Coating simply meant adding ingredients on top of a food such as strawberry fondue. Strawberry fondue is strawberry coated with chocolate in a chocolate fountains.
It could also be coating a film on top of a food product. In this illusion, I want to illustrate how we as a human have multiple layer of coating.
Lets imagine myself is a strawberry. The strawberry is ripe, sourish sweet with lots of water, splashed all over with bright red physical appearance. Yumm.... rich in antioxidants.
Preparation: Strawberry can be eaten just like that, sliced and served as fruit bowl, preserved as glazing fruit for cake or as mentioned dip into chocolate fountain. We are always exposed to our environment. It is our nature crossed with our environment that make us who we are today. Our choice of schools, friends, what trends to follow, who we interacts and our early education matters. I am not as extrovert as I appear now when I first started. You will see that I am hiding away during my high school. And now, connecting with others turn into a life purpose.
Coating: Chosen to be coated. Coating can be any ingredients- a chocolate, a rainbow colored chips, crunchy nuts or icing powder. I see coating as the opportunity that others have given to myself. I am not a qualified food science if not for my professors and my internship supervisors who had paid so much effort to train and educate the next food science generation including myself. I am not capable of accomplishing my commerce minor if it is not for an understanding program coordinator for my interest. I am not the extrovert me if it is not some sprinkle of hope of those who encourage me to volunteer. I am not the sales and marketing person if I wasn't given a chance to learn. I am not a writer today if not for my marketing job requirement to write. Our community coats us into what we are.
As a life-long learner, I would conclude that I am not fully coated yet. My coating are thick and I could speak endlessly about my experience but I keep it for people who like to know more.
I owe a lot of people around me a big thank you for the things I learned from them. As far as I am concerned, bringing forward this good deed whenever possible is my way of giving back to the community
Me and you- I hope it is a personalized interaction. You might heard of this already. There are thousands of people that we came across but only 1% can be in your life. I want to be the 1% in your life.
While effort are there, I want you to know that you can choose freely if you want to get this going. Any deals or transactions goes two-ways. I don't like to take advantage of anyone and hope the same for myself. I give whenever I could and never ask for returns.
Own a business. Many people have asked me if I wanted to own a business. My answer always been 'let see how things goes'.
I knew how owning a business mean. You get to be glamour as a business owner but you also get all the hard work going on. Business owners that I met are shocked about how I knew. I am putting myself on their shoe. Owning a business is not like clicking yes on a questionnaire.
It isn't just getting a consistently good product and having good marketing plan. You get to decide everything from the operations management, purchasing, product quality and marketing strategy. It is fun but tiring work. As a business owner, you can hardly find someone who is as hardworking as you do simply because the business isn't theirs.
I told my previous boss that 'you know you are tense-up because you care too much and you know you can let go'. Reality is letting go is hard. It takes me a long time to let go my previous work even I quit.
So, is it worth it to be a business owner. Business owners seems to see the worth- the ability to decide, authority, achievement, flexible working hours and so on.
Back to do I want to be one? You know, I might just go into it when the time is right. Right now, I am young, exploring what I can do. Business skills paired up with food science are powerful skills that not everyone have and also, not the thing that everyone will see as a useful combinations.
I was and am still traumatized by yesterday. Presenting sales pitch to those who aren't interested at hearing them. Those whom I respect very much and can't bare making mistakes in front of them.
I have an upcoming interview and I don't know how that affects me emotionally.
Remembering my childhood when we need to write essays for exam. Choosing a topic out of few topics and my style always is factual essays. Because facts is always right and getting things right is important for me.
So, I grew up throughout the 6-7 years, writing factual articles unless I have to choose a story-based/ descriptive essays. Really, what happen was I was not confident on how to express myself, to imagine the story flow. I was literally working within my comfort zone because that is where I felt I do best and indeed, I did.
That was the old days and never imagine myself attracted to writing. Now, I am writing blog post and a proud owner of my website where I am delivering my ideas to my audience. Using words to speak to some and hopefully reaching out to more audience.
It isn't about having agreement about how amazing I keep my blog or my artwork (I did some of the artwork here :) ) or agreeing every single thing I say and think it is right.
I understand that it isn't an easy task to connect people who is like-minded to give comments so I can improve. Sometimes, it is better to leave things as it is.
I felt my writing style have completely changed to make the article flow better, language that more audience would understand, more descriptive and to some extend, it is almost like telling a story. I am more comfortable at writing than what I used to and be descriptive.
It isn't what I thought I would be but I am a writer and secretly, I hope to write food articles for magazines to reach out.
Alright, I admit I felt old already. Nostalgic feeling fills and warms my soul. Now, you know what make me an old person. Hate to admit it.
Spending time with my best group mates tomorrow. It is exciting because three of us are at different stages right now. A warm dinner awaits us-just hope it is not a long wait :)
Human are said to have their own characteristics and gifted skills and adapted skills. We are a social being that learned to pick up things from our surroundings. It was our family, our friends, our education, our work and our interests that made us who we are today.
We learned so much from our surrounding but the more dominant characteristics were picked- those that interest us and more mainstream. Role model is the person we admire and wish to be. While role model serves as an imaginary goals that boost our desire to push forward, are we helping ourselves to imitate who we admire?
Are we really made from a combination of few product imitated on our own belief to make who we are today?
Got back from a health talk and realize there are so much more that I weren't aware of. I am a weird person. Rather than moaning why I don't know (which I did for a while), I am happy to discover what I don't know. These are things that I keep in my mind- the perspectives of others that make sense.
So, what? You discover and then???? --- The end of the story. That's true for most of us, getting to learn new things excited us and the excitement dies off as time passed by. I am a human too. Same thing happen unless it gets to my brain and my brain starts to display signals that I would like to learn more. The internet shuttle by and say ride on- see and search me if there is anything that answer your query. And you find a whole bunch of perspectives- people who are for and against ... eventually, you find there are different perspective associated with taking care of your own body and health.
Torn apart between natural food products and processed food products as I am exploring the concept of holistic nutrition. Learning to make on-going little changes in life to enhance health.
An easy way out for nutritionist is to tell you that this particular food is bad for you. Well, it serves it's purpose because you aren't going to take note unless it is bad for you. That is simply how human reacts to situation. One concept that I knew I still hold is, no food are bad for you; there is just food that cause more health problem to your body if you over-consume them. Just like how toxic accumulates in your body, these food accumulate in your body before they disposed out or worse, continues to be in your body if they can't get out.
A certification that belongs to me :) Comparing SQF to ISO requirement, SQF have a better structure and implementation procedure.
While I was getting into SQF code, I feel for those with 'C' grade- 1/2 year surveillance instead of 1 year reaudit. I passed it at one-go -90% too- thanks to my previous experience with ISO 22000 audit.
So, now I am an SQF practitioner without a practical food manufacturing site. Hope I get a great place to practice my work soon.
So, I worked on a couple of thing on my website.
1. Getting the search link for you to sort things you want to see on my website. Two links. First, located on the homepage. Second link, located on my food blog.
2. Mailing. I am happy to finally announce that you can find me at support at felicialoo.com. I have worked on getting my name on the mailing domain so I do not need the typical webmail.
3. Famous quote just below my profile.
4. Password protected portfolio- to showcase my work.
Felicia Loo is a food science graduate from UBC. With an interest in food marketing, she explores how food products are created, marketed, and distributed toward an end users. Blogging about food became a must when she encounters interesting ideas about food products. She seeks for ideas and opportunities to work together.