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Self-Rediscovery

I have been blogging since 2011.

The urge was different back then.

I was young, naive and narrow-minded.

Today, not much different in that sense but 6 years older.

I am now 30 years old married woman with 2 kids under 4 years old. My eldest, Aisyah is turning 4 years old in August. The youngest (so far), Yusuf will be turning 2 in October.

I am a shareholder of a Ptd Ltd startup, venturing into F&B and also Fashion business. Together with my husband, we run and share the risks of one of the sector, the F&B as a franchise restaurant in Kuala Lumpur.

2016 hits us hard. Guess we entered the business world at the bad time. I don’t have much saving apart from the one that my parents kept the account book from the savings I had before I was 18 years. Not much, but I didn’t have to go through the struggle for repaying the students loans after graduating.

Despite holding the title of ‘Directorship’ in that small startup, it didn’t make us rich. Our revenue was good. We earned steadily more than half a million annually since commencement in 2015. But the cost was high too. Most of the time the balance of account is negative. But we figure that is okay. We bleed. But we are still alive.

2016 is when the company decided that I had to take a huge salary cut to ensure operation can still run despite the hardship.

I decided to run my second business. I go back into teaching. This small enterprise provides private tutoring services to those who seek. Being a certified teacher, the operation side was a breeze. Yet, being insatiable, I see lots of potential in this.

As a teacher, I see talent. I naturally develop them, get their trust. Demotivate them when necessarily just to bring them back up. I am now having a new goal of expanding this line of business into Ptd Ltd by Jan 2018. Ambitious? Goal gives us direction.

This blog is not going to be focusing on myself per se.

This is where I get to vent my deepest thoughts as 2 business owners at the age of 30. Sounds big? Not at all. We struggle to get ends meet. We struggle to ensure that kids are well fed, healthy and happy. We dig holes to pay bills.

But, we are thankful. Despite everything, we are still alright as compared to some others who are not doing well as us.

Food an Education. Family and kids. How do I manage?

Literally with blood, sweat and tears.

Self re-discovering. This is what I hope to accomplish from getting myself busy blogging once again.

Bare with me folks. We are going for a joyride.

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Sharing your knowledge in ways that are appealing to others.

Guess what, some people are born to teach.

I could be guilty of that.

I will not say I am a good teacher. But I hope to be one to allow myself sharing more applicable and appealing skills, content and information to those who would love to learn.

I want to learn.

I am guilty of hoarding old books because the fact that I revisit them still even after decades of reading them.

To me, books are not outdated, they were just perspective of those before new knowledge is found.

Keeping the old facts together with new ones make me feel complete.

I do not know if it is a good thing. But I believe in the past that shapes today. I guess it is somehow explain my habit.

I am dedicating this part of the blog to commemorate my journey in building Katalyz Learning Centre.

It’s an expansion of a belief.

and I would like to share it to everyone.

I believe that good education can be affordable. I believe of continuity in learning.

I believe that knowledge is shareable especially when it is appealing.

I believe that all students are gifted. They just need some catalyst. and that’s where we come in.

Follow us on Instagram (katalyz_lc) and Facebook (Katalyz Learning Centre) to learn more about us.

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The Ramadhan Platter

Taj Mahal Platter for only RM49.50 nett for 2 pax!

The Taj Mahal platter is making a comeback at Paddington House of Pancakes Nu Sentral.

Why?

Because the idli pancakes, potato masala and yogurt mint chutney are instatiable.

But why actually?

It give reasons to come at least once a year to our place because this menu comes back only a certain limited period of the year.

No, really why?

Because our followers, our PHOPers that come to Nu Sentral are usually those who seek for some comforting meal, something that they are more familiar with, something that can remind them of home.

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While searching for Niche

For one big portion of my career life, I have been in the education and training industry.

I have officially kicked start my career in 2011 upon graduation.

