Food Kiosk Experience at Philippine Christian University: Here’s how I tried turning my passion into a career in a food kiosk business in Philippine Christian University.
I admire people who stays at their profession until they reach retirement age. Their loyalty, commitment, and dedication are exemplary. I have friends like them and I can say that they are not only career driven but passion driven as well. One of the best role models for me is my sister, a teacher for 31 years now at Philippine Christian University (where she graduated from preschool, elementary, high school, college, and at present taking her post graduate studies). She is still very young and productive, far from retirement, and I guess she’s the best candidate for the most outstanding loyalty award!
I owe my sister my career and passion. She is the one who choose which course of study I will take in college and finance my studies. Even though I did not stayed long in my profession until retirement age, I have followed my passion. One of them is cooking. I have tried to engage in the food service business and it was very fulfilling even for a short period of time.
Food Kiosk Experience at Philippine Christian University
My baking and cooking hobby went out of Mima’s Homey boundary. I had a three-month food kiosk trial at PCU High School Department. Since it will only be a trial, subject for evaluation, it was mainly me and my nephew (who is on a summer vacation during that time) worked on it. With a part time assistance from my husband and my mother as cooks. All meals must be prepared at home, cooking is not allowed in the food kiosk. All of our products are homemade. We have to get up very early in the morning to cook and pack, do the marketing in the afternoon or earlier whenever our products are all sold out.
I have found my food service business experience overwhelming with fulfillment. The acceptance and reactions of students and teachers are beyond my expectations. There were instances that the teachers, the security guard, and even the principal herself have to visit our kiosk to stop the students from buying because their break time is over. A student keeps shouting at the hallway “Ang sarap ng puto pao!”. One student peaks at the class room window asking “ate may sliced melon na po ba?” There’s one who loves fresh calamansi juice and said “ang sarap ng kalamansi juice ate, parang si mommy D, may asim pa!” I also remember a boy who loves sotanghon soup, he will stay and eat at the kiosk and ask for refill up to three times. Students can’t wait for their next break time!
Healthy Food Selection
Our products are all natural – sliced fresh fruits (melon, water melon, pineapple, cantaloupe, singkamas), fresh fruit juice (kalamansi, buko, dalandan, lemon grass), baked bread and pastries (puto cake, puto pao, puto flan, banana bread, pumpkin bread). Cooked meals includes onigiri (with different fillings such as fish, chicken, pork, and beef), chow fan rice, Thai fried rice, ham and cheese roll, champorado, sotanghon soup, lugaw with boiled egg, and fried vegetable lumpia. We also tried to sell rice meals, mostly with fish and vegetable viands.
I have a cycle menu and served different meals which are not available in other food kiosks. I have considered that preparing meals for students is like preparing meals for my daughter and my family. It should always be all natural and healthy. My heart is full of joy when I have found out that the students loves to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. All our efforts are more than worth it.
Sometimes your aspirations of what profession or career you would like to be does not materialize until you have discovered your real passion. If you have a strong will to fulfill it, you can make it happen. You will be able to feel and experience success even not until you reach retirement age, once you have fulfilled your passion. If you are passionate with something, you will be resilient to challenges and stress. You will always be at your best because you find love and joy in your passion.Renell Pacrin, Mima’s Homey
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About the Author:
Renell A. Dela Cruz – Pacrin is a development worker (support staff) for seventeen years who loves to cook and bake. She earned a degree in Secretarial Administration and passed the NC II (National Certificate) in Bread and Pastry Production. During her free time, she bakes cookies, cakes, and pastries, mostly for her lovely daughter’s packed snacks, family occasions, and sometimes made to order. Currently self-employed, she focuses more on her spouse’ van rental business, home duties, exploring handicrafts, and taking care of the homey.