Chong Boon Secondary School
Secondary 2 Express
Name : Dylan Mok Xuan Wei ( 25 ) Class : 2E1 / Respect 1 Date : 10 January 2015
Personal Recount : An experience at a hawker center / food court
The sun was grinning ear to ear as its beams shone throughout to illuminate the world. As I woke up, I heard the birds chirping as if they were talking to the other birds. Then, I went towards my window, opened it and the refreshing morning air caressed my cheeks. I stiffed a yawn as I went downstairs to wash up. After that, my family headed out to have a hearty breakfast at the hawker center nearby.
As we stepped into the hawker center, chatters of families could be heard throughout the entire hawker center. While searching for a table to sit and have our meal, we noticed how unsightly the place was with all the empty bowls and plates uncleared and left on the tables together with tissue papers stuffed in them. Whatever the case, our stomached were famished, so we decided to settle down on a table and clearing the clutter afterwards. We scanned the place to have a brief idea of the types of food they sell. We noticed even though they have cleaners to help clean the place, they do not attend to the tables which are dirty but unoccupied. We cleared the bowls and plates left on the table and went hunting for the food we wanted to order.
We queued at the respective stalls, we noticed that the queue was in a mess and the stall was jam-packed with people as there were 3 lines. We needed to ask people what they were queueing for in order to know which line to be in, it was very confusing. Finally, we got into the correct queue and ordered our food. We finally settled down and gobbled our food down. As we finished our food, we saw this old lady who has hunched back, going around the finished tables and gobbling up people’s leftovers that have spilled on the table.
At that moment, I felt very disgusted as the food could be contaminated but on second thought I pitied that lady. I saw how people just wasted food like that when it was a privilege to have food to eat and just how precious food is to the old lady who does not even have food to eat. From the incident, I learnt that it is a privilege to have food to eat and we should treasure it.