Singtel Ad in Mosques: Still there

This is an update from a previous post, regarding Singtel’s ad in mosques.

Apparently now they’ve changed the ad a bit, obviously in observance of the upcoming Hari Raya. Here’s what it looks like now.


Caption reads: “Celebrate happiness together. Connect with your beloved family this Hari Raya with Singtel.” The Qur’anic verse on the right now had been replaced with a hadith.

While it is relatively better, considering one of the ladies in the ad is properly covered up, the other is still not.

Nevertheless, my biggest annoyance is still: What is an advertisement from Singtel doing in my mosque? And I wonder who exactly profits from these billboards cropping up all over Singapore’s mosques.



Kerubik? Kerupat?


“We come in peace,” declared Professor Rubik’s mutant relatives.

The green cube above was spotted on Dell’s flash ads in some local websites, such as and Ebay Singapore. Initially, without context, one would think that it mimics some kind of Gamma-infected Rubik’s cube.

Alas, it is but a misrepresentation of the humble ketupat. What’s a ketupat, you ask? It’s that thing (read: rice dumpling) that my family weaves in the days prior to Hari Raya, for our own gastronomical benefit. Made of coconut (or palm?) leaves, it intricately weaved with no gaps whatsoever, filled with rice, and boiled for hours to produce a rich tasting main dish,  accompanied with rendang, sambal goreng, and the such.


The real McCoys in action (Image credit 1, 2, 3)

In all my life, never have I seen a perfectly cubic ketupat, be it in the real or virtual world. Not only is it impossible to weave, but a symmetrically manufactured ketupat with exactly 54 squares on 6 precisely measured sides is not something you’d rush to sink your teeth into.

I can only imagine that the ketupat in the Dell ad was outsourced to some foreign company void of regional cultural understanding. That, or a Primary 2 school project of ketupat in 3D.

Here’s a screenshot of the ad:


But hey, at least they got the background ketupat correct: