"Nice tie!," smiled an attractive young woman in a head-scarf.
You could have knocked me down with a feather. If I had to make a list of strangers from whom I am likely to get an appreciative compliment, an orthodox young Muslim woman would be near bottom.
But it turned out that she wanted to sell me a credit card.
"I'm not from Singapore," I parried.
"Where are you from?," she asked. I told her.
"No wonder your tie is so cool," she replied.