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Just two weeks back, I can still wear my parka while strolling around the metro. Took this ensemble during our trip down south. Now, I can barely breathe with layers, and I'm not even exaggerating. Ang init! Summer season's definitely here!


On me: parka jacket courtesy of Oxygen | sleeveless top courtesy of Unarosa | skirt from Metro Department Store (available at UP Town Center) | salmon low-heeled pumps courtesy of Parisian Shoes and Bags


Anyway, since we've launched our humble food abode, I've been getting a lot of emails and Instagram DMs about how we started the business, any tips for those who want to build one, and that they're curious and excited to try out our dishes. I've decided to dedicate a blog post to share some of my answers and insights - because after all, your Ate Arnie is always ready to help you grow and achieve your dreams! ;)

But before anything else, sing a few lines from Up & Up with me, will you? This song runs in my blood whenever I need a little more push in life. :)

And you can say what is, or fight for it
Close your mind or take a risk
You can say it's mine and clench your fist
Or see each sunrise as a gift 


Figure out your passion.
In our case, Deo, Chef Monty and I are big foodies and we share the same love for Japanese food. The three of us separately dreamt of putting up a restaurant before we reach 30s, too. We're lucky to have a chef on board, plus Deo and I are also very hands on in the business. 

This is quite a cliche, but if you're passionate with what you do, daily work's never going to be a burden.

Take risks.
Be brave. Get out of your safe zone, or else you'll stay there for the rest of your life. 

Positivity is key.
You'll go through a lot of difficult times when you're chasing your dreams, and experience moments when you'll ask yourself if everything's still worth it. Just remember the "why's" of your journey and use the challenges as your fuel to success.


Build relationships.
Build good working relationships with the people you'll encounter - not only with the business owners, but also with the crew.

Be wise.
Even after earning, only spend for what's necessary. It's okay to reward yourselves with new stuff from time to time, but double (or triple) ask yourself if you really need that new dress, gadget, or what-have-you.

Practice innovation.
Always challenge yourself to create new things. In our case, we won't stop coming up with more dishes for Shibusa 渋さ to delight each of our consumers. :)


There's no perfect formula in chasing your dreams, but the list above works for me and my pillars. YOU are always welcome to visit me at Shibusa 渋さ, and let's chat and talk about the world over sushi, pizza, and yakimono. Got you, fam! <3

Shibusa 渋さ
Merkanto: International Street Food Fair
38 Mayaman Street, Diliman, Quezon City.
Open from Tuesday - Sunday, 4:00PM-12:00MN

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