15 August 2007

WTF? Episode

I was supposed to plan a birthday dinner at a Ch1nese restaurant within a 5-Star* hotel that involves 24 guests (2 tables). From the surface, it looks like a simple affair. Book the restaurant, confirm RSVP of the guests, settle the menu and just show up on the appointed day at the appointed time. That's all to it. Right?
How difficult can it be?

Ok, it's things didn't go as smoothly as expected. While the inviting (via phone) and RSVPs, 4 phone calls to confirm 24 people (how's that for efficiency?) were without a hitch, the menu however was a different story.
As we are regular patrons of the restaurant, we left it to the manager to plan the menu for the budget that we gave him. Mind you, it was a relatively generous budget of RMB 2000 per table, which may not sound like much by Singapore standards (about SGD 400) but trust me, it is hell of a lot of money for dinner over here and that excludes alcohol.

When I first received the fax of 3 menus proposals, my jaw dropped. It looked as if a 6 year-old put the menu together. It was terrible bordering on illogical. One of the menus even have repeated items (1st dish and 6th dish)!


I would have expected better effort considering the fact that the manager knew us well and is aware of our preferences. As it turned out, the day where the menu was done, the manager was on his off-day and some sales staff took over the menu planning.

OK, so it was somebody else who was not familiar with our tastes. Fine. I can understand that but to submit a totally ridiculous menu is just plain unacceptable. It comes to show how little effort was put into the menu proposal and I can't help but feel slighted by such condescending attitude.

Had this been the old days, I would have ordered for the person's hand to be chopped off and eyeballs pierced. Fortunately, we are in the modern era and she gets to keep bother hands and her eyeballs.

Anyway, the other thing that pissed me off was that dad was upset at me over the substandard menus.
Harlow, not say I wrote the menu one hor? I also just received the fax what? You shoot the messenger for what?


Besides, the dinner is this Sunday and we can for now, regard the menu suggestions as first drafts. We have ample time to revise it until we are happy with it and so I would appreciate not needing to deal with all the fucking temperamental crap dished out at me.

I mean if you are not happy with the menu suggestions, take issue directly with the person who drafted it. Don't take it out on me. I mean, I too am upset of such sub-standard treatment but do you see me chewing up innocent bystanders?

KNN.... iKPCT DuLan.

* The so-called 5-Stars is the hotel ownself give one lah. While it may still be good by local standards, it is nowhere close to our Singapore 5-Stars. Not even by a long shot. 

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1. hiaoauntie left...
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 7:58 pm
hehehe u are now KPCT Jay

2. akk left...
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 8:15 pm
wat's KPCT?
in any case, screaming that person's head off seems a good idea. if she dun wan her job, you can hardly care so much for her, yes? Ok, but i swear i am not a nice person...

3. OLLie left...
Wednesday, 15 August 2007 8:25 pm ::
Tell her to "kong4 biak4". Do they understand hokkien?

4. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 16 August 2007 1:04 am :: 
hiaoauntie: Heh heh... I shall take that as a compliment.

akk & ollie: If given a choice, I would have prefer the options of having her hands chopped off and her eyeballs punctured. Grrr......

5. Gary left...
Thursday, 16 August 2007 2:02 am
actually if you want to really chew up bystanders, is very easy.. when the manager come back, give him the menu that the sales stuff have come out with, mentioned that your dad blame you for it.. and could even have a tirade on it.. wahahah..

6. JayWalk left...
Friday, 17 August 2007 12:33 am :: 
Gary: Nah... I still prefer to lob off her hands and stick a couple of chopsticks into the sockets. Grr......

7. janedoe left...
Thursday, 23 August 2007 11:27 pm ::
That is one cool pic. haha I don't know what it is with the elders either, the shoot-the-messenger phenomenon. But it's been like this since time immemorial so take heart, Joan Of Arc was (I think) burned at the stake.

8. JayWalk left...
Friday, 24 August 2007 9:50 am :: 
janedoe: Yeah... ever realised that there was never a pat on the back for something good that you did and ever so ready to plunge the knife at the slightest hint of screw up?

Hmm.... burning at the stake.... that gives me an idea, I should chopped off her hands, gouge her eyeballs, THEN burn her at the stake. >.<

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