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All-natural goodness from ‘The Simpler The Batter’

Introducing ‘The Simpler The Batter’, which offers all-natural baked goods from Denise Yu.

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When Denise Yu started The Simpler The Batter this June 2020, she must have spent only “roughly about P1,500.00.”

But this was a direction she sort of eyed.

The type of business was in relation to her degree in hotel, restaurant and management (HRM), and “during the COVID-19 outbreak, when everybody is in home quarantine and trying to find ways to entertain themselves,” she rediscovered her passion for baking bread and pastries. And then “I discovered that I can make this into a startup business to have something to do at the same time earning experiences from it.”

It helped that “people around me – especially my friends, family and relatives – also encouraged me to make this into a business because they always say that: ‘Your baking is really good’ and ‘I think you should start establishing this into a business so that other people can taste everything you bake’.”

These words of encouragement “still inspire me continuously (do my best)”, though now “I also have my customers who give me feedback about my products. They inspire me because they help me to improve further. People who give positive reviews about my products motivate me to do better and to love what I’m doing.”

So yes, are the offerings of The Simpler The Batter any good?

Denise said that she takes pride in using all-natural ingredients; not using any preservatives; no equipment were used in mixing and binding the raw ingredients; and all products are made to order so they are guaranteed fresh.”

At a time when a lot of smaller businesses pop up, these are also what set The Simpler The Batter apart.

“Currently, our bestsellers are Classic Banana Bread and our Chocolate Chip Cookies,” Denise said.

The banana bread costs PhP250.00, while the chocolate chip cookies cost PhP180.00 for half dozen order and PhP350.00 for one dozen order.

There may be challenges – e.g. “like finding the right suppliers for the packaging of my products, quality and affordable ingredients, and competitions with other bakers that offer the same products.” But Denise remains positive, saying “I face these challenges by asking my parents for advice, gathering feasible data, maintaining the quality of my products, and learning from experiences.”

And though it’s too early to start considering ROI, Denise found her calling.

For people who may want to also open their business, what tips can Denise give?

“Find your passion first and take your time by practicing it to achieve the right quality and consistency of the product. Second, you have to try your product so that you know what needs to be improved. Lastly, be grateful and humble, no matter what kind of stress it is, at the end of the day, you have to be grateful for all the blessings that come to your business,” Denise ended.

Visit Facebook: @thesimplerthebatter and Instagram: @thesimplerthebatter.

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Making DIY packaging unique via ‘Put It In Paper’

It was around August 2017 when Gem Zapanta established “Put It In Paper”, with a start-up capital of PhP5,000. It was an easy decision to make, since Gem was the “go-to person for stationery and DIY (for) my peers.”

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It was around August 2017 when Gem Zapanta established “Put It In Paper”, with a start-up capital of PhP5,000. It was an easy decision to make, since Gem was the “go-to person for stationery and DIY (for) my peers,” she said, adding that “I had too much stationery so I started selling those I didn’t use.”

But now a successful business, “Put It In Paper” tries to be unique, according to Gem. And this uniqueness is what sets it apart from others.

“I create value and experience for my clients,” she said, adding that with “Put It In Paper”, a client does not “just buy stationeries or have your invitation or wax seal made. Instead, I involve the clients in the process. thereby making it a unique experience for each and every item/parcel/project.”

Gem added that with “Put It In Paper”, what’s produced is “made specifically for you.”

Curious to try some of the offerings of “Put It In Paper”” Must-grab are the customized wax seal stamps, selling from PhP1,200.

But there’s more, so head to Instagram: @putitinpaper (https://www.instagram.com/putitinpaper/).

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Attention to detail as an edge for The Holy Crab PH

Lia Monica H. Chua established The Holy Crab PH in October 2018 with a starting capital of PhP50,000. ROI was attained in just a few months.

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Lia Monica H. Chua established The Holy Crab PH (with a business partner; who happens to be her mentor) in October 2018 with a starting capital of PhP50,000.

“There’s no big difference in terms of flavors or the cooking style we do in preparing our seafood versus others, since our bestselling platters can also be prepared from (other locations),” Lia admitted. But still, “what sets us apart is our attention to detail, receptive customer service and how we value customer feedback.”

These approaches have been helping define The Holy Crab PH.

