Renovation of Coffee Shop =(

Singapore
September 23, 2008 2:35am CST
There is this one coffee shop that I had always went to, and it had been close to 1 year that I had stepped foot over there. They have many marvellous food that were so delicious and you can never get such good food anywhere else in the estate that I am living in. However, a surprise awaited me when I stepped into that coffeeshop once again yesterday! The coffeeshop was renovated and all the previous food stalls were replaced with new ones. Even the position of the drinks store was shifted to the front of the coffeeshop! It's true that the new design of the place is very modern and nice, but I still miss the old feeling of the old coffeeshop whereby it's a reminder from my past. Even the food stores have changed their owners and the food somewhat or rather does not taste as good as last time. I had my favourite food - porridge from the noodles store, and well, it's bland and tasteless, unlike in the past. In the past, the porridge there is one of the more popular food there and you can be sure that there are many orders of it. I can understand why there is no one at the coffee shop last night when I was there when in the past, it would always be full packed. Right now, Singapore is just progressing too fast, and most of the old food stores and coffeeshops are renovated to make them more modern. This is something which I don't like. No wonder I prefer the old style of Malaysia. Sigh~ I believe that in another 5 years time, we will no longer see the past of Singapore anymore, and SIngapore would be losing its heritage and culture to give way to the modern generation. What do you guys think? How about where you are living? Is the progress of advancement that fast too?
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
26 Sep 08
Oh no, that's unlucky for u.. The coffee shop located just under my block has been thru renovations twice, and luckily for me, the original stalls are still there, and their prices surprisingly remained unchanged.. haha ^_^ ANd instead of having 1-2 new lousy stalls coming in, the food being served is actually much better than the previous stalls.. haha =D SO in a way, i'm much luckier than u in that sense though the whole coffee shop has been modernised ^_^ hehe Yeah, the old coffee shop gives us a more comforty feeling just like in the 1980s-1989s, but too bad, the look is too old for a fast progressing singapore, and thus a make over is needed in order to improve all the coffee shop's image.. ANd with the renovation and nicer outlook, rents will automatically increase, resulting in those old time hawkers not able to meet those rents and no choice, they have to give up their stall to those stall owners whom only wanna make money but dun give quality kind of food.. haiz UNless u are rich, u can open a coffee shop in singapore with all the 1980s-1990s type of interior, and u only collect a substantial amount of rent, maybe u will be able to get the good old feeling back again.. hehe
• Singapore
28 Sep 08
I wish that I am rich! Then I can do what ever I want to do with the cash that I have on hand. It's so sad to be poor and watching others fulfil their dreams and wishes because they have the dough. Boo hoo hoo.. If I am rich, i would sure love to open that sort of coffeeshop that I am customed with while growing up! It would surely bring back a lot of fond memories for those who are born in the 80s and before. And I would sure have lots of customers who crave for that kind of experience and memory as well.. Hmm.. Wanna join me as one of the shareholderS? Lol.. =D You are so damn lucky! I wish that I was staying in your area! In my area, the coffeeshop at 445 was not the only one affected by modernisation! The one at 478 underwent the change last year, and 1 of the older coffeeshop went bust and had given way to a CK departmental store. Within a year, all the coffeeshops that I had grew up with around my area was gone, or had underwent renovations. And I thought that the one at 445 had been spared. Well, aparantly not. Lol, all the good food and ambience is gone. NO wonder all the new coffeeshops are empty what with their sub-standard quality food and the exhorbitant prices that we have to pay for those swill.. You mean to say that after renovations, the food quality actually got better and the prices still stays the same!? You are so lucky! Better take more pictures of the stores there and enjoy the food as well. You will never know when they will be gone the next time round you are there!! So, with those photos, you can still go round searching for those food stores even when they have shifted. SMart right? That sounds so logical. It kind of makes sense that in order to cover the cost of all those renovation works, they will have to jack up the rental prices, and in doing so, the food vendors have no choice but to pass the additional costs to us - their consumers. At the same time, they would have to reduce on the portion of food given to us, and make do with sub-standard quality ingredients to make the same kind of food in order to survive themselves. It's no wonder that even though the coffeeshops looks nice now, their quality of food had been dropping and dropping, and in the process losing loyal customers and revenue. It's kind of like a vicious cycle, as when customers are lost, renevue is also lost. And the vendors, in order to recoup the losses try to cut back on the quality of the food, and raise the prices even higher, which makes them lose even more customers. I could never understand why people would want that to happen.=( Bring back the old and all problems would be solved! Unfortunely not everyting would work out the way we want them to! That's the sad part about life!I hate the progress of Singapore. it's too suffocating and too much fast paced for my liking. Sigh~ I sure wish for the childhood of when I am growing up. It's all lost now to modernisation.. Just like bugis street and lau pat sat!
