Best Cafe 2017

The much anticipated Best Café installation was held on the 20th of May this year. It was a fantastic turnout from parents and friends, and the pleasant weather was the perfect boost to start the day.

In the weeks leading up to this event, the children practiced diligently and had numerous mock up sessions of the repertoire. Every child was given a task and opportunity to participate in the day’s activities. Each had a role based on their ability, so no one would feel left out.  Some were sellers, some waiters, while other children pretended to be the guests. There were also children who assisted in the preparation of the food. They had been faithfully making cookies and other sweet treats in the kitchen for many hours each day before the event. One of Best Café’s objective is to provide a platform for children with special needs to have an interactive learning experience. The children got an opportunity to be involved in the entire process leading up to day. This exposure provides the children a safe space to explore, experience and learn a bit more about being involved in the working environment.

Parents and friends began to come in at about 10am. They were immediately greeted by the attractive decor and upbeat melody that filled the air. As you entered the compound, the game booths immediately stood out with its colorful array of handmade props and attractive prizes. It was truly all fun and games at these stalls as child after child lined up to try their hand at these stimulating games.

Another attraction of the day was the Lucky Dip stall. This corner drew the attention of children and adults alike. With its display of enticing prizes such as an oven, watches, jewellery and even a bicycle, it was hard not to want to have a go at it. To make the deal sweeter, every person who tried their hand at it would definitely be given a surprise item if they didn’t win the grand prize. As a result, the crowd kept coming back to the Lucky Dip stall until all the main prizes were won.

 

In the makeshift restaurant, it was perpetually crowded and there wasn’t a moment that went by where empty tables could be sighted. There was a constant queue outside the restaurant, waiting for the chance to go in to be served by our very own BEST children. They were dressed in a smart and neat apron while they lead the guests from the entrance to their seats. After that, they waited on the guests and took orders of the food. The children displayed commendable hospitality skills as some of them have had experience waitressing in the previous installations of Best Café. Some of the guests stayed for two rounds of food, a testament to the delicious variety of gourmet dishes being served, and the overwhelming support of family and friends.

If you had the chance to visit the kitchen, you would have caught sight of the pots of food, neatly lined up on the stove while its savoury aroma filled the air. It is located just opposite the restaurant and a temporary pass was created between the two rooms. In the kitchen, one would have caught a glimpse of Aunty Lian Ai and her line of helpers, hustling around in that cosy corner, fulfilling orders and plating them like true chefs.

At around noon time, there was Play Dough demo by Silas accompanied by his mother. It drew the attention of children and adults as they went through the detailed process of mixing, cooking and kneading the flour and dry ingredients until it became play dough. They were real troopers as they stood firm under the warm and sunny day for the entire hour until the demo was complete. At BEST, play dough making is part of the curriculum with multi-level learning goals. The children are given the chance to learn how to make their own nontoxic play dough from scratch while practicing hand-eye coordination, strengthening the muscles in their hands and improving finger dexterity. The stimulation of the hand nerves when they knead the dough helps to activate parts of the brain for better brain integration. Playing with the readymade dough allows the children to develop creativity and improve their fine motor skills.

On the other side of the compound, Parenting Talks were going on concurrently throughout the day. While the children played and had their fill of food and fun, the parents gathered to learn from experts and other parents of special needs kids. The talks were conducted by licensed instructors in RMT, Brain Gym, Touch for Health and MBL. The presenters were also experienced personnel in the area of special need education and who have had years of practical knowledge in this field. It was a place where parents found support and learned more about the different ways that could be used to help their children.

This year, Best Mart was situated in a big and spacious room just opposite the Parenting Talks. It was filled with table after table of colourful children’s toys, apparel, accessories and a whole lot of children who ran about. In contrast to the warm weather outside, it was much cooler in Best Mart. Parents, visitors and friends took their time as they browsed through the items on sale. The children took turns in watching the store, playing the role of a seller. One of the apprentices did an exceptional job at getting the visitors and parents to come to Best Mart. He promoted Best Mart by going around and telling everyone about the wonderful items that were on sale.

The warm and sunny beams did little to dampen the spirits of everyone. All the children, parents, volunteers and facilitators stationed outside stood at their stalls until it was time to close. They persevered through the heat of the day, having sweaty faces yet enthusiastically promoting their stalls. And when it got really hot, it was nothing a cool beverage and a determined will could not overcome. Towards the end of the day, facilitators and volunteers were exchanging celebratory smiles as they packed up the place, the sign of a day well spent.

 

 

Two More Day to Meet Best Cafe 2017!