To start, “I can say with certainty that our products are prepared in the most meticulous way possible, as we value consistency in the quality of our products… We (also) take great pride in the cleanliness and quality of our products. Similarly, all ingredients that do not pass are immediately withdrawn from the preparation line, and these are not to be served to our customers.”

Secondly, The Holy Crab PH takes pride in its customer service, including “how you engage with the customer, how fast you reply and how you address their concerns. We go by the statement that ‘customer is king’. We treat our customers as a part of our business, and we make sure to treat them with respect and to address their concerns and inquiries in a timely manner.”

And thirdly, The Holy Crab PH focuses on customer feedback. “Feedback from customers are the best indicator on which aspects you are strong in, and which you need to further improve on. In The Holy Crab PH, we make it a point to understand the customer’s experience with our service and product. You can never avoid criticism, but it is essential you learn from them.”

These are the reasons, too, why The Holy Crab PH was able to get ROI after operating for just a few month.

Curious to check the bestsellers?

Try the Crabs and Shrimps Platter in the signature butter garlic flavor. A tray costs PhP1,399, and this contains a kilo of crabs and 400 grams of shrimps.

Must-try, too, is the Baked Salmon topped in creamy cheese sauce. Regular size good for four to five people costs PhP1,499, while the party size good for eight to 10 people costs PhP2,399.

And yes, there’s the Surf n’ Turf rib party platter, which includes a combination of crabs, shrimps and the American back ribs. Prices range from PhP2,999 to PhP3,999 depending on the size.

For more information about The Holy Crab PH, head to Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/theholycrabph) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/theholycrabph/); or email holycrabph2018@gmail.com.

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Must-try offerings of Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner

Try the offerings of Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner not just for a cause but also because they’re really yummy.

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Eight years ago, Lordei Camille Anjuli, then a fourth-year UP Diliman B.S Political Science student and active student leader, was robbed, stabbed seven times in the left side of her head with an ice pick and beaten in the face with a metal object.

The most fatal stab wound pierced through from the left to the right side of her brain (just like “na-barbecue”); likewise, a skull bone fragment of one centimeter in size got embedded in her brain. Moreover, the beating before the deadly stabbing fractured both of Lordei’s sinuses and nose bridge.

Lordei survived as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) victim. But the double brain injuries impaired Lordei’s memory, speech, cognitive and motor skills.

To engage in a productive activity as part of her therapy based on the advice of her doctor, Lordei started baking.

This gave birth to Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner.

“The business is also a way to help her augment the cost of her continued medication and therapies,” said Connie Hina, Lordei’s mom. “As a single mother, I am the sole breadwinner for my daughter.”

MUST-TRY GOODIES

What makes Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner’s offerings different from others in the market is “that we always take pride in our use of high quality ingredients and a blend of different spices and herbs. Meaning, our products are not so sweet as compared to those available commercially.”

For example, for carrot cake, one can taste more of the carrot than the flour. Same with banana and apple cinnamon loaves.

“It is also baked with love and passion as we want our supporters and patrons not just to feel satisfied and get back their money’s worth, but it can create unique taste memories for them and those others who have tasted; for them to remember the taste of Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner,” Connie said.

These approaches have been working.

“So far, we received very positive and highly favorable reviews. Common comments are ‘hindi tinipid ang ingredients at mas masarap kaysa other commercially available ones’. There have been comments also that our products are like those being served in five star hotels,” Connie smiled.

The goods are sought after, in fact, that “we thought we will only be delivering here in Metro Manila, but our baked goods have reached as far as Norther Samar, Laguna and Rizal. We also have repeat customers and supporters who are from abroad, e.g. Malta, Iraq, Laos, Sweden, Australia, etc. who ordered online to be delivered to their families here in Metro Maniola as a surprise and gesture that they care. We also get orders from other provinces like Leyte and North Cotabato to be delivered for friends and relatives here in Metro Manila.”

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What are the bestsellers?

For cakes, try the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and triple dark chocolate cake with peppermint mousse (PhP 950 and PhP900 per piece, respectively).

For the loaves, try the banana loaf and apple cinnamon (PhP300 and PhP350 per piece, respectively).

For the cookies, definitely try the chocolate crinkles (PhP235 per dozen).

The prices exclude the delivery fee, which is paid by those who ordered.

That these goods should be tried is a given.

To support Lordei’s Whip & Bake Corner, head to Facebook; email lordeiwbc@gmail.com; or call/text 09566090363.

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