Friday, March 31, 2006

'real-estate management'

...and the journey continues. They found a place selling re-conditioned kitchen 'works' somewhere along Raja Laut. The counters/tops/foodstations/kitchen hardware/software?? were all custom fitted for hotel/restaurant kitchens AND costs about 2/3 cheaper than if we were to buy new equipment off the shelf. Sounds like a pretty good deal when these are apparently better 'finished' equipment made with longer lasting materials. And then there's the headache of how to plan the floor space. It's not just 'lets put the cash counter here, drinks counter there, family tables here, couples tables there,...' although i seriously wished it was that easy. How difficult can it be to plan where to put what, maximising 22'x75' worth of floor space, allowing us to seat the Most number of customers and any given time, whilst Still allowing us the space to manouver around serving 'ever-ready-to-burry-head-in-food' type people, balancing 4 plates of hainanese curry rice on our hands and 6 cups of steaming yummy coffee strapped to our waist. Get the drift. No wonder there's a need for degrees in interior decorating/designing/planning. Hats off to you guys. But its all SUPER exciting. The business thrill and adrenalin this time is REAL. Dad, your vision and drive still amazes me. Although i sometimes think your sub-conscious rambles off ideas faster than your brain can filter, AND you can also change your mind in 10 seconds (much like how you describe some of your friends :D), i thank god that he birthed this idea in you and that we're getting to do this, real time!

most cleanly presented type of egg i've seen. Fooled me for being half-boiled too but its actually cream baked. Such and more @

Thursday, March 30, 2006

who said doing business was easy?

SOOOOO many things to do and sort out; drafting of the partnership agreement, renovation plans, furniture, worker permits, menu finalisation etc. Doing business is not easy, never will be. But the rewards are totally different; the satisfaction of seeing your idea birth and germinate. For men, its probably the closet we can get to actually giving birth and raising a child; the birthing of the idea, doing all the prep work, the toil, the sweat, the blood, the hardwork, making sure your 'baby' walks the line and turns out fine. Of course, your first born will always be the hardest because you don't have the experience, you're stepping into uncharted territories, and you wont know when your baby needs to take a dump until he actually has!

As this journey begins, all I can say is that I'm ready. Bring on the hardwork, the sweat, the tears cause I'm wearing my pagoda see-thru apek t-shirt and have my china thongs (slippers lah what you thinking?) on and I'm going to rough it out. I want to see HCR go all the way...

P/s...Dad and Boo went furniture hunting yesterday and saw a couple of tables which interest decisions made yet.

the journey begins...

We're all set. We have found our spot (well, sort of) and we're going full swing ahead. Bukit Tinggi, curry chicken, half-boiled eggs (ooo), coffee & toast will never be the same for us again! This is going to be one heck of an adventure for the whole family, dad especially. Maybe this IS the year of being in the marketplace, of breakthroughs, of suddenlies, of pleasant surprises; God I can only ask that your hand be upon our venture.