“All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.”
Since I was six, I have had this recurring dream, vivid, of a place with conveyors and tracks that linked from each stall to the tables alike. There is no need to use packets of tissue papers to “chop” seats ( A very unique to Singapore culture where people mark their territories or seats with worthless belongings that they carry with, be it tissue packets or umbrellas, while they go and do their activities before coming back to the seats they have booked with their belongings.). People just seat down in the eatery and by pressing a few buttons, food orders are sent to the respective stalls who prepare the food and then serve the food via the delivery conveyors. In my dreams, it went on to develop as I grew older, having robotic arms wielding the utensils, cooking up all the dishes of Hokkien mee, Carrot Cake etc.
Of course, like all childhood dreams, after a while, I do not dream of them anymore. Worse when I got suck into the cycle of working and then dreams just seem to evaporate. However, thinking back, it is definitely not a coincidence that I dreamt of this. My grandmother is a really good cook, wielded the pots for most of her life in a hawker stall at Seah Im Road until she passed away. She’s a fiesty women who never say no. Started her own stalls to sell cooked food since my father was a boy. I still remember her famous dumplings and fried fish that used to attract queues to her stall when she was alive. My father is a self-taught mechanical engineer and designer who went on to start his own machine building business. I have been embroiled in such an environment, growing up with good food that hones my palate and with machines that my father and his team built. It is no surprise that I went on to specialise in Mechatronics for my degree and having been working in my father’s business for a total of 10 years and counting now, I guess it is time to start out on my own.
Thought this to be the perfect timing to execute my dreams. For the past twenty years, technology has caught up and it is really no longer a dream to have an automated restaurant that she dreamt of when she was 6 years old. Besides, people / human beings / Singaporeans have evolved in the past twenty years to not really want to take up jobs like cleaning, serving or cooking. Everybody wants to be a PME now, me including and I thought robots might be the solution to this.
I’m a Singapre girl at heart and I wish to bring this in to Singapore. May the Universe hear my call and bring me like-minded people who supports my dream and pray I can bring in the very first automated restaurant to Singapore soon!