“Laip sab chiak, laip sab tua” is directly translated from Hokkien as “rubbish eat, rubbish grow.” But the meaning is more profound; it means “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” like that Kelly Clarkson’s song (Why you copy us, Kelly?).
“Rubbish eat, rubbish grow” is a phrase often used by Singaporean parents to get their children to finish their food. As the phrase suggests, we take a no-nonsense attitude towards food, and eat everything. Our website is Singapore-based but we are also food travellers, having written on staycations in Singapore, and food reviews and itineraries of other countries.
We first started the site in 2010 because most food writing in Singapore was—and still is—restricted to commercial considerations; every dish is “to-die-for.” We wanted an alternative voice of honesty and humor, and since there was none, we stepped up. However, we learn that it is impossible to be funny when writing nearly 200 reviews a year. But to our aim of honesty, we stay true.
Caveat lector: We pay on our own and review anonymously for most meals because we believe in writing fair and honest reviews; we won’t introduce ourselves to chefs and owners. Anonymity is vital in truthful reviews. But sometimes we go for media tastings to socialize with like-minded bloggers. However, our opinions are not for sale. When the restaurant is bad, we reflect it honestly in our reviews, and we have rejected several advertorials. Our honesty and reliability have more value than money. Advertorial rates are negotiable, but our morals are not.
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Please read this before inviting us for media tastings:
–no obligation that we will write a review.
–if we write, we reserve the right to be honest, truthful, and fair. Our loyalty is with readers. We can be blunt sometimes.
–We go in pairs because we are shy. Please specify that you’re inviting two persons in your email.
–Unless we are craving for that particular food, we usually don’t attend group tastings because we see no point that a reader should read 200 blogs on the same restaurant.
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