After many people around me learnt that I have a food blog, my friends and family would sometimes ask me to grab some pictures for blogging when we are visiting a new restaurant/cafe. But my default answer nowadays is: “Nope.. stop! I have too many things to write”.
Just like the other day when my family and relative visited a decent village type of seafood restaurant beside the lake known as Fish Valley Semenyih around Semenyih, Kajang area.
The place, indeed, has really nice and relaxing environment. The wind is really good as the area is surrounded by mountain and trees. It’s natural wind instead of air-con. And worth spending half a day there for seafood and relaxation. But it’s not in my food blogging list for some reasons (But if you are interested to know where it is, this is their Facebook).
Too many food blogs to write in pending list: NOT the reason to not reviewing Restaurant/Cafe
When I’m being asked why I refuse to review a restaurant/cafe, I said that I have too many to write.
But that is, of course, not the main reason. I can grab some pictures, put some efforts into tasting their foods and observe their environment, services, and so on. After that, store the pictures into my computer and list down my comments and ideas in a word document so that I have something to refer to in the future if I want to write for the food place.
But I don’t prefer to do that, because of many, many reasons. One of the reasons is that, putting into pending list would cause my list to became really long over time.
While some people don’t see any problem in the long pending list, personally I have a thing for stuffs in the pending list. It makes me feel uncomfortable for things that are still on hold.
As for other reasons, it basically can be explained in the next subject.
Two type of food bloggers: Write for the famous VS Write for Interest
Just to point out the obvious, if a restaurant/cafe is famous, many food bloggers would love to review them. You can believe that a food place is great according to how many food bloggers wrote for them.
Not only that it’s, somehow, an advantage for food bloggers to gain some fame when they wrote for famous food places. Because when customers want to search for some reviews after hearing such famous food places, food bloggers who wrote for the food place has higher chance to be found.
But as for myself, I’m the other type of bloggers that review a restaurant/cafe based on my own interest. And what does that mean? It’s basically up to me to write for them or not.
In a much detail explanation, writing for own interest mainly depending on the food blogger’s own idea and what they want when writing for a food place. These reasons vary depending on different individual.
Some people want to write for a food place because them self think that the foods are good regardless of people in general think the foods are good or not. And there are food bloggers who has slightly “special” interest such as interior designers who enjoy the environment and atmosphere of a food place more than the food.
As for my intention, I write for a restaurant/cafe when I think that they are special, but not in terms of how many people said that their food or environment is good or special, but it’s heavily related to visiting experience.
Belief in the existence of Food Paradise
Food paradise is overrated, and not practical in the modern society. There are many food places out there that are great because the people put sincere efforts into making their food great, tasty and provide people the opportunity and experience that could be one of the best experience a human life could have.
While on the other hand, there are undeniably too much of restaurants and cafes out there just to be great enough to earn profit for themselves.
Of course, there is nothing wrong running a food business to earn your own living. But it causes a problem when food is only for eating and fill up your stomach and the environment is basically to allow you to sit down with a proper chair and table, and you can’t do much after finishing the food and done talking with your friends afterwards.
The search of a so-call Food Paradise is a challenging but achievable target that I have been practicing for some time. Food paradise in my definition is not all about food, it’s a place with food and at the same time, feels like a paradise.
In the beginning, I write food blog because I got nothing much to do, and review on a food place to provide people an overview of how good a food place is gave me overwhelm feeling of satisfaction.
But overtime, I realize that it would be boring if I’m just gonna write and let people read about the foods. And it’s even more boring to follow the trend of writing for famous food places like a parrot because everyone is doing it.
That is when my interest expanded for the purpose of searching for food places that not only provide good food with decent environment for you to finish off your food in a comfy place and leave.
I want to find places that give you nice food, and you can make yourself comfortable not because the food place has air-con, they have sofa, or the place looks grand. I want to find places that allow people to truly relax themselves and able to keep themselves away from whatever problems or troubles they had in life and, truly, sincerely, enjoy and cheer for the peaceful moment they are granted with.
Of course, it’s not up to me whether a person can be calm and peaceful or not because it’s all about people life, I have no control over their feeling and their decision to be relax or not.
It’s really difficult for people in this society with a busy lifestyle to be truly relax and carefree for some time, but I want to point out that the options are there, you have the choice to do so and you are always allow to do so.
Living in the current moment is the key
As one of those individual that frequently need to work over the weekend and not the ordinary 9-to-5-weekdays working person, I can understand that it’s freaking difficult to really get yourself to relax and get your mind out of anything related to work and making yourself uneasy.
And settling all your work so that you can relax is out of the question. The more experience you had in working, the harder it is for you to be relax.
And the minor moment for truly relaxing and enjoy the available moment had became extremely precious and valuable that I would always craving for and it’s also easier for me to detect if a place can provide such important moment to people.
If I’m going to do something, such as blogging or reading, I have really good motivation and interest to what I want to do, and I’m able to put high concentration for my moment without concern in whatever problems or troubles I’m currently have.
As our life is so full of challenges and all those moments that made you feel like escape into foreign countries where no one knows you and you can literally throw aside whatever issues you have now and give yourself the space to truly relax without worries. In life, we can’t do that because we have our roles to play in the society, and we can’t just suddenly disappear and assume that everyone we know should be fine without us.
Thus, my interest in writing blog are based on these ideas from my very own point of view. Just like all those who write for their own interesting concepts and to fulfill the idea they want to demonstrate to this world. .