But to trace back, I have been involved with working with students from different stages in school since I started working as a part-time (volunteer) in Petrosains Science Centre, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur since January 2005.

After completing my two years fellowship as Teach for Malaysia inaugural cohort 2012, I have been hoping jobs seeking roles than can suite my personal life as a new mother, a wife and one that can satisfy my burning passion in creating something from scratch.

I served a few months in University Malaya as an RA before I went into preschool education.

When I started to co-found a startup and dive into Food and Beverage industry, I see that still go back into training talents, recruitment and working with my team towards achieving their career progression.

Then I started Young Affiliation Academy and now developing KaTaLyZ, a business brand that goes into customising learning approaches in personal tutoring and instructional design.

To be frank, coming back into teaching was by conscious choice of getting the extra RM to support my children education as economics when into dip and we needed to do whatever it takes to sustain our business in FnB.

Coming back to employment at that point was NOT AN OPTION.

I see that despite where I go, I still come back into teaching.

Planning lesson works with me very well where designing direction for each talent/student/colleague is something that I figured out, is actually my niche.

Darn it.

12 years into the labour force to find out that THIS is actually something that I am not ashamed to admit, that I am very good at.

Now exploring Instructional Design across discipline. I dropped out my postgraduate study as I couldn’t find what is my direction.

I think I may have found one now. (Finally).

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Coffee, Miss?

That was the first question I got from one of my employee (co-workers) the moment I step into our premise.

It seems like they have picked up my habit of drinking coffee, a cup at least when I go down to the operation.

Regularly, latte, double shot espresso.

I said this time,

‘No. I had two cups already today. It is only  1.45 pm I know, but thank you’.

His next question was,

‘You are very strong in drinking coffee, right Miss?’

and I replied,

‘Yes. I don’t sleep much. I am on the move most of the time. And that is how I survive, how I keep myself functioning’.

Now.

That conversation drifted me into thinking, this habit of getting heavy on coffee, am I being to hard to myself?

Managing 2 startups. A mother of two young kids. Keeping up roles at home and at work.

and I sometime the devil will whisper

‘You don’t have to be this worried if you go back to employment.

You will get a steady salary at every end of the month.

You got your office hour back. Social security.

IMG_7595.JPGWouldn’t that be nice?’

The part that brush me off from that thinking will always be ‘This is the only path that allows me working in flexible time. Without the guilt of taking days off if my kids are sick, allowing me to have a flexible working space and freedom of job description. And of course, the exponential potential of wealth making’.

How do I keep up?

Coffee.

But will there be any long term effects? Am I being too hard to myself?

How would I know.

 

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The Pandan Gula Melaka Pancakes.

The Pandan Gula Melaka Yumms
The next cause of craving.

The latest edition to the menu is here. I can’t wait to get the team to do this in the morning and will update how good the taste is.

I heard its good. You know. How everything that is fusionend into something else always have that exotic taste?

Now my task is to get the right vocabs to use when I am about to post this to our social media.

 

 

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The Millenial. The struggle is real. Or is it just me?

So we have been having short number of staff since a month ago.

We have been struggling in looking for an Operation Manager since our previous one tendered her resignation. She said she felt incompetent. We were not surprise. But the restructuring was difficult this time because as a partner, I am not fully committed to the operation hour anymore as I am setting up another tutoring business.

We struggled to find the balance. The autopsy of how this could have happen will be share in another post. I promise I will be writing in honesty and transparency as I am still in the learning curve as well.

Now.

Hiring a replacement is hard.

Almost a month after our Operation Manager left, we had one coming in. But our expectation didn’t meet. We had to let him go.

Now learning how to recruit while another 3 is leaving. 1 due study. 1 because she couldn’t handle working during the weekends. Another one is starting her practical soon.

I am meeting another 2 candidate this morning. Recruitment is hard and it gets harder. Especially when the candidates are the millenials. Or is it just me?

Human capital management just up another level.

Any tips?