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Get The Shit Out

This is a bit of awkward blog. I got the idea when I enjoy my “moment” this morning after a few days missing it.

Claims: Due to my vobcabulary in this topic, some words used below may not be accurate

It comes quite on time for me on normal days as I follow my daily routine. I will wake up around 730am, travel to work or do some reading on Weekends, and have my breakfast around 9am. After the coffee, I will start to remind myself subconsciously I need to find a comfortable place to get myself ready. I will always bring something to read. It is kind of like the bell that makes a dog sliver. After I read through the first paragraph, always until I finish the first paragraph, things will drop out. While I continue to read, things all go through smoothly. After that my days continue, be it a happy productive day or stagnant stressful one.

I didn’t give much thoughts about it until I started my training course a few days back which required me to travel to a new place and situations around are not as familiar. My attention is shifted and my body still trying to adapt. My subconscious stopped working and I missed the golden time frame for me to get those rubish out.

About 5pm of my first training day, I remembered my missing activity. Hinted or just by nature, I start to feel toxicated. I was trying to remind myself about the feeling I normally have after my coffee. I even started to image the things flowing in my body moving step by step to the asshole. But it always stopped somewhere slightly below my belly. I tried very hard to “move” it down a bit further, but out of luck.

I have been out of luck for a few days. Left over food a few days ago mix with the new comers and plus my imagination and constant reminder from my “toxicated” body make me a bit uncomfortable. It didn’t bother me a lot when I was focusing on the new materials. But it got a bit embarrassing during breaks. Well, as the food get digested and the left overs yeasted in my body, some gas leak out constantly. I knew that the gas won’t smell any pleasant based on my experience at night when I was alone. As a result, I need to find some excuse and fart in some distant place and hope no one would come close before they got diluted.

I woke up very early this morning, had my breakfast, and arrived the training location way early. I grabbed another cup of coffee and waited in the class room half-patiently. Maybe my body finally gets used to the new enviroment. Maybe things inside my stock just too much to be contained anymore. Maybe the relaxing environement in the early morning classroom. Maybe the coffee here is more effective. Maybe … I finally found my trigger this morning.

As the stuff came out, I couldn’t stop thinking, what a simple habit that keep me happy or at least save me a lot of worry for my days.

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Taxi Driver

I went to a training course this morning. I scheduled enough time for travelling to the new location. When I realized that my bus was heading towards the opposite direction, I knew I would be late. So I stopped a taxi and hoped I could still reach on time.

The driver seemed to be quite interested in my iPad and start to ask about the functionality, what it can do, where I bought the cover, whether it can download software from computer. I was busy searching for my emails and told him the exact location of my course, so I kind of hmmm, haa, errr … and couldn’t pay attention to what he said.

Then the driver show me his Asus PadFone tablet.  It caught my attention. As he is the first person I have met who actually purpose this product. It is a very innovative design that a tablet is powered by a phone. You can take about the core and it become a fully function android phone. I didn’t expect such a taxi driver whom is willing to purchase this kind of fancy gadget. Then he started to comment on what he can do with his favorite gadget and complained that he could find a iPad like cover. But he still like it very much as he can conveniently switch between his big and small screens.

After showing me a few photos in his tablet about his girlfriend, he said this number is strictly only used by his close friends and families. I am a bit confused on why he stress on this. We share our numbers to all people. Credit card bills, colleagues, acquitances, etc. Then he took out his Galaxy S2 and said he used another number for his business related activities. He also owned a Galaxy Notes but left it at home idle because of his new Asus PadFone.

Wow, what a surprise! I thought he must be a PlayBoy type of taxi driver. My impression on them (no discrimination here) are people who are in late 40s and couldn’t locate a proper job. That’s why they take on this 12 hour shift in order to support their families. And to me, my taxi driver must lives in a quite slavish manner. But I was wrong.

The driver then told me, he actually owns a printing business and the business is almost on autopilot mode. He decided to drive taxi because he simply like to meet people and travel around the city. While he is driving and taking passengers, he is able to talk to different people and get to know many new things. And from time to time, he is able to meet some customers by accident. As he talked about his experience, he said, some passengers just happen need to print some brochures, business cards, T-shirt, etc. Happily for both side, they can make a connection and talk about the deal further. He also drives his taxi when he need to meet customers in their office or make deliveries. And because he drives a taxi to meet customers, he will always arrive early in order to have enough time to park the car. He doesn’t want the customer want to know he is also a taxi driver except those he met as his passengers. As a result, he never late for his meetings.

While he is free or waiting in the airport queue, he will use his tablet to make some design works. He side he actually have Fireworks installed(not sure that is true). He helps his customer review and design the material they need to print for free because that is part of his interest.

What a happy side business! (It is quite of hard for me to tell which one is his side business though.)

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What Happened in London this Summer

The following are thoughts I got and when I watched or heard about related to the Olympics.

Opening ceremony

  • The ceremony start with the beginning of industry revolution lead by the country. It is very touching and reminded people about the great contribution from British on civilization and modernization. Village and prairies are occupied by factories and railways. Farmers and shepherd are converted to workers and citizens. Civil rights and relations with the loyal families are established in a typical English gentleman way. It also remind us the treasury left by Shakespeare, one of my favorite authors. It is quite an inspiring beginning.
  • While honor their leads in modern society, I couldn’t stop thinking about the rise and fall of the world following their needs for commercialisation, capitalization, colonization, and war. It may not be appropriate express such themes in a world wide events. But the undeniable fact is that Britain make itself the Empire that the sun never sets. It is their pride built upon the pain and humiliation of the rest. Any arguments on that brings civilization and modern thoughts to ancient systems is not worth reading.
  • Following the same history line, great recognition and honor should be given to the courage and sacrifice by the people during World War 2. The only country, pulling all its resource and reserves in fighting against the Axis. They used their blood as well as wisdom to save the world that eventually lead to what we have now.
  • As the ceremony continue, modern Britain emerged. High-tech, hip-hop, childcare service. They are all great achievements that make Britain still one of the great power in the world. However, from all those happy dancer, children, and celerities, the following part simply make me bored. Yes, they do have super stars like David Beckham, Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, JK Rowling, and probably the Queen and James Bond and other bands or singers. The whole performance just seems more like a party or concert. It doesn’t feel like an events that is anticipated by the world every 4 years and prepared by the hosts 6~7 years ago. My impression? The British don’t really care about the events or they are really in deep trouble both financially and emotionally. The facts that they are welcoming the world and attracting the attentions of billions of people worldwide do not excite them. “Olympics? Who has the time and money? Let’s just do a budgeted backyard party.
  • I fast forward and jump ahead quite a few times when I watch the recording on Youtube. 3 quarters to the ceremony, I started searching for Open Ceremony for Beijing Olympics and watched again. It may be costly, but it make me proud. And I believe it impressed the world.
  • Some add-on: the Olympic Torch is extinguished during relocation on day 3. Careless, irresponsible, save cost?

Ye Shi Wen

  • This kid is really talented. She swims so fast at the last 100m that really blow my mind. And I feel strongly, the gold medal for female will be hers in the next few years, until the next genius grown up. She only competes against herself.
  • Her rumors? You can make use of whatever quotes, facts, statistics from anywhere you like. She has the medal and it is made of gold. 😀
  • I appreciate Ian Thorpe’s comment when he replies BBC on this controversial issue. He said, we should make the testing process more vigilance and make it as fair as possible, so public will celebrate athletes’ performance in the pool, not instinctