovely idea and needless to say the Japanese (who else?!) are doing this sort of thing for some time already. Well, we at Confetti are not there yet. Maybe in the future we will do this as well, but in order to sell fresh cut flowers every florist must know how to prolong the life of the flowers in his care....

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