After choking on the haze last week, Singapore got another surprise today – it rained this afternoon with hail!!! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to experience the hail myself =( but I made do with the tons of pictures and videos circulating on Facebook.
It’s raining ice in Singapore!
I am an incurable chronic ice muncher and I kept thinking “OMG ice cubes!” whenever I saw a video of the hail. And yes, the thought of putting them in my mouth did come across my mind =x
Apparently, this is not the first time hail has occurred in Singapore (last time was 27 March 2008). According to the NEA, the rain that fell is neither toxic nor acidic. Does that mean it’s safe to put the ice in your mouth? Considering all the shit in the air the rain just fell through… Probably not, lol.
Going back to the topic of ice-munching – I’ve been crunching ice for as long as I can remember. Was it a choice or was I born with it? Perhaps you could say I slowly realized the true ice-munching side of me as I grew older and wiser ;-)
I used to hang out at my friend Elisa’s place during our secondary school years. She had this awesome fridge which could dispense not only cubed ice, but crushed ice too!!! That totally set my standard for what my future fridge would be – the auto ice-making option is a MUST!!!
My dream refrigerator – Ice Ice Baby!
Basically, half the time I was there, I could be found in front of her fridge with Ribena in my glass, desperately pushing against the ice dispenser for more ice. Luckily for me, her mother thought I was hilarious and didn’t kick me out of her house.
The ice-munching has only gotten worse with age. These days, I munch on ice. Every single day. And I feel really uneasy whenever I’m outside without a refrigerator near me. I guess you could compare it to a smoker not bringing his cigarette packet with him.
Does my ice-munching frustrate the people around me? Hell yes. My mom always complains that there’s not enough ice in the fridge. My boyfriend can’t stand it – the sound drives him crazy! He’s learnt to tolerate it since, but he still cringes whenever I chew ice right next to him.
Whenever we go out to eat, while waiting for the food to arrive I automatically start crunching on the ice in my glass. By the time the food arrives, usually my ice is all munched up and I start on my boyfriend’s glass. He used to give me strange looks whenever I started on his glass, but thankfully he’s gotten used to it and doesn’t mind now.
People have told me countless times that chewing ice is really bad for the teeth, that ice is not good for the body etc. I’m like, “Yeah, tell a smoker that smoking is bad for him and see what he says.”
But hey, my rationale is that I’m not harming anyone, I give my itchy mouth something to bite on, and best of all – ice has no calories! So I will continue to happily munch ice to my heart’s content!
My dream come true – free ice falling from the sky!
Wouldn’t it be awesome if the hail was actually edible? I’d be with my mouth wide open trying to get as much ice in my mouth as possible! Kind of like how people stick their tongues out to catch snow.
So will we be expecting more ice to fall from the sky? Seeing as the last time we had hail was 5 years back, I am hazarding a guess (no pun intended) that I doubt we’ll be seeing a return of the hail soon. However, the haze is a different matter.
In conclusion: hold off those helmets and hold on to your N95 masks, people!
And to fellow ice-munchers out there, we can keep dreaming about edible ice from the sky =D