I was having lunch yesterday at Epicurious (The Quayside, Robertson Quay) when one of my personal trainers alerted me to the sight of a ‘considerably well-dressed’ man approaching a tourist on the other side of the river:
Because my meal was taking such a long time to be served, and because I am very kaypoh (curious), I crossed the bridge to speak with the tourist and find out what the (con)man wanted from him.
I found out that the tourist is a Canadian man named David. And he had just handed over 5 bucks to the (presumably Indian) man who had approached him. The man had initially wanted 10 bucks, which was supposed to “help little children in India”. But David only wanted to give him 5, and got this in return:
I have no idea what that is – a bead? A seed? Some random object the guy picked up along the streets?
But I told David that I’m really sorry he had to experience this while in Singapore. Call me skeptical but I’m quite sure not a cent will go towards helping children in India.
Then I left David to continue taking photographs of the very pretty bridge and went back to lunch with my personal trainers…
And I later spotted the (con)man at work again. New target spotted:
I guess as locals we don’t get targeted by conmen very often. Usually, it’s the tourists who fall prey. And I really should have phoned the police, though I’m not sure if they’ll take the call seriously and whether they’ll be able to apprehend him ‘cos the man seemed to ‘disappear’ after each conversation with a ‘target’.
If you’re a tourist in Singapore, do not hand over money to anyone who approaches you on the street! Whether it is for “poor children in India” or to build orphanages or whatnot, just ignore them and walk away.
Back to lunch…
Here’s my trainer, Cain, who is living proof that you can eat whatever you want (and drink beer in the afternoon too!) and still have a drool-worthy physique:
You just have to work out a lot…
(And oh… the warm brownie at Epicurious is super yummy! I need to have one more! 😀 )
I train with Raphael and Cain at Quantum Fitness (Gallery Hotel, near Mohd Sultan Road/ Clarke Quay). You’re welcome to join in. Just call 97606040 (Ralph) 🙂