A little more about me

Hey everyone,

I thought I'd start off this blog with a little introduction post about me.

I was born in Hong Kong and moved to the UK when I was 5. Growing up, my mum would bake cakes when she had the time, before she became busier at work. I started baking when I was in high school, I used to bake all sorts of things; cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, scones, bread. Whatever you can think of I have probably made before! I think what really sparked my interest was from my food tech lessons, where we would cook different things time to time. In addition to that, those who know me would know that I am a big foodie in general and prefer sweet food over savoury food. I think that's why I started off baking things in high school.

Every year, I would bake cakes for my family's birthday as well as special occasions such as Mother's Day and Father's Day. My family and I like cakes that are made with a simple whipped cream, probably because the cakes from Hong Kong are all made from whipped cream. No fondant. No buttercream. Thinking about it, having whipped cream is probably a bit better for our health because it contains less sugar than other typical icing you find in the UK.

I also remember when I would bake things and bring them into school to share with my friends and classmates as I grew up. I don't remember what I would bake to bring into high school, but I remembered in college, I would bake brownies for my friends when we had gatherings, or cookies for my Psychology A Level lessons. We had a "baking rota" and someone had to bring in something for us to eat during our break in our double lessons. When I brought in my cookies, I remembered that everyone in my class loved it and I will never forget the happiness that it brings them. That's what I really enjoy from baking; not only the baking process, but also the reactions from other people. It makes me happy to see that they enjoy the things I have made.

Going to University definitely stopped me from baking as much as I wanted to, but I did bake every now and then. Although I didn't bake a lot during university, I would still go home to bake for my parent's birthdays. It's always fulfils me when I bake for their birthdays. But to be honest, the cakes that I baked at the start wasn't really that great. The cakes were more dense and less fluffy. I guess I could say that I have tested out A LOT of recipes to get to where I am today.

During my last semester of my final year at University, I was constantly thinking what I wanted to do after graduating. Questions I kept thinking over and over again in my head was: 'Shall I do something with Psychology?' 'Should I apply for masters?' 'Shall I just continue to work full-time and save money?'. Soon, I realised that I wanted to do something that would make me happy, not only me but something that would also make other people happy.

I guess that was how Bekari 16.17 was created, something that I loved doing and making others happy at the same time. Of course, it's not easy starting a business and it comes with all kinds of challenges. But I'm young and should try out things and see what I like best! There's a saying in Cantonese: 活在當下. A meaning similar to enjoy of being in the moment. Do something that makes you happy and if it doesn't work out then at least you have tried! :)

Okay, it's getting slightly philosophical so I will stop there! I hope from this little introduction post you have learnt a little more about me. Hope you've enjoyed reading this short little post! With love,

Jackie x


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