SINGAPORE - Welcome to the new normal.
Floods. Haze. Ris Low. Supposed baby reptiles in your Sausage McMuffin.
To be fair, the haze has been an on-and-off affair since the 90s. So it's actually part of the old normal.
And I believe that finding a chicken vein resembling a lizard tail in a McDonald's breakfast menu item is a freak event that occurs only once in 50 years.
A few years ago, my wife bit into something hard while eating a piece of bread.
She took it out of her mouth and saw it was a dead beetle (not to be confused with John Lennon or George Harrison, i.e. a dead Beatle).
At first, I thought it could be a raisin - except my wife wasn't eating raisin bread.
I wrote an e-mail to the bread company to complain.
Someone from the company came to our home with a fresh loaf of bread he bought from a nearby convenience store to exchange for my wife's halfchewed bug-encrusted piece of bread. It also had some jam on it.
After some time, the company e-mailed back and suggested the insect might have come from the jam.
I pointed out that the bug was embedded in the bread, so the jam was just an innocent bystander.
Later, we received a letter from the company assuring us of its commitment to quality and invited us to tour its Singapore bakery.
A free tour? I could use the vacation.
I wanted to go, but for some reason, my wife wasn't interested in seeing how bread was baked. It's not quite the Eiffel Tower.
It seemed like we weren't getting any more compensation apart from the one free loaf of bread and the bakery tour offer.
I'm not sure what we were hoping for. More free bread? But then again, do we really want more bread from the company whose bread we just found a dead insect in?