Excuse me while I take a bath

Excuse me while I take a bath

Originally uploaded by Liangcai.

Was walking along the One Fullerton area when I saw that the Merlion was missing. In its place was a huge tentage of a comic-isque lion figure in front of a shower curtain. At the bottom, a sign read :” Excuse me while I take a bath”. Apparently the merlion was undergoing cleaning and had to be covered from the public eye.

For the clueless, the Merlion is a national icon designed for the Singapore tourism board. It incoporates an image of a lion’s head with a fish’s body, one a symbol of our nation and the other a reference to our heritage as a fishing town.

Pretty bizzare for the autorities to take the effort to even cover the merlion. Maybe it’s just me, but the ‘fun’ looking tentage looks too lame for me. Perhaps the rationale is that the national symbol should be given some respect, even when it is ‘taking a bath’, for that matter.

2 Comments so far

  1. Aman (unregistered) on June 24th, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

    I thought it was cute

  2. Cheryl (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 4:16 am

    I personally think that the message on the merlion gives the information with a touch of humour which is really required. Life in Singapore is too stressful. I think people need to take a step back not to see things black and white. This is one of the ways to avoid running into a burnout, which so often happens without one realising it.

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