Outside Food

Can someone define what “outside food” is?

Street vendors’ food?
Al fresco dining?

If I’m being technical, I could bring a McDonalds meal into a KFC since its not a food that is sold “outside”…?

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Silence is Golden?

I got into a taxi yesterday and told the driver where I was going. There was no acknowledgement of my request. He just started to drive in the right direction.

Then as I got off, this was my conversation with him:

Me: May I have a receipt please?

Him: *silence*

(Sound of the receipt printing)

Me: Thank you.

Him: *silence* (looking ahead, not turning around at all)

I apologise in advance if he’s actually dumb… but I felt like i might have been driven by a ghost. Haha!

My Business Card

Hi everyone!

First of all, I’d like to apologise for being missing for the past week and a half. I hope everyone has had a blessed Christmas and a wonderful start to the new year!

During this time of the year, I not only celebrate the year end/beginning festivities. I have many friends who have birthdays in January, which gives me additional reasons to celebrate. I was buying a gift for one of my friends, and as I was taking out my wallet to pay, the sales lady asked me a question which took me by surprise.

I heard… “Do you have your business card?”

I was quite puzzled, so I asked her what benefits would there be from giving it to her. She said, “You may get some sort of rebate.”

Still puzzled… I fished one out.

When she saw what I had produced, she said (very clearly this time), “No! I said… Do you have a Robinson’s (the name of the department store) card!?”.

That made me laugh a little because her pronunciation of the sentence the first time around was horrendous… So I only could respond by clarifying what I had heard when she asked me the first time; my exact response was, “Oh, I heard you say “business card”.”.

Would you like to know how she responded? She said, “Its ok.” (with a straight face).

Wow… So now its my fault that she has bad pronunciation, and that I couldn’t understand what she was attempting to say? This is a mood spoiler, and it didn’t help that she was a very unfriendly sales staff either.

I can only say that this shocked and irritated me, yet left me slightly amused.

Are these types of encounters only experienced in Singapore?