Sunday, January 17, 2010

Week one update, and the class that started it all...

I did my first week of internship last week!! Woohoo! It felt like such an accomplishment cuz it turns out to be harder than I anticipated... well, not "hard" in terms of difficulties of tasks, but "hard" in terms of getting used to the workload and work hours. I'm still not used to standing up for a long period of time, my physique is not as fit as it used to be, and I'm still trying to familiarize myself with the kitchen. But I'm sure as time goes by, I'll get better at it! :-)

I'm so glad that the first rotation I am placed into is the lunch dessert prep/pastry/mousse cakes production. This is something that I happen to be very much interested in and like doing. The only difference is that instead of making one mousse cake at a time, we're making 4 or 5. And in addition to the production, there are always other things to do simultaneously.

My work hours typically starts at 7.30 and ends anywhere between 5.60 to 6. It's long hours, but the difference between this and the office job is that time moves so much faster! When I was working in an office, I always feel like time was moving really slowly. But now, my day seems to be going by so much faster. I guess when you're doing something you enjoy, time pass by faster... it's either that or there are so many things to do that I just don't realize how time flies hahaha...

Anyway, that's pretty much how the first week went. I was so darn tired at the end of the week, I fell asleep right away after I came home! I've no pics to share now that work is gonna take most of my time. But the blog post looks so bare with no picture, so I figured I might as well include past pictures that I haven't shared in this blog, starting with pics from the class that started it all :-). Here are some pictures from the Pastry III class that I took back in October at SFBI.

Some petit fours that we (the class) made:

The cakes I made:


And here's the full spread of desserts we made:

Can you tell now why I wanted to intern at this school? hehehe

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Hello, Goodbye...

Happy New Year!! I can't believe it's 2010. Oh how time flies...

Sorry I've been MIA the last part of 2009. There were lots of things happened, lots of contemplating, lots of pondering and lots of moving. But, anyway, I'm back! It's the new year, and I'm saying hello to a new job, a new apartment, and a new city to live in.

Along with that, I'm also sadly, saying goodbye to some things...

This week was actually my last week working at my day job... After five years, I've finally decided to say goodbye to the job that has supported me in my many baking adventures. From going to culinary school, traveling to many bakeries to taste their goodies, and to baking numerous cakes for friends and family. It wasn't an easy decision. Despite of all the stress, this job brings lots of stability and flexibility. And most importantly, it also introduced me to many wonderful people. It's hard to let go something so tangible, so stable, so readily available. However, on and on I'm finding myself moping. I can't seem to be happy. I'm day-dreaming about macarons, mousse cakes, glossy meringue, spatulas and icing in the middle of the day.

Mid last year, I signed up for a week-long pastry class in October at SFBI. It was something that I really looked forward to. Little did I know that this one-week course was the tipping point of my career. It made me realize that, more than anything, I want to learn more about baking. Coming back to work after that was like waking up from a dream. Except it wasn't a dream... or was it? After all, it was only for a week, and I was there as a student, not as an employee. It might not be the same if I were working there... but I would never know, unless I try it....

Against all odds, I do have the opportunity to try as it turns out that SFBI has an internship program. Ooh...dilemma, dilemma. Should I apply, should I not? Change is scary and I hate scary thing. Contemplate, contemplate. Alas, I made my decision. I'll never know unless I try. It might just be a dream, but who knows...? Maybe I can make my reality as close as possible to that dream. I might regret it. I might crumble and fall. But I will never know unless I try. And even if I apply, I might not even get in to the program...

But I did get in.

So there you have it! A brief summary of what happened the past 3 months or so. The next six months will be filled with the unknown. It's scary. And I'm terrified, worried, anxious... yet at the same time, hopeful.

Amidst all these, I did do some baking. I was just lacking the inspiration to write here. And in addition to that, we just got our internet connected at our new place... But like I said earlier, I'm back!

Hello 2010!