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
29 Sep 08
Yeah, money is always the starter of all problems, and thus they are the solution too.. haha =D If i have the money, i will be part of your company to start up a 80s coffee shop, and u shall be the director, and i be a small shareholder only.. haha Wow, u have got 3 coffee shops around u?? That's great so that u won't get bored with the same food everyday or every other day.. hehe =D Well, at least when one of it went busted, u are still left two 2 to choose from and that's not too bad.. YEah, whenever a coffee shop undergo 'surgery', they will only try to take good care of the appearance but not on the inner construction, which will be the quality of food.. All the owners care is about profit and money.. Thus, u see here again, money is the source of all problems.. lol Yup, after the renovations at the coffee shop here, prices remain and food get even more tastier, plus, they are still preserving the old school type of cooking ^_^ If u have time, u can come down here to try, it's just opposite SGH, blk 146.. Try their lor mee and laksa, they are only $2 and delicious.. hehe =D They have been around here since i was a kid till now, almost 20 yrs ^_^ The memory is inside my head now, and so i need not take any photos to remember them ^_^ PLUS, they are getting on in age and i'm not sure if their son will take over their stall not.. And if the son take over, i'm not sure if it will be as nice like now.. hehe Yeah yeah, very right.. That's why alot of ple say that being in the F&B line, often earns the most, because they can increase their prices over every slightest thing, or even blame it on raw materials.. lol =D SO no matter how bad or small portion is the food, they will still get customers because singaporeans just loved to eat, and so even with no regulars, they can make do with new customers everyday.. haha =D But very soon, i believe that the coffee shop will fold soon due to no business as their food is high in price, low in quantity and quality.. lol Lau pa sat is no more like b4, so crowded with all the good food.. NOw it's been modernised too, making all the food so expensive, just wanna cheat all the tourist money with their substandard food.. I think if i were to bring them eat at normal coffee shop, they will sure say the food is much more worth it than lau pa sat.. haha =D As for bugis street, it has a major makeover and everything has changed, no more like the 80s type, everything is aircon and of coz prices increased as well :( ANd in case for anybody whom dunno about singapore, this is how singapore is like.. haha
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• Singapore
9 Oct 08
Lol and will you be the one doing all the work, with me reaping in the profits? Now.. that sounds like a GREAT idea! Let us split 80-20.. me the first one and yours the latter figure. How about it? SOunds great? When do you want to set up the kopitiam? 1 year from now? Hehe.. Actually I have more than 3 coffeeshops around me.. Lol.. there are many shops (eg the furniture shop and the stationary shop) that closed down and had been converted into coffeeshops too.. It used to be around 3 Chinese coffeeshops and 3 Malay kopitiams in the past.. now there is a total of 7 Chinese ones and 4 Malay ones. So.. it's kind of oversaturated with the kopitiams.. but all of them are just selling horrible tasting food.. The only good one had been converted to CK departmental store. Go figure. Lol.. now that sounds just so nice.. SGH area are all old buildings and its of no surprise that you don't have the modern stores, but in fact it's the lao jioa that still remains.. So, the food will still remains tasty.. and this goes also for food stalls in Jurong and Clementi.. They still retained the old school magic of cooking food. It will be a real shame if the son does not want to take over the food stall if the food is really that delicious. It would be like the father's efforts over the years would have gone down the drain after he passed on with nobody to take over him. Yeah I agree.. =( Lau Pa Sat and Bugis Village are just 2 of the victims of modernisation. And those born before the 80s are all complaining about the loss of something familiar and good.. I had just been to Lau Pa Sat after the renovations.. and it's like the stingray is totally lousy and its costly. That was my first time there and also my last time. Do you know that now the old Changi Village hawker centre is also under renovations? Hopefully it will not be like another Bugis Village where it is given a major makeover and there is no remains of what it used to be. I still remember BUgis village with all the food carts selling food and people squeezing people... but I don't remember those cubicles like what they have now.. But now when I walked past Bugis Village.. I see a food court??? Never step foot there and never will.