The much anticipated annual event —— Best Café 2017 will greet you in two more day! We are ready, are you ready?

Our children will offer you the best service and best food, therefore, they practice diligently!

Coupons are available for purchase online (bestcafe.b2.my) and on the day of the event. You may use the coupons to purchase food, beverages, and snacks; to participate in the games and,  to buy items at the flea market. Please feel free to contact us at 03- 4149 7977 for any additional inquiries or to make a contribution. Any and all forms of contributions are welcomed.  Proceeds of the event will go into upgrading the kitchen to increase training opportunities for the children and teenagers at the center.

 

Location:

Breakthru Enrichment Station

70-2, 2nd Floor, Block H,

Platinum Walk,

Taman Danau Kota, Setapak,

53300, Kuala Lumpur

Day and Date: Saturday, 20 May 201

Time: 10am to 3pm

 

Read more about BEST CAFE 2017:

BEST Café 2017 shop items sales and more!

BEST Café 2017 shop items sales and more!

This year’s 6th installation of Breakthru’s Best Café will be held on Saturday, 20th May 2017. Breakthru Enrichment Station (BEST) is easy to find. It is located on the second floor of Platinum Walk, a business enclave right beside Setapak Central. On that day, it will be hard to miss, just follow the music and the chatter of children and guests. Best Café is an entrepreneurship project by BEST children with special needs, aiming to raise funds to better equip the centre’s Kitchen. Another core objective of the initiative is to provide interactive learning opportunities for the children and teenagers with special needs or specific learning disorders. They will get to practise life skills like asking questions, inviting and leading people, taking orders and serving their customers. This exercise of supported active participation will help to build their confidence and develop better sense of self-esteem when they can carry out their tasks responsibly and independently. Last but not least, it also allows the children to have a glimpse of a working life.

What to expect:

Be prepared for a day chockful of food, activities, fun, games and parenting talks! You will be spoilt for choice as there is a wide variety of food, snacks and beverages prepared by our BEST children. To top it all, you will be treated as very important guests and experience the services of an excellent, extraordinary and enthusiastic team of waiters and waitresses who are just raring to make it your most enjoyable day!

Below are some of the tantalizing items that will be on the menu:

Chicken Pie

Homemade Cookies

Grilled Salmon

Spaghetti

Pumpkin Soup

Strawberry Panna Cotta

 

Once you have had your fill, you may want to enjoy a game or two. Both parent and child are welcome to participate. Be prepared to have your dexterity, fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination put to the test!  Among the games that we have prepared are a Hole-In-One (try to get the ball into the one of the 3 holes) and Flying Rings (throw the rings and aim it at the bottle).

There will also be a flea market for those looking for a good bargain. Brand new trendy handbags, clothes, shoes, accessories, and little trinkets will be among the many items that will be up for grabs. Here is a little sneak peek of the items that will be on sale.

 

And parents, we haven’t forgotten about you! There will be mini parenting talks throughout the day while your children enjoy themselves with the food, fun and games galore. Below is an itinerary of the talks to be held on the day.

Coupons are available for purchase online (bestcafe.b2.my) and on the day of the event. You may use the coupons to purchase food, beverages, and snacks; to participate in the games and,  to buy items at the flea market. Please feel free to contact us at 03- 4149 7977 for any additional inquiries or to make a contribution. Any and all forms of contributions are welcomed.  Proceeds of the event will go into upgrading the kitchen to increase training opportunities for the children and teenagers at the center.

 

Location:

Breakthru Enrichment Station

70-2, 2nd Floor, Block H,

Platinum Walk,

Taman Danau Kota, Setapak,

53300, Kuala Lumpur

Day and Date: Saturday, 20 May 201

Time: 10am to 3pm

Now… Presenting BEST Cafe 2016!

On May 14th, we had this year’s installation of BEST Café and needless to say, it was a great success. The objective of BEST Café is to provide a platform for the children and teenagers to learn life skills, be responsible with the task given, to cooperate with others such as parents or volunteers, gain their independence and learn problem solving skills. It is also part of our yearly entrepreneurship project. Each year, children are asked to do the same tasks and you can see the growth just a year can make. Children who had trouble with a certain task the previous year can now do it with much more ease and take up others’ tasks. Looking at these children grow and come into their own is fulfilling to no end.

This year, BEST Café officially began at 10 am. At around 9am am, the children showed up early to start the preparation for the day and to listen to any final briefings before the crowd arrived. The atmosphere was electric and charged with excitement as they got ready to welcome their family and friends and to show them what they have been busy preparing for so long. The kitchen was hustling with activity as they prepared and packed the meals that were being sold into boxes for easy transportation and the annex area outside was being set up with all the tables and activity for take away counters.

