Looking like Taffy having curry for one, while some very pissed off owners stare him down for going from 30 reserved seats to about 5, two days beforehand.[/quote]
This thread is inspired by these comments in another thread, but it is a general observation I’ve noticed over many years.
I’m always amazed by how many people bail out of events. During the recent Chinese New Year I had to cancel a barbecue/get-together because of the bad weather (the folks were coming long distance on scooters so it was more than moving the barbecue under shelter). I felt bad about it but thought postponing was the best option.
But, it’s very common here for foreigners to cancel at the last moment and for pretty minor reasons. I’ve also noticed that long-term foreign residents make comments about visiting new restaurants but never actually get round to doing so. Whereas “I’m definitely going to check out your restaurant,” becomes something closer in meaning to “I might check it out.” Many people don’t even realise that they have changed, been corrupted by the Orient.
Now, where did I but my malt-flavoured elixir?