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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 04 Feb 2013 5:28 pm

Brah wrote:This poses an interesting case - "fruitcakes" could be considered a term of endearment albeit new to me, whereas "fruitcake" would suggest something entirely different, at least in American vernacular, and would not fit in with what I know about Mi Amigo.


Could the term be interchangeable with sweetbuns? :cool:

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Postby morenangpinay » Mon, 04 Feb 2013 6:19 pm

okay before i get misunderstood :) I meant fruitcakes as in insane peeps. i meant it as a form of endearment of course I would understand uhmmm if im the only one who has used it as such . no disrespect at all O:)

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Postby Brah » Mon, 04 Feb 2013 6:25 pm

Yeah we knew that (I did anyway), it's cross-thread thing on the fruit-plural thingy

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Postby Mi Amigo » Mon, 04 Feb 2013 8:44 pm

Yeah, don't worry; I was assuming the UK English meaning, as in nutty as a fruitcake, mad as a box of frogs, One sandwich short of a picnic, etc. Guilty as charged on that meaning, your honour.
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Postby Mi Amigo » Mon, 04 Feb 2013 8:45 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Could the term be interchangeable with sweetbuns? :cool:

Er, No. :P
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Postby movingtospore » Mon, 04 Feb 2013 8:45 pm

morenangpinay wrote:learned something new . since my friend on facebook suggested it would be nice to have fruit trees planted along the road instead of flowering trees so people can also enjoy the fruits. i commented that it wouldnt work over here coz of the number of people who will complain bout people picking fruits outside their flats.Video and complaints online would be enormous... i checked on stomp and indeed there were about 6 pages of videos with that subject.

so i learned that apparently there is a fine for people picking fruits from trees on the roadside without permission. about S$5,000 if my research is correct. :shock: they take the fun out of everything.


:) why does that not surprise me

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Postby Mi Amigo » Mon, 04 Feb 2013 9:02 pm

A while back I think there there was a thread about some people being fined for picking up mangoes that had fallen from trees at the side of the road. IIRC they hadn't even picked them from the trees, just collected them from the grass verge before they started to rot. The story at the time was that the gahmen have a system in place to collect fruit from these trees and donate it to needy people, old people's homes, or something along those lines. I have to say that I've never seen anyone 'officially' collecting fruit in this way (I've seen a few 'unofficially' doing that though), but perhaps they do it in the middle of the night or something.

Or perhaps the 'powers that be' just don't like the idea of something being uncontrolled and a free-for-all. And maybe they're right - could the citizenry be trusted not to tear the trees apart if they were given carte blanche to gather as much fruit as they liked?
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:51 pm

We used to have a middle aged auntie in a white merc who would park outside of my semi-detached up on Watten Estates at 3 am in the morning and with a long extendable pole with a plastic basket/cutter contraption, would reach over my fence and steal my Honey Mangoes. Between her and the bats and the squirrels, I rarely ever got one. I finally caught her one night as my neighbour saw her pull up and gave me a call alerting me. comes to find out, she was the MD of some company in Shaw Centre. Takes all kinds.

Oh, I knew sweetbuns weren't the same, but I did know some sweetbuns who were nutty as a fruitcake! ;-)

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Postby durain » Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:30 am

Mi Amigo wrote:A while back I think there there was a thread about some people being fined for picking up mangoes that had fallen from trees at the side of the road. IIRC they hadn't even picked them from the trees, just collected them from the grass verge before they started to rot. The story at the time was that the gahmen have a system in place to collect fruit from these trees and donate it to needy people, old people's homes, or something along those lines. I have to say that I've never seen anyone 'officially' collecting fruit in this way (I've seen a few 'unofficially' doing that though), but perhaps they do it in the middle of the night or something.

Or perhaps the 'powers that be' just don't like the idea of something being uncontrolled and a free-for-all. And maybe they're right - could the citizenry be trusted not to tear the trees apart if they were given carte blanche to gather as much fruit as they liked?


i better not go picking up durains in bukit batok park then!

