Hmm…what is really the TRUTH behind “Private Affairs”?

Hmm….a follow up to my previous entry

I’ve been innocently(keke) directed to a forum in a comment left behind by a friendly reader(thanks for dropping by yah) Bubao…which further leads me to another few blog links. Apparently, there were a few popular food bloggers who jumped enthusiastically into conclusion and fired mercilessly at ladyironchef first-hand BEFORE he addressed the said issue with the his side of the story.

Two bloggers caught my eye. Glenn Lee from www.Hungryepicurean.com apologized formally on his blog as well as emailed ladyironchef personally after he heard his side of story. *claps* Subsequently, he also deleted the previous entry. Therefore I didnt get to read it, but most probably, it’s not very “nice” maybe.

On the other hand, another unapologetic female food blogger, Kaelyn Ong stands true on her previous entry and further emphasized she’s entitled to her own opinions on her own blog. I have to say she really does express her disgust for Brad well. Haha.

And after reading her 1st entry “STOP asking for free food!” BEFORE Brad made his statement and the 2nd unapologetic entry, End of story #2 AFTER Brad made his statement….again…I cant help…but to form some…opinions and guesses.

She refused to make a public apology for her 1st entry.

I’m not surprised as you can clearly know her personality from the 1st entry. And strictly speaking, indeed she dont have to because she’s entitled to her own opinions on her own blog, no matter whether the content she blogged are half-truths or not. People demand her to apologize is because her blog got traffic, and there were negative impact. It’s also not my business whether she apologizes or not. What boggles me was how she can sound so sure that she had the truth and was totally unapologetic and indignant about holding her “stand”.

There were like 80+ negative comments hammering Brad for that misleading post.

I mean, if you realised you previously blogged an entry criticizing someone with only half-truths and not the whole story, and no matter the truth he claimed is real or not, you will still have doubts, you will still feel abit paiseh right? That you have jumped into conclusion and mislead all your readers?

Hmmm…………….and I cant help forming some opinions and guesses in my head.

Observations
Brad Lau and his friends took the brunch on 22nd Aug 2010.

Yahoo fit-to-post entry titled S’poreans outraged over ‘free meal’ blogger was dated on the next day 23rd Aug 2010.

That was probably the first entry to hit the WWW, attracting hundreds of thousands. All other new thread topics on forums or personal blogs were either on the same day or the day after. Singaporeans very efficient on gossips huh~ Keke.

But look at the date of her 1st entry.

It was dated 22nd Aug 2010, the very same day Brad Lau attended the brunch with his friends, and 1 day before the news hit Yahoo Singapore.

She said:

A little bird told me a very disturbing piece of news today:

A rather “famous” food blogger (X) went to a restaurant with a group of friends for brunch this morning. When the bill came, X asked for a waiver cuz he’s a food blogger.
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Who is that bird huh?

Who can be soOoo clear with what (supposedly) took place at the restaurant with such painful details?

Who is soOO kpo to tell her first hand on the very day which the incident happened?

She further said:

It may jolly well be a case of miscommunication, but I must admit that I’m quite skeptical. It may be the truth, or it may just be damage control. What is obvious to me though, is the poor attitude displayed. Bringing 3 friends along, being late, and then tossing the credit card when made to pay? Errr, I don’t know about you but that doesn’t sound very gracious to me.

That’s right. That doesnt sound gracious but that certainly came with reason. Anyone will be pissed if forced to pay a pretty big bill IF he was entitled to a complimentary meal OR misleaded into thinking that it should be complimentary. She’s not quite skeptical. She totally disregards ALL the proof which he presented and not 1 sentence was being said about analyzing(like how I did) his account’s credibility. She merely kept harping on his attitude, lateness, bring friends along….nahz…those are minor issues(not that I meant it’s acceptable) when compared with the major issue at hand; whether was it a food-tasting invitation etc.

And what I found even more mind-boggling is this;


To X: If you happen to read this and decide to take your petty revenge by writing a lousy post slamming that restaurant, I dare you to. Count yourself lucky that the kind chef gives you and your bunch of friends that 50% discount. If I’m the chef, you can wait until the cows come home for that discount.

P.S. The blogger X is a ’he’, but his blog sounds like a ‘she’. If that’s not clear enough, I don’t know what is.

Peace.

