I’ve moved around the world a lot, but in most places I’ve been I was on a military installation, so things were more or less the same. Well, the same in that one military installation is pretty similar to the others, especially when it comes to the stores.
There were times when I lived off of a military installation, or traveled off of a military installation, but I wasn’t exactly looking for eggs, or groceries.
So, coming to Singapore to live, and live in Singapore itself, rather than on a base somewhere, was a whole new experience for me. Part of that ‘new experience’ was shopping from local stores.
For the most part, shopping in Singapore is just like shopping in the US. Some of the brands are different, and sometimes you can tell that the item you’re holding is made by the same people that make it in the US, but is just under a different name. One example I can think of is Axe deodorant. I can’t remember what it’s called here, but the package design is exactly the same, but with a different name. Unless it’s a Chinese knock-off anyway. I didn’t look too closely at it. Also, there is a different variety of vegetables that are more commonly found in the produce section here. Some of the fish are different too.
One thing you expect to be the same though, is that you will find the items you’re looking for in the same parts of the store. You want meat? Go to the coolers along the wall. Same for dairy products. Want veggies? Look in the bins in the produce section. So… I remember how surprised I was when I couldn’t find any eggs the first time I wanted to buy some here. I checked every single cooler in the store. Not to be found.
Where did they end up being? On a shelf. Not being chilled. I was kinda shocked because that was completely foreign to me. I was actually under the impression that if eggs weren’t chilled, they would go bad. In the US there are even egg trays built into the doors of the refrigerators. Thinking about it now, I suppose that chilling them just slows down the spoiling process, or hatching process, though I don’t know if they would actually hatch.
Anyhow, here’s a photo of eggs on a shelf, from Shop N Save:
How are eggs typically stored at the store and in the house where you are?