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Feeling Appreciated


You know when you write about food, you really wanna tell others how heavenly the stuff that you’ve tried and hope that they too, can enjoy the flavours that you experienced. And I really appreciate the owners/representative of the establishment writing back to at least respond to what you wrote. If not in my case, they would respond to customers who commented on the food and place, regardless of good or bad the comments. This is a way of telling your customers or critics that you do take in feedbacks and try to make it better when there are any negative remarks. 

Lately I did get some responses on my writing. One of them is my write up on MacDonald’s (http://wp.me/pCcuC-tW) where the management responded to me and gave the well deserved commendations to one of their older staff who went out of her way to make me feel comfy and welcomed back home at Changi Airport Terminal 3. That staff Swee Yong, wrote on my About Roy page (http://wp.me/PCcuC-2) thanking me for my writing in to MacDonald’s and is an avid reader of my blog now. To me, you don’t have to thank me at all, you really deserve it ‘cos you didn’t expect I can be THAT influential with my writing by making your management notice your efforts. Keep up the good work and may every Singaporean based overseas get to feel your warmth when they are back and have their first meal at MacDonald’s Terminal 3. 🙂 

Then of late, I wrote about a few must-go places in Perth and they responded to my TripAdvisor reviews. 

Response from Cottage Cafe @ Berry Farm
Response from Jean-Pierre Sancho

Seriously you’re welcome peeps! Please let the staffs who are behind the scenes, know that they are being appreciated for making such wonderful food!! I really enjoyed my meals there and nothing went to waste! 🙂 Will try to visit again soon! You can see the reviews I wrote here http://wp.me/pCcuC-uA and here http://wp.me/pCcuC-zq. If you wanna read more about my reviews on TripAdvisor, you can check out http://www.tripadvisor.com/members/bigthing

I just wish that customers can be a lot more generous in giving their compliments when the food is good. Most of the time we keep quiet about it. I for one, wouldn’t. I would make sure the chef/cook preparing my meal knows that his/her work is being appreciated. ‘Cos it is really a very very tough job being in the kitchen more than 8 hours a day, in excessive heat and the potentials to get heat rashes, heat cramps, heat exhaustions, heat stroke and dehydration. And while all that is happening, they have to make sure the food is cooked to perfection, presented nicely, and prepared in the quickest time and hygiene. 

Alright, I promised Ho Chi Minh write ups… soon this week! Later y’all! 😉


Big Roy

Taipan Spa – Shanghai, China


Ah ha, you must wondering why I’m writing about a spa all of the sudden right? Well my friends in Shanghai and myself love going to this place for a nice foot and body massage once a while, and the best thing is, the food and beverages there are all complimentary and it’s free flow! 😉 Check out some of the selections below:

Pork Chop Buns… very crispy buns but pork chop a bit small piece…
Pork chop inside with a little sauteed onions
Polo Bun
Some lime tea
Beef Brisket Noodles
Curry fishballs
Ice coffee
Luncheon meat sandwich…

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Generally quite good… Great place to hang out with friends over a massage with food!

Portion: Below average. Suppose to be a snack but if not enough, just order again lor!

Price: Average around RMB200-300 for foot and body massage. Get the membership card for better values and discounts. Check out the web for group buys also.

RTE: The massage is good! So will go whenever I can!

Location: 斜土路595号(近丽园路). Tel: 63023466. They have another branch at Jingan area too but I’ve never been to that one.


鸿福堂 @ Hong Kong


Think most of you will notice this retail chain of shops appearing almost everywhere from MTR stations, airport, shopping malls, etc. Definitely popular and don’t need any reviews. But to some tourist, especially those non-Chinese, they might not know WTH this shop is all about. Writing this also because of my muslim friends who frequent HK often and they may wanna try this.

I have membership card for this because I love their Herbal Jelly (Kwai Leng Gou) which is very strong in herbal taste. It is said to be made from the ‘gel’ from the insides of the turtle shell… But I believe they don’t use that anymore… where got so many turtles for you to scrap the ‘gel’??? Nevertheless, I’m still taking it because of the medicinal benefits as Chinese believe in having a balance between heatiness and coolness in the body. Ask the ladies over the counter, they are more than willing to introduce you what to drink or consume at their stores!

This is the shop at Futian Customs which I frequent
Be prepared to stand and eat, if not take away. Behind me is the fridge full of pack soups, snacks, etc. Some with pork, some not.
A big bowl of Herbal Jelly. Not cheap at HKD$40+ but what you pay is what you get. Quality!
Sugar syrup is provided but if you are the gungho type, go ahead without!
Tea Eggs... HKD$8 for 2. Full of taste and very fragrant. Can't get this taste back home in SG or anywhere else.
Siew Mai... Can't remember how much... HKD$8 for 6 pcs or something like that. But no pork inside. Only fish and flour.
Teochew Kueh... Something like our soon kueh but this one not so nice.Was catching a cold so I was recommended this drink for HKD$20. They have warm or chilled ones for all their drinks. Price range for drinks around HKD$12-$20. All filled to the brim, so becareful when you're opening the caps!
The drink was so bitter that the lady gave me a traditional orange peel sort of like candy. It helps a lot!
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Rating: 5/5. Service is good and food is of high quality and hygiene.

Taste: Very good.

Portion: Average.

Price: See pics.

RTE: All the time.

Location: All over Hong Kong and some parts of Shenzhen! For more info for branches, please check out http://www.hungfooktong.com/shop_delivery.php.