Lol. It’s SO ironic when a blogger who just slammed another blogger’s face down in dirt with a nasty entry can end it with the word “Peace“.

It’s like, “Hey you’re (*&^%$#$%^&*&^%$%^ and I totally despise you for what you’ve done! By the way, PEACE okie.”

HAHAHAHAHA

Alright. I just feel the last paragraph was like over-the-edge. And I wondered if you have the same view as me, that is, she is totally biased in the restaurant, Private Affairs’s favor.

Whoever that bird is, she seems to trust him/her completely that she heard the truth and in her heart, she has already condemned Brad no matter what evidence he produces. I.e, She is not objective.

It’s just a guess; I feel she’s affiliated in some way with the restaurant, Private Affairs. However, since her sense of “integrity” seems to be “bursting” in her entry so I’m more likely to believe no monetary gains were involved. Young, impulsive and prudish as she is, she’s more likely naively being used as a tool by the same restaurant who used Brad for advertisement.

Woah seh! The marketing for Private Affairs “rocks” manz. Just a budget of $435-$160=$275 can attract so much “awareness”. Li hai! For that, the operations director Ross Valentines was similarly guilty as charged because apparently, he took part in the whole farce too.

As much as I’m opinionated in my own blog, it’s never my intention to, you know, get all heated up in other people’s debate/gossip(whatever you call it), act all holy righteous and mighty to attract ANY attention. Friends who know me know that I dislike attention of any sort. And I do treasure it(low blog traffic wise) because I can write (almost) anything I want on my blog and not affect anyone negatively.

Why I feel extremely hostile towards Suzanna Low is because I cant imagine anyone, for the sake of blog traffic, subject another man to public flogging BEFORE he make a public statement. In short, I dont like people who use other people for their own gains. And I’m one who treasures reputation more than life. Haven you heard of 誓可杀,不可辱? I rather die with glory than live with shame.

I’m very sure I will write VERY differently if my blog traffic is as busy as XX because I KNOW what I write can pull a man up OR pull him down. But since I’m a nobody, I think I can enjoy the freedom of writing my own views on my own blog.
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HAHAHAHA

*Updated* ladyironchef & Suzanna(Low life)

Few days ago, Dearie mentioned about a particular SG food blogger who refused to pay for his meals at a restaurant after declaring he, as a food blogger, never pays.

Me: Which food blogger so 贱?

Dearie: ladyironchef

Me: Ohhhhh, that’s the idiot who gave a grossly over-rated review for Taste Paradise‘s dimsum!

Considering how Lin, KS and me were conned into visiting the expensive restaurant which serves mediocre dim-sum, I was thinking, “Serves him right!”

Dearie: The restaurant eventually gave him a big discount but he still threw the credit card on the table. And now the whole food blogger community were saying how he had tainted their reputation and disgraced them.

Yahoo news: Food-blogger-who-asks-for-free-meal-sparks-outrage-online

Despite so, the kaypo me digged up his supposedly-famous-but-now-notorious-food-blog at http://www.ladyironchef.com/ just now and began to read. I knew there bound to be some explanations trying to justify/deny the accusations. He did. By the way, I just got to know it’s a “he”. Oh my, no matter what is his once-in-a-lifetime-story for the name, I still feel it’s very gu-niang lor.

But after I saw his pic……….

Ok. Now I understand.

Alright, so he related/claimed the TRUTH, here

There were tons of screen shots. But to cut the story short, he claimed/said he didnt barge into the restaurant, had an expensive meal, declared that he’s a food blogger and refused to pay. Instead, the PR manager Melanie had invited him with a guest of his to a food-tasting session. And of course, by his definitions, it meant, “Woohoo! Shiok la! Another free meal. But I have to review it sui-sui(awesomely/fantastically/amazingly).”

Hng! Just like how the review of Taste Paradise came about huh~ 简直是一派胡言!!

Anyway, for his screen shots, I kinda dont understand why the need to screen some parts of the email which is vitally important.

For example;

Greetings from XXXXXXXXXXXXX

Oh please, everyone got the gossip first hand in Yahoo and everyone knows which restaurant already. Is there a need to screen it? We dont even know if Melanie exists, so greetings from WHO is definitely necessary to clear the air. Subsequently, all details of the sender were being screened. So the screen shots did not help at all as who the hell know Melanie?? She could be a PR manager for another eatery or just someone with a common name.

