Technical hiccups and a treat

Posted on August 21, 2007 by Aun

(Update: I’d like to thank all the readers who have emailed us and congratulate the ones who have won tickets for the screening. Sadly, all 100 tickets have been given away. Keep coming back to this site for future events and fun activities. Cheers.)

Firstly, I’d like to apologize to all readers who have been trying unsuccessfully to check out this site over the past few days; similarly, thank you to those who emailed me to say that the site was down. Due to certain circumstances, I have had to change host servers and the transfer took a little longer than was expected. The transfer was prompted by problems I was having with my previous host. In a nutshell, I have learned the hard way that any web host selling “unlimited bandwidth” is lying and that there really is no such thing as “unlimited bandwidth”. Due to increasingly high traffic, my previous host realized that I was using up too much of their resources and was no longer a cost-effective client. Instead of working to accommodate this site’s needs, they simply decided to continually suspend my account whenever the traffic was too high. Which kind of doesn’t make sense, right?

Anyway, I have just changed hosts. The change should have been seamless except that I mistimed how long the transfer would take. But hopefully, from now on, browsing through Chubby Hubby should be pleasant experience for all of you and one bereft of 404 errors and missing pages.

Lastly, as a huge thank you to all of you readers who have helped me generate such a high volume of traffic over the past 2 years, S and I have decided to put together a little gift.

Ever since I first saw the trailer for Pixar’s latest animated film, Ratatouille, I knew I wanted to see it. The trailer looked amazing. I found myself pointing out details: “Oh my god, that’s a Microplane grater… and there a Molteni range… and look, lion bowls and copper pots.” Everything looked so perfect and realistic… so like a real high-end kitchen, which is not what you would expect to see in a cartoon. But this is a cartoon from the guys that made The Incredibles, which was brilliant. From what I understand, the team behind Ratatouille actually spent time in Thomas Keller’s kitchen, getting a sense of how real restaurant kitchens look and feel. For the 12 of you out there in the world who don’t know what the story is about, here’s a synopsis from IMDB:

“Remy is a rat, constantly risking life in an expensive French restaurant because of his love of good food, as well as a desire to become a chef. Yet, obviously, this is a rather tough dream for a rat. But opportunity knocks when a young boy, who desperately needs to keep his job at the restaurant, despite his lack of cooking abilities, discovers and partners the young Remy. Its up to the two of them to avoid the insane head chef, bring the rest of Remy’s family up to his standards, win his partner a girl, and, of course, produce the finest Ratatouille in all of France.”

Anyway, as I was saying, S and I have been dying to see this movie ever since we first saw its trailer many months ago. And I’m sure we’re not alone. Ratatouille officially opens here in Singapore on 30 August 2007. But, it is sneaking this coming weekend.

And we have booked an entire hall for you.

Yup, we’ve arranged a private sneak preview of Ratatouille just for you. The screening is being held at the Shaw cinema at Bugis Junction this coming Sunday, 26 August 2007. The show time is 5pm. We are giving away 100 free tickets, in lots of four. That means, we will be giving 25 lucky readers four tickets each to the show.

Want tickets? Then be the first 25 persons to email ch.ratatouille@gmail.com (Sorry, all tickets have been given away). You must:

1. Answer the following question: What is a ratatouille?
2. Give us your full name, IC number, and mobile phone number.

(Note that this is only open to people living in Singapore.) Once we get your email, we’ll reply with instructions on when and where to pick up your tickets.

In addition, we’ve invited some of Singapore’s best chefs and their families to join us for the show. And, as if a free movie with great company wasn’t enough, we’ve asked some friends to put together a little bag of treats for you to take home. Huge thanks to Fiji Water, Valrhona, Brewerkz, Marmalade Pantry, Razor Sharp, Greengrocer.com.sg, and the Gryphon Tea Company for helping us pamper you just that much more.

Thanks again and see you at the movies!

About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his bouncing baby boy!

What Others Are Saying

  1. tgwttihs August 22, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks for the tickets! Looking forward to Sunday!

  2. hagar August 22, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Yes, you must not must Ratatouille. I’ve already seen it in Taiwan (it opened here a fortnight ago), the storyline and food CG animation must be the most realistic portrayals of the gourmet culinary profession ever!

  3. Peter Yeoh August 22, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    I saw the film in San Francisco early last month. It was a great foodie film! Thomas Keller himself did the voice-over for the restaurant patron character. I heard that Ferran Adria did the voice-over for the Spanish version, whilst Guy Savoy did the French version. Jamie Oliver was the food critic.

  4. nani August 22, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    Oh, CH & S, you’re going to adore this film. My compliments to the writers and the director because they didn’t dumb it down and they didn’t make it so sugary sweet that you would go into diabetic shock. As you know, it’s been in theaters in the US for months now. Since premiering, lots of food blogs have featured some version of Ratatouille. I’ll bet there was even a huge surge in web searches too. Anyway, I love everything about it – the animation, the detail, the spirit! And I think you will too.

  5. nani August 22, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    Correction on a prior post. The food critic, Ego, was voiced by actor Peter O’Toole, not Jamie Oliver.

  6. Chloe August 23, 2007 at 5:42 am

    Husband and I went to watch the movie on its first opening day few months ago (we live in Florida, USA). We had fun and enjoyed the movie so much. Cannot wait for the DVD to come out. Would make such a great Christmas present for someone who loves to cook. Have fun at the movie!!

  7. Annemarie August 23, 2007 at 6:10 am

    Hope you enjoyed the movie. I have a fear of rodents and as much as I’d like to think I could enjoy the film, I believe my rodent-thing would get in the way – especially seeing a rat in a kitchen. Blech.

  8. Peter Yeoh August 23, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Oops, Ego (the grim eater) was indeed voiced by Peter O’Toole. Jaime Oliver’s cameo was as the health inspector.

  9. Sherra August 25, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Wow, ’twas such an exciting, generous and fun event you held there! How I wish somebody would initiate the same thing here in the Philippines.

    By the way, what a great blog you got! I’m now a fan. Congratulations for creating it.

  10. sooyin August 26, 2007 at 11:57 am

    Wow, you guys are so generous! =)) How I wish I stay in Singapore…*grin*

    Keep up the great blog…lovely reviews and gorgeous photos!

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