Archive for 2010 年 08 月

Poor chap’s “clarification"

Yesterday, I wrote about a food blogger who went from not-so-famous to overnight notoriety. Today, this blogger in question came up with a lengthy explanation for his side of the story.

I think i better copy-paste his entire article here, in case something happen to his blog (again).

The Truth about this Singapore Food Blog

August 24, 2010 | No Comments

I am aware of the articles that have been circulating in my absence,  regarding an accusation that I visited a restaurant and asked for a  waiver on their meals. I would like to make certain clarifications here.

1. The Basis of Food tasting events

Food tastings in the Singapore food scene are regularly organized and  non-obligatory events. Any food blogger who has been invited to one to  sample delicacies of the particular restaurant will agree that it is  akin to inviting someone into their house. According to the dictionary,  an invitation is, “The act of inviting; solicitation; the requesting of a  person’s company”.

2. Invitation to the restaurant

Story: The articles seemed to suggest that I paid the  restaurant a visit on my own accord, that I walked into the restaurant  and announced myself as a food blogger.

Fact: This is not true. I was invited to a food tasting  session by Melanie, PR Manager for the Restaurant. The first invite came  June 2nd. I was unable to make it then and it was not until Friday,  August 20th that I scheduled the Sunday brunch. In the invite, i was  told to bring a guest.

Story: I had informed the restaurant that as food blogger, I assumed that the bill for all 4 of us would be waived

Fact: Following up on the food tasting email, I had duly  informed that there would be 3 accompanying guests on that very day.  There were no claims or requests made for “free food” since it was a  direct invitation to sample the items on the new menu. It was an  oversight to assume to that no acknowledgement from Melanie about my 3  accompanying guests would mean that their meals would be on the house  too.

4. Asking for waiver for myself and my dining partner

Story: It was reported that the restaurant had decided to “waive the fee” for me and my dining partner out of goodwill

Fact: This was an invitation to a food-tasting session.  There is no hard and fast rule stating a plus one for a food tasting.  However having attended previous food tastings before, I assumed that  the meal would be, at the very least, on the house for myself and one  dining partner. I was not expected to be billed for and then “waived”  off from what was disguised as a “food tasting session”. When  questioned, Melanie then cited this to be in-line with ‘industry  standards’ of food tasting sessions: that the restaurant would only pay  for my +1.

5. Asking for waiver for myself and my other guests

Story: I had informed the restaurant that I was a food blogger, therefore assuming that the bill for all 4 of us would be waived.

Fact: In truth, I had asked for no waiver. I paid for my  other two companions. The bill for 2, inclusive of sparkling wine, came  to $260. Out of goodwill, they did decide to waive the wine and I  eventually paid $160 for 2.

6. My attitude towards the staff

Story: It was reported that I had said: “I always get free food wherever I go“.

Fact: This was never said. Nevertheless, I must admit the  hostility while paying (I had tossed my credit card on the table) was  uncalled for and I sincerely apologise.


An eye for an eye makes the world go blind. I would like to not point  fingers at anyone – it was simply a case of miscommunication.  When I  dine out, I pay for my food like any regular consumer. When I am invited  for food tasting sessions, it is a mutual understanding between the  inviter and myself, that I would be attending as the identity of media  for a possible food review.

I would like to urge all parties to view this situation objectively. I  hope this post clarifies any misunderstanding that this might have  caused.

I am a blogger, but a poor one at that. I don’t blog about food, so i can’t speak for the community nor do i know much about the food tasting events practices. Mr Brad here, a famous food blogger (i’ve never heard of him), naively thinks that being invited to a food tasting event automatically means that he does not need to pay. Not only for him, the rights are also bestowed to whatever companions he deems fit to bring with him. Is his self proclaimed status of a food Blogger really that great?

Kinda different from my impression of food tasting.

If i marched into any restaurant trying to do a feedback, it will not be as fruitful, because i can only order so much dishes or specialities before my stomach or wallet gives. Therefore, i imagined that during an invited food tasting, the chef will take effort to prepare each dishes into smaller portions and allow the guest to have a more comprehensive impression of the menu available. If the bill is on the restaurant, its a bonus, never a right. Humility is something my mum taught me since young, and I am grateful for that.

If the restaurant offers to absorb the costs of the food tasting, it may not be a good thing too. How can the guest be objective if he doesn’t have to pay for the meal? How much can his or her readers trust his/her judgments? And having to pay means the guest can feel for himself the worthiness of the meal, rather than a mere glance at the figures on the menu.

And i guessed Mr Brad really showed to the world his character (or lack thereof) by losing his cool and tossing the credit card at the poor waitress.

Well, the blame is not totally on Mr Brad. The PR manager of the restaurant ought to have stated things clearly or at least reminded him that additional guests will be considered as paying customers.

