Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hungry Ghosts At Press Briefing Buffet

One of the things I get to do, working for a magazine, is to get invited to press briefings hosted by various companies listed on the Singapore Exchange.

When these companies announce their results, they are required to hold press briefings. The generous ones like Banyan Tree Holdings, Qian Hu Corp, etc. would throw in either a sumptuous lunch buffet or dinner buffet at the briefings. The cheapskate, stingy ones (usually foreign ones) would even deprive the press of tea and coffee.

When a decent feast is thrown in, if the briefing is not meant only for just the analysts, shareholders in their 60s and 70s would attack the feast like hungry ghosts. No need to wait for the Lunar 7th Month for hungry ghosts to roam the earth. These uncles and aunties would whack down all these free food and even blatantly “ta pau” home to eat some more later.

When I see these hungry ghost uncles and aunties in full force action, I lose my appetite. They don’t attend the briefings to listen to what the directors have got to say. They only attend the briefings for the food. Immediately after the briefing, they would swarm to the food like bees and vultures. Some of them don’t even bother to queue up properly. They would grab as much as food as they can and wolf down the food like wild boars. All proper courtesy and etiquette are thrown out the window. Nevermind the food served may be classy and the venue may be a classy hotel.


Blogger Happysurfer said...

Such enthusiasm!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 12:39:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To HS: I doubt you would feel enthusiastic about eating the food if you see such hungry ghosts at such a buffet :p

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 1:16:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Lunch is Served! said...

But I thought that is the whole idea for the minority shareholders? The rich ones don't even turn up for such things...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 2:51:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To LIS: Precisely. Only cheapskate minority shareholders turn up for such briefings because of the food. The rich ones certainly do not have the time for such frivolities.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 3:17:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Serene said...

haha i can relate to that! not coz im not one of those hungry ghosts! but i have seen many of them ard everyday, especially more during the festival.. hee

btw i was surprised to see my link in your blogroll. I have added you as well.. cheers :)

Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 9:20:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Serene: Good to know i'm not alone as a non-hungry ghost :) Cheers :)

Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 10:35:00 AM GMT+8  

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