Category Archives: Lifestyle

Today is Friday September 21, 2018
  • Stares, Sniffs and Smiles

    I am sure we’ve all been served ‘bad’ food when dining out. By ‘bad’ I mean the food could be off, or taste suspicious, or even perhaps have a foreign object in it that’s not part of the meal you ordered.

    Ever notice how the first thing the waiter or waitress will do when you ask for their assistance is to STARE! at you blankly? After staring at you blankly, then they will stare at your meal, as if they’ve never seen it before in their lives!

    The next thing they will do is to SNIFF! your meal. Why would they think that by smelling my meal, that they would be able to confirm that it has gone bad? And what happens after that?! Why don’t you just go ahead and have a little taste of my food while it is still in front of me to validate my complaint?

    After being really defensive, they would then SMILE! at me as if I were a lunatic, and confirm that there is nothing wrong with my meal. Based on sniffing it, it is confirmed that my meal is ok, and I am a complete nutcase.

    When faced with less satisfactory customer service at an eating outlet, I suppose we should try to be nice. After all, the waiter or waitress is probably having a really hard day. By being nice and empathizing with how busy and overworked they are, perhaps I could touch them into feeling sorry for having neglected me, and for thinking that I was complaining about my meal for a laugh?

  • Cafe Mocha

    1/3 espresso, 2/3 steamed milk, and a portion of chocolate!

    This is my current addiction.

    I satisfy my addiction from Starbucks or Coffee Bean. Because there are many many outlets available. But none within walking distance.

    I do wonder why it costs so much for a cup of ‘specialty’ coffee? It will cost an average of RM10.00 for a cup of coffee. Even more so, for one of those ice-blended novelties.

    So, why do we pay 10 times more for coffee without complaining? Why would we, with a median salary of RM2k (age group between 18-25) and RM4.7K (age group between 25-44) allow ‘sipping’ of bucks from our wallets?

    Is it an emotional ritualistic experince we seek by doing something nice for ourselves?

    Is it a status symbol? Whereby it is COOL! to be seen in one of these outlets? Maybe that’s why a cup of coffee costs so much! They are always located in prime locations. Rent must cost a bomb. Does holding a paper/plastic cup from Starbucks of Coffee Bean say out loud, “I am wealthy enough not to care about overspending for coffee”?

    My cup of coffee will pay for Keith, the barista to smile at me, there’s electricity, milk, water, internet access (this is a free service they provide), cost of paper cup, washing the cup….. is that it?

    Will I continue to succumb to my addiction? I think so. Most likely. Definitely. I’ve tried making my own cafe mocha, but it just doesn’t taste the same! I have been sucked in to the ‘coffee community’. And I haven’t got a clue as to why I am a sucker for cafe mocha that costs RM12.00.