Melody Andalan Landry was working as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Singapore before going to Canada to work in a fish and lobster farm in Cap-Pele, New Brunswick in 2012. Now, she’s making her dreams come true, running her own food truck in New Brunswick.
DREAMS COME TRUE IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Ever since college, Melody always wanted to run her own business.
After working for five years of hard work at the lobster farm, she decided that she just about had enough.
She found a business partner in Vinson Mahawan and debuted their food truck on Philippine Independence Day.
They call it “SARAP”, which is Pilipino for “Delicious”.
Speaking with India Intiar of Huddle, Melody is proud of her accomplishments in Canada.
PROUD OF HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS
“I feel like I achieved something. I’m very proud of myself. I cannot explain – even if I’m a foreigner in this country, I’m doing something that I love,” Melody told Huddle.
After having worked in Singapore as an OFW, Melody wanted to try her luck with a small canteen.
Before moving to Canada, she took some TESDA courses, including caregiving and housekeeping.
WORKING HARD AT A LOBSTER PLANT IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Melody ended up working at a fish and lobster processing plant in Cap-Pele, New Brunswick.
It was hard work, no doubt. She did get something out of it though.
She met her husband Jason in New Brunswick. They’ve since settled in Shediac, which is 20 minutes away from Cap-Pele.
Melody thanked her husband’s family, who have been nothing but supportive.
She acquired a second hand food truck, and had it spruced up a bit to reflect her new business.
FILIPINO AND CANADIAN FOOD AVAILABLE ON THE MENU
Melody’s food truck serves all the Filipino classics, including adobo, Fried rice, Filipino spaghetti and pancit.
There’s also other food available, including burgers and fries as well as fried chicken and hot dogs.
She told Huddle that she wanted to create a balanced menu, since people in New Brunswick might not be too familiar with Filipino food just yet.
Melody’s food truck serves the Greater Moncton and Shediac areas.
Her favourite spot to park the food truck? Near the Grand Barachois wharf, where there’s a great view of the water.
What do you think? Are you ready to chase your Canadian dream just like Melody did?
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