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When chef Keith Chu’s mum was retrenched from her clerical job in 2019, the 30-year-old had to make a difficult decision. Then employed as senior Chef De Partie (station chef) at one-Michelin-starred progressive British restaurant Roganic in Hong Kong – where he holds permanent resident status – he had to give up his job and return to Singapore to help with the finances.

“The pay in Hong Kong was generally pretty good. It’s just that if I [factored in] my apartment’s rental on top of my mum’s living and medical expenses back in Singapore, [it] would’ve been a strain,” Keith tells us 8days.sg.

“It was challenging for her to find a new job because of her age and my mum was unsuccessful for many months,” Keith adds. The 55-year-old woman also has chronic illnesses like diabetes and high cholesterol, further exacerbating her job woes.

Thus, home-based business Melt Bites was born. They sell lava mooncakes – characterised by a molten filling.

“I’m just very grateful that my children (she also has a daughter who has just started working fresh out of uni) are so filial. When I told Keith I was retrenched, he just said ‘okay’, then suddenly he quit his job and flew home,” Poh Hong shares. “Being a parent, the love you get from your kids, it’s irreplaceable.”

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