Monday, October 12, 2009


I found out one of my cousins were opening a bakery so I asked her about it. An aunt of ours were also involved. Since it's family, it makes sense for me to be part of it. And so I dove myself into it, supervised the renovation, set up the place and finally it was opened. I trained two members of staff who would be doing the cake decorating.

The shop was opened with much anticipation. Good friends and family members attended the shop opening. Two doors away was a smaller bakery who asked for my advice from time to time.

After the shop opening, something felt different. I didn't feel welcome in the shop anymore. There was some whispering amongst the staff of the smaller bakery. They stopped every time I approached. What was going on?

Things came to a head when my aunt actually said "I'd never asked you to be involved, you know? You barged your way in and I didn't have the heart to tell you No" My world collapsed then. I had put my heart and soul into the place and it was going well. I had assumed to be included because I was family! My dream has just been shattered into a million pieces. As many pieces as my heart. So I packed my stuff to leave a biz I wasn't meant to be involved in. As I was packing, the decorator I trained came over to ask about making some seashells to be used for a sea themed cake. He noticed that if he used the existing mould to make the shells, he will not be able to get a pair of shells that fit. He needed to know what to do, especially when the customer was paying RM2,000 for the cake which isn't going to be a single-tier cake only. That's a freaking lot of money for a cake that size!! And this decorator whom my aunt will be retaining and not me is not experienced enough to handle something like that. I felt so dejected...

As I was walking pass the smaller bakery, I noticed something familiar. A big jar of sugar with vanilla pod inside. Looks like my jar, only the sugar was about to finish. This small bakery had nicked my jar and used up the sugar. I was livid! Gave the owner and her staff a piece of my mind.

"I have always given my all. Any time you needed guidance on cake decorating I've been most generous. Whatever knowledge I have, I'm imparted without holding back and this is what I get back?"

I couldn't hold it in anymore. I started to cry... Then I felt my pillow getting wet. Wait a minute! It's all a nightmare! OMG, it was so real I'd cried in my sleep!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are lucky this was a nightmare. A bad one.

But I am in a situation somewhat like you have described, and it's real.

Nerves are raw. I am digging real-deep to find the inner-strength to deal with this right now. But I am at wits end. Nearly.


8:44 am  
Blogger Cuddly Family said...

hugs.. so much on your mind of late, it's invaded your dreams..

dont u worry babe.. it's YOUR dream coming true with the new shop..

u know I sokong! :D

9:43 am  
Anonymous Min said...

Oh my, I wouldn't wish the nightmare I had on my worse enemy. Sorry to hear you're going through it for real... :( Channelling to you positive energy and wisdom in dealing with the situation. I'm sure it's not much consolation right now but think of what you'll learn from this experience! Business coach and books will never be able to teach you this man.

Cuddlyfamily, yeah, I didn't realize how much it's been on my mind. To actually be crying in my sleep. Goodness!

2:42 pm  
Anonymous kat said...

Aww.. the stress and insecurity of setting up shop is getting to you. Take it easy, ok? Whenever I have problems making decisions, I ask myself this: "What's the worse that can happen eh? No one is going to die wat.."

I'll be glad to help if you need anything, 'k?

3:09 pm  
Blogger Babysmooches said...

hehe... for a while, I thought it was real! phew!

5:33 pm  
Blogger Borneo rain said...

wow, what a horrid dream... i had a wedding cake fall once, and unfortunately, it wasn't a dream!!
the only time i woke up to a tear-soaked pillow when was my son was on life-support... if only that was a nightmare! anyway, keep up the baking!

10:49 am  

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