Okie, ASSUMING, that the print screens were all real and Melanie does exists as a PR manager for Private Affairs….

Well, then this Melanie is really foul-play. As it’s commonly understood that a food-tasting invitation comes complimentary. And if she dont intend for that, it’s only right to state the prices of the brunch for all, if not, for the 3rd and 4th guest since she extended the invitation to Brad Lau and a guest of his. Also, never should she use the phrase “food-tasting“, she can perhaps say “we will be honored with your patronage and sincerely await your arrival with your guests whenever you’re comfortable.” etc.

It’s kinda ridiculous if someone invites you as humbly as possible for a food-tasting session twice and remarked that, “Oh please do bring along a friend and we’re be delighted to see you bla bla” and then after that demands innocently yet maliciously, “Oei, bill is $435. Pay, you idiot! You didnt expect all is free huh, you greedy pig.”

Why I said she’s foul play was also because she didnt directly reply the email which Brad was indirectly asking whether it’s complimentary for the 3rd and 4th guests he’s bringing. And even the SMS she replied was ambiguous. Still, Brad can only blame himself for over assuming and thinks not only there are free lunches in this world, there are also free champagne for him and his friends.

DGG lah. DAN-GU-GU=Wait long long.

A-S-S-U-M-E => When you a-s-s-u-m-e, you make an ass out of U and ME.

The chick chit, I mean, did however admitted indeed he threw the credit card on the table.

Silly boy. Throw credit card on the table got what use?

He should ask to see Melanie and throw it at HER instead. Haha.

From what I see, this whole episode was a highly malicious act by Private Affairs to advertise for themselves by stepping on people’s head. But you know what, that will probably be the last restaurant on Earth that I will go. For they stink to the core with their despicable act.

Anyway, assuming that every and everything are true(about what he claimed/said), being a food blogger(or so, as he proudly prided himself as), it’s still unprofessional to give a biased review after a free meal, without any disclosure of it being free at all.

I have more respect and certainly more trust in food bloggers who reviews for food that they paid for. Or the very minimum, DISCLOSE that the food are complimentary when you give a review. That’s only respecting your integrity as well as your readers.

I’m not a fan of his blog but I have guessed that he writes unjust and dishonest reviews while enjoying free food. For that, I view Leslie Tay in ieatishootipost with the SAME pinch of salt. Still, I find it amusing. A doctor also like that. Bleh~

No matter whether truth did come to light, he’s finished.
I mean, he’s not dead lah, neither is his blog. But people will not believe or read his reviews already.

Trust takes more than a decade to earn but seconds to destroy.

If only he’s less greedy.

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UPDATES

Apparently, Private Affairs are not the only grossly stinky people on Earth. An overly-concerned auntie Miss Suzanna Low had enthusiastically put up the Yahoo! Fit To Post article on her Facebook, hoping to reach as many as she can. She also wrote an article herself, titled You eat. You pay. Even if you’re a famous food blogger.

Miss Bao Qing Tian
Miss 包青天

Ha, spoken like a real outraged and righteous holy maiden, below are some excerpts;


“Such an arrogant attitude has angered the food blogging community, with many claiming that this sort of action tarnishes the good reputation built up by reputable food bloggers.
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From my experience, bloggers eat for free only when they have been personally invited by the restaurants or organizers for food blogging events. One example was a Moon Cake tasting event I organized two years ago with the management of the Yan Ting restaurant at The St Regis Singapore for the Flickr food bloggers.
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According to another blogger friend of mine, Edvarcl Heng, who used to blog for a food magazine, Lau had already violated restaurant review ethics by declaring his media presence. And according to his friend at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America), reviews are always conducted incognito so as to negate restaurant/chef/service bias. Hence, demanding for a free meal equates to bribery.
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So Brad, if you are reading this blog, I urge you to come forward with your side of the story. As they say, you can run but you can’t hide forever. And in this Internet age, nothing is forgotten as everything is archived on the World Wide Web.”

Woah! This post was out BEFORE Brad blogged about his side of the story. And as much as I dont hold Brad in very high regard, I think this Suzanna is far far worst!! Stepping on people’s head to gain traffic to her own blog by acting all righteous and dignified.

“You can run but you cant hide forever.”

