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This blog captures the musings and anecdotes of the daily life of a Malaysian who is now living in Melbourne, Australia.


Finances: the financial observation on dessert startups.


Finances: the financial observation on dessert startups.

I really enjoyed watching Matt Sinclair on Masterchef Australia for this year's  season. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise that he didn't win, as he is starting his own little start up now in Brisbane.
I've always enjoyed the company of people who head into entrepreneurship, as it's an area I'm familiar with from my family background.

I've always been interested in startups. However just lacking the persistence and determination in going through the motions. Lol.

Recently I was at Finders Keepers market  in Melbourne. It's like a night market but indoors, selling all kinds of bespoke and cute stuff. One of the stalls was selling bacon salted caramel popcorn.
Calculating the costing for the popcorn. For a packet of 200 grams? Bacon Popcorn salted caramel, the costing would have been 0.75 cents or less, including the packaging. She was selling it for $10 a packet.

I think that was the most popular range she had for popcorn considering powdered cheese is really expensive in Australia.

I am calculating the stall would have spent the most money on a booth rental of $900 for three days, design of logo, printing of logo, and labour hours. She sold other stuff with peanuts, praline and mostly caramel products.

There was another stall selling salted caramel sauce. Yes, because I've made the caramel sauce for a cake I've made before, it stood out to me, it was selling for $10.00. The cost for making salted caramel sauce would be more expensive, factoring in the cost of cream, and the bottle.

Would I venture into a side dessert business? I really like salted caramel so it may be something related to salted caramel. But now is still time for me to experiment on which is the best workable idea.
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You save money when you know a second language.


You save money when you know a second language.

Knowing a second language helps. In fact, knowing a second language anywhere in the world helps. And this really applies in Australia, especially when there are other ethnic groups.

It helps economically in terms of getting a much better rate for services and rates.
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Baking: Third Attempt baking a pound cake in a breadmaker.

This recipe for a pound cake... Cakes are so temperamental.

You change one element, it changes the whole cake. Took me two hours to bake it using the breadmaker. ... Why? Coz in third attempt, I used two whole eggs, and one egg yolk, and one egg white meringue. Granted, the one egg meringue wasn't enough to sustain the batter.. (means not airy enough).
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Being a good house guest.


Being a good house guest.

It's been a busy couple of weeks. I had a young Singaporean guest from Sydney staying for two weeks. Then a couple of Korean mates coming to stay with two kids.

Really, anyone who is 20, and tells you that 'people think they are really mature'  should be taken with a pinch of salt. Especially when they throw their stuff all over the guest room, doesn't help out until asked, or help to clean up when you have cooked meals for them. In fact you have to do twice the work after their arrival.

Whereas one who is in their late 30s who cook, clean, and dry up after themselves know much about being a good guest. So much so that you don't need to say anything.

Someone in their early 20s have to be told what to do, and what to expect. Due to lack of experience of probably staying with others, or mentoring, they really do not know what is required.

Anyways, it's good to communicate your expectations and requirements when allowing or having a young guest stay in your place. It will do much good for their social skills in future and they will thank you for it.

It will make them a much better house guest, and they will get a return invite to stay in future.

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