I have always been a frequent patron of a very known coffee chain. Love their latte and ice blended drinks. Love their breakfast menu. Love their muffins. Love their cheesecake.
However, I decided to be slightly adventurous and tried out something different instead of the usual iced mocha latte and orange muffin. So I ordered their Black Forest Ice Blended (since quite a number of people have been raving about it) and a slice of their Red Velvet cake.
The moment Tatek and I tasted the Black Forest Ice Blended drink , we both had the same blank expression. I do not know how exactly to describe the taste. I could taste the black forest. I could taste something minty. I could taste the mocha. But I could also taste something which was pretty much similar to the taste of a cough mixture.
And I didn’t like that. But that’s just me.
Now let’s move on to the Red Velvet cake. To put it nicely, it was really dry and lacked the buttermilk taste and tangy depth. So yeah.
I did not make a big fuss about it. I did not complain. I did not ask for a refund.
I then uploaded a shot of Tatek together with our dessert and drink in Instagram. Just the usual post, without my selfie this time round.
However, I just had this weird strong feeling that someone would say something to spoil my day.
True enough, someone did shortly after.
Let me rephrase what she said in English (her name has been omitted to protect her identity because I am nice like that).
“Be thankful with what you get to eat because there are others who do not get to enjoy the same privileges as you.”
EH ALAMAK. WHY AHHHHHH???? WHY YOU ALL CANNOT TREAT ME LIKE A NORMAL PERSON AND LET ME BABBLE SOMETIMES AH?
I also want to talk rubbish at times, you know? Cannot every time be so prim and proper what! I cannot make spelling mistakes. I cannot make typos. Everything must be perfect. Everything must please everyone.
So boring, okay?
That aside, I got to thank this sister in Islam because she reminded me how fortunate I am to be able to enjoy good food in life. Alhamdullilah. There is no denying that, but the point of my post was not to show how ungrateful I was as a person. It was as simple as ordering something new and not liking the taste.
HOW COME CANNOT AH?
See, I am more than thankful every single day for everything in my life.
I am thankful for my family.
I am thankful for my journey in life so far.
I am thankful for every horrible and terrifying moment as well as the enchanted and unforgettable ones.
BUT NO NEED TO MENTION OVER AND OVER AGAIN HOW THANKFUL I AM, RIGHT?
LIKE A BROKEN RECORD PLAYER.
I have days that I can’t keep my chin up no matter how hard I try. But did you know that?
I have made mistakes that I am horrified by. Did you know that?
I have regrets and often wish I could turn back time. Did you know that too?
I try to be better each day, and I am very thankful to know that although I am flawed, I am human.
We are all flawed. We are all damaged in some ways or another.
But that’s really besides the point.
SOMETIMES, WE HAVE TO BE REALISTIC AND MUST REFRAIN OURSELVES FROM GOING OUT OF CONTEXT.
How to do a proper food review if you cannot separate facts from emotions? How to do a proper food review if you cannot be honest about it? How to do a proper food review if people expect you to always be nice?
Enough already with stuff like,
“Even if the food is not nice, do not reveal because it is not a nice thing to do.”
IF THE FOOD IS NOT NICE, THEN IT IS REALLY NOT NICE WHAT.
JUST BEING HONEST WHAT!
You know, when I read not so constructive comments about the SuperShiok Sambal the first time round, I was actually very peeved. I retaliated. But subsequently, I have learnt to accept that it is all part and parcel of business. As long as they do not associate your product with judgmental comments or opinions, then that is fine. You cannot please all, but you can definitely keep trying to do your best to those who believe in your product.
Readers need to know so that they can decide. No personal attacks needed. That’s what a food review really is all about.
And that was not even a proper food review that I did, by the way. Not even close to a food review, if I have to say so.
This is exactly the reason why I often decline doing food reviews for restaurants because I have to be as honest as I possibly can. A bit difficult to do if the food is a total failure. That said, it also does not mean that I will say the untruth just because I am paid to do so. It does not mean I will say it is nice even if I cannot bring myself to swallow it. If the food is not up to my standards, I will politely decline to proceed with the advertisement.
So, if I am not paid or invited to a particular food chain/restaurant to do a review or advertisement, I am coming in as a normal patron right? I am entitled to experience the restaurant the same way that ordinary patrons do, right? I am free to give my opinions or comments right? Nobody should judge me because everyone has a different tastebud, right? It does not make me any less thankful as a human being if I do not like what I pay for right?
Money does not come easy, right? Must spend money wisely, right? Cannot waste money on food that you cannot even eat or finish, right?
And then, it all goes back to us being thankful as human beings. :/
Nowadays, everyone can say whatever they want in social media.
SO MANY KEYBOARD WARRIORS.
At least I type on a daily basis to earn a living from my fast typing fingers. It is important for us to not misuse our rights as a social media user.
CANNOT ANYHOW SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT ONE.
That day right, I lamented about a particular catering company which did not deliver all the food they promised to for my twins’ birthday. Wah it was a pretty bad experience for me, you know? First, they were late in their delivery till we had to start the class party first for the twins without the birthday brownies. When the brownies came, I was pretty disappointed by the overall presentation. Never mind that. Just make do, I thought. Then later in the evening, they were supposed to deliver the food and dessert for the home party.
They promised me the following menu.
