Thursday, December 9, 2010

Xmas Special: Christmas Cookies! (Update)

        
Hi everyone hope you're having a lovely week and getting ready for the festivities!

We've been getting great reviews on the Christmas Cookies, and it seems that you lot really like them. That gives us a big Ho!Ho!Ho! and warms us right up!

So to make things even better (why not eh?),  you'll get to enjoy 5 bags of Christmas Cookies for RM 98.00 only!

More value and cheers for you lovely folks. :)

Visit our Xmas Special Page for more details and contact us now to place your orders.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pigs CAN Fly!

Hi everyone,

The month of December has arrived, and yet another year is reaching its sunset. As I watch the rain and look back now, I am struck by the feeling that it seems only yesterday when I announced that The Hungry Hog, your humble porcine purveyor, will be serving you full time. Exactly one year has passed to this day. 

Since then we've moved ahead quite a bit and have even expanded our repertoire. Christmas and Chinese New Year past had been fantastic, and we launched a small catering service to good reception and reviews. We're pretty chuffed about our achievements and have delightfully patted ourselves on the back. Of course there were trying times and moments that weren't very fun to be honest, but we found strength to forge ahead from your support and encouragement throughout. You have been with us from the start, and we are grateful for such loyalty and grace. It's been a roller-coaster of a year, but one without regrets and full of hope for the next.

I would like to use this update to acknowledge some thanks, and also, if I am competent enough in my writing, to paint a little bit more about the type of business The Hungry Hog is and what it wants to stand for. The two phrases that come prominently to mind to achieve this is "We" and "Business is personal".


"We"
You will notice that in all our postings and promotions that the word "we" and "us" is prolific and the word "I" is almost never used. This is a deliberate and conscious effort. In truth, The Hungry Hog has only one employee most of the time, but we do not see it as a singular, individual effort at all. We have had plenty of help from family, friends and pork lovers all over the Klang Valley in all sorts of ways. 

You have contributed marketing ideas, spread the news about us to people you know and helped to distribute flyers around town. You have been willing and enthusiastic guinea pigs whenever we had new food experiments and were fine tuning our products. You have lent a listening ear, been a friend and dispensed sage advice on managing and growing a new business. Most of all, you have been fantastic customers and have supported us all the way.

In my opinion, The Hungry Hog belongs as much to each of you as it does to me. It is "we" who have shaped the DNA of The Hungry Hog, and for that I thank you. You have my utmost gratitude.


"Business is personal"
I am a big fan of Richard Branson, the entrepreneur extraordinaire. In his book "Business Stripped Bare" he says that business is about making things better. I have embraced that notion and adopted it to include that business is also personal. No one goes "into business" without having personal feelings and desires attached. We all want to have a better life, to make things better. We start working for ourselves in hopes of earning more money. We try to make life better for our customers by solving their problems, providing better instruments and helping their business grow. When we find success, we improve the quality of life for ourselves and our loved ones. Next, in the broader scope of society, we are able then able to help those less fortunate and those in need. It is our "business" to make things better for ourselves and other people. Whether you are a business owner or a working professional, the underlying intention is the same. 

When I started The Hungry Hog, I envisioned it to be a socially conscious business; one that would contribute back to the community and be able to help people lead better lives.Yes, the fundamental focus of keeping the business afloat and paying the bills duly come first, so is the effort of making a living. Yet the aim of contributing to a charitable cause the moment we are able to stays clear and bright. I am proud to say that we have done just that, and you have made it possible. :)

In the spirit of this season of giving, The Hungry Hog has donated RM 400 to someone who will appreciate all the support that she can get. We hope that you will join us and make a small contribution as well. RM10 per person isn't much, but multiply that by 100 people and it's enough to make a significant impact. As in the words of a famous hypermarket chain - "Every little helps."


Yvonne Foong is young woman suffering from neurofibromatosis, an illness of the nervous system that causes benign tumours to grow in her body all her life. There is no known cure. She has written a book about living with neurofibromatosis entitled "I'm not sick, just a bit unwell" (some of you might be familiar with it). She is a strong, independent girl that is facing her difficulties head on and needs public funds to support her medical and living expenses. We hope that our small contribution will help her along in any way possible. Please visit her website at www.yvonnefoong.com to read more about her, the illness and how you can help too.





It's been a very eventful year and there's an interesting road ahead. But we're looking ahead to our plans with vigour and playfulness. As Steve Jobs once said - "Stay hungry, stay foolish". That's a great mantra to live by. We look forward to come up with more delicious food and share in your wonderful experiences!

Have a merry christmas everyone!

Cheers,
Yeng Yee
The Head Hog