Beautician now makes a living selling nasi lemak


Quick learner: Lim packing nasi lemak for a customer at the Fisherman’s Wharf Food Corner in Penang. — CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: Despite losing her income since the pandemic hit and the first movement control order came into force last year, beautician Christine Lim has found a way to turn life around for the better by starting a food stall.

Lim, who has been working at a spa for 12 years, said she had never tried operating a food stall before.

But she knew that she had to look for another way of earning an income when “the impact of Covid-19 hit my family”.

“During the start of the pandemic last year, my husband’s company went bankrupt and he lost his job.

“My workplace was closed indefinitely and many of us ended up with major pay cuts, which resulted in us being unable to pay off our car loans and other expenses,” said Lim, 39.

Lim knew that she could not “just sit and wait it out”, so the idea of starting a food business came to her.

“I sought help from my mother-in-law who taught me how to cook fried chicken and assam prawns.

“Then I thought we could start a nasi lemak stall and sell food throughout the period as food is an essential business. I was confident in sustaining it,” she added.

Lim said when she first opened her stall in Sungai Pinang, it was a bit of a struggle because she was unfamiliar with food preparations.

“I would be slow preparing food sometimes and customers would get annoyed, but as I practised and learnt more, I got very hands-on and prepared food quickly now.

“It was one of the best skills I learnt.”

Furthermore, she said it helped her gain a new income stream.

“One of my colleagues, Lisa, is selling Thai food.

“We are thankful to have found a new way of generating an income. Even after this pandemic ends, I hope to continue in the food business,” she added.

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