PS.Q&A: Meet The Team That Makes Us Tick: Eric Balan


Eric Balan, Service Manager at PS.Cafe Petit, Tiong Bahru

Born: 11 Jun 1971

Years in PS: 11 years

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia

I joined PS.Cafe because… of the invite from one of the PS. directors. We have known each other for years prior as he was one of the regulars at my previous work place. I remembered clearly that day, as he referred me to his friend’s café when I told him about my intention for a better prospect. It was only 2 weeks into my new job at PS.Cafe Paragon, when I found out that that regular customer of mine is actually the director at PS.

Started in the service industry… when I was 21 years old. I have been working in the hospitality industry as a server, bell boy, house keeping etc. Probably around 20 years now!

My favourite hobby is… definitely Soccer! Since young, I was the school’s Soccer Team Captain, National Soccer player for the under 21 category and was given an opportunity to train and represent a Soccer Club in Italy. Until now, I always have the urge to change into my jersey when I see people playing.

I really like our… PS. family! Everyone is warm-hearted and treats each other like their own family members.

My dream vacation is… A good extended trip to Italy. As I have always been interested in their rich cultures, history and architectural structures in the country. 

My favourite comfort food is… A plate of rice with Rendang, Asam Pedas and any other spicy Malay food.

My life philosophy is… Live for the present moment as life is unpredictable.

If I didn’t work at PS, I would be… A professional Soccer Player. (If I had accepted the opportunity offered back when I was younger!)

Walk in to PS.Cafe Petit at Tiong Bahru & say Hi to Eric!  He is sure to greet you with his warm smile & make you feel right at home.