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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, August 20, 2020

Baking good, looking good
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Overseas Filipino worker Venus Gargavite came home to Talisay City in Negros Occidental last March for a short vacation.

Little did she know, she will be stuck here for a while.

Venus was an assistant pastry chef in a cake shop in Saudi Arabia for nine years.

It was her dream to own a bakery and pastry shop, but when the opportunity to work overseas came, she grabbed it.

At that time, she has to leave her one-year-old boy in the care of her husband and mother-in-law.

She said it was the worst feeling in the world.

She recalled that when she had her vacations, her young son would often tell her not to go back to Saudi, but she would explain to him that she has to work for his future.

She said she was very lucky because her employers, an Arab couple, was very kind.

She said she was initially a domestic helper for the couple, but they just opened a pastry shop and asked her to chose where she wanted to work.

So she chose the pastry shop, where she honed her skills. She added that during her free time, she still cooks.

She said she had a passion for cooking ever since she was a student.

Since she cannot go back because of the Covid-19 pandemic, she opened a small bakery beside her home in Barangay Dos Hermanas.

She specializes in cakes, cupcakes, donuts, and munchkins.

“Even if I can’t go back overseas, I’m still thankful that I’m with my family during this time,” she said.*

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