October 30, 2012

Starting Your Own Food Cart

The food cart business has become very popular because of its low capital requirements and its variety in specializing all sorts of fast food cuisine.  Whether it is dim sum, noodles or local refreshments, you can only be limited by your imagination. Although food carts are less mobile than food trucks, they present as a very good low-cost opportunity to enter the fast food market. If you know of great finger foods or mobile foods, one effective way of marketing it is through a food cart. If you are planning to embark on a food cart business, these helpful tips may help you to start your own food cart.

Scout for a good space.  Appraise space requirements by knowing building zone and business regulations that may dictate what will be the design of your food cart. Depending on where you will operate, for example inside a mall, near schools, or in the supermarket, your food cart should not only be attractive but also meet the specified requirements set by the building's owner. Avoid wasting money by paying particular attention to the space and design requirements.

Form and function. You can choose different kinds of materials to build your food cart from. However, you must take into consideration the restrictions set by the building's owner, the products you will be selling and the preparation involved in the day-to-day operation of your food cart. For example, if you will be having a dim sum food cart, this will involve a lot of reheating and food cart constructed from stainless steel will do the job.

Construction and assembly. After you have gathered the necessary requirements and restrictions and finalized the design, it is time to construct your food cart. It is important to make sure that it is sturdy and all parts fit together. You do not want accidents to happen and you definitely do not want your food cart to fall apart, so put it together in such a way that it is built to last.

October 24, 2012

Repertory Philippines' The Wizard of Oz

Last Monday during Joaqui's school field trip, we had a chance to watch Repertory Philippines' stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at Onstage Theater in Greenbelt. It was not our little boy's first time to watch a stage play and he was excited to watch and see the actors in their costumes.

The Wizard of Oz is Repertory Philippines Children's Theater's 20th Anniversary offering and true to its mission to captivate the young audiences, we were transported to the wonderful land of Oz. The set with its visual effects and the actors in their colorful and intricate costumes evoked a storybook atmosphere.  The lyrics and melody of the songs were simple, light and bouncy. Many children nowadays are not quite familiar with the story of The Wizard of Oz and Repertory Philippines' adaptation of the story was straightforward and adhered to the original spirit of the book. The actors were brilliant, especially those who played Dorothy and The Wicked Witch of the West. Surprisingly, the wicked witch was Joaqui's favorite. I also liked the fact that it included a game of charades where the audience have to guess the lead characters of the musical being acted out by the Winged Monkeys.

We were not able to take pictures inside the theater as cameras are not allowed. Overall it was a pleasant theater experience for adults and kids alike. Now I am looking forward to Repertory Philippines' next musical which is Disney's Camp Rock The Musical set on November 16 to December 16.

October 19, 2012

a sink full of dirty dishes

Since I have become a work-at-home mom and have been living on our own, I do all of the household chores except for the laundry and ironing. So when I met up with some of my mommy friends, Jacq and I had a chat about doing household chores and I mentioned about washing the dishes even at 1 a.m. She was bewildered and it is simply because I can't stand a sink full of dirty dishes, pots and pans. So no matter how tired I am at night, I will not go to sleep without washing those and keeping the sink and kitchen spick and span. Hubby helps me during the weekends and when my mom stays with us, she does the dish washing. But what they don't know is that after they have done washing, I still clean the sink. It's one of the things I'm OC about. I'm sure all of us have one or few things as our pet peeves, and mine is the sink and the kitchen.  It is not that I am not happy with their job, it is just that I am not at ease when somebody else washes our dishes.

Another thing I'm OC about is the bathroom. Cleaning the bathroom is therapeutic for me. When I have a lot going in my mind, I clean the bathroom. Sometimes when I am sad or depressed, I clean the whole house! I am no domestic goddess, but I like to put negative energy into good use. And now I realized that it is no use for us to get house help because I have already established a personal system of doing household chores on my own. Besides, it is an advantage to live in a small space. Our condo unit is easy to maintain because I surely don't have a large space to take care of. The challenge is keeping everything neat and organized because of the limited space we have.

I wish that being a work-at-home mom means spending a little time in front of the computer, watching TV or movie, cooking leisurely and sleeping early, but I can't pretend and it's not even close to that. Working from home meeting deadlines, taking care of a very energetic 5-year-old boy and keeping my husband happy are some things that I have managed quite well through the years. I am not complaining and in fact I am thankful that I am able to do all of these without having to go out of the house to work. It's just that I can't stand a dirty sink--it's one thing I will definitely always be OC about.

October 18, 2012

Jollibee Kids Club Cosplay Funday

Halloween costume play was early for us since we joined the Jollibee Kids Club Cosplay Funday last October 14 at the SM North Sky Dome.  My sister-in-law was one of the organizers and so we had free tickets. While choosing Joaqui's costume, he initially wanted a T-Rex costume where we found one at SM Department Store. Unfortunately the only available size was small and even though we went through other dinosaur costumes, the size was just too small for Joaqui. When I saw a pirate costume and asked Joaqui if he would like to wear it for the cosplay, he immediately agreed. The pirate costume came with a hat and the pants had a boots-like end so that when the shoes are covered, it really looks like the child is wearing boots.

To complete his pirate get-up, I purchased a pirate sword and eye patch. I really liked the costume we bought because it was not that expensive and it was quite comfortable to wear. Joaqui really enjoyed being a pirate, wanting to be like Captain Hook looking for his treasure.

The Jollibee Kids Club Cosplay Funday event was a big hit. My sister-in-law did not expect that the number of participants would be that many.  It was also my first time to really participate in a Jollibee event where we would watch the program. From the previous years, we would come late and not join the games, etc. And I thought I was a stage mom until I saw the other moms who would really push their kids to join games and carrying them up the stage! And the other costumes, especially the girls, were outrageous. Well I guess that is how most moms are I think. They would really go the extra mile to make their children stand out.

The event was fun and Joaqui had a great time, even joining the parade around the Sky Dome area. In the past when he used to like Superman, he would wear the Superman costume almost everyday. Now I think he has a new favorite costume. Arrrr!