So promising right?
On the actual day of the home party, she came to my house to deliver the orders but did not deliver the following:
- Bee hoon (Yup.)
- Mini cupcakes
- Cotton candy
Best thing was, she did not inform me about the shortage of food until I asked her. She read my messages without replying to my concerns.
Party was starting in an hour’s time. I was panicking.
So I copied and pasted the messages, and sent them as SMSes instead to the same number. I was worried what because I could possibly expect everyone to just eat soggy nuggets and sausages, together with the desserts.
You need proper food for your guests, regardless of whether they are family or not.
Still no reply from her.
So I expressed my discontentment in Instagram and Facebook.
And then suddenly she replied to my SMS and Whatsapp, and apologized for forgetting to bring the remaining orders. And she also apologized for not informing me because she forgot. She also mentioned that she was hospitalized. Gosh, no need to get so personal with the reasons.
Funny how I saw her outing with her friends in her personal Instagram. But never mind that, I did not pursue the matter.
THE MAIN ISSUE WAS, SHE IS A FOOD CATERER. SHE CATERS FOR PARTIES. THAT IS HER SUPPOSED SPECIALITY. HOW COULD SHE EVEN FORGET THE BASICS?
And to be fair, it was not like she had to cater for 100 people for the party. It was only for 18 people.
EIGHTEEN PEOPLE. NOT EVEN EIGHTY.
AND SHE FORGOT?!!
So tell me now. Did I not have every right to express my unhappiness and disappointment?
OR SHOULD I JUST BE THANKFUL THAT AT LEAST THERE WAS SOGGY SAUSAGES AND NUGGETS FOR MY GUESTS AND BIRTHDAY GIRLS?
Come on, be realistic here.
Want to know what one particular person commented in Facebook?
“Move on. There are more important things in life like children dying in other countries.“
YA YA PAPAYA. IF YOUR KID’S PARTY SCREWS UP ONE DAY, YOU TELL THAT TO YOURSELF, OKAY? THEN TELL YOUR GUESTS ALSO NOT TO COMPLAIN IF THERE IS NO FOOD TO EAT BECAUSE THERE ARE CHILDREN DYING IN OTHER COUNTRIES. JUST EAT THE SOGGY SAUSAGES AND NUGGETS, GIVE THE PRESENT TO YOUR KID, AND GO HOME ALREADY.
Can you see what I am trying to get at here? It’s not about me being petty or anything.
IT’S ABOUT ME REACTING LIKE A TYPICAL MOTHER.
AM I NOT ALLOWED TO FEEL DISAPPOINTED FOR MY KIDS?
SOME PEOPLE COMMENT WITHOUT THINKING. I AM NOT MADE OF STEEL LAH YOU!
You know, I can actually easily use my social media platforms to reveal the caterer’s name. But did I?
NOPE. I DO LKE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MY POWER AS A SOCIAL MEDIA PERSON.
I convinced myself that maybe it was just my unlucky day. Maybe other customers would not be as unlucky as me. So let’s not disturb that particular person’s rice bowl. No need to reveal.
But here’s the thing, and again I am using plain old logic.
Even if I did reveal, then it would simply be for the sake of educating other consumers so that they too do not get disappointed on their kids’ big day or any other special occasion. Anything wrong with that intention?
Ustaz says can, what!
SEE? I NEVER BLUFF ONE.
SO WHY SOME OF YOU SAY CANNOT?
And then right, there were news of a local artist stealing two handphones few days back.
It was quite appalling to see so many people in Facebook sharing the link and commenting stuff like the following:
“So embarrassing. You artist also still cannot buy handphone ah? Must steal?”
“I have never liked him anyway. He is not that popular also.”
“You are a celebrity. Please watch what you do. Do not be a disgrace.”
I just shook my head in disbelief when I read all those judgmental comments made. These people forgot one thing.
That particular celebrity is as human as all of us. He is not god. Humans are born to make mistakes. God did not make celebrities perfect.
Fine, that particular celebrity made a silly mistake. But he also had to pay for his mistake, literally.
NO NEED TO ADD DRAMA TO HIS ACTUAL PERSONAL LIFE LAH.
Want drama? Go watch the latest Suria drama Kasih Berbisik later at 9.30 pm then.
Sometimes, I really wonder how these people feel when they magnify others’ mistakes or faults.
Do they feel good?
Do they feel like they are powerful?
Do they feel that they are better?
Do they feel that they would make a better celebrity than that particular celebrity?
My next question is this.
HOW COME THEY ALL SO FREE ONE? DO THEY KEEP THEMSELVES GLUED TO FACEBOOK 24/7 FOR INCOMING GOSIPS OR NEWS ABOUT CELEBRITIES? THEN ONCE THE NEWS COME IN, FASTEST FINGER WILL CLICK SHARE AND SAY SOMETHING BRAINLESS AND INSENSITIVE FOR OTHERS TO SEE.
Wah these people must be removed immediately from my Facebook timeline.
Sorry for being so blunt but really, some people need to be more sensitive towards others’ feelings.
Stop being so annoying, can?
I wish Facebook and Instagram would start charging their users for every comment that they make.
Only then would people really think twice, thrice or forever before they leave comments everywhere.
Only then would we have more constructive comments and criticisms.
Do you understand what I’m saying here? Do you really feel me?
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