Friday, March 20, 2015

Extreme Sins To Waste Food

I met up with a long lost blogger friend Bananaz yesterday and we chatted everything under the sun and out of this world for some 5 hours! Do you guys remember Bananaz?? Tell that pisang man to stop hibernating in his cocoon and get back to blogging! We both could have rambled till the moon came out but I had to hurry home for some errand matters. I was sharing with him on my family's high praises for the very professional services provided by the team at Nirvana Memorial Centre during my mother's funeral recently.




Look around everywhere and there are many homeless & hungry beggars! 
I stumbled into this young beggar just 2 streets away from SK's office.
I wonder whether Thambee has ever fed him?




We came to the topic about the culture in China where eating and feasting lavishly is a normal practice now. They have this trend to order a minimum of 10 to 12 big plates of gourmet dishes during the luncheon or dinners to commemorate any happy occasions! However, I noticed that there were often too much food unfinished and wasted. The waiters there or our country would often collect all our used plates and bowls to dump into the unfinished food. That's a sinful waste of our merits! On some occasions, the smart waiters would casually ask if anyone would like to pack the dishes home. Big merits go to that waiter!






Please do not allow such wastes to happen as some merits would be drastically deducted from those at the table and I am not kidding. Just estimate and order enough to be enjoyed by all without wasting. If there is some left overs, please do not be shy to ask the waiters to ta-pao or pack them into Doggie Bags (Americans call it that way). Better still, bring your own plastic bags or tupperwares to cart them home.






I saw this female homeless beggar who always slept in the car park 
of the post office in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail. She often made me ponder 
why she left home. I was too timid to approach her as she might 
claw my eyes out instead for being a bloody busy body!!!!



During my late mother's funeral wake for 2 nights, the funeral parlour provided us very delicious buffet of vegetarian meals, yummy nyonya kuehs and complete with coffee/tea being served by their attentive team of uniformed waitresses! All our visitors highly praised the delicious dinner provided and ate so much but we still had some left overs as expected. My wife wasted no time and got the waitress to pack up all the leftovers into 30 equal boxes. After midnight, she drove alone by herself to hunt for the homeless hungry people in the city, who often huddled together in certain areas.

What would have happened if all the funeral wake's food was thrown away? The bad karma would probably be channeled to my late Mother and that was not even her own doing! The cause & effects are natural and would spill to her since it was "Her Funeral". So my wife collected the food and fed the homeless people who all woke up and started eating happily & hungrily! This way, the good merits would be channeled to my mother's soul instead.




The homeless grandmother who slept along Petaling Street.
My wife and student brought food and ang pows for this granny
a few years ago.


I have blogged few times about homeless beggars everywhere and the above old photo showed my wife who often educated all her students to have charitable hearts. This group of 4 students were very disturbed by the sight of the old grandmother sleeping on cardboxes along Petaling Street while cockroaches ran over her blanket and passing dogs stopped to smell her. It was so pitiful and the wealthy parents of one student texted to thank me for waking up his son's eyes to reality. The father felt so bad as he could not provide answers to all the son's questions about why so many homeless people still exists in our city. Is the givernment doing enough?

You can read up this old posts HERE and HERE.



Happy Weekend Friends!
Do Some Charity!




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60 comments:

  1. Nowadays the higher end, ISO certified restaurants would not allow their staff to pack leftover food home. They want to prevent the chef from intentionally cooking low quality dishes to encourage more customers to not finish their food. And also for food safety, food returned might not always be clean, if the staff falls sick due to eating leftover food, the restaurant is open to be sued. Good karma or not, the classier restaurants would not do it.

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    1. I am so surprised to see you being FIRST today! I must buy magnum 4-D tomorrow. What is your weight after multiply by 10?? That could be the winning number!!!

      Yes I am aware that some restaurants do not allow the staff to pack the leftovers home but they do allow the customers to do so. May all the bad karma go to these classier restaurants!

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    2. It's Friday, and I'm not eating out today, so I'm reading blogs at lunch time. It's totally a coincidence hahaha! My weight, 102kg, if you multiply by 10 can really go buy 4D! Maybe this is a sign hahaha!!

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    3. Gone with the wind! i think you gave me the wrong weight!!!

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  2. Very embarrassed to say that my nieces and nephews are super food picky and waste food a lot, especially when my mom cooked the food that doesn't suit her taste, she will purposely do the face that she has difficulty to swallow it and tended to eat super slow...=.=!!

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    1. LOL. You better be a strict aunty and carry a fat rotan to whack the table. By doing so you prevented more sins on them and make merits for yourself.

      I miss my mother's home cooking so much now.

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  3. It's sad to see the homeless people but quite heartening to know there are many out there who are willing to help, with soup kitchens and whatnot.

    But pity that our government sees those who help as people who "encourages" homelessness. :(

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    1. I feel sad too. I often wonder if some politicians have maggots eating the brains!!! Why so brainless?

