Sunday, June 21, 2009

Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, or: The Double Big Mac

Yesterday was a solid day. I met with my friend KJ. We went for a walk around the neighborhood and familiarized ourselves with some local cuisine. By cuisine I mean street vendor fried rice and 7-11 brand dumplings.
When we came back to my room we basked in the AC and lack of humidity, watched a cheezy romantic comedy called Music and Lyrics which turned out to be pretty funny, and then we played some Wii to top things off. There was some Mario Super Sluggers but there was also some House of the Dead 2+3 Returns and some Mortal Kombat Armageddon.
I haven't been sleeping so good because of the jet lag and I kind of feel a bit like a zombie, but I think yesterday showed some promise. I actually went to bed at a normal time (11 pm), but I still only slept for about 4 hours. Eventually my body is going to figure out that this is not OK and I'll be back into tip top shape before you know it.

Today has been... uneventful... However, in a way it is a day of days because I went out and bought every meal by myself at different restaurants in the neighborhood and made it back to the room without any trouble. April and I will meet later but given how exhausted both of us are (she slept at a friend's house last night) I doubt we'll do anything besides watch a movie. I believe the vomit-in-poop-form-passing-as-a-movie entitled 10,000 B.C. is on HBO tonight, so we might put that on for a laugh.

OK, so let's not kid ourselves, you're intrigued by the title, and if you're not, you're just plain silly. So without further ado, the pictures:
This picture I only included because it has some amusing English graffiti. "The way you make me feel" and "To be or not to be". Such rebels.
This is just outside my building.
Just a gate outside a neighboring building.
What is this vehicle??? It's hideous. I suspect it is European due to the pocket-sized nature of it.

The street directly below the new MRT station next to my house.
This is the KFC about 30 seconds from my house. The KFC here is more like another McDonald's that focuses heavily on chicken and pork than the KFC we know of in the US.
A little garden area in front of an apartment building.
The view from my room! Breathtaking.
And here it is, folks. The double big mac, or the mega mac. I was so shocked to see this. I wonder who at corporate McDonald's thought "Can't we just make the Big Mac bigger? Isn't that a great idea?" Apparently it's available in a slew of countries now, including Canada, but because of Mc'D's bad rep in the USA it has been ruled out there.
I tried to post a video commercial too, we'll see if that works out.


  1. It's "Jon is going to be a dick about grammar since you're out of the country and we don't want your English slipping" time! Further ado, Peter. Not further adieu. The key difference is that one of them makes sense. =P

    Awesome to hear that you seem to be liking where you are. Looking forward to hearing more. I feel like they've done Double Big Macs in the states as a limited time thing in the past, but it's been awhile and that's still freaking crazy.

  2. That tiny vehicle is a Smart Car. They are all around Europe. There is a four-door version that looks even weirder.