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“Melaka” – A personal Journey in Food Restaurant Business
My name is Victor Khoo.
Originally from Penang, Malaysia, I moved to Australia in 1993. Since then, I have lived in different parts of Australia. First, in Sydney for 7 years and then Blackheath in Blue Mountain for a “tree change” from the stressful city life. After 2 years in Blackheath, I moved to the picturesque HuonValley in Southern Tasmania for another “tree change” except it was closer to an idyllic rural settings overlooking the beautiful Huon River estuary and Mt Hartz National Park. Here, I had the best experience of a lifetime – a complete difference from living in a city. I had a first hand experience growing my own produces and met the most wonderful people in the food industry – including chefs, restauranteurs, food critics, “food artisans” and food bloggers. I opened my own little Malaysian restaurant, and had a “fair go” at running it, and cooking in a commercial kitchen with no prior experience and no mentor. It was the best time of my life. A great journey that I will cherish forever. I would not have done it if I had not moved and lived in Tasmania.
After 7 1/2 years in Tasmania, I now settled in Melbourne. I moved to Melbourne in September 2011 because I was head hunted for an IT project management role – a permanent position, which I could not resist. I am fortunate to be given the opportunity to work and live in Melbourne – ranked the world most livable city in 2011 and 2012! I am having a great time in Melbourne since moving here, and tried many new restaurants / cafes and discovering the art and culture of a true cosmopolitan city of Australia.
This blog, which I have started by accident in June 2009, was a journey itself. It is my keen interest in food and traveling that got me started on the blog. It allows me to write and share my experience. I momentarily stopped blogging in mid 2011, and started a Melaka Living Facebook Page. Then, decided to start a new blog called I-Destination, before deciding to revert back to my Foodtrail blog. I can’t tell you why I flipped from one to the other and back again. I guess maybe it takes time to get used to blogging. Each blogger has his / her reason. I guess I have finally found my reason after reverting back to Foodtrail. I do it now for the reason that I enjoy writing and sharing my story, and it is good for my brain. It doesn’t matter how many “Likes” I get or whether there is any comment on my post. I am not doing it for rating, but doing it for myself and whoever is interested to follow and read. That way, it (“blogging”) doesn’t take over me. And, I don’t go out in search of something to write, as I will only write and share if there is something interesting to talk about.
I hope you enjoy reading what I have to share, and if you have something to share back, please post your comment or email me. You can also follow me and get up to date information through email, Facebook Page and Twitter.