Tables were filled with delicious delicacies that have been prepared by the children, as well as set up with pre-loved items that the children can take home for a fraction of the price. We even had a very kind family, Daisy Poh and her family volunteer to set up an apple stand to help us out! 

At around 10am, the kids took up their respective roles and the crowd started arriving!

The delicious smell of food wafted around and took over everyone’s appetites and you could tell that they could not wait to dig in. Coupons were quickly purchased as everyone went to the stands to pick up their favourite meals! You could see the parents’ joy and happiness as they looked on at what their children have achieved here at BEST and are now able to do little tasks and chores that they previously could not do before.

Laughter was heard all around as children played with their friends and family member and the game stands set up were all enjoyed by everyone. After tummies were filled, the games stalls were full as everyone took their turn in trying to collect as many points as possible in order to exchange them in for mini gifts such as their favourite Lego set! Children raced from one stall to the next, fully entertaining the other students and facilitators that were in charge of manning the different stalls.

Elaine Lee, one of the graduates at BEST who now has completed her Diploma in Baking had a cake decoration demonstration at the event. Everyone looked on in awe as she expertly and beautifully decorated the cake with buttercream and fondant icing. At the age of only 17, she now makes and sells beautiful cakes for a living and the demand for the cake is rising each day! There was a renewed sense of hope as suddenly, all the parents wanted their children to learn how to bake and decorate cakes as well!

In yet another area, we had an artist who drew beautiful portraits of the attendees that day. He managed to capture the audiences’ facial features so perfectly in such a short amount of time. Some people are willing to wait as they wanted to bring home a personalized portrait of themselves.

In addition to all the fun and games, there were also short talks that were running throughout the day. These short talks held different information and ways in order to help parents and caregivers in how to better handle their children with special needs. They were short enough to capture the audience’s attention yet informational enough that they could bring home the added knowledge and start implementing it in their daily life. The coordinators and facilitators were on hand to answer any questions that people had on the talk as well as any other information they wanted to know.

Finally, at 2.30pm, the crowds dwindled down and only the children, families and staff members remained to do a final clean up before heading home. It was a meaningful and fulfilling day  indeed at BEST Café. Stay tuned for more of our events coming up!

 

Preparing for Best Cafe 2016

This Saturday, May 14th 2016, Breakthru Enrichment Station (BEST) will be having this year’s installation of BEST CAFÉ. BEST Café is held once a year to support our children and help them in achieving their different dreams and goals in life. It also helps to inspire and enlighten them as they are able to serve their family members and friend, thus gaining more confidence in their everyday life.

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Proceeds from this special entrepreneurship project will also help in raising funds to better equip the centre’s F&B Kitchen. This is where our children learn how to cook and be independent in the kitchen, a much needed skill for self-survival and independence.

What to expect on that day:

Come along with your stomachs empty and your hearts full! Be prepared to sample some of the delicious treats that the children have worked very hard to prepare for you! There will be plenty of fun and games as well around the area for you and your children to participate in. Some examples of the games available that day are Seafishing, a game where you have to try and hook the items in a large basin full of water and Rainbowling, where players will be asked to roll a ball to knock down all the pins!

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Friends, family and guests will also get to sample some culinary delights during that day! These are all lovingly prepared and cooked for you by the children and they will be your lovely waiters and waitresses for the day! Below are the food options available:

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1. Chicken Chop Set

Grilled marinated chicken with herbs, parsley, basil, olive oil and topped with mushroom sauce. Served together with vegetable salad, potato salad, mushroom soup and a Ribena Lemon.

2. Nasi Lemak with Rendang Chicken

Fragrance rice with fresh coconut milk, homemade sambal and rendang chicken.

3. Potato Salad

A healthy side dish that consists of potatoes, tuna, red onion and mayonnaise.

4. Chicken Pie

Savoury pie with chicken, egg, potato and mushroom filling. *this is a hot selling item and the chef’s favourite

5. Waffles with Strawberry Jam

All purpose flour, low fat UHT milk, corn oil, eggs and topped with Strawberry Jam.

6. Waffles with Peanut Butter Jam

All purpose flour, low fat UHT milk, corn oil, eggs and topped with Peanut Butter.

There will also be Ribena Lemon and Chilled Mineral Water for sale on the day.