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  4. I tend to not finish my food but I have two guys to help me clean my plate so we don't waste anything! LOL

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    1. You are one lucky mama!! Who would want to waste the yummy food that you always ate??

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  5. I also believe, wastefulness stems from our upbringing.

    If we raise our child(ren) not be wasteful or picky, then they won't grow up being one.

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    1. So precise and true that our upbringing plays a great role. Most of us are fortunate to have good parents.

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  6. I agree with you on this food wasting issue.. I don't like to waste food as well, but I got a feeling when we eat out in a group, with the bosses and all, most of us are paiseh to take more and put into their plate, and especially if there is little bit left on the plate, people are shy to finish it..
    When I was a kid, I grew up with this statement from the parents and elderly: Finish all the rice on your plate, it took the farmers a long long time to harvest one grain of rice, and, if you don't finish all the rice, you will get an ugly husband with pock-marks or "mandarin orange peels" face !
    I always shout and scream at the kids for not finishing their food.. They are so picky and fussy nowadays.. I get very heartbroken when they don't eat my food, or when they say "I don't like" when they see what is served to them.. Hubby always says "If they don't want to eat, let them starve".. I agree with that statement as well...

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    1. You are such a good mother and knows when to shout or pamper the kids. They will grow up to become good citizens of the future!

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  7. Adoi pisang man kena goreng by TM left & right & center ouch ouch ouch..excuses after more excuses no time & lazy, must come back into blogging soon. tQ TM for the 5 solid hours together like we were long lost friend when actually its our second meet.

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    1. hoi!!! this pisang man must stop hibernating in your banana skin cocoon and get back to blogging bananas immediately dei~~

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    2. SK, Heard you loud and clear & also tQ to TM who knocked in some very good sense into bananaz when he removed the peels..the return of the goreng-ed bananaz very soon.

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    3. Ooops almost forgotten.. TM million thanks for the packet of 5 sen coins

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    4. "Tell that pisang man to stop hibernating in his cocoon and get back to blogging!" I agree! Please, Bananaz? :)

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    5. This Thursday I would fry this banana into fritters again. He is still a young man but behaves like a menopaused aunty!!!

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  8. Fully agree with you not to waste food coz food is God. "God comes to the hungry in the form of food" ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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    1. This is the first time I hear this amazing words of "God comes to the hungry in the form of food"

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  9. I take my hat off for your wifey who is so full of compassion. Saddhu Saddhu Saddhu!

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    1. Thank you Pisang! I am sure you have done much more than this!
      Saddhu Saddhu Saddhu!

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  10. Hi! I was very impressed by your words "my wife who often educated all her students to have charitable hearts." Thanks for sharing.

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    1. My wife had been a teacher for many years, so it comes out naturally from her heart to awaken the students.

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  11. Good evening TM, the weather here is so hot...

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    1. Good evening! It rained yesterday and this morning.

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  12. wow, there were so many banana talks between this Chennai Anay and that Kimchio Man huh?? Thambee wonders what these two gentlemen were chatting and gossiping about for 5 hours even their saliva can make a pot of assam tea already.. so Anay is recommending the Nirvana Memorial Center should anyone need the services??

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  13. yes, Thambee totally agrees with Anay.. many times we see deliberate wastage of food in restaurants, the Chinese banquets are always the most terrible ones i have seen, of course some will bring leftover back home, but there are also some who will just ask the waiters to get rid of them, especially the last few dishes, served and almost untouched and have to be taken away..

    not only this, but i guess it is also very common that you can see people deliberately wasting the free and free flow of chili sauce and ketchup in fast food restaurants.. it is not uncommon to see patrons taking multiple plates of the sauce, and yet they cannot even finish one, all left untouched and have to be thrown away.. sometimes i do hope the restaurants charge customers on those sauces after, say, two complimentary sachets..

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  14. surely i have not seen that guy around my office, but Anay so hebat, you could see him!! and more hebat was that, Anay kept taking photos of him for the sake of blogging and then you just walked away!!! did you feed him with food also?? now i wonder if this guy is actually alive?? and same thing goes to that lady you saw sleeping in the car park
    of the post office in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail..

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  15. wow, looks like the food provided by Nirvana Memorial Center is good!!! too bad, i was in a hurry and didn't get to taste them.. of course, i would not hope that i will be there again just to taste the food lah, hehehe!! and i really have to say my minachi-in-law is one great woman!!! wow, she even drove out alone at midnight to distribute the food to the homeless?? i thought this is actually not too safe for her to do that alone!! i must salute this woman, and seriously, please consider nominating Letchumi for the Noble Prize in the World Peace category!!!

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  16. You have some really good stories on your blog TM, something uncommon that most bloggers would not write...

