June 25 You know the haze is here when...

June 25 You know the haze is here when...

SINGAPORE - Everyone is light-headed. Everyone has a headache. Everyone is losing patience.

But that's the Great Singapore Sale for you. It's a very stressful time for shoppers and retail outlets.

So let's talk about the haze instead.

There hasn't been such a formidable cloud hanging over Singaporeans since the last MRT breakdown. The haze is inescapable. So here are the telltale signs that those damn forest fires are back.

1) Numbers on the TV screen

Without warning, a number appears in the top corner of the screen.

I wasn't sure if it was Singapore's latest Fifa ranking or the IQ of the actor on screen. As I was watching an appalling Chinese drama at the time, the latter seemed highly unlikely.

One can only wonder what the tourists make of the number on their hotel room TVs. I suspect they believe it's the Singlish spelling of South Korean singer "Psy" and that we're monitoring his latest chart position.

Mind you, if you'd tried a little Gangnam style on Monday night at a void deck, you'd have gone down like a three-legged horse.

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