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

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Anna Krisna Fuentes Arceo, Senior Service Supervisor at PS.Cafe Petit Martin 38

Born: 2 Sep 1984

Years in PS: 6 years 8 months

Hometown: Manila, Philippines

I started working in the service industry when… I was 18, a university student majoring in Computer Science in Philippines. During my student life, I was working as a service staff in fast food chains like Kenny Rogers and Jollibee. Until my final year in University, I had to stop working temporary and concentrate on my thesis. 

My journey in PS started when… I was invited by my brother, Carlos (PS.Cafe staff) to Singapore for vacation and chanced upon this job offer.

I choose to work in PS. because… of the PS.Cafe website! I was impressed by what I saw.  Also, I would like to gain different experiences as my previous jobs were all in fast food chains. Working in a full-service restaurant is a good chance for me to improve myself.

The best part of my job is… learning to interact with different customers as I am a shy person to begin with. This job has trained me to be more sociable and gives me satisfaction whenever I’ve made somebody’s day.

I have learnt to… appreciate coffee after working in PS.Cafe since we have to do coffee tasting for a better understanding of this magical bean.

My favourite PS. comfort food is… definitely the Cranberry Turkey Sandwich! I will order it whenever I feel stressed.

My dream vacation would be… Rome, Italy.  I would really love to view the churches and monuments in Vatican City. Along the way, I can visit my cousins who are staying there.

During my free time, I will… do some chores at home, go for a jog or cycle and spend some time with my friends.

If I didn’t work at PS, I would… further my studies and find another job in the IT industry.

In 10 years time, I hope that I can… settle down and form my own family.

Say hi to Anna the next time you’re at PS.Cafe Petit @ Martin 38! 

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

 
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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.

Meet our regulars: Jeffrey Ong

Name: Jeffrey Ong 

Regular at PS.Cafe at Ann Siang Hill Park 

Occupation: Freelance Consultant in Contractual Risk Management

 

Tell us about your job

I graduated from the Singapore Polytechnic in Quantity Surveying. Instead of 

continuing in this disciple and with propitious opportunity I found my passion 

and calling in the area of contractual claims and risk management. 

Although I have a second discipline in Computer Studies, regrettable I’m not a 

tech person. So much so I remember once I thought “Wi-Fi” was a dessert when I 

saw a sign in a cafe that said “Free WiFi”.

 

What was your childhood dream? 

My childhood dream was to work from home in a modest 2 bedroom house by the 

Waikato River in New Zealand. At least I have managed to achieve the former. 

Could you tell us about your favorite restaurants outside of Singapore? 

There are so many but two of them are in London called “Goldfish” in Hampstead 

High Street and Barrica on Goodge Street. The service and the food are 

excellent. For Barrica, you must, must, must, try the duck on raspberry jam on toast. On 

my first visit, I had four rounds of that. 

 

How did you first become a regular at PS.Cafe? 

I would describe myself as a creature of habit, and for me it’s the entire dining 

experience that matters. My first experience with PS.Cafe was at Harding Road

(not counting PS Café Paragon which was more of a café setting than restaurant).

PS.Cafe at Harding Road to me is an icon, as it represented a time when Singapore 

was starting to venture into more sophisticated style of dining. Through time and 

being a regular, I started becoming more familiar with the folks at the restaurant. 

In 2006, we had a big dinner to celebrate the life of my father, who sadly passed 

away. It was a memorable evening especially when the whole restaurant toasted 

to my dad. When PS.Cafe at Ann Siang Hill opened, I started heading there more often as 

I liked the whole setting and its history. It has a vibe that is different from the 

regular bars and some restaurants. It offers a different experience to that of PS Café 

Harding. Three levels of enjoyment – pre-dinner drinks on the first floor, dinner 

on the second, and dessert after-dinner drinks on the attic floor. 

 

Why do you think you keep coming back?

The Pork Cutlet, the Steak Sandwich and the Miso Cod are my favorites. 

As I do cook at home, the restaurant does inspire me in many ways. For 

example, the caramelize Brussels sprouts (I use honey instead of sugar). 

The team is of course great and I feel we have connected on a personal level. A

fun bunch. So whenever I there on my own, I don’t feel alone.

Want to know more?

If you visit PS.Cafe at Ann Siang Hill Park for dinner, feel free to say hello to Jeffery Ong and ask him about his travels.