This is becoming a bad habit. Going a full week without posting a single time. As per usual though I always have a good excuse!
When I last wrote I said that we had made the move to Ubon as our lives had taken another interesting twist.
About three months ago I was complaining to Seerung about the complete lack of breakfast options in Ubon. I asked around and was told of a place called Tony’s Bakery and Cafe. We paid it a visit and were delighted to find a nicely presented shop that was open early. Imagine our disappointment when they told us they they breakfast was not available that day. We were later to find out the any kind of food was a little hit and miss at the best of times. The business was in decline after what it seemed to be a decent couple of years since they had opened. Due to the husband recently moving to Malaysia for work the wife had slowly lost interest and it showed. They were mainly focussing their time and effort on the bakery side of things as they had a fully equipped bakery and were turning out pies, cakes, deserts etc.
That night back at the hotel I made a mention on the Thai Visa forum that they had stopped doing Breakfasts. I got a reply from the man I bought my car from saying that it was for sale and sent me the link to the advert that was online. The mind instantly started kicking into over drive and we paid it another visit and took some photos and got some more details.
Instantly we thought of Ben and Nong, a couple who we had become friends with in NZ who had recently moved to Thailand to live. Nong was at the time under going bakery training and Ben is a trained Barista amongst other things. I was not interested in going into a small business such as this one on my own so contact was made and photos sent. Ben came up and had a look and so the long process of research and then negotiations began culminating in our offer being accepted about three weeks ago.
I want to try and stay positive so will refrain from talking about a few things apart from saying that what was a walk in walk out sale turned into us having to shut the shop down 10 days ago and effectively start from new.
Therefore since I last posted we have been busy doing a innumerable amount of things including:
Re painting the entire inside of the shop.
Re naming the business.
Making what was an absolutely filthy kitchen sparkling clean.
Making a menu.
Organising the design and then printing of lighted large sign for the roof, business cards, a menu board, signage for the front and banners.
Pricing and sourcing all ingredients.
Organising power, water, internet etc.
Interviews for a baker, chef and waitress.
Fixing doors, toilets, lights etc
Redesigning the floor layout.
This is a fraction of what we have been doing and thank fully Ben is more of a handyman then I will ever be and he is doing a great job getting everything working.
So we are now known as Peppers Bakery and Cafe and we will be open for business hopefully within the week! When it is all up and running I will obviously post photos, the menu etc etc of the new place. It is all very exciting and I hope that any local readers will come along and check it out soon. This has always been Seerungs dream and she is really looking forward to it opening. Once it is open I will take a back seat and concentrate on my other businesses and more importantly being a house dad once again.
On a personal nature we are still living in the hotel and looking for a house to rent. It is proving to be a lot harder then we first thought. I really do hope it wont be too much longer before we find a place as it isn’t fair on the kids being cooped up in such a small place after living in the village. Oh I almost forgot. We took Sunday off so on Saturday evening we drove into a great wet season storm en route to the village for a 36 hour stay. On board we had Ben, a travel writer from the Sydney Morning Herald who wanted to check out some real Thai life. He had a great time he said wandering around the village, doing some jobs in town with me and attending the final day of a temple party in the next village. We drove back to Ubon first thing Monday morning so that we could be at the shop by 8am. I caught up with Ben for Lunch and again for dinner before dropping him off at the airport the following morning as he continued his travels.
I have so many photos that I should be posting but time is so limited at the moment that once again they are going to have to wait for a day or two as I haven’t even downloaded them let alone sort and upload them as well.
Busy but exciting times ahead, please stay tuned…..