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    1. My blog has good stories? I thought people said I only wrote grandmother stories.
      Muahahahaha



      I only wished I got the chance like you to get invited to eat and blog!!!! *Hint *Hint

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  17. I agree that we should not waste food. Your wife is really brave and considerate. I read that in some cities it is illegal to feed the homeless. Cities that have laws like that should provide ample shelters for the homeless.

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    1. Yes we all have heard of this illegal issues to feed the homeless! This sounds not justified at all.
      No country would want to build ample shelters as it could encourage the numbers.

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  18. When I see all these photos of beggars you show here, I feel sad and pity them, there was once I saw a man who always eat leftovers at fast food restaurant, I signal to him that I want to buy food and drinks for him but he rejected me, is that integrity showed by him? In my heart, I always think how nice if everybody in this world is fed and has a home.

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    1. Happy weekend TM, you further motivated me to do more charity and I agree with SK, not very safe for your wifey to drive out to distribute food alone during midnight.

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    2. So dangerous for females to be homeless

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    3. Yes I agree that homeless females were often being subject to bullies and dangers. I do feel sad for them but there is no gender choices for being less fortunate. I just hope you will have the good fate to feed the hungry people and even stray cats or dogs. I think Singapore has very few or none as I had never seen them!!!

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  19. Charity starts at home so they say... and I am so touched by you and your wife's thoughts for the less fortunate people.. you really have a good heart... both of you.....

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    1. We are just doing very small deeds compared to you.
      You often ate out in restaurants and I wonder if you managed to finish all?
      Bring plastic boxes along!

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  20. True..Don't waste food. I will make sure my kids finish up their food. Otherwise, it will go to my doggies.
    Your wife really hv the kind deeds in giving away the leftovers to the beggars. Bravo.

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    1. Hey, you don't waste any food at all as you feed your dogs! That is good!!

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  21. I agree that it is a sin to waste food! We must put ourselves in the shoes of those unfortunate homeless people, only then we will realize how fortunate we are. Your wife is an amazing and very kind lady. God bless her!

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    1. Yes I fully agree that we must put ourselves in the shoes of those unfortunate homeless people.
      You cook so well and so often! You could easily dish out wonders to feed a village of hungry beggars.
      Just tell us when and we will do the delivery!!!

      Gong Der Woo Liang!

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  22. Yes, of course remember Bananaz.

    True, I realize there're lots of beggars in our country, but honestly, some I see are very 'normal', not handicapped or anything, I wish they can be stronger and try to make a living themselves, rather than asking for money around.

    For myself, I hate to waste food. Even if I am super full, I will still force myself to finish up, I just don't like to waste, or, I tapao back home and eat later.

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    1. He made me realise that people could easily hibernate like tortoise at any moments. Well that's why he is a Banana tree, waiting for next blooming seasons.

      I am glad that you also dislike food wastage! Just tapao home and put in the fridge first to worry next.

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  23. Read and weep:
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2013/01/21/editorials/an-appalling-waste-of-food/#.VQ-1R_mUe8A
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2009/03/01/national/media-national/japan-loves-wasting-food/#.VQ-1cPmUe8A

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    1. OMG! OMG!

      I read, wept and cursed as well.
      Thanks for the shocking facts and figures of wasted food.

      I should change my title to "Japan Loves Wasting Food!!!!!"

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  24. I don't like waste food too, so every time there is leftover I'll scarify myself sapu all >-<

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    1. Good for you. Next time tapao for beggars and homeless friends!

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  25. Kudos and well done to your wife ! She's really a great lady by taking her precious time to distribute the food to the beggars at late nights!!
    yeah, I agreed with you on wasted food. My wife and my in laws also make it a point to tah pau unfinished food while I am the one who wasted food all the time..hahaha...
    Btw, I wonder how much food the hotels buffet wasted daily ?

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    1. I do hear about hotels who waste food and some hotels who actually recycle the buffet food!

      One good example is their daily baked unsold cakes would be tagged at 50% by late evening. Only regulars or staff would know they could buy at half price, so they are usually snapped up when we wanna buy for friend's birthdays at night. If the cake remains unsold by 6.30pm, it would probably be cut into tiny squares and displayed in the buffet's dessert spread. Pandai yeah!!

      I also know about the fresh and chilled prawns that goes with lemon or wasabi, would be fried for next day's servings. The same goes with fried chickens going into curry pots.

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  26. About wasting food. I am totally against it. That's why, my diet plans never succeeded!

    However, i hope the goverment would actually take some action to save/prevent such misery.

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  27. Yesterday, I invited 10 of April's classmates to her birthday celebration at KFC. After cake cutting, I sliced the cake and served them, but the kids started to play with the cream and they messed up the place. I was not upset and I bought the cake and I wanted to appreciate it. Too bad the young kids now are spoiled . They never valued food at all. I am going to sound April on this tonight, but she didn't involve in the cream playing yesterday.

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