I love coconut water and I am an introvert. Not the perfect combination to be in a coconut business or any business for that matter.
But it happened...
March 2018 - I resigned after 8 years of teaching, just in time to avoid paying for parking in schools ;) The truth is, I spent the next 2.5 months taking care of my 7-month-old girl who had a condition. She is now a 1-year-old healthy and cheeky little toddler.
4 May 2018 - Qoolco was officially closed. What?!?!? I was a regular customer. And it was heart breaking to hear the news. Since I was a coconut addict, I decided to buy over the business. Using all my savings, I plunged into the world of business, entrepreneurship or call it what you want.
12 May 2018 - My wife and I flew to Thailand to meet the supplier and prospective partner. Returned to Singapore on the same day with a deal secured. We were excited.
The previous owner was extremely kind and patient in handing over the business. I was blessed. But..
Never waitered in my life, never did anything related to F&B except patronizing many. I had to depend on my masters degree in education to pull me through. Well, at least the rigor in completing one and self-discipline helped me anyways; that's about it. Thankfully, my wife and family were extremely supportive of this new venture.
May - June 2018 - I still loved coconut water. In fact, I loved it more and the icing on the cake was that I loved making coconut ice cream!
The business of business was tough. It was the beginning of a new challenge in my life. One thing was certain. Coconut drinks and desserts were here to stay and will benefit millions.
I had a role to play and it was wonderful.
It still is ;)