Hello everyone, my name is Steven Chua, and I’m dashing to dine.
I’m sure this phrase sounds like a twisted version of the original; “dine and dash,” but I want to explain to you the reason why I chose this name.
Many people go about their days in a hurry, rushing from one thing to another. Meals are now seen as inconveniences to get out of the way. People think they’re obstacles that simply absorb money and time. No wonder why everyone is always in a state of ‘dine and dash’! And I’m not just referring to the act of running away from the bill at the end of the meal!
People constantly have food on the go, no longer treating meals as the sacred ritual they can be, but simply as an act of re-fuelling so as to resume the business of the day ASAP.
Where has our meal time gone? That small pocket in the day where one can pause, relax and enjoy the company of friends, family and acquaintances? I would say it’s pretty much near extinction.
We are bombarded by ‘meal replacements’, ‘take-out meals’, ‘food on the go’, and god forbid ‘fast-food’. We as a society no longer value the simple act of enjoying one of life’s simple pleasures, but instead have reduced it to chore to get out of the way.
Well I think it’s time we start reclaiming this small pocket of the day, because as we start doing so, we’re reclaiming a little bit of time where we can stop and relax. We can share in cheerful banter with others. We can just reflect quietly on our thoughts and experiences of the day. We can feel human again. Even if it’s for a space as short as that fifteen minute coffee break, or as long as that evening dinner.
So once again, I’m Steven Chua, and I’m not dining and dashing. I’m not running from my meals; those quiet but beautiful breaks in life. I’m running towards them. I’m dashing to dine.
So come join me on the dinner table, the coffee shop, the bar or lounge. And we’ll have a moment together.
On your marks, get set, GO!