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The Best Way to Predict Your Future is To Create It

Oh yeah, forgot to add this yesterday…..if you can share the page, that would be FABULOUS of you…..if you can help even more with a donation, I’d be forever grateful, and there’s even rewards!

I also have a draft business plan written, as well as a sample menu & business card.
Here’s a preview:


An excerpt from the business plan:

My business idea for Bistro / Bakery ‘Grunt, Shuffle & Sigh’ is simply good food, at affordable prices, in an atmosphere that feels like home & makes you want to come back again and again.

I’ve been inspired by cooking my whole life…from watching & helping my Grandmother bake and cook for our family, to my very first job with a German chef, to my long career in kitchens, working with some of the best names in Canada, and being taught new ways to experience food, flavor, and cooking as an art form rather than just another job.
I am passionate, dedicated to my work, creative and able to take on a wide array of challenges with ease.

In a restaurant or food establishment, these are important factors, as you never know what’s going to happen…
One day can be perfectly normal, then the next day, your supplier is late, you have a rush of customers you’re unprepared for, the sound system isn’t working and someone doesn’t show up for work! For me, that kind of challenge is fun, and I live to solve difficult problems! I have also been working in the restaurant industry for more than 11 years, so I have seen my fair share, and have learned how to deal with most major problems.

The concept for our restaurant came after trying to find a simple, comfortable space to eat, while also retaining a feeling of ‘eating local’…a lot of new restaurants around Negros Oriental are very modern, and try to cater to foreign guests. This isn’t a problem, but we would like to have a place that serves high-quality Filipino food that is affordable to local citizens as well as foreigners, and an atmosphere that is comfortable for everyone.

Also, we have seen our menu items in other restaurants before, but with my 11+ years of experience in kitchens, I can confidently say we will offer a sensory experience like no other in all of Negros.

We are simple people, so our ambitions for the business remain simple as well.
Eventually, becoming involved in charity work will be a consideration, as it is highly important to give back to our community. If we do decide to expand, our choice locations are in Cebu, near Lapu-Lapu, as well as Bais, and Zamboanguita. This is due to family ties in each of these places, as well as an eye for future numbers as far as customer potential is concerned.

Please, please, please, please share!
I would love to finally be in charge of my own business, and it would be a breath of relief to be anchored to something….after 28 years of being a drifting pile of skin and bones, it’d be nice to finally own a teensy island in this raging sea of life.

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Posted by on September 12, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Ting-A-Ling, You Son of A Bitch

Forgive my title today, but Mr. Vonnegut is one of my all-time favorite authors, hands-down, ever… And that quote entirely sums up my feelings about the day’s events.

I don’t know how many of you loverly readers keep up on the news, but there was a 7.2 Mag earthquake today, here in the Philippines…

I have NEVER in my life been so nervous, and apparently there were quite a few casualties, God rest their souls.

Follow: I was sleeping, dreaming, doing my unconscious thang…when all of a sudden I bolted up in bed, wide awake, cursing my head off…The whole room was shaking and swaying, and my head had that swimmy, disoriented, off-balance feeling you get when you spin around in circles way too many times.

I knew I couldn’t possibly have spun around in circles while I was asleep, and my brain quickly put things together.
I instinctively half-bolted, half-crawled, half-asleep for the doorframe, keeping low to the ground. Once I got to the door, I woke up a bit more, stopped my cursing, and realized in a second that the things you’re told on T.V. more than likely aren’t true whatsoever, and if the house was going to collapse, I wouldn’t be safe in a door frame.

I let my instincts kick into high gear, and I just remember thinking the safest place would be outside.
The water-jug dispenser thing tipped over onto the ground, flooding the kitchen floor with water, and then it pretty much stopped.

The complete vulnerability I felt was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before…knowing you’re at the total mercy of the ground you’re standing upon is a really, really weird feeling.

Damon has been through an earthquake in China that was apparently worse, so after it was over he just turned to me and said ‘Well I guess I’ll put the water on, make some coffee, then we’ll go into town.’

I couldn’t believe my ears, I thought he was insane, but that’s basically exactly what we did… We had planned last night to go and buy some art supplies, some things for the house, some food, and he was going to take me to see Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2.

Once we went into town and got to the mall, we found out the cinema was closed, the hardware store was closed, and a few other places were closed, so we basically just bought groceries and came home…

When we were at Lee Plaza Mall, the power went out, which was kindof cool, I’ve never been in a mall with the lights out before…..Throughout the day there were tremors and I almost lost it every time, I REALLY don’t like earthquakes at all.

Two pictures I snapped of the mall power failure:

Christmas decorations in October! Looks creepy.

Christmas decorations in October! Looks creepy.

The escalator going into pitch black

The escalator going into pitch black

For supper, he cooked a beautiful crusted salmon dinner with brown butter shredded potatoes, tomato-mozzarella salad and a balsamic vinegar dressing for me, and made himself a honkin’ big snausage with sauerkraut, brown mustard and onion.

I shall leave you today with a video of the two youngest kittens, Bev & Ellie and Splatter all playing together in the living room.

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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in Uncategorized


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