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A Trip Down Memory Lane

21 January 2020

Pak Hoo House, Rotherham

When I was 4, my parents started their first food business — a Chinese takeaway in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. They both worked SERIOUSLY REALLY HARD in here, and like all first-generation immigrant families over in the UK, since my parents didn’t speak English fluently, I was in charge of taking orders — my childhood was ‘IN THE TAKEAWAY’. Helping out after school, taking orders front of house and on the phone, wrapping up food, going to the local market to buy stock, asking customers for help with homework ~ it was multi-tasking to the max!

As I grew up, as I got older, you know, life matters! and I found that I missed my culture, my family. As someone who works all the time and constantly caught up in every day’s busy-ness, you just lose your roots.

So, I took Alice on a trip down Memory Lane to remind her of the grandparent’s family business — how to start something from scratch, how to stick with it, how to believe in yourself when no one else does, and how to create something of your very own. We sold the shop when my parents retired, but today, the shop’s still going thanks to great loyal and supporting customers. If you’re ever in Rotherham, do swing in and see if you can still spot the golden kitty cat that has her paw raised.

By the looks of it, Alice enjoyed her training day and made a great Front of House assistant; me and Baz have our pensions SORTED, then!

I hope today’s post will inspire you to take time out now and again to reconnect with your roots and dearest. Thnaks for stopping over and reading :)

Pak Hoo House  |  69 Westgate, Rotherham, S60 1BQ

{Photos by Cindy Cheung}

Missie Cindz

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