Hng! I was thinking, “who the hell you think you are?” and how “helpful” you are in making all those “conclusions” and “assumptions” huh when the person in question has not even give an explanation or reply.

And weeks following that, her comment again,

Suzzinc says…
Hi guys,
the truth is out, check out my latest post and Brad’s side of the story.

And guess what, she wrote another entry as a response to Brad‘s reply.

I nearly puked in disgust at the title, Get your facts right before you write

Yeah!! Talking about yourself is it?

Tell yourself one more thing, Auntie Suzanna.

Shut your bloody mouth up and stop adding oil to fire when you dont know what really happened and definitely not BEFORE the person in question responds.

What a lame asshole.

Seriously, I might be mean and all that, but at least I will see what the “victim” has to say first before giving my own views on my own personal blog for my OWN pleasure okie.

Seeing how she act righteous while spreading the article generously online, coupled with her own assumptions to further maligned Brad simply doesnt put her in a very positive light.

Simply cant stand her. She’s probably happily thinking:

“Oh you can run but cant hide forever. Please come forward and pray for your sins. We have you here in WWW. You might be breaking the law for bribery. And behold, “You eat. You pay. Even if you’re a famous food blogger”, just like me! I have so many blogger friends and we will sure put you down. And I will post and spread to to EVERYONE on my facebook so that everyone knows what a farce you are. Please keep up with my blog because I’m a sucker for traffic and loves putting people down to make myself look classier.”

And when the truth is out?

She claimed,Get your facts right before you write

What a joke!

What a low life lamer manz!

She still dare to write:

“The truth has finally emerged from the food blogging scandal surrounding food blogger Brad Lau and restaurant Private Affairs. After being uncontactable and his blog down due to overwhelming traffic from the recent incident blogged by a Yahoo! Fit To Post blogger, Lau has shed some light with his side of the story surrounding the incident.
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As a blogger myself, I’ve always felt the need to get my facts right before I blog about something. Sensationalizing and hyping a gossip or rumor now and then is certainly good for the site’s pageviews and click-through rates, but I always believe that what you write on the Internet that’s not true will always turn around to bite you back.
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So, always get your facts right before you write on. Or the next person’s reputation which you are flushing down the toilet may just be yours.”

SUPER DUPER disgusting right? Classic 马后炮.

I’ll gladly slap her for the chit. And suddenly he dont seem that annoying already.

Gossips!

Im quite irritated with myself. All along I can type chinese characters very conveniently using hanyupinyu by a flick of alt+shift keys. But as Windows Vista is such a act-class-but-no-use-platform which needs alot of ram to run, believe me, I have been using “Disk Cleanup” like everyday to free up to 1GB of wasted space. My hands were itchy enough to uninstall a few programs including Njstar Word Processor. Only to realise that alt+shift function to enable chinese characters input stemmed from that program and is not a additional feature of Windows Vista. 气死我了! I had to reinstall the program but somehow the alt+shift dont work anymore!! The “EN(English)” at the system tray will change to “CH(chinese)” but the hanyupinpin didnt prompt input. Sigh Sigh Sigh. Now I have to open up Njstar WP everytime I input chinese characters to copy over. Somebody help me please!

I have been crazily hooked to 法证先锋 part 2. Currently watching it at http://6.cn. Both part 1 and 2 are nice, just that; Part 1, the main leads are (I’ll skipped all the chinese names of tvb artistes now! So troublesome!) Bobby, Yoyo, Linda, Lin Wen Long while Part 2, the main leads became solely Charmaine, Kevin, Lin Wen Long. Bobby became a supporting role. =( Heh~ TVB can be so unscrupulous sometimes. Well ya I know everyone loves Charmaine. I do admire her acting skills too, at least she’s not a pure bimbo who dont know how to act. She definitely look sweet too. But TVB really went very far to make her look good and give her all the parts in the show. From part 1 to 2, they totally shred away Yoyo’s role as Xiao Rou, who was a competent darling Madam loved by her team and Bobby, by making her almost totally handicapped with 1 deaf ear and 1 broken wrist in a bomb accident. Instead of the long, silky black hair where she always tie them up in a smart ponytail or leave them around her shoulders for a romantic scene, now she was being made to cut them short, and somehow infused with chemicals to make the gorgeous hair into a frizzy mess of hay! Ah duhz!

