By: Jerry Jao
I was a new a graduate around 20 years ago... I was fired and I was looking for a job...pero natagalan ako s apaghahanap so I opted to do networking, insurance a real estate salesman... so to make the story short, All around salesman parang electrolux man. Everyday I would be going around Ortigas for seminars client meeting etc, etc. But due to limited money, I think 200 lang dala ko kada araw kasama na dun ang transpo and I have to be in ortigas by 9am until sometime 4am the next day..lam mo na trabahong networker after 6pm ang client. So with limited money in my pocket araw araw I would go either Robinson's Galleria or Sharilla Fast Food area to take my lunch & dinner, at ang palaging order ko yung Adobo Rice with Egg kasi yun lang ang budget ko and afford ko. There are times na palapit pa lang ako sa cashier pinupunch na order ka kasi alam na nila yun ang oorderin ko nanaman. Minsan tinanong ako bakit yun lagi order ko so I just answered "Yan kasi paborito ko"...(well, partly true) and di ko masabi na yan lang kasi kaya ko (during that time P25 lang yan). There are times ma may kasama akong fellow networker na kaya lang sumasabay sa akin para makalibre ng lunch and I would buy 2 packs nyan ang kakain kami at minsan nagsabi din sya sa akin yun lang daw nililibre ko sa kanya puro Adobo Rice with Egg lang...(Kainis ng nagpalibre lang nagreklamo pa...) If you know Ismael Abaya o Bart Abaya...I was dealing with hin na din during that time. And During that Time nababasa na kita sa Entrepreneur Magazine but di pa tayo personally magkakilala. I was so inspired about your story and the story of where the adobo Rice came from that after a few years I decided to go to business and Invited my friends to start lunch delivery services in Binondo gaya ng ginawa nyo. I tried not to get commercial space kasi napakamahal and I could not afford it. We called it Sa Kusina ni Mang Tabby... literal yun kusina lang meron kami at wala nang iba no dine in no nothing. And Tabby is what my family calls me kasi tumataba na ako during that time. Sad to say, to business last only 1 and a half year. and wit this I loss my friends who became my partner. Hangang nang makilala kita sa PMA... Until now i can't forget how your story and your brand have been part of my struggling years. And how your story inspired me to become an entrepreneur.