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
2 Oct 08
You are so right! And I so agree with you on the renovated coffeeshop portion. This is what I found out after chatting with some of the regular stall I visit at the coffeeshop where I used to live. Everytime a coffee shop is renovated, the rent for the same stall will increase. And most of the time, the increase is quite substantial. About 10-30%, depending on the extend of the renovation. And each time the coffee shop under go a renovation, the tentants will have to re-negotiate a new tenure contract. Most times, the TOC is not in favor of the tentant. So many packed up and left. That is why you are seeing so many new stalls instead. People of the past cooked their food with passion. They make sure they taste reasonably good before they even come out to sell their food. Now a days, any mother, father or son can set up a food stall. As long as the food is edible, they will sell it. And given the lousy amenities available, especially in the newer estate, people got no choice but to eat and accept what is on offer. Gone are the good old days where we queue for good food. (in the newer estates) Sometimes, I find that a coffee shop renovates just for the sake of increasing the rent. Take for example, the coffeeshop where I used to live. It recently got renovated a few months ago. And before that, barely one year before the current renovations. And then just before that, it was less than two years. Imagine, within a short period of 5 years, the coffee shop was renovated 3 times. Tell me, what would justify this kind of major renovation within such a short time frame? And so frequently some more. The regular stall I mentioned said to me. If they continue to want to renovate again, he may be out of business the next time they go for a major overhaul of the coffee shop as the takings is not as good as before after each renovation. Sigh... the things we have to sacriface in the name of progress.
• Singapore
9 Oct 08
That is a bit of news to me! Thanks for sharing this information Really appreciated. The renovation cost should not be passed on to their patrons.. afterall, the renovations was not requested by us.. but by the owners of the coffeeshop. I could never understand the reason behind that. In the end, we are paying for something that we don't even want and in the process we sacrifice what we want - quality good food. I agree with you.. In the past, only people who could cooked delicious quality home cooked food will come out and open a food stall selling what they are cooking, however nowadays, anybody who can cut ingredients and put them all together with some capital in their pockets can also open a stall. Gone are the days whereby only people who sell good food have business. I can totally understand why your regular kopitiam uncle says that. Because of the rising cost of rental fees, they will have to pass the cost to their patrons and in turn, patrons turn to other food stalls for cheaper food. Thus, the owners will lose out in the end.. and will soon fold to make way for the newer stalls. Renovations is never a win-win situation for both the stall owners as well as their patrons. Who's winning is just the owner of the coffeeshops. That's all to it. Sacrifices will have to be make to progress.. Dog eat dog world..
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
9 Oct 08
That is why have to be on the constant search for good food. The food served now a days at the food courts, especially those by Kopitiam, are well... food. You pay a high price for the food. You feel full eating it. But there is no sense of satisfaction that you ate something. IT is probably why so many people are obese these days. Cos after an unsatisfactory meal, everyone is still seeking to feel that feeling of emptiness in the mouth with something else. Even simple things like red bean soup, they can also make it taste like boiled sugar water. Really no meaning to eat at all. That is why, when the good stalls leave, I leave with them too. The best part is this. The food is so horrible, yet there are long queues for it. It really makes me wonder every time I see the queues for food that are just, well, food! It is no longer an enjoyment at every meal. Just sustenance to keep the body going. That's all. Sad, isn't it?
• Singapore
10 Nov 08
We Singaporeans must be dumb to paying so much for something just to fill up our stomach. Elsewhere in other parts of the world, one would not have heard of this sort of things going on in their countries. Lol. Food that gives satisfaction is usually so expensive that we can never survive eating good food on our meager pay. We have to sacrifice our satisfaction for something that gives survival but also at a higher rate than what you can find in other countries. Yeah~ I always find myself munching on chocolates and candies even after a full meal. It is like psychologically, we are still hungry, but physically, we are actually very full. You might be right in saying that is why most of us are obese nowadays, as we are eating way beyond what our bodies requires per day. But what choice do we have? Lol, Singaporeans loves to queue! Kiasusm I guess When a food stall has a long queue, then the food must be good! Or so the mentality of us goes. There is this two curry chicken noodles in Hong lim Complex Chinatown that tastes normal and taste like laksa, but there is a long queue for it every single day! Till today, I have no idea why. The only unique thing about it is that they are using steam chicken instead of the normal 'curry' ones. ::Shrugs:: I could never understand the mentality of Singaporeans.
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@avidwhit (1492)
• Mexico
23 Sep 08
Yes it seems that way here as well. Ever see the 1rst movie the Matrix? maybe those porrage noodles arent realy the good old ones maybe they are new synthetic processed matrix noodles. The same here in the Mex and In the Usa. Sad but true observation. :)
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• Singapore
24 Sep 08
Now.. That would be a scary thought! I sure hope not, with all the contaminated food products hitting the news. WOuld there be a day whereby all food products in the market are considered contaminated and pulled off the shelves? It's scary to think about the noodles being synthethic processed matrix ones ::Shudders:: But I guess anything could be possible in this modern world of technology. Lol. YOu mean to say that in THe USA, they are really using synthethic noodles to cook noodles dishes!? Eeks! I would not dare to eat the noodles over in USA if I ever go there for a vacation. And nope, I have never seen THe Matrix. Don't really like sci-fic movies as I could never identify myself with them and I would fall asleep whilst watching them. Weird right? Haha =D Where are you staying? It just seems that the advanced countries are all trying to outdo one another with their modern renovations and everything, such that all old buildings and old places of heritage are all gone. I still miss them =(
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@avidwhit (1492)
• Mexico
9 Oct 08
Hola I am now living in mazatlan Mexico...but am originally from The Good OLd US of A. I do feel that you might just like tis Movis the Matrix and may even be able to identify with it. Its not your typically scifi. In general I feel the same way about scifi...but this one is different. Yes in the USA of a there are people who will eat synthetic anything with out regard and others that will not eat anything unless it is certified 100 percent natural and organic. The good thing is people have a choice and if they want can be educated about these type of things. Things are not as they seem. let the buyer beware. Healthy eating and happy lotting. Where are you staying? :)
• Singapore
9 Nov 08
i'M from singapore =)
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• United States
23 Sep 08
yes it can be very sad to watch things around us change , specially our coffee shops . I love coffee by the way . Yes the advancements into the future can seem like its sucking the the magic out of things . Things like the old world style should at least keep a certain air about it . I do like technology for many reasons though , like computers and phones and those little things that make life easier . I would not know what to do without my cell phone . :P Where I am at I do think it is missing that certain nostalgic feel to it . I have seen many stores change or go out of business . I am old fashioned in the respect that I do not like to see some of my favorite things go and that it should never change. There are some places that have so many memories attached to them I would most likely shed a tear or two over . Yet we can not stop advancements and time , and hopefully it will not be too painful for us .
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• Singapore
24 Sep 08
Yeah, not to say that advancements in the society is not good, but then it just changes the whole feel about a certain thing, and the magic is gone when that happens. It can be sad as well as the reminder about the past is all gone, and the only fond memories we can have is from the photos of the places. Old buildings and old places have their own certain charm that modern buildings can never replace. New buildings are as what they are - modern and clean cut. But then no charm at all. That's the thing I miss about the old coffeeshops around that are all gone! Technology is good, yes when it makes our lives easier, but what does the technology have to do about old buildings? That is something which I could never understand. Sure, the place is cleaner but then the charm about the place is gone to sleek cut looks. Sigh~ We will just have to accept changes as it is, afterall, what can we do about it? Start a protest march? Lol.. But then the past will always have a special place within our hearts that newer buildings could never replace. Thanks for your comments! I enjoy reading through it. Well, take care my new friend and happy Mylotting!
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• United States
26 Sep 08
I know in these times specially , to loose even more is such a horrible thing . The magic bring back the magic . One day maybe I will have my own little coffee shop or pub then as long as I am around I can keep a warm , coming home feel . For now I will sit back and watch and see what happens . It may not be all bad , I hope so anyway . You know though a protest just might be fun ! :D Hope to see more of your writing here soon !
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• Singapore
9 Oct 08
I know in these times specially, to loose even more is such a horrible thing . The magic bring back the magic . One day maybe I will have my own little coffee shop or pub then as long as I am around I can keep a warm, coming home feel . For now I will sit back and watch and see what happens . It may not be all bad, I hope so anyway . You know though a protest just might be fun!:D Hope to see more of your writing here soon! Remember to invite me along when your cafe is up and running. Seriously that just sounds so nice and inviting and I would love to visit your cafe if you manage to set it up!! And I know you can do it! Haha.. protesting in Singapore I will never dare to even think about that! Lol.. it would just end myself up in jail. Lol. Protesting in Singapore is illegal
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• India
24 Sep 08
Civilization sucks, doesn't it? I remember a coffee shop near a college I once studied in. It wasn't a big affair; just a tiled room. And you could sit on a wooden bench, blacked with age, and order. He did not have a big menu; just four or five items. My favorite was masala bun, and I could watch him prepare it. He would slice the bun into two, put some sort of chilli paste in the middle and hand it over to us along with a cup of hot tea or coffee, and as you munched you could listen to the local gossip around you. Modernity is destroying all this antique charm. Would you believe me if I told you that I still enjoy the old fashioned method of withdrawing cash at the bank? This is because you can have a nice little chat with the teller and exchange the latest... :) Cheers and happy mylotting
• Singapore
24 Sep 08
It does . Sigh~ I miss all the buildings and feelings of the good old days. Lol, afterall I am born in the 80s, and is an oldie at heart. Modernity is really 'stealing' away everything that we know and replacing them with strangers in their place, but no matter what, they would never have a place in our hearts though! Haha, I can just about see that in my mind. You seem to be the sort of people who does enjoy the old fashioned method of withdrawing money from the bank. It kind of suits you over the newer fashion of using the ATM machine. I do enjoy that experience too, just chatting with the teller and all that stuff, but then when the queue gets too long, off I will go to the ATM machine which is much faster than queuing at the banks. And of course, ATMs are just more convenient than taking a bus to the Central just to take out money! AHH~ That image that you had just described so vividly is in my mind right now, and I can see the man preparing the masala in the way you writing! Yummy! I would love to try that out one of these days if I am around your area! Is it still around? Lol, all human beings loves to gossip no doubt about that, and no one can ever run away from this fact! but a little gossip is always good to pass time away. Well, take care my friend! And yes, happy mylottinG!!
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