Mon 22 May 10:37am
Where the people are more intelligent & the country is more beautiful. Wish I was born Japanese, then I wouldn't know the shit in Singapore. Knowing the shit in Singapore, I don't ever want to leave Japan & just roll up into a ball & stay there where it's safe.
I don't want my parents to be Singaporeans. I wish I never knew them.
If I were Japanese, I wouldn't need to step out of the country at all. The entire place is so big & different everywhere & all in Japanese, I can just be a tourist in my own country my whole life. No need to step out to see the ugliness of other countries.
Singaporeans are mad & stupid. Why was I born one of them? It's an embarrassment. For years when I was younger, I refused to let people know which country I am from. Small, pathetic island with small, pathetic people. Just pretend I am from No Country. Ok? Just accept me as I am. Don't ask. My country is inconsequential.
Years ago, LKY tried emulating Japan. But failed. Till now, Singaporeans are still shitty. To be like the Japanese, everyone must ingrain in their kids civic consciousness. National scale, the type of civic consciousness & attitude that is drilled into the brain & skull in every child. Such that even when he is drunk, he will still apologize for being loud.
Singapore with its "scattered sands" attitude & laziness & uneducated & crude mentality will never reach that level. Every child is brought up anyhow. I have seen even young men hawk & spit on the street.
Shitty island. I don't know why foreigners keep coming here. And even applying to stay here permanently. Crazy. As Singaporeans, we are born here. We have no money to move. We have no choice but to stay here.
As foreigners with financial mobillity, why hole yourself in a cramp, little, no place island with nothing?
Online platforms are dead, can't sell anything, can't do anything as an individual. All everyone does is work from morning till night. And the money isn't enough. 20 years ago, a cafe pay was $5/hr. Now, it's still just $5-9/hr (look at the job ads). Majority just $7.50/hr. I read a Grab driver earned just $5/hr.
How can the pay rise by so little? By now, it should be $10-15/hr at least. How can it be about the same when prices of things have risen?
Thank goodness for $2 stores. That is how hard eating to live has become. How can anyone even think to have any kids when the situation is so bad?
$5-8/hr can't pay for anything. My daily expenditure a day (2 persons), very tight, is already minimum $30 excluding transport. No restaurants. No cafes. No phone. No extra spending. Even with $2 stores, just some food items, easily add to the daily expenditure, regardless of how little is purchased.
Even for teenagers, such "pay" is very crazily little. You would have to work from morning till night 8 hours just to get $40-$60/day. Half of it goes to food for 2 persons. There is nothing left to save if CPF also dips the hand inside to take.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
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Tuesday, 9 May 2017
Location: Chinatown Point.
Been eating there a few times & one of those days, discovered a short, black cut hair in my plate of salted vegetables. Nose hair? Whose? The cook's? The serving woman's?
I posted on their Facebook. No reply & it's now gone. Obviously, the company doesn't care. I notice these Bak Kut Teh outlets are opened by crude, uneducated people who employ many foreigners.
With the contaminants found in both Song Fa Bak Kut Teh & Old Street Bak Kut Teh, there is no difference between the two. It's just your lucky day if you discover something in your soup or your plates of food.
Review on Old Street Bak Kut Teh: http://therevolutioner.blogspot.sg/2017/05/lousy-old-street-bak-kut-teh-sg-review.html
Sun 7 May is the last time I'm eating Old Street Bak Kut Teh.
We gave this brand of Bak Kut Teh many chances. And I don't blog about things unless I have to.
1) They hire foreigners. Rude, crude, uneducated, sloppy, untrained foreigners who lack refinement in customer service.
2) No QC to their service or products.
3) Fluctuating standards. Everytime we eat there, we don't know what's going to go wrong.
4) Careless staff who do whatever they like at the expense of customers & see nothing wrong with it.
No wonder the outlets are always empty of customers.
We used to eat at ARC. The staff are always chatting in their foreign language while working. Thai? Burmese? Very irritating to hear them. They shouldn't be in Singapore. Why does the company even hire them?
The female staff are rude. Once when we walked in, one plump woman rudely called out that they were closed. No "excuse me". Nothing polite in her words. Didn't even say "Pls come back tomorrow". So rude, barbarian. This staff is sometimes at ARC & sometimes at Suntec. Always has a shit face. Unsmiling. Female or male staff are all the same.
When we ate there for a few times, we had to wait for her to stroll over to the cashier & she never even thanked us. Once I was so pissed, I said out loud that she didn't even say thanks. That was the last time.
We went over to Suntec outlet.
Unfortunately, even at Suntec, the staff were problematic. Various service problems since the first time we were there. These problems occurred at different times:
1) Coffee forgot to serve after all the food arrived.
2) Dough fritters (You Tiao) suddenly very hard. When I asked, the female staff said it could have been over-fried. I said we have ordered this on previous occasions & it's been soft. I said hard dough is not nice to eat. She agreed & just said she'll inform the person who fried it. No discount as compensation. Nothing.
I asked whether the dough fritters were yesterday's? She insisted that it was not & "not to worry". We never ordered the dough fritters again.
3) 1-1 ribs soup promotion after 5pm. Once we happened to be there before 5pm & the staff intentionally did not remind us that there was no promotion before 5pm. I say intentionally because usually when we are there after 5pm, the staff will helpfully tell us about the 1-1 promotion. Even though they see us regularly there, they don't even remind us that it's not yet 5pm?
4) Ribs soup arrived tasting very shockingly flat & bland. What happened? Elderly female staff was walking around with a kettle of refill. I called her as she was coming by. I said, "Is this the wrong soup? It's like water. Is this soup meant for Mee Sua instead?".
She said, "Oh, it's the new recruit. He must have used the first round of soup that hasn't soaked up the flavor yet.".
I was thinking: Did he use the soup when the meat is still raw??
I asked, "Is this soup Ok to consume?".
She said, "Yes. Just that the flavor isn't there yet. Here, try this kettle soup".
By then, I had already finished the ribs. She poured the kettle soup onto the bones in my bowl & encouraged me to try the "correct" flavor.
i) New guy isn't trained? The whole day, what has he been doing? Nobody supervise? The whole day serve water-soup? This was already after 5pm.
ii) New guy isn't an excuse for a mistake this big. The ribs soup is the most important signature item. How can the staff just say it's a new guy & serve water-soup?
iii) No discount or any compensation whatsoever. The woman just explained & strolled away to presumably inform the new guy in the kitchen.
5) The last straw was on Sunday 7 May. What's that light green string (about 3cm long) among the salted vegetable that I am eating? I fished it out with my fingertips. Looked like thin plastic string perhaps cut from around the salted vegetables before cooking. Do you know what happens in my stomach if I ate that? Is the Old Street company going to take responsibility for what happens after I eat it?
I called the male staff who was at the cashier after he was done with a customer.
I said, "What's this? It's in my salted vegetable bowl.". He looked at it & said, "Oh...". He apologized with "Bu Hao Yi Si" in Chinese, which means "I'm sorry".
He asked whether it came from the pork ribs or salted vegetables (when I already told him earlier). He then took away the salted vegetables bowl (that we already ate some), pinched the string off my fingertips & left. He returned a minute later with a full bowl.
I asked about the string again, "What is it?".
He vaguely explained in Chinese, "It's a packaging string.".
This is the last time we are eating Old Street.
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