Yesterday, I went to Coliseum Cafe in KL. Nostalgia… not a good one.
I still vividly remember the first time I stepped foot into the restaurant when I first started working 14 years ago.
I was a lowly paid assistant in a management firm, with starting salary of RM1,000. Once you minus the EPF and what not, I was left with only RM800 to spend per month. I have to foot the phone bill for my house since I was the one using the internet the most. I need the money for my daily commute to work via the bus… and also breakfast and lunch money, sometimes dinner if I had to work late. It’s a miracle that those friends from outstation – have to pay rent on top of their daily expenditure have to put up with such small budget!
Not even two weeks into the job, my colleagues decided to have lunch at Coliseum. Truth to be told, I didn’t know the prices here as I hardly go out during that time. I was shocked to see the pricing on the menu. A steak at Rm39.90 or was it RM40? I couldn’t simply afford to pay for the steak! I could if I wanted to but then, should I be paying that much?
So I settled for a very sad Rm15.90 chicken ham sandwich while my other colleagues happily tucked into their chicken chops and steaks. They asked me why didn’t I order the steak as it’s a highly recommended dish in the restaurant? I sheepishly said I wasn’t that hungry. I could have said I couldn’t afford it but my ego would be at stake! Who knows? My boss could have paid for my meal? Haha! *Note to WWF and TBH. Haha!
After that day, I vowed I would make enough money to return to eat at this restaurant. I never did till yesterday.. perhaps I was too intimidated by the disgruntled looks from the old waiters? The lack of parking space? The jam?
So yesterday, my cousin sis and a friend decided to brave the rain to go downtown to Pertama Complex to get their badminton shoes, I decided to go with them. After which, we planned to go to have a meal at Coliseum. I was quite excited, frankly speaking! But my excitement was not properly reciprocated. It was a let down.. service wise is good – they replaced the old waiters with young people and foreign workers….the chicken chop is not too bad… but the steak… bleh.
Am not dedicating this post to Coliseum. I am just wondering how the young people these days afford to eat lavishly at fancy restaurants even more expensive than Coliseum! Also, designer coffees starting at Rm10 per cup… everyday…. and some people even commented they cannot live without those coffee… with utmost respects to coffee lovers and barristas, I simply couldn’t comprehend drinking such expensive coffee on daily basis! What happen to good old fashioned Aik Cheong kopi-O?
The moment I logged into my instagram, my feed would be flooded with photos of coffee and expensive food from young people who just started working.. some of them don’t even work (whom I know personally)..
I guess they are lucky to have rich parents. It’s splendid to have rich parents.. but it’s better to have parents who could teach you on the value of money.