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Postby Asian_Geekette » Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:57 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:We used to have a middle aged auntie in a white merc who would park outside of my semi-detached up on Watten Estates at 3 am in the morning and with a long extendable pole with a plastic basket/cutter contraption, would reach over my fence and steal my Honey Mangoes. Between her and the bats and the squirrels, I rarely ever got one. I finally caught her one night as my neighbour saw her pull up and gave me a call alerting me. comes to find out, she was the MD of some company in Shaw Centre. Takes all kinds.

Oh, I knew sweetbuns weren't the same, but I did know some sweetbuns who were nutty as a fruitcake! ;-)


Oh my! And she was a MD and drives a white Merc and she steals mangoes in the middle of the night?! How bizaare! :shock:
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Postby nakatago » Tue, 05 Feb 2013 6:44 am

durain wrote:
Mi Amigo wrote:A while back I think there there was a thread about some people being fined for picking up mangoes that had fallen from trees at the side of the road. IIRC they hadn't even picked them from the trees, just collected them from the grass verge before they started to rot. The story at the time was that the gahmen have a system in place to collect fruit from these trees and donate it to needy people, old people's homes, or something along those lines. I have to say that I've never seen anyone 'officially' collecting fruit in this way (I've seen a few 'unofficially' doing that though), but perhaps they do it in the middle of the night or something.

Or perhaps the 'powers that be' just don't like the idea of something being uncontrolled and a free-for-all. And maybe they're right - could the citizenry be trusted not to tear the trees apart if they were given carte blanche to gather as much fruit as they liked?


i better not go picking up durains in bukit batok park then!


You mean, you're not the only one?! There's more of you?!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 05 Feb 2013 6:57 am

:lol: Something about petards comes to mind...... :wink:

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 05 Feb 2013 8:27 am

Asian_Geekette wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:We used to have a middle aged auntie in a white merc who would park outside of my semi-detached up on Watten Estates at 3 am in the morning and with a long extendable pole with a plastic basket/cutter contraption, would reach over my fence and steal my Honey Mangoes. Between her and the bats and the squirrels, I rarely ever got one. I finally caught her one night as my neighbour saw her pull up and gave me a call alerting me. comes to find out, she was the MD of some company in Shaw Centre. Takes all kinds.

Oh, I knew sweetbuns weren't the same, but I did know some sweetbuns who were nutty as a fruitcake! ;-)


Oh my! And she was a MD and drives a white Merc and she steals mangoes in the middle of the night?! How bizaare! :shock:

Perfectly logical. It is like you drive Ferrari and wait in front of ERP gantry to save $S1. If you made such huge spendings you have to look for savings elsewhere.

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Postby teck21 » Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:56 am

A lot of what appears to be exceptional cozy-ness between corporations and government here is the government's unshakeable belief in trickle down economics.

They just take things a step further by being much more protective of corporate profit than most countries are.


Case in point:

Singapore is full of roads like Balestier road with lighting shops, hardware shops along the whole stretch of the main road. There are no parking areas, no unloading areas, so everyone stops by the road everywhere to do their business.

And the government will not move beyond tokenism in tackling the issue of congestion this causes because real action to stop all this will badly affect business there.

Any discomfort caused to consumers (such as poor 3G coverage) and costs to society from other sorts of corporate action, must be tolerated so that corporations can continue to keep people employed and pay their taxes.

This government is so deathly afraid of offending anyone they're now offending everyone.

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Postby nakatago » Tue, 05 Feb 2013 11:12 am

teck21 wrote:A lot of what appears to be exceptional cozy-ness between corporations and government here is the government's unshakeable belief in trickle down economics.

They just take things a step further by being much more protective of corporate profit than most countries are.


Case in point:

Singapore is full of roads like Balestier road with lighting shops, hardware shops along the whole stretch of the main road. There are no parking areas, no unloading areas, so everyone stops by the road everywhere to do their business.

And the government will not move beyond tokenism in tackling the issue of congestion this causes because real action to stop all this will badly affect business there.

Any discomfort caused to consumers (such as poor 3G coverage) and costs to society from other sorts of corporate action, must be tolerated so that corporations can continue to keep people employed and pay their taxes.

This government is so deathly afraid of offending anyone they're now offending everyone.


+1

add to that the befuddling placement of pedestrian crossings.


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