Yesterday, went with the fiance and his family out for dinner at Hilton. It was the mom-in-law’s birthday which explains the fancy dinner. So off we went, the fiance’s brothers and sister along with the 4 little tykes (his nephews and niece).
Getting there, I forgot how I used to just LOVE Hilton’s buffet spread. This was back in the days when the ex-bosses used to take me there, and also when I’d go there with my own family. I felt extremely happy as we all sat at my favourite restaurant and was very eager to order. Unfortunately, this time around, I didn’t exactly have such an enjoyable experience.
No offence to the parents or anything, but having 4 kids running, climbing, yelling, screaming and talking like their vocal chords are stuck on maximum volume isn’t exactly the sort of dinner I’d like to have at a hotel. Hilton pulak tu. Aih…
We were there for about 3 hours, and within that time span there were arguments and apologies, scuffles and scratches, heads bumping into walls, water spilling onto the floor and two near-vomit-experiences. I lost my appetite after an hour of constant shushing at them. I dread to think what the other patrons were muttering under their breaths at the racket the kids were causing. I didn’t even have dessert. And I love their dessert.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love the kids. They’re absolutely adorable and cute and cheeky and mischievous. However, I strongly believe they should get a better hold of table manners and figure out the difference between how they can behave at home, and how they should behave in public places. I mean, it’s fine if they wanted to get all screamy at a birthday party but not at Hilton (or any other hotel for that matter) where a large number or patrons bring their clients and special guests to.
Yes yes, some of you might hold strongly against me saying that it’s easy for me to say, I dont have a kid blablablabla. Hey, I was a kid too once and I’d give myself 8 out of 10 for good behaviour. My mom made sure that if I didn’t behave, I’d live to regret it, hahaha…
* sigh *
Mental note : when I have my own kids, leave them at home if they can’t behave