Punjapit Office Shut-down and Sign-off

After working hard for over a year “The Punjapit Alliance are taking quite a few weeks holiday…. maybe..maybe?.. returning around the 15th of October.

sorry Arf, no dogs allowed on the beach.

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The Kappa Effect and the Geography of Time Perception – Pt.1

The Kappa effect can be displayed when considering a journey made in two parts that take an equal amount of time. Between these two parts, the journey that covers more distance will appear to take longer than the journey covering less distance, even though they take an equal amount of time. Practically speaking, a faster journey over more distance will still appear more time-consuming than a slower journey over less distance.

The term was coined in 1953 by researchers publishing in the journal Nature.

Various Cultures appear to have a discernable and unique sense of Time Perception ( Kappa v Tau ) and these series of posts will explore this so-called Geography of Time.

by The Punjapit Alliance + assistance from remora

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Tuned Pale Ale

The word “beer” brings music to our ears….

It’s little secret that most people enjoy music when they’re drinking, but what about making music with their drinks? Tuned Pale Ale is an ingenious microbrew that features a vertical note scale on the edge of the label — just drink down to your desired note, and blow on the top. In addition to having up to six “blow” notes, the backs of the bottles sport ridges for Latin-style percussion, and the box flips upside-down to reveal a tongue drum that produces six different tones, one for each of the bottle slots. It’s like Rock Band, only a lot cheaper, and with a much higher alcohol content.

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Kyoku Sake Infused Shave Cream

Not that Arthur use’s this….

Do you really need another excuse to splash booze on your face? If the answer’s yes, check out Kyoku Sake Infused Shave Cream. Apparently, sake “softens and intensely moisturizes the skin” — which would have only served as more incentive to down a bottle of Wakatake Daiginjo — and this mixture also includes silicone micro particles to help your blade glide across your burly, wind-hardened skin.

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Stainless Steel Condom Dispenser

Keep your prophylactics within arm’s reach without looking like a sex addict with the Stainless Steel Condom Dispenser. An extended slot on top allows for easy access — leaving one hand free for… whatever — and lets you see what you’re grabbing, so if you loaded up a variety pack, you’ll know whether you’re getting a french tickler or a glow-in-the-dark, strawberry-flavored sheath.

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Japanese expats are back

LAST year, as Singapore was reeling from the global economic downturn, a large number of expatriate professionals, including those from Japan, were forced to pack up and go home, taking their families with them.

But recently, as business has picked up, increased opportunities for foreigners to set up businesses and regional headquarters here have encouraged the return of more Japanese expatriates.

The Japanese Association of Singapore’s (JAS’) secretary-general, Mr Kazuo Sugino, told The Straits Times he has seen a ‘moderate increase’ in the number of his fellow-countrymen moving to Singapore for work in the past few months. This in turn has increased membership numbers at the JAS.

In March, the association saw its highest membership since 1980, with 4,431 ordinary members registered, compared to 4,078 in 2007. The figures do not include corporate or family members, but Mr Sugino estimates that currently, around 12,000 Japanese have ties with the association here.

They make up about half the total number of Japanese living and working in Singapore.

The growing Japanese expatriate community marks a different trend from a year ago, when the JAS saw many of its members returning to Japan, due to the downturn.


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Andy’s Magic Mash….

Popping into a 7-eleven one drunken evening home with a few colleagues I chanced in to the Magic Mashed machine.

I’m not totally surprised by the excitement that a bowl of mash can summon up but this was a new take on it that I’ve never seen before. You stick a dollar in the machine – stick a cup under the nozzle and out pours a concoction that I can only describe as runny powdered smash. Once the mash solidifies into a semi plasmatic like state the machine makes a bit of a gurgle and spurts out a thick dollop of super thick dark gravy on to the glistening surface of the nuclear hot mash like substance.
This was quite entertaining, so we bought about 4 of them although being only two of us I have no idea why still, so we asked Mr Mash standing behind the counter if he’d ever tried this ingenious but tasty meal out the machine. He replied that in the 2 years he’d worked there that he’d never tried it – but by golly he’d take one of our spare mashes (not sure of the possessive plural on that I’m afraid) and try it out.
So it was mashey goodness all round for everyone. I’d like to say it was horrible, but at 4am in the morning when you’re sharing mash in a pot with your new mate from the 7-eleven everything just seems a bit tastier than it should and life is just a tiny bit rosier.


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