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Bake-It Forward: Zul

In 2020, the circuit breaker got many becoming circuit bakers – for Zul, he became an #IncidentalBaker!

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“Actually, I'm not interested in baking at all, but my wife wanted to start during the circuit breaker,” says Zul, Assistant Senior Social Worker at Thrive Parenting! (Divorce Support) under AMKFSC Community Services. “She didn’t do so well and her interest waned, and my interest in the science of baking started to grow – thus began my incidental baking.”

Handling programs that support families undergoing divorce situations, Zul provides casework and counselling support to help them cope with their crises. Though baking came as a surprise for him, it has shed new perspective on his role at Thrive Parenting!.

“The process is slow both ways. Getting an individual or a family to improve their situation – sometimes, you don’t get to see the change. It’s the same with baking. You may have all the techniques, but it doesn’t always work out,” Zul says. “Baking has helped me to be creative in exploring different ways to solve problems.”

Despite his busy job, Zul's family has started a small home-based business. “I’m not savvy at entrepreneurship, and my wife is my personal marketing executive,” he tells us sheepishly. “I don’t have big plans for it for now, but I know I’ll continue as baking has had a really positive impact on my life. You never really know what you’ll get from the oven; at the end of the day, just put in your best effort and leave the rest – that’s why I let my clients learn, and develop their own parenting styles.”

The #AMKFSCBakeItForward campaign features stories of empowerment and connections from bakers in our community 👩‍🍳 Like how baking has helped Zul to develop new ways of working, Bakery Hearts helps vulnerable women to explore new opportunities in life by equipping them with necessary baking skills. Support their efforts and donate here.

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