Lesson learnt for both parties, i hope. And i am still waiting for Mr Brad to do his side of bargain and post an objective review on the said restaurant.

Now, which restaurant wants to invite me for food tasting?


Free food! Because i am a Blogger!!!

There was a recent uproar on this poor chap, Brad Lau. Claiming to be a food blogger (ladyironchef), he and his three companions had a Sunday Brunch (@ $68++ per pax) and he refused to pay after that. Reason? Because he is a food blogger, and thus has the divine rights to march into any restaurant and get a free meal.


Can i do that too?

I have a blog (you are reading it), I have a camera (more than one, so much i am selling them), i can buy a notebook ($1 nia), so what else do i need? A shameless and gian png personality?

Such people are really ruining the impression of the bloggers community.

The post on Yahoo news.

Oh, his blog closed down liao. No more free meals? Hahaha….

Before i start doing something on my hair…

I want to take pictures of my receding hairline as well as the sparse growth at the crown of my head.

Realised its no easy task.

And when i eventually get it done, I didn’t get what i want. Because it doesn’t look as bad in the pictures as in real life.


What a reversal of roles

Just few days back, a customer visited us. During his visit, i pointed out to him how he was wearing the cleanroom suit wrong, he pointed some typo mistake in my documents.

Today, I went to visit my supplier. He gestured to me to wear the required headwear properly, I found a typo mistake in his document.


When it goes wrong

Picked up a book at Kino the other day. Flipped through the pages and read something like this:

“當你在工作上遇到問題, 同事或老闆給你添麻煩時, 你會在第一時間把錯都怪在誰身上?"

Very often, or even all the times, we tend to point the blame finger on others whenever there is a problem at work or at home. It is so much easier, the load of blame is taken off our shoulders and we just threw it to others, our parents, siblings, friends, colleagues, bosses, customers etc. In actual fact, how many times have we stood back, think carefully if the fault is really with others and not ourselves?

Happy 45th Birthday Singapore, my homeland

Timbuk2 (PRODUCT)RED™ SE racing stripe messenger

I own many bags, at any one time, i can have like 5 bags, one for each purpose. And they have been piling up in one corner of my room, even though i threw out 3 of them a month ago. In a bid to look for one bag that can almost replace all of them, i stumbled onto Timbuk2 messenger bags.

I am not a messenger on bike, my job doesn’t require me to skip around town with loads in store. However I like having the space in my bag to contain all that i might want to bring around, my laptop, books, a jacket, or even for a short 3 day trip. I might even have my helmet and some change of clothing in there if i cycle to work.

Getting a bag you like from Timbuk2 was easy. You can customize one, pick the colors you like, down to the color of the logo. Pay for it online and get the bag shipped to your doorsteps. Its more expensive than the ready-made ones, for sure, so i browsed around and found the (RED) Products Special Edition Red Racing Strip messenger. First, its cheaper and second, 5% of the proceeds will go and save someone in Africa.

Here are some pictures of this amazing bag and most of the features found in it. If you have a chance, get a feel of the bag, the quality of the material and workmanship cannot be felt from pictures alone.

This is how it looked like. Oh, i forgot to mention, the size is medium, and is already quite large in my opinion. Can’t imagine how big the XL will be.

The Red label that comes with the bag.

The stitched logo . Pity the color, i rather its red to compliment the bag.

The main material is ballistic nylon, doesn’t appear to break easily under load.

The reflective tab at the end of the buckle. To make the bag carrier more visible in traffic.

The exclusive red buckle. You can’t get this for those off-the-shelves or customized bags.

The view from the back.

Some rings around the back to hang accessories.

The shoulder strap. Doesn’t look like much but…

comes with thick padding underneath!

Opened up. The 2010 version comes with more pockets for the organizer. But first…

the cover now comes with two velcro straps.

There are four pockets on the front. You only see three in the front, the fourth is by the side.

The fourth pocket can be seen from the side.

Its called the Napoleon pocket, allows you to access the pocket without opening the bag cover.

A key ring can be found from the topmost pocket.

A tab for you to hang warning lights should you go cycling.

The interior is huge!

Wah sian, it’s made in China.

A document sleeve that is more than big enough for A4 sized documents.

More organizer pockets inside. Space for pens, thumb-drives etc.

See another zipper up there?

More pockets!!! Can slot some commonly used cards.

This extra strap is a cross strap, helps to keep the bag stabilized while cycling so that the bag remains secured and won’t swing around.

Can take my helmet and still have lots of space available.

No problem with my laptop too.

I got a feeling that this bag will last me for a very long time, its hardy, big, stylish and comfortable (so far). Make me feel that the $135 is very well spent indeed.