Yoyo is a beauty(how can she snag Ekin then)! And I feel she carries off the role of a competent madam better than Charmaine who always look sweeter than honey. Most probably because Yoyo is tall I guess, 1.7m. Sophisticated. Okie, so basically she no longer have many scenes because she was handicapped and had to switch to admin work while the cool Charmaine came to lead the same team to replace Yoyo. What about Linda, starring Lin Ding Ding(Lin Wen Long’s Girlfriend) in the show? Another tall, gorgeous babe who might also threaten to steal Charmaine’s limelight? Wah, they straight away make her DIE IMMEDIATELY in an BOMB ACCIDENT in the first few episodes of Part 2. There wasnt even a last scene of her on the death bed or something. SHE JUST DIED AND DISAPPEARRED! No funeral, no last breath, no last words, no NOTHING! And she was the one of the main leads. In part 2, the only significant female standing is Charmaine. Chen Fa La got some parts which includes her to act cute all this but was still insignificant because too few scenes. I saw the forum, many people were disgusted by the arrangement.

Wanbao had some negative gossips about Charmaine, all about her being a…ahem…slut who seduces or attempts to seduce almost every man who crosses her path. Attached, not attached, married, not married, with kids or without kids. I’ve heard she tong1 sha1(meaning, kill all). Some very very negative gossips includes she nearly broke up Chilam’s & Anita’s, Michael Miu’s and Joe’s Ma’s marriages, Roger Kwok’s 7 years attachment as well as making Kevin & Niki(5years attachment) broke off. Some worse rumours include she always go whowho’s house and whowho go her house. WOW! I know she’s so sweet-looking until can dieee but I always feel to deal with men, to lure them and keep their hearts definitely need more than only good looks. Agree? Of course a pretty face with gentle gestures definitely helps alot. But there are other things as well. 手段 lah. =P I certainly hope she’s not as bad as the papers claim as I quite like her, not because of her pretty face but because of some of the good roles that she did a good job in, like 火舞黄沙,无名天使. Although, I dont quite like a statement which Wanbao supposedly quoted her in regards to whether Kevin Cheng and her has any chance of being an item, ” 郑嘉颖没有追求我。等他真的追我再说吧。哈哈!”

What does it sounds like?

Judging from my intense sensitivity, I have the following speculations.
1) Charmaine is definitely charming Kevin and is enjoying doing so by making him lose his cool
2) Due to some reason(most probably scared people hate him for being such a jerk by dumping Niki and then immediately going after Charmaine), he has not yet made any official move of wooing Charmaine.
3) Charmaine is confident of Kevin’s feelings for her and is daring him to woo her, with obvious hints that she welcomes his advances, though not at all eager.

As for whether she got any feelings for Kevin, it’s not obvious. Though it was already rumoured that Kevin already 2-timed where Charmaine purportedly declared, “Who knew that she would be that stupid and didn’t know anything!”. Wow if it’s true then she’s such a b*tch. And Kevin’s a Ba*tard!!

=.= I like Niki Chow leh, 周丽淇. She’s the younger sister of Kathy Chow(周海媚). Both so pretty. I’ve seen her receiving the award as the Best Newcomer in the TVB awards and she’s so cute and humble. Feel so sad for her, especially when she still have to face the reporters. Sigh. Charmaine and Chilam shooted some wedding pictures together by The Dream Wedding Bridal and thus have some connections. Anita Yuen was even rumoured to remark that she wish to hack Charmaine. Sigh. That’s so sad. She is so insecure.

Haiz. I better pray hard that Dearie dont meet such a devil then.

Movie Title: My best friend’s Girl
Ratings: 2/5
Comments: It’s so damn boring!! OMG!! The dialog seems to be made from nothing else except dirty yellow jokes and vulgaries. And the word “ASSHOLE” was like repeated 10,000 times in the movie. The dialog was so meaningless and empty that I guess they cant even translate it properly with chinese subtitles, thus there was none. And yes Im not afraid to admit I dont understand most of the dirty jokes where only a handful of people laughed cheekily in the whole cinema. And they’re speaking so damn fast with their slang, so I dont understand what the hell they are mumbling! It’s just too bad Im so pure and innocent, thus I cant appreciate this movie. Thank you.

I just realised Kate Hudson’s Movies SUCK, most of the times.