Allan Yap, who tongue-in-cheek, is the Chief Angel of Just Heavenly (M) Sdn Bhd, is a novelty cake specialist who designs and facilitates the creation of dream cakes and is a creative spirit who is also blessed with green fingers.
Left to his own devices during the recent lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with much time on his hands — Allan Yap who is known for his creative streak in creating some of the best bakes in town’s creativity geminated to a whole new level.
This time, inspiring him to turn his little garden into a mini-farm over the last few months of lockdown.
“I ventured into having my own edible garden after many shocking news about the amount of pesticides and chemicals used in our farms here in Malaysia. Coupled with the rise of cancer in the country and in my family, I decided to slowly but surely steer myself to plant my own foods… But, don’t get me wrong, as I still occasionally buy veggies from the markets and I still eat out,” he says.
The whole idea shares Yap, revolves around the concept of “reduction”.
“I would like to reduce the amount of processed foods, pesticides and chemical laden produce consumed and eat in moderation,” he explains.
With ample time on his hands during the Movement Control Order followed by the extension in the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) that was further imposed, it occurred to him that this was the opportune time to create his own little edible garden.
“A few neighbours and I had coincidentally been talking about creating a greener backplane where we live. After all, how much pandan leaves can you use? Or Lemongrass or Cili Padi for that matter! So, instead of us growing our own little pots of these items, we ventured into sharing our efforts and produce,” he says with a smile. Having gone through many trials and errors over the years, Yap generously shares his tops concerning some of the things he has learnt in creating his own vegetable garden in the hopes that this will help more people to cultivate their own journey of growing their own food in their garden.