In addition to all the awesome food and amazing games, there will also be very interesting free talks available throughout the day  and will be held in the music room at BEST. The schedule is as below:

1. 10.30 am – 10.50 am: P.L.A.Y策略简介”。  by David Mah (以中文分享)

2. 11.00 am – 11.20 am: Understanding Your Child’s Challenges by Christina Ho (conducted in English)

3. 11.30 am – 12.00 pm: Latest P.L.A.Y Strategies for Stress Management by Phoebe Long (conducted in English and Mandarin)

4. 12.10 pm – 12.30 pm: Doodle Doodle Play: A Window to Whole Brain Vision by Cheng Y.C. (conducted in English)

5. 12.40 pm to 1.00 pm: Switch On Your Brain With Simple Touch For Health (TFH) Technique by Chong W.M. (conducted in English)

6. 1.15 pm to 1.45 pm: Introduction to Essential Oils by Phoebe Long (conducted in English)

7. 2.00 pm to 2.20 pm: 您的孩子预备好去上学了吗? by Foo Wan Ching (以中文分享 .)

Last but certainly not least, we have also set up a flea market with amazing little gifts that you can buy for your kids.

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Coupons will be needed on the day in order to purchase the food and drinks available. Coupons will be available for sale on the day and the café will be opened from 10 am to 3 pm! We’ll be seeing you all there!

Feeding Our Hearts and Our Soul

Each and every one of us have strengths and weaknesses. Whether in society we are deemed as “normal” or having “special needs”, we each have to face the world one day and come into our own independently. We understand that when these children have certain special needs, they don’t necessarily function the same or as fast as everyone else. However, we are adamant that every child has the capabilities to be self-sufficient and independent with the right training and tools given. We want to fully equip these children with the right network in order for them find their strengths and harness it. We believe that cooking and kitchen skills are an essential part of helping them grow and come to be independent in the long run.

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Every day, our kitchen prepares lunch for all the students and teachers in the centre and the kids are given a chance to help out in a surrounding that they might not be allowed into otherwise. From the cleaning of the floors and tables to the preparation of the food, each child is given a different role each day to find what they are able to do and what they are comfortable doing. Children with excellent motor skills are able to sit there preparing and cutting the vegetables and fruits while children with less of an attention span seem to enjoy cleaning up duties more. There are others still that actually enjoy the cooking experience and thus are able to help with the actual cooking and seasoning of the meals prepared.

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We have seen how kitchen time under proper supervision have helped enlighten these children to grow and come into their own. Just a year ago, some of these kids weren’t even able to wear the sanitary gloves before food preparation on their own. They were not able to understand certain responses in certain situations and would only do what they are told when they are told to do it. Fast forward to a year later and now they are slowly learning the appropriate responses in different situations and are made more aware of their surroundings. Kitchen time plays an integral role in this as it allows them to focus in a very “normal” surrounding and makes them tap into their innate nature of being a part of something bigger and holding responsibilities other than floor time or doodle-play with their friends.

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An inspiring success story is one of our graduates, Elaine who is now creating beautiful wedding cakes and is interning at a top bakery to further refine her skills! When Elaine first started coming to BEST in 2012, she would not bother with anything, had no attention span and was upset with life. She was frustrated with her homework, often tearing up her textbooks and had major behavioural issues. We noticed however, that she was comfortable being in the kitchen. Through gradual learning at our F&B Station special coaching, she started helping out more during kitchen time in day to day preparations and found that she had a talent for baking. Today, she has successfully enrolled and completed her Executive Diploma in Baking and Confectionary. This just goes to show that sometimes all these children need is a slight nudge in the right direction as well as given opportunities to further enhance them.

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We want these children to be a part of society, to be accepted and to prove to the world and to themselves that just because they are technically known as “special needs” does not mean they are unable to function in the world. They just need to be given a chance to do so and to be accepted that they too are a part of your world. We have heard many of our young adults’ parents expressing their sorrow or regret at not giving their special needs child more opportunities and experiences in life when they were younger. Now, as a young adult, many of these children are unable to function properly at day to day tasks. This further enhances our belief that hands on experiences and opportunities are needed to help them grow.

If there are any entrepreneurs in the F&B industry, home bakers or personal chefs reading this article, we would love for you to give our kids a chance in life. From cookie making, to food prep, to meal cooking down to clean up, these children are equipped to help you out given the right chance. We will be organizing a one day only BEST Café on the 14thof May 2016 from 10 am to 3 pm to raise funds to better equip our F&B Kitchen and to teach them entrepreneurship skills. Come on along to see how these children have learned to cook and to serve you personally. If you would like to know more about the event or how you can support these children in their dream of one day being successful and independent by giving them a chance at helping and integrating back into society, please contact BEST at +603 4149 7977 or send us an email at bestcentre@hotmail.com, or better still, buy our coupon online by clicking below:

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BEST Cafe on 16 May 2015! Come and show your support.

 

Entrepreneurship Project for Special Needs Children 2015

Date: 16 May 2015 Time: 10am to 3pm Venue: Breakthru Enrichment Station, Setapak

Since 2010, we had successfully organized 3 entrepreneurship projects for special needs children. We raised  fund and trained these children to prepare food and beverage to sell.
We are excited to do this Entrepreneurship Project again this year!

Read more “BEST Cafe on 16 May 2015! Come and show your support.”

BEST Cafe 2015 Returns!

BEST Café 飞跃餐厅 Color Really Final 2015

Great food, great family time. This year our BEST Café (for 1 day only) brings you Saute Chicken Carbonara Spaghetti, directly from our kitchen. This dish is designed by our master chef Pn Ngiam, and our children are trained to prepare and serve it to you, totally original and wonderfully made.

Please call us now to get your coupons at 03-2858 7977. There are games and movie preview too in our newly renovated Music Room!

BESTCafé 2014 all set to go!

Come and join us on 17 May 2014, BESTCafé starts from 10.00am – 3.00pm, only for 1 day. Its best to come earlier than 12pm so that you can avoid the peak lunch time, and take your time to enjoy the food.

Our children has been practicing hard on serving and PREPARING the food, and they are truly enjoying it.

We ensure the quality of the food are of the best quality and standard, rival many well known restaurants in town.

Check out the food here!

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Our Delivery Crew – The SPIDERMAN team, in green!

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Our Kitchen Crew – The MASTER CHEF team, with hats.

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Our Service Crew – The CAPTIAN AMERICA team, in red!

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First Time Washing Chicken…

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Blending onions and garlic for grill chicken.

Do come and support our fund raising project, coupons can be purchase online here…

BEST Café is coming again on 17 May 2014! Mark your date and get your coupons now~

The Third BEST Café is coming again! BEST Cafe will be held on 17 May 2014 from 10am to 3pm. Come and join us!! 万众期待的飞跃餐厅再次卷土重来啦!日期定于2014年5月17日。时间是早上10时至下午3时。

We are transforming our BEST Centre into a Cafe for a day and will be serving delicious foods designed by our master chef, Ms. Ngiam & her team of children. Our children are all eager to serve you! 我们会在一天里把飞跃中心设计成一个餐厅,所有的食物将由本中心的主厨—-严老师与孩子一手包办,而孩子们也将成为招待员服务客人。

More importantly, this is their (the children’s) entrepreneurship and fund raising project. They are raising fund to expand and further equip the kitchen they use to prepare even delicious food and to be a professional in the future. 更重要的是, 这也是一个筹募活动,是为了能购买更好的器具及扩展他们的厨房,好让他们可以学习专业的厨艺,有一技之长,发展孩童们的企业本能

We sincerely invite all parents and siblings to participate as volunteers in supporting your child to carry out his/her duty and to make this event a greater success. Call us now if you want to volunteer. 我们与孩子们诚心地邀请您来参与及支持,看看孩子们专业的服务能力。我们也请您呼朋唤友来参与其盛!

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Ms. Ngiam Chicken Chop Special.. Only at BEST Centre!
令人垂涎三尺的鸡扒套餐。。。

Chicken Chop Set comes also with mushroom soup and a mini fruit tart too.

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Waffle Ice-Cream~ melt in your mouth
嗯,甜滋滋的雪糕威化饼,吃了还想再要!
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Full of chocolate goodness, chocolate muffins~
届时我们将会售卖一系列物超所值,美味可口的糕饼。
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Premium Garlic Bread! 上佳品值的大蒜面包片
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Osaka Cup Cake.. soft and fluffy~
物超所值,美味可口的日本杯糕。
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Crunchy Cookies – Using best ingredients in the market~ You sure like it!
用上佳材料的曲奇饼干。
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We need your support, please get a few coupons from us! 请多多支持购买固本!

Chinese New Year Cookies for Sale! 1st Entreprenuership Project by BEST Children

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Breakthru Enrichment Station children who have different learning abilities will kick off their 1st Enterprenuership Project in January 2014 in conjuction with the Chinese New Year celebration (and our newly renovated kitchen!). This is made possible by the Legacy 9 for their generous contributrion of two big ovens. Thank you Legacy 9 for making a difference in our children lives. You may place order for the cookies by downloading the below order form, and email back to us your order.

>> Cookies Order form << click the order form to download

We receive order starting now until 20 Jan 2014. We urge you to order sooner in order to avoid disappointment, as the childrens’ “production capacity” is limited!