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16 January 2006 @ 10:51 pm
of all horrors!

i am holding in my hand, the singular remaining piece of scott facial tissue (soft and strong for everyday use), of the SECOND BOX i have slaughtered since 5 days ago! this is my 300th tissue (each box has 150 sheets) at home in 5 days!

a few innocent tissues at the office were killed in action today as well.

feelin': tiredtired
 Lee  (Tracy Lee, actually :)popcorn_feet on January 16th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
OH NO! this is a horror... you have to get better so no more innocent tissues suffer...
JV: japogothdrag0nette on January 17th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
i'm trying! :) i should go to bed now... :P
The Citygentcitygent on January 16th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
oooh - moisturise that nose, petal. Ouch!
JV: leaf116drag0nette on January 17th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
doin' ma best! :D
(Anonymous) on January 17th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
I'd just use the office tissues if I were you
Otherwise you'll have to choose between going bankrupt on good tissues, or rubbing the skin off your nose with lousy tissues. Office tissues always seem to be in the middle of the range.

Is that a digital SLR you're holding in your photo? What model is it? Do you whip this one out when you're dining and you want to take photos of the food? [If you also start writing notes during your meal, I can almost guarantee that the service will improve.]

JVdrag0nette on January 17th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Re: I'd just use the office tissues if I were you
the office tissues are my own! hahaha... can't remember the brand but the not-cheap ones with the seashell-boxes...

yes, that's a fuji finepix4900. very old SLR which was my old work camera. it was a very good work-buddy, but i haven't seen it since i left the job a long time ago! hahaha! using any SLR to shoot during a meal could be quite hilarious! actually i've seen someone whom my friend and i suspected could be a food critic at a bak kut teh stall writing in his note book while eating! i wrote about it some time back... i'll try and fish it out soon from my archives if i can remember!
(Anonymous) on January 18th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
Re: I'd just use the office tissues if I were you
I used to write food reviews for IS, together with macaloon.blogspot.com but that was Before Baby. Also Before Husband. We had to do it undercover, i.e. no special treatment, unlike Jason Hahn for 8 Days and the other guy for ST (I still don't see how anyone can do an honest review with the maitre'd, head chef and restaurant owner all sucking up at the same time and everything getting prepared special).

My cover got blown at L'Aigle D'or because I was writing notes [otherwise cannot remember!] and they suddenly without reason gave me a complimentary bottle of white wine at the end of my meal ("we are having a promotion"). I'll always love that time. Plus all the people who suddenly wanted to have dinner with me.

I think you should (if not already) be doing paid food reviews. Your writing is fantastic! Do you work for a magazine?
JV: speckydrag0nette on January 18th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
Re: I'd just use the office tissues if I were you
thanks for the compliment! i used to be an editor (and a writer before that) for an interior design magazine. that was awhile ago though. :) paid reviews sound like a fantastic idea, especially the undercover type because i totally believe in honest reviews too. and with the special-treatment ones, there are usually certain obligations to skew the review in a nice light, which sucks.

here's the founder bak kut teh incident where we thought we saw someone in action!

did IS ever get into trouble if you guys were too honest in a review?
(Anonymous) on January 19th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
Re: I'd just use the office tissues if I were you
The restaurant owners/ managers would complain and because they could pull their advertising (and their parent company's advertising and their subsidiary's and associated company's advertising) it is inherently unlikely that a review would truly be honest. So the language would be watered down and the rating reviewed upwards. You'd probably have faced the same issues. I notice the ratings have never gone down beyond "average" or something like that.

I once reviewed a restaurant in Holland V where I paid something like S$5 for Campbell's mushroom soup with a little cream in it and some nice garnish. How did I know it was Campbell's mushroom soup? Because it tasted and looked exactly like Campbell's mushroom soup AND EVEN HAD THE LUMPS. You know, the big lumps in the soup that you get when you add water to the stuff from the can, put it on the hot stove and run out to watch TV without stirring properly. But I couldn't say that in the review.

IS still does reviews - you should just write in to the editor if you are keen.

Interior design magazine! How cool is that?!
JV: speckydrag0nette on January 19th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
Re: I'd just use the office tissues if I were you
definitely been through the "don't offend the advertisers no matter how shite their products are" thing while with the magazine... i guess it's the same everywhere. :) always trying to make some crap interior sound like it's absolutely stunning (i seriously overused "clean lines", "elegance", "uncluttered", "simplicity", "luxurious", "contemporary chic" and words like that those 2 years of my life).

lumpy soup is WRONG! eeeeps!

will definitely consider the IS thing, thanks much! :)

interior design magazine may sound cool... :) but i was with such a scam of a gig that was such a great learning experience because it was such an absurdly unorthodox operation. the bosses weave webs of lies and i believe the company currently has no other employees other than themselves, and they are copying articles wholesale from foreign mags. and this is just a small part of the juicy story for another day. :)
.that girl.: sunflowergirlwhowaits on January 17th, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC)
Aiyoh I blame the weather!!

Btw do they have the tissues with aloe and vit E? Better for the nose otherwise don't forget to moisturise the nose just in case the skin rubs off.

*hugs to get well!*
JVdrag0nette on January 17th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
oh i miss those special tissues! unfortunately, i can't find these in sg. :(

*hugs* thanks babe! :)
(Anonymous) on January 19th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Get well soon!
JVdrag0nette on January 20th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
thank you!