How do you feel about the world around you?
We started learning about having a world view from 2005, when we learnt what it means to be human and that we are all in the same boat, literally.
We are all on this one planet, perhaps with different circumstances and situations but for the most part we are each facing similar challenges and concerns.
When we began Makanan, we discovered we had created not just a restaurant for people to meet but a place of learning for future entrepreneurs, creatives, thinkers and innovators. Little did we know what they would all go on to do, but we like to think we played a small part in helping them to see they are the creator of their lives. This was our team but also the customers who frequented our restaurant!
You see what you want to see, you create what you want to create. We saw an opportunity, to bring life to a space, to create community within community.
When we opened Mamaku, we had 25 years of experience to carry with us. This doesn’t mean it wasn’t without its turbulence and speed bumps.
Mamaku has had its highs and lows, but what we are ever so grateful for is the continuation of creating community within community.
This time we are all living in, calls for more face to face time, more one on one time, more connection with human beings, more being related with one another. This is what we aim to do: bring people together around a love of food.
It was in the beginning a necessary for us to support our family, to have a business that thrives in order to support not just our family but our extended family.
There is a bigger purpose to what we do that drives us to do better everyday and that’s being able to connect with the humanness of being human that we all face together in this big world.
Sometimes we are not always aware what will happen next or what’s next in store for us. As in who do we need to be for this world, for us, to truly help and be of service?
Remember we are just like you, and you are just like us. Stepping though and discovering road blocks here and there, navigating as best as you can through both the unfamiliar and familiar.
What do you want your legacy to be? This is ours - a family of shopkeepers.
We are a family of shopkeepers. We share our journey with the world, right from where we are. If we were to plot on a map where our family hails from, of course, the majority are from China and Indonesia, and now Australia, however we are still discovering the facts of our heritage so much is still unknown. We were raised in Darwin, Northern Territory, and when our ancestors arrived to Darwin, unfortunately, after the tropical cyclones Darwin is renowned for, a lot of our records disappeared. This journey we share is about documenting our lives now, for our next generations and also for providing the difference we want to make right now.