This time of the year, I always start to reminisce.
About how we were crazy enough to set up a 60-seater restaurant on a shoestring budget…
… and how we decided on the name “The Garden Slug” in August 2006…
but we couldn’t afford to hire a graphic designer. So in our usual stubborn, rebellious, bootstrapping spirit… decided to just do it all ourselves.
I marvel at how we survived on a manpower of 4, sometimes 3½.
We couldn’t afford it anyway.
And I reminisce about our series of firsts.
Our first catering event, ever.
Our first namecards with map at the back… which was horribly wrong!
We could never afford advertising. Not even a quarter page of any publication.
Somehow, we were entrusted with doing bigger and more “artsy” events each time…
Maybe it helped that we were so incredibly charming, witty and irresistibly good-looking…!
We thought we’d be millionaires after two years. We were grossly mistaken, of course. Good looks can only get you so far.
So what have we now, after residing in the quietest corner of the world for two years?
We have you! …and you, and you, and you, … and you!
…and a bunch of diligent, passionate young Slugs.. who travel all the way from Bukit Panjang and Ang Mo Kio to work with us.
OK maybe for a million dollars we’d trade you off in a heartbeat, without blinking too.
Just kidding 😉
We’d do it all over again. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
But we couldn’t have done it without you. And you, and you. And you.