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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
(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. :)