Oct 28, 2009

I saw God in the Shopping Center

I was at Lot One Shopping Mall during the Mid-Autumn festive season when I saw God.

I'm not joking. Look at the picture if you don't believe me. Not sure if the mooncake context offends anyone's sensitivities, but I find it mildly amusing. I wonder why they chose that of all names.


yg said...

icemoon, some people are able to see god but i can't, leh. you mean 'yahweh' is another name for god? 'yahweh' is jehovah?
i also wonder why you spell centre the american way (center). you studied in an american university?

Lam Chun See said...

I think either they are just trying to grab attention or the word happens to be a transliteration of a Chinese word. If it is the former, I think it is bad taste, and some may even find it offensive.

Anonymous said...

Hi Icemoon,

There is a 7th Manna cake boutique along Tanjong Katong Road. I can understand that they use the word 7th because it is next to the 7-eleven store. What about the word Manna?
In the Old Testament, it refers to the miraculous food that dropped from Heaven.


Icemoon said...

Yahweh is the closest intelligible name of God - YHWH, the famous four letter tetragammatron (biblical Hebrew has no vowels).

What a lose-lose situation for them. Christians may find the name offensive. Non-Christians may not find the name 'cool' enough in the secular sense.

Icemoon said...

yg, haha I guess most of our browser dictionary is preset to American English. If you spell it the British way, you will see a red underline.

Lam Chun See said...

But even when I chose UK English, I still get the red underline? Anyway, I believe the younger generation don't care very much whether it is UK or US spelling - or pronunciation.

I often hear the radio dj's pronounce the letter Z as "zee".

Victor said...

Anonymous (Anonymouse?), there is a newly set up cafe in my son's JC called Manna Cafe. There is a phrase at the front door that says something to the effect of being grateful to the Lord for your food. I guess the owner must be a Christian andI believe there's currently no law to say that you can't use a religious term as a business name.

peter said...

I think it's a matter of comfort whether u can accept such displays. Take for example the Riverboat down at Marina South Pier. They got advertisement with Christian exhorting words to describe today's special menu. I like the food and the ambience.

So long no one bothers you with "preaching" during a meal is alright for me because there is always a place and time for such practices.

Icemoon said...

Chun See,

I use firefox and the UK dictionary has to be downloaded and installed separately. If I choose UK english, the red underline is gone.

Oh dear .. z is not zee? We say zee monster, or should it be zag monster?

Icemoon said...

I think the phrase "manna from heaven" has entered into our common vocabulary.

Yea, the Riverboat has a nice ambience. The food really biblical, haha.