Bettina Carlos had just given birth to Gummy when a snag hit her: “Magiging single mom ako!”
With no television project or corporate gig then, she couldn't afford to wallow in self-pity.
“Inisip ko kasi, what will happen to me? To me and my baby?
“Somehow, I got strength from Gummy.”
At that time, she was already baking.
She told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an exclusive interview at a Jollibee event, “My ex-boyfriend kasi when I was in college was a chef.
“And then he would always cook for me, we like cooking together.
“Pero parang feeling ko, cooking wasn’t for me. Hirap ako at that time.
“And then sabi ko lang sa kanya, ‘Alam mo pangarap ko lang talaga is gumawa ng pandesal.'
"And then, siya naman, akala niya nagpaparinig ako, ibinili niya ako ng baking book.
“That was how it started.
“First I tried was pandesal. It was successful the first time kaya na-engganyo ako.
“I started creating, and then it became a hobby.
“I would bake and I would make people try it lang.”
The sampling went on for quite some time.
“I would send my friends, get their feedback and, hopefully, they would buy.
“Pero siyempre, hindi rin biro yun because baking at home is expensive.”
Then, she prayed.
“Sabi ko, sana I can have a business because I couldn’t go back to work yet.
“And then the Lord answered me, telling me, ‘You can make money now out of your expensive hobby.’”
CAPITAL. Dedication, determination, and “ten thousand pesos” were her starting capital.
“I already had the equipment. May oven na ako, meron na akong mixer.
“Siguro if you will have to buy everything, mga one hundred thousand.
“I was lucky.”
This 2016, Bettina’s hobby, which she named Baked Bites by ABC, is now a five-year-old business.
Her venture has made Nutella Rocks and milking bombs for nursing moms famous.
Bettina said, “It’s now big in terms of exposure because I can readily offer it anywhere to wherever they are and to whoever.
“If it’s Metro Manila, I have delivery service.
“If it’s in the provinces, I have [courier service].
“So I make it a point to reach my market, to go directly to them.”
MANPOWER? Does she already have a helper?
It can be recalled that she started Baked Bites doing all the work—from baking to delivering to marketing.
Laughing, she said, “Hindi, wala pa rin. Ako pa rin mag-isa.
“Kaya nga ang growth ko in terms of reach lang, e. Pero manpower, wala pa din.”
Doesn’t she have plans of expanding it?
“Iniisip ko na siyang i-branch out, but you know, I always consider a lot of things like people want convenience nowadays.
“Instead of going to a place and having to endure [the traffic on] EDSA, they’d rather have it delivered to them.
“So I really consider that also.”
But if she can be a bit bolder about her goal, “My ultimate dream is to come up with a cafe, to put up a coffee, pastry place, pero hindi ko pa na-i-envision anytime now.”
Looking back, the bad breakup had paved the way for her badass business.
“I think the upside of that is because you know you’re alone, you’re accountable for everything you do, and you’re responsible for the choices and decisions you make kasi walang sasalo sa ‘yo, e, wala kang back-up.”
And if there’s one advice she can tell all single moms: “It is difficult, at first, but it is not bad at all.”
She added, “The good thing about being single siguro is yung full control, and you don’t get to blame other people because every decision you make, ikaw lang yun.
“Alam mo because you had to train yourself.”
Is she dating?
“No, I am not, Wala pang pinapadala si Lord.”
Does she ever get sad or have hugot?
“Oo naman. Actually, ma-hugot din ako. Hindi lang halata kasi hindi siya yung dominant sa buhay ko,” she ended.