Singaporeans are well-known for their love of good food, amongst other things. There is a joke that says we think about what we want to eat for lunch as soon as we finish breakfast, and what we want to eat for dinner before we finish lunch. Actually, I think the truth of it is even more damning, as in my family, we think of what we want to eat for elevenses even before we finish breakfast and so on!
I remember going away on a camping trip with my year group as a 15-year old. We were organised into gangs, with each gang taking turns to be responsible for one aspect of the precise running of the kitchens everyday. And I remember very clearly that we ate six meals a day: breakfast; elevenses; lunch; afternoon tea; dinner; and supper. So, you see, Singaporeans do enjoy their food!
A few weeks back, I was speaking with a Chinese lady who had decided to book a stay with us with her parents. As we spoke, she told me that her father had worked in Singapore and that started our discussion about the different Asian cuisines we can get in my country. (Typical Singaporean food is very diverse and ranges from food that is indigenous to a local dialect group to a curious mix of Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Peranakan cuisines.)
Talking about Singaporean food made me think about what I am missing, and I told Phoebe how much I missed being able to buy decent noodles and other local foods that I cannot get here. To my surprise, when Phoebe and her parents came to stay with us, she handed me a bag of goodies, and amongst them were packets of Thai and Chinese foodstuff. It was a very kind gesture indeed.
In our ten years at Blenheim Lodge, we have met some truly kind and thoughtful folk. They come from all over the world, and we are always touched when they come bearing gifts. Many, on departure, also bring us little gifts and cards, and we even had a family send us a parcel from their home in Bermuda to thank us for a lovely stay. More recently, we have received a book from a young Chinese lady currently based in London, and a thank you card and wedding photo of a couple who stays with us each year.
Working with the public has its joys as well as pitfalls. Thankfully joyous moments outnumber the miserable ones, and so we continue to welcome guests to our B&B. Hubby and I particularly love it when previous guests return time and again to visit us; or if they become unable to do so because of ill health or other circumstances, we always enjoy hearing from them telling us how they are getting on. These are some of the perks of B&B life which encourage us to keep opening our home and hearts to our guests.
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