There’s really a lot of good in a ‘Chap Fun’ dish or commonly called ‘Economy Rice’. I notice that more and more food outlets are offering this dish to cater to the increasing number of busy people or rather to the increasing number of budget conscious eaters in these challenging times.
I owe a lot to this dish for it had helped me to survive in my early working years. I really like it to this day for there is good value for money with its plentiful dishes to choose from including some really delicious ones at reasonable prices!
While I’m very positive about this dish as a culinary choice, I detest it when people and organisations make the ‘Chap Fun’ way of eating as their way of life. It is evident in so many ways: clustered workplaces, quick fix solutions, short-cutting processes, thoughtless way of making decisions, and low quality output, to name a few examples. The results is dismal: poor outputs, careless mistakes, and even poor attitude towards work or life.
Here lies the paradox – while I am fond of ‘Chap Fun’ as a dish, I will try not to apply it in my personal and professional life lest it causes me to subscribe to a low quality life of carelessness, irresponsibility and crudeness.
My value system propels me to believe that a certain measure of quality is needed from us, human beings, to make a statement or send a message about who we are. Not only will it help us to gain respect from others and increase our personal influence, but it is also a form of good personal self-care that we should bestow on ourselves for a holistic life and well-being.
Like the saying goes, ‘a clustered desk often reflects a clustered mind’ as well.
So, when I work with people, I will be watchful of those who try to apply the ‘Chap Fun’ method in their dealings with me. I really have a low tolerance for such people.
But when ‘Chap Fun’ comes in a ‘gastronomical’ context, I have an addictive urge to go for it. My body language will reveal how I yearn for it!
So, this is one of my life’s greatest paradoxes.