Kelvin Leong had a stroke when he was only 33 and it affected his left arm and leg. The real estate agent spent a year undergoing various therapy sessions at the SPD Rehabilitation Centre, picking up driving again along the way, before getting well enough to go back to work.
Cheerful with a positive attitude, Kelvin started baking cheesecakes during the Circuit Breaker period as property viewings were restricted. He is now known as the ‘baker’ in the stroke community and he has gone on to create cookies infused with popular local tastes such as kopi siew dai and thai milk tea. He looks forward to the day his One-Handed Baker (OHBaker) brand will be sold in retail outlets and well known to everyone, much like local salted egg chips Irvin’s.
Even though Kelvin used to cook prior to his stroke and knows his way around the kitchen, having to bake now with just one hand posed several new challenges, including one where he would sometimes forget the placement of his left arm and accidently knock things over. Otherwise, there are not many challenges that he hasn’t found solutions for.
Kelvin, who is participating in the SPD Bake Sale for the first time this year, shares some kitchen hacks in this episode of the “Have a SPlenDid Day” series.
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