Saturday, May 31, 2008

Being stressed and getting stressed

In KK, it's pretty hard to get yourself stressed. We're lucky to have few stress related causes like hour long traffic jams, bosses, tolls, getting parking in the mall....But what we do get is people who work you up! I'm not sure why we keep encountering people who don't keep their word. They just play us out... And I think we seem to have a small issue with those who just don't answer their phone. What's up with that? So we've learnt that the moral of the story is be patient and persevere! Just do what you have to do. You will get what you want! So here's to a very busy 2 days ahead before our opening! We'll be posting the menu up soon too.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


There are still issues that cropped up with our kitchen equipment and have quickly proceeded to resolve it...
No matter how well you plan an opening, it's so hard to avoid these things! Our staff did
 get the hygiene and health training done with City Hall, thank goodness that's out of the way. Friends and family are all anxious to see the place and taste our food, as we are.... Plus our chairs and tables finally arrived!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Furniture and more

So we couldn't proceed with our opening because all these fixtures arrived a week ago, and are now 90% functional. The look is really coming together and our staff training continues.. Enjoy the shots of progress!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Gearing up

Despite our disappointment, it has been counteracted with unexpected, valuable feng shui advice that couldn't have come at a better time. Minor adjustments are no harm; all the better to ensure a prosperous business! And with friends Riq & Emma in KK for the planned launch, it was a good time to relieve the tension. It turned out well since we had more time to bring them around. 
Our frustration with the delay has turned into constructive ideas to further improve our cafe's identity, and has prepared us even better for the opening. We're all on standby as contractor chasing continues....

Sunday, May 18, 2008

New auspicious date!

is 2nd's a Tuesday! wish it were a Friday...hope y'all will come and support our "baby"!

Friday, May 16, 2008


After much thought & sleepless nites, we finally admit that our cafe won't be ready this 18th May. Factors involve renovation and the inability to get contractors to fulfill their promises (which they usually don't). It was a tough and painful decision but it was necessary, we don't want to give less than 100% to our guests as it would give a "wrong" lasting  impression. Nevertheless, we always believe things happen for a reason and it forces us to sit down and re-table the strategy and re-think the importance of getting things right at first Eminem put it.."You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow cuz opportunity comes once in a lifetime. " I don't usually listen to his "philosophical" words, but in this context he does make some sense.  With this we would like to apologise to you for canceling all your appointments and errands in order to make it to our opening. We hope that this will not hinder you from attending our new re-scheduled date for our cafe's  big day, which i will announce within this 48 hours (we are waiting for a reply from our Merlin) .. will blog soon. Ta


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Approaching the finishing line

Pressure works wonders and when under the influence one can produce amazing results... It's been crazy!! But making calls and driving around sourcing for raw materials is really a skill. A skill that no corporate office will ever teach you! I'm glad we found some of the Thai utensils- wooden mortar & pestle, and rice bowl/holder. We've been pretty lucky in that sense..
We're anxious about the shop's interior finishing but hope that you'll all bear with us during the first few days and weeks to come.. John and I have been facing a number of obstacles, but will continue trooping on. We are proud of our concept, and can't wait for it to be ready for our Sunday debut!!


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Buy, buy, buy!

It's quite shocking the way you need to spend when you start your own business. I'll never get used to it, but buying all the necessities earlier is a must. The smaller the item, the more easily you forget about it and the more important it becomes when it comes to the crunch. So better to get them out of the way... like plastic containers, forks and spoons. And the worst part is that these things take time to get together! The bigger ones like tables & chairs are just too darn obvious, and easier to sort out. Anyhow, the look of the place is coming together, and pleased that we're almost there! 

We're both nervous yet confident with the opening and really looking forward to both the event and the response to the food!