My Way Of Paying It Forward by 15HWW

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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


This post first appeared on 15HWW's blog. I am really thankful that Thomas bought my snacks without my knowledge and then posted such a wonderful review.. This just goes to show what a nice person he is for doing this favour for a fellow blogger! Thank you to all who supported me after reading his review too :)


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