Monday, May 07, 2007


You gotta wonder how come some Singaporeans can be so, so hopeless when it comes to keeping time - especially for a wedding dinner.

It's not a new thing, it's been going on for ages. But sometime down the line, people began to set the inplicit one hour "benchmark" to be the de facto standard for late-comers. This means to say that the wedding organisers (be it the wedding planners or the hotel staff) will only start the dinner proper, one hour from the time stated in the invite.

This sucks because for those people who bothered to turn up ON TIME, it'll be a long long wait.

I just recently attended a relative's wedding dinner, and this bloody habit of starting the dinner one hour after the supposed start time just made me so fed-up. What I cannot understand is, why cant some Singaporeans get it into their heads that for ANY APPOINTMENTS, the acceptable time for late-comers should be no more than 15 minutes? That is to take into account the little, but unpredictable stuff, e.g. traffic conditions.

Of course, we all know that there are days where you'd virtually take twice (or 3 times even!) as long to make a trip, simply because of the weather, which then causes bad visibility on the roads, which then results in a couple more accidents, which eventually produces a jam as long as the Great Wall of China - on our ERP-powered expressways.

But these are the one-offs.

What I'm talking about here, is people already assuming the one hour "padding", thus setting off late, ie. being late intentionally. And in the case of wedding dinners, these late-comers get "rewarded" because the host/planners/organisers actually wait for them.

With time, the one-hour late rule has become a norm. I guess it's a case of "if you cant beat them, you join them!".

I will remember to be one hour late for the next wedding i attend.
(ok, maybe 50 minutes late, just to be sure i'm there for the 1st dish!)


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