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The price of time

I was talking to one of my co-worker who was working there part time. There is a test that we need to take to get certified to sell certain product. With any type of test you have to study for it. This particular one is no exception. But between Starbuck, here and her school, it’s almost impossible for her to study for it. Which makes me realized that one of the satisfation of a higher paying job is the time that it buys. Not having to worry about paying your bill have this advantage, which allows us to take investment on the future.

Add comment November 29th, 2005

new favorite whiskey

Broke down and bought the Ardbeg Uigeadail Islay Cask Strength 2004 bottling. It’s in a similar price range of a Oban 14 and a Langavullin 16, but it’s something you are not going to find at your neighborhood bars. The prior two brands have been gaining a lot of popularity in the last few years. The rumor has it that Oban had a small warehouse fire and Langavullin miscalculated their demand 16 years ago, resulting in 100% price increase in the past 5 years. Not what I would consider “value” for a cheap guy like me.

MAN! The Uigeadail worth every single penny. A tiny drop of water opens up the flavor. This is one of those I would highly recommend using a Riedel sigle malt glass. Nutty and smoky, with a hint of sweetness, with an extremely long and pleasant finish. What a find.

Add comment November 28th, 2005

Maslow’s triangle

One thing I wanted to see on my vacation is the non-wholefood-shopping-non-evian-drinking population of America. Needless to say I am amazed at how a lot of people manage their finance. Everyday I see different type of people. And it seems to be in engrained in everyone’s to reward themselves or someone they cared about. For me it’s a good glass of whiskey or a nice dinner. For a lot of people something nice can be a piece of jewellery.

But what’s unfortunate is that the population who are choosing this form of affordable luxury doesn’t understand what they are paying for. Take jewellery for example. A large portion of their buyers are ones who are just able to afford one. It signify a milestone of success. It is one of their ways to impress their friends, and that satisfies one of Maslow’s trangle of needs for recognition. If you look at it from a wholefood shopper’s prespective, this form of satifaction comes at a very high cost. Money could be put to better used in an investment viechle than non investment grade jewellery. This is espcially true when you are strapped on cash and have to shop on credit. But then if you look at the market segment with income level below the national average of 36K, it is dispoportionally underserved.

One thing I did learn is luxury is different for different people. Regardless of income level, everyone has the same need triangle to fill. Can someone with less income level satisfy the need for recognition then? For those who can easily afford something like a piece of jewellery, they know very well they can pick it up anytime they want. So it becomes less impoartant that it is something they need to show for. Their choice on how to spend is then less influenced by their peers but from their own needs: for knowledge, for beauty and for realization of ones potential. It seem to create a picture that a certain income level helps elevate ones satification regarding to Maslow’s trangle of needs.

But this effect has more to do with group consenses rather than income level. I can’t help but think that if peers group formation are tied to job function and education, then it does lead to the conclusion that satistically speaking which economic status you are born determines your access to resource and education, which evetually affect your job fuction and scocial standing, peer groups and eventually satifaction. This does create a vicious circle of saran wrap ceiling where ones social economical standing affect his or her potential of moving up in the society economically.

Add comment November 28th, 2005


Saw Syriana yesterday. The movie is about a series of stories with a common tie to US oil interest and how that bias influence politics and justices. I find the movie rather complicated. Nevertheless, it is something that I’d recommended. I would need to see it again to get a better idea of what’s going on.

My friend Christine before going to the movie

Add comment November 27th, 2005


Thanksgiving menu:
1) lamb wellington
2) pepper and pork stomach soup
3) stuffed chicken wings
4) roast leg of suckling pig
5) stuffed tomato
6) chicken and bacon wrap.

Add comment November 26th, 2005

on 75 cents coffee

After my first day’s disasterous budget, I decided to get a 75 cents coffee from a corner grocery store the other day. It’s not that bad actually. You do get what you paid for. A 75 cent coffe is no Starbuck, but it does the job: warms you up and wakes you up too.

Did you know yellow chantelli cost $40/Lb in NYC? This is rediculous!!! I am going to have to ask Askar to send me a rescuce package sometime soon.

It sucks that I can’t hit on my customer at the store. There was this pair of sisters coming in today for a necklace and a pair of earing. One of them was really cute. Heck, why can’t I hit on them. I am definitely gonna do it next time ;p

Add comment November 22nd, 2005


I got an opportunity to start working today as a sale associate. It has been what I am looking for, so I took it. Besides greeting and presenting to customers (which I am learning), the job also involved a great deal of inventory control. Everyday twice a day we have to count the inventory. On average it takes an experience staff 15 minutes to do one case, and there are more thna 20 of them. That is 15 minutes away from doing sale, which can help bring in additional revenue. It would have been a perfect candidate for RFID.

RFID was originally invented for counting cattles. when a cattle enters a gate, it will get counted. That way the farmer can keep track of how many cows are at each barn at a given time. The way we work the case is similar to that. All that needs to happen is to install an RFID reader at the dppr of each case. Based on the direction of movement of the piece, the computer can get an exact count of whats in the case and what’s out on the floor. In case of misplacement, the computer can notify and make a note of the case switch. At 50 cents a tag, this is going to save a tremendous amount of time doing inventory control and lost prevention.

I think this is going to be a great experience for me. The manager and one of the co-worker is very helpful in teaching me the ropes. (In return I am helping them out through their busiest season) At the very least I’ll learn to be less shy and be able to sell to people. It might have been easier if I was selling Panerais or IWCs or Leica Ms, but selling something I am not familiar with is definitely going one great learning experience that will become useful later in life.

Add comment November 19th, 2005

First day of school

The last couple of day went by like a blur. I wish I had the time to stay in Seattle for couple more weeks tho. Since DLim is now out of a job too, it would have been fun to kick it with DLim and Myriam for a couple more days. It still feels very wired that I am not working at my old job anymore. Last night I was staying at Ajit’s place and his pager when off. I can bearly hear it over in another room. But by now I have been so conditioned to that sound, my heartbeat increased and woke up as if it was a real page.

Now that I am in NY, it kinda remind me the feeling of the first day of school. In Seattle life follows a rythem, the job has a rythem, my friends has a rythem. Now in a new place it will take some time to get into its own rythem. I have no idea what I will face. I left behind what I was familiar with, but the one thing I miss the most are my friends. I wish I could be like DLim and enjoy my nice little time off. Heck, I am going to play it like my little time off. You know, change is good. This is something I need to learn, and learn to do it often.

Add comment November 17th, 2005

Before and After

My 4 years here I’ve never clean my apartment so throurally. Every inch is scrubed down, floor polished, all woodwork are oiled. I even took apart my stove!



Add comment November 17th, 2005


Have you even eated froasted flakes with chopsticks? That’s what happen when you packed all your spoons.

Here’s my most recent shoot. Lisa was our model. Fred and I tried to experiment with gel light to create a moody scence. Two light was used, a dark blue and a white, with 1:2 power ratio. We built two softbox around the umbrella with bedsheets. http://portfolio.kavindu.com/album11 Probably going to be my last shoot for a little while…

Add comment November 16th, 2005

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