Eight months ago, Malaysian tour operator Tommy Looi and his wife, Regine Ho, were busy planning 2020’s itineraries for their clients, looking to launch a new trip to Alaska to catch the Northern Lights. Fast-forward to September, and their lives have taken a dramatically different detour: With foreign travel still off-limits, the couple, their family and employees now run a food delivery business from home, selling kitchen-cooked, petai-spiked sambal, fresh-blended peach gum milk tea, and much more.
It’s tough work – Regine has even needed acupuncture therapy after spending too many hours over the pan and stove stirring the sambal petai. Re : Gine Hojiak, their re-engineered new business, is the remarkable result of their resilience and creativity. Starting from scratch, they now sell 100 boxes of sambal per day and 30 bottles of milk tea, plus plenty of other outsourced treats, from tarts to tofu puffs, cakes to jelly.