Trump-kim sum­mit spawns new prod­uct launches in Sin­ga­pore

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

THE first-ever Us-north Korea sum­mit to be hosted by Sin­ga­pore next week has been in­vig­o­rat­ing busi­ness in the wealthy city-state, with sev­eral unique items re­lated to the his­toric meet­ing be­ing launched.

Among them are a cock­tail cer­e­brat­ing the Tues­day sum­mit be­tween US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and com­mem­o­ra­tive coins avail­able for pre-or­der.

The cock­tail, aptly name “Bro­mance” given the warm­ing re­la­tions be­tween their two coun­tries, is now on the menu at Hop­heads, a craft beer bar lo­cated near a ma­jor shop­ping dis­trict. The drink, priced at S$20 (K20,300/US$15), is made with Asahi black beer, Diet Coke, tequila and soju, a traditional Korean al­co­holic bev­er­age.

“We like to create en­gag­ing and fun experiences for our guests to en­joy so we came up with this fun drink,” Ethel Chua, busi­ness devel­op­ment ex­ec­u­tive of Hop­heads, told Ky­odo News.

“In­spi­ra­tion was pretty sim­ple,” she said. Diet Coke is known as Trump’s drink of choice, and soju is used to add Korean in­flu­ence to rep­re­sent Kim.

Be­fore im­bib­ing Bro­mance, which is only served in pairs, you must slam the ta­ble to cause the soju shot, perched on chop­sticks above the glass, to plunge into the con­coc­tion be­low. If you suc­ceed in drop­ping the shot into the glass or drink­ing up the cock­tail, you will be awarded a peace sign sticker.

“We thought the ta­ble slam­ming to drop the soju shot into the glass was a fun touch that our cus­tomers would en­joy,” Chua said.

“We are happy that the sum­mit is hap­pen­ing and the drink is in tan­dem with cur­rent af­fairs,” she said. “Like ev­ery­one else, we def­i­nitely hope that some­thing good will come out of this sum­mit.”

Hop­heads is also sell­ing a black T-shirt fea­tur­ing like­nesses of Trump and Kim and em­bla­zoned with the words “Peace” and “Love.”

Mean­while, at a shop­ping mall in Sin­ga­pore’s Chi­na­town dis­trict, some peo­ple have lined up to place or­ders for medal­lions com­mem­o­rat­ing the sum­mit.

The Sin­ga­pore Mint, the com­pany re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing the cur­rency of the city-state, has an­nounced it will re­lease gold, sil­ver and base-metal medal­lions to mark “this mo­men­tous step to world peace” and Sin­ga­pore’s “role as a neu­tral host.”

The front side of each features a hand­shake be­tween Kim and Trump and the flags of both coun­tries un­der the text “Sum­mit in Sin­ga­pore.” The back side features a peace dove and the na­tional flow­ers of the United States and North Korea.

The gold medal­lion is priced at S$1380, the sil­ver coin at S$118, and the nickel-plated zinc model at an af­ford­able S$36. – Ky­odo

A man walks past a poster de­pict­ing US Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and a pro­mo­tional dish, “Trump-kim chi nasi lemak,” at a restau­rant in Sin­ga­pore on Wed­nes­day. Photo: EPA

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