Monday, July 30, 2012

Let them eat cake

Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

The French hen, the stuff of nursery rhymes and Christmas carols, appeared recently as food in the real world, I mean, my heartlander's world.

Chicken used to be just, well, chicken. Now we get to choose from Sakura chicken, cordyceps chicken, kampong chicken, pasar chicken, and French hen! Are we moving up in the world or what? I didn't even know that there is such a species of poultry for our consumption!

Much hand wringing and finger pointing has been going on in our society because of rising costs of living. But it seems to me that at least some of the increased expenditure is due to consumers buying products of higher quality, or more exotic origins. You don't even have to visit an exclusive delicatessen for these items. They are offered in the every(wo)man's supermarket - NTUC.

Luxury goods are easily accessible and are perhaps no longer considered special. We are spoilt by a plethora of choices on the shelves. Isn’t this an indication of general improvement in the quality of our life? I don’t want to trivialise the burden brought about by inflation, but don’t complain if your grocery bills increased because you have put a French hen in your basket.

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