“A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air. “Why?” asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife annual and tosses it over his shoulder. “I’m a panda,” he says, at the door. “Look it up.” The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.
Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, [sic no comma] shoots and leaves.”
— Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
A misplaced comma can be potentially hazardous. The same applies to unsatisfied hunger. My parallels with the misinterpreted animal above is in how I am almost barely in one place and, most of the time, just “eats, shoots and leaves.” While I live in serviced comfort and love our cook’s default dish of Chicken & Chilies, I am one for variety and get bored with routine rather easily. Moreover, my everyday scenario plays out with one hand to my mouth to chug a cup of black with a protein shake on the other and a foot still jamming into a shoe while halfway out the door. The rest of my day would usually be spent in cafes and restaurants in apparent squatter settlement but lights still go blinking endlessly and at light speed in my head. On the very rare occasion that I come across a lazy Sunday, all systems involuntarily shut down and lethargy takes over. All or nothing. Busy or not, I’d rather not flex any culinary muscle and prefer the convenience of prepared meals. Eating is what I do, after all.
Among our collection of books, one of our family’s favorites is the No-Cook Book — a collection of restaurant takeaway or delivery menu cards and pamphlets compiled in a clear book file. Computers, the internet and smart phone technology take that up a notch higher with food delivery websites and apps. Enter foodpanda. Convenience plus, plus.
Why foodpanda? My reasons are as easy as what we could even gather from the steps in using the service.
One, foodpanda helps you narrow down your restaurant choices to those that deliver to your entered address. Granted a multitude of choices nowadays, the picky, the indecisive or the plain got-too-much-to-think-about would just be overwhelmed by all those and then crushed to find out their current location is out of their choice restaurant’s delivery limits. Foodpanda shows only restaurants that cover your zone.
If you’re one for exploration, the service may even allow you to discover one you have never tried before. While personal taste is the ultimate test, fail-safety is somehow guaranteed by the restaurant ratings and reviews that you can check out before making choices.
Two, you get to browse through all the menus to find the food item of your liking. You can make this even easier by filtering restaurant availabilities under preordering possibilities, those with existing promos, those that are currently open, and even for your preference for healthy or vegetarian-friendly food. Cuisines and food types, too. With over thirty choices on foodpanda, you can take a food trip around the world on a meal’s allowance and all in the comfort of your delivery location.
Third, payment is fast, easy and securely completed online. Just like buying anything on your favorite dot coms, transactions can be completed without the hassle of having to rummage for loose change. As cash on delivery is also a popular option, you may enter your available cash amount on hand so the delivery guy comes ready with the exact change, if there would be any.
Fourth, food is prepared fresh and delivered right to your doorstep. One of the foodpanda taglines go: “Hungry? Lazy?” Yup. Yup. Panda-spot on.
Fifth, you can do all of the above in a few clicks and keep busy while waiting for your delivery. A man who wears quite a few hats — and all at the same time — my octopus arms are frequently in a tangled tango and I am best described as the poster boy for Brownian Motion.
On top of all those, foodpanda is absolutely free to use. Discounts, promotions and even free delivery services are available for subscribers. Each order also helps children and families in need as foodpanda will donate Php 1.00 to Stop Hunger Now Philippines. That’s an international hunger relief agency that provides and distributes meal packs to children and families throughout the country. Stop your hunger and stop some other’s, so to speak.
Now all you have to do next is just eat, shoot and leave. Or in this age of Instagram: shoot, eat and leave. Download the foodpanda app for ios, Android or from the Windows Store or simply go to www.foodpanda.com.ph, now.
All photos grabbed from the foodpanda website and elsewhere online.