Archive for the 'c'est la vie' Category

we have a culinary prejudice

Snippet of an interview Bharati Jagdish conducted with author and food blogger Leslie Tay in 2015:

Bharati: Ultimately though, those of us who can afford it just need to learn to pay more for food, don’t we? How do you think people can learn to accept this?

Tay: First of all, we have to realise that we have a culinary prejudice against our food. Why are you so happy paying S$15 for a bowl of ramen, and you complain when the bowl of bak chor mee goes up by another S$0.50 to S$4.50? [Emphasis mine.] The other day, I wrote about the bak chor mee that’s being sold by a Japanese man. And everybody was so wowed – “Japanese man!”

Bharati: His daughter makes it?

Tay: Yeah, his daughter. They were selling it for S$5, and people are paying for it, but we have this funny prejudice against our own food. When it comes to chicken rice, it has to be S$3, S$3.50. It’s not like in Japan, you have sushi off the belt for S$2. You can have sushi at the top end sushi restaurant for S$40 a piece, right? And a meal can cost S$300, or it can cost S$3.

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gentrification?

One can’t help but agree with what hotelier Loh Lik Peng said in an interview with Bharati Jagdish:

Loh: The reality is that the vast majority of Singaporeans are not willing to pay more than S$2-S$3 for their mee pok, not willing to pay more than S$1.20 for their kopi-o. So these people are being pushed out. People will happily pay S$4 for their cappuccino. So the guys setting up their cappuccino stores are going to make much more money than the guys who do the traditional kopitiams.

Bharati: You’re saying this is consumers’ fault?

Loh: Absolutely! Absolutely. It’s the fault of Singaporeans. When people complain that the traditional trade is being pushed out, they must realise it’s also because they are not willing to pay the right price for these traditional goods. [Emphasis mine – recall my post on mooncakes.] They want to pay the price their parents paid, or the prices they paid in their childhood. Those prices are not relevant in today’s Singapore, so these businesses get pushed out to their margins, or get pushed to the government-subsidised hawker centres, because people are not realistic about the prices people should really charge to make a decent living in modern Singapore. That’s the reality.

current mood

Just took a three-hour nap this evening. Knocked out at 6 pm and climbed out of bed groggily at 9. It’s been a super long week. Mutu kansadu, mutu kansadu (Kristang for ‘very tired, very tired’)……

how much for the festive spirit?

As a person who likes to pick perfect presents, this article struck a chord with me……

 

How much for the festive spirit?
By Akshita Nanda

Let’s be honest: We’re all judging one another by how much we give and what we receive

‘Tis the season to be judged on your giving. Colour drains from wallet and brain in the face of yet another annual round of Secret Santa parties and gift exchanges with loved ones.

Walk into a mall and be further pierced by the eyes of fund-raisers in reindeer antlers. Their gazes narrow on my shopping bags, their teeth set in fixed grins. My steps falter.

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chance

I love to think about chance – about how one little overheard word, one pebble in a shoe, can change the universe.

Anne Tyler, American writer

december descends

And snow is falling on my WordPress blog……

friendship

The true friend is the one that’s coming in the door while everyone else is going out.

Dr Phil McGraw, American TV personality

when love does more harm than good

I thought this was a rather meaningful piece!

When love does more harm than good
In trying to shield my children from hurt and rejection, I sometimes end up discouraging them from giving things a shot
By Tee Hun Ching

It was a week before the food and fun fair at our church, and my son was brimming with excitement.

“What can we sell?” he kept asking.

“Nothing,” I replied for the umpteenth time.

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free from tyranny of choice

This article is essentially about #firstworldproblems!

Free from tyranny of choice
By Gary Hayden

I dislike having too many choices.

I find that the more choices I am given, the less enthusiastic I feel about them.

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time flies

Can’t believe half a year has gone by and we’re into July now!!! :O

enlightenment

If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.

Anonymous

I used to support liberals and their causes until I realized that most of them did not care for others’ freedom of speech. Henceforth I saw the light, defected to the other side and am now a happy conservative, LOL. :P

What a difference the passage of ten years and the transition from university to working life make!

(Though I’m not really a conservative now actually!)

grrr!

070516 4

It’s 10.30 am on a Saturday morning, and I’m back in the office for half a day. Facebook is being ridiculously cheerful. Grrr!

dogs, cats and birds

birds

from here

Dogs come when they are called.

Cats take a message and get back to you later.

Birds shred the message and poop on it.

Truer words were never spoken!

a year on

It’s the first anniversary of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s death today……

people are strange

People are strange. They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.

Charles Bukowski (1920 – 1994), American writer


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