My Way Of Paying It Forward

My Own Experience (A Leap Of Faith)

It’s been 3.5 years since I left my cushy, well-paying first job in the government service. With nothing concrete lined up then, it was a step into the unknown. A leap of faith.

On hindsight, I took a huge risk.

But well, I was deeply unhappy with my lifestyle and drastic action was necessary. These days, I count my blessings that things have turned out rather well as a full-time freelancer/self-employed.

So I was filled with nostalgia when I came across these posts (here and here) by Jes recently. With a toddler in tow, she’s probably taking even more risks than me and venturing into the unknown with her new business venture, SnackFirst.

And yes, I wanted to support her business as a paying customer.

The Catalyst: BIGScribe X’Mas Party

But like most people and most things in life, I procrastinated. Urgh…

Up until last month when BigScribe organised a Christmas Party for fellow bloggers and partners. The feedback we received for the catered food was not fantastic. But I believed the snacks and nuts (kindly prepared and sponsored by Jes) helped to salvage the situation.

We only knew about her kind gesture on the day itself. I guess this is the best form of marketing as it appeared that everyone enjoyed them.

And I got to meet Jes in person and found her to be a very pleasant lady. 和蔼可亲 and 平易敬人 (Chinese description by Mrs 15HWW)

Not to mention that we immensely enjoyed a small packet of satay cashew nuts that we took home. The Mrs and I literally emptied the packet in a minute and vowed to order more!

SnackFirst Review

The online ordering was simple and a breeze. The nuts were also delivered within a couple of days.

Granted, the stuff that I have ordered are “not very healthy”. But definitely healthier than alternatives like processed potato chips, milk chocolates or candies.

And as you can see, we enjoyed the satay cashew nuts so much that we ordered a huge 1kg packet of it. All of our relatives and students who tried it were raving about it. No exaggeration!

We also ordered a smaller 200g pack of sambal shrimp rolls as the Mrs is a sucker for it. Although she found it a little too spicy for her liking, I personally think it’s one of the best hae bee hiam I have tried. The roll is extremely crisp and addictive.

Since it was our first order, there was a 10% discount and the stash cost us about $43.

I personally think the price is really reasonable.

Firstly, I do not have to incur transport cost and jostle with aunties at Bugis to get my nuts. These nuts were conveniently delivered to my flat. Chinese New Year is coming and I personally think this is a good option to get your CNY goodies.

I really don’t think you can go wrong with the Satay Sunkissed Cashew. #thankmelater

Secondly, there’s no doubt the satay cashew nuts and the sambal prawn rolls are much tastier than the generic ones sold at wholesale markets. I know because I have a habit of buying stuff like cashew nuts, almonds and pecans from Bugis once a quarter.

Thirdly, you will be supporting a small and lean enterprise. Supporting someone you have read about instead of a soulless MNC.

If it’s not obvious to you by now, this is not a sponsored post. And as always, I only recommend products and services that I enjoy and believe are of value to readers.

It’s also my way of paying it forward as I personally benefited from some 贵人 who appreciated my services and work. The handful of them are probably responsible for 80% of my current workload! #thankyou



2 thoughts on “My Way Of Paying It Forward

  1. Jes

    Hi Thomas,

    Wah, super touched… and I have no idea you are the one who bought the nuts! Most people support with a small amount but you must really like the samples, you bought the whole kg! To think you dedicate the whole post to me and we did not exchange more than a few words…. *tearing up*

    Besides that, thank you for being the first one to approach me during the bloggers’ gathering. I was feeling very awkward not knowing anyone but luckily, you started the ball rolling. Appreciate Mrs 15HWW for saying I am ‘和蔼可亲 and 平易敬人 ‘. Sounds like a friendly auntie, which I totally am now…. haha! I hope I have more chances to chat with both of you in the future not just because of our same age but the same phase in life we are going through.

    You are officially my 贵人 and I look forward to paying you back/paying it forward too! #kisskiss #oops #hugsandkissestomrs15hwwtoo 🙂

    1. My 15 HWW Post author

      Hi Jes,

      If I didn’t like the nuts, this post wouldn’t exist! And it’s likely that we would order a second and bigger batch for CNY.

      And yes, definitely should have more opportunities to get to know each other better. Afterall, the Mrs and I are generally quite free in the late morning/early afternoon! Will jio you for a lunch sometime soon. Probably after CNY period since you should be busy with all the additional orders for CNY (especially after this post?! LOL)