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Precautionary measures in our choice of cuisines including raw fish, Dr Bernard Yeo




Dear all, one of my friends uncle was hospitalised because of raw fish. Received the following, please re-direct for you and your family’s reference:

Hi Friends, pls take precautionary measures in our choice of cuisines, so that we won’t regret:

Dear Family,
(1) I had earlier told Wan Kam and Phil about Ann’s friend’s son, Sam, who died today, after suffering for 2 wks from bacterial streptococcus infection after eating sashimi on national day weekend. His young wife and small son were also hit but they survived. The young wife may go mad and the family is worried abt her. So sad.

(2) Another close long-time friend of Ann, a Prof Tan from NUS was also hit by the same bacteria. He also ate salmon sashimi 2mths ago. He was rushed to NUH and his condition was critical. In ICU for 1 mth. Had another 1 mth stay in NUH. Now they have transferred him to Ang Mo Kio hospital as he now needs physio therapy to learn how to walk and also learn to write. He is a practicing Lecturer in NUS..Can you imagine he is now paralysed and has to learn how to write! His wife, also a close friend of Ann’s is so stressed up. She is a Pharmacist and runs her own pharmacy and is struggling with caring for her sick husband. The bacteria went to his brain! He had meningitis. He has now lost the use of all his nerves. He is totally paralyzed. He also cannot eat solids cos he can’t swallow!

(3) Yesterday, Straits Times wrote about a young man who had eaten raw fish at a porridge stall and was hit by the same bacteria. He now has his hands and legs amputated!

(4) Channel News Asia recently reported and interviewed another young man in hospital. He had eaten sashimi at a Japanese restaurant and was hit by this bacteria. His knee caps swelled to almost bursting the blood vessels! They had told him that amputation may be needed. He said in the TV interview that the pain was excruciating. Till now the Ministry of Health is still downplaying the severity of this problem for fear of causing harm to business owners and fish suppliers, without any concern for the safety of the public. With all these four cases that we know about now, we need to really tell people about what has happened so that no one should die from eating poisoned fish. If the govt had issued a warning when it started showing up in Jan 2015, Ann’s friend’s son, Sam wud not have died. He didn’t know..neither did all those people who were hit. According to MOH, there had been 20 cases of this EVERY WEEK since Jan. Now since they issued restrictions on Song Fish and other fish suppliers, there are now 3 new cases EVERY WEEK. The number has come down but that is still too many. Let’s stop eating raw food. It’s not worth taking this big risk. And if you think you are strong, the people you share the sashimi with may have some weak foundation which they may not be strong enough to fight the infection. You don’t know what is the health state of the people you eat with. So just Be wise and don’t order sashimi. Oysters and cockles are also risky to eat now. Pls exercise wisdom.

Source: Dr Bernard Yeo


To clear or not to clear: Who’s responsible for cleaning up after a meal?



Recently, a rather startling post went up on popular confessions page, NUSWhispers. In the post, the author complained about having to clear their plates after a meal when there are cleaners employed to do this exact job.

Photo Credits: NUSWhispers

In this post which went up yesterday, the author talked about witnessing a group of guys leave their empty plates at an NUS food court after they had finished eating. The cleaner then alerted them to the mess they had left behind in what the author described to be a “really rude” manner.

However the question posed by this author was if returning plates was truly mandatory considering that it is technically the cleaner’s job to clear the plates.

While it is true that cleaners are paid to keep our environment clean, I personally believe that cleaning up after your meal should come automatically and should not fall to the cleaners.

In our society, we can often fall into the trap of feeling entitled. We believe that we are above tasks such as cleaning up after ourselves and that therefore, we don’t have to. After all, it’s not mandatory. You don’t get penalised (yet) for not returning your plates.

Photo Credits: NUSWhispers

However, I believe that the problem lies exactly with the fact that we view the returning of plates as a voluntarily task. A favour that we are doing for the cleaners. We stop seeing them as human but rather someone there to be at our beck and call.

So why should we clear our plates after a meal?

  1. Cleaners aren’t slaves

It strikes me as odd that in one of the most educated countries in the world, we still need to be reminded of this fact.

Cleaners are there to make sure we enjoy a clean space. However, it is not their job to pick up after each and every individual. In the same way, it is not our job to create work for them. Rather we should aim to reduce their workload and to be more responsible for our own messes.

They are after all, our messes.

2. Cleaners are usually elderly individuals

Speaking of reducing their workload, it is worth mentioning that many cleaners in Singapore are elderly men and women who are working to support themselves or to keep active.

Many of them are the same age as your grandparents.

When you don’t clean up after yourself, you are forcing these cleaners to make an extra trip to pick up your plates, take them to the tray return station and then to go back with a rag to clean the table if they didn’t have enough hands the first time. Mind you, this is usually after being made to stand all day doing back breaking work.

It doesn’t take much effort to bring your own plate to the tray return station. After all, they exist for a reason.

Think of cleaners as you would your grandparents and be kind and responsible.

3. You are functioning in a shared space

In the end, you should clear your own plates because you are in a shared space. When you clear your plates, you are providing a clean space for the next person to use.

No one likes coming to a table and having to deal with dirty plates strewn everywhere. So do your part to make sure this doesn’t happen.

Ultimately, cleaners are human too and they too are just trying to do their job and not get into trouble. They aren’t your domestic helpers and it’s time we stopped treating them as such.

Perhaps when we finally stop seeing cleaners as beneath us and start treating them like the human being they are, things might change.

What are your thoughts? Do you think it’s right for cleaners to ask that you return your plates despite it being their ‘job’? Or do you believe that we should all clear up after ourselves? Let us know in the comments.

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65 people fell ill after eating food from Royal Palm at Orchid Country Club, gets ‘C’ hygiene grade by NEA




Halal buffet restaurant Royal Palm at Orchid Country Club had its hygiene grade downgraded to a “C” on 4th April 2018, after 65 people reported having stomach flu symptoms after consuming food  at the venue on 30th October 2017 and 20th November 2017.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said in an advisory that the revised hygiene grade was due to an outbreak of a suspected food-borne illness.

In the advisory, NEA said that it will review the restaurant’s hygiene grade a year later from 4th April 2018, and will keep the premises under surveillance for now.

The restaurant is situated on the ground floor of Orchid Country Club’s social club house, has a seating capacity of 350 and hosts weddings and corporate events.

It is famous for its halal lunch and dinner buffets, which costs up to $35++ for the price of an adult.

The restaurant is owned by the Singapore Hospitality Group, which also runs a chain of halal eateries such as The Landmark, Warung Nasi Pariaman and I AM @ Tampines Hub.



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Foreigner stunned by $20 plate of Nasi Padang at Orchard



A foreigner who recently moved to Singapore was stunned after receiving the bill for a plate of Nasi Padang.

Photo Credit: Raymond Yeoh

Raymond Yeoh, a Malaysian, moved to Singapore three weeks ago and recently enjoyed a plate of Nasi Padang at Food Opera Padang Padang in ION Orchard.

Photo Credit: Raymond Yeoh

However, he was shocked at the $20 bill that he was presented.

He immediately took to Facebook group COMPLAINT SINGAPORE to…well…complain.

Photo Credit Raymond Yeoh

In the Facebook post, which has since been shared 37 times, Raymond said that he had simply ordered anchovies and peanuts, fried fish, mutton cubes and a smaller fried fish.

He lamented that the $20 bill was unbelievable and that even tourists wouldn’t get charged that much.

Netizens were, of course, quick to criticise Raymond for complaining about the price.

Photo Credit: Facebook


Photo Credit: Facebook

This is not the first time that customers have been shocked by the price of food at mixed rice stalls.

Recently, Facebook user Nizam Vanderbeek took to the Facebook page of Halal Cafe & Restaurants In Singapore to complain about his Nasi Padang which cost him $14.

Photo Credit: Nizam Vanderbeek

Nizam ordered rice, fried fish and beans and so was understandably shocked to see a $14 bill for something that should have cost half the price.

Of course, he did have this meal at a Kopitiam and they are known to jack up their prices to make up for the rental in their air-conditioned, comfortable location.

Nizam in this case wrote an angry email to Kopitiam to demand to know why his Nasi Padang cost him so much.

While prices at mixed rice stalls can get confusing, I say, just ask for the price before you order something.

Have you ever felt that you were overcharged for mixed rice or nasi padang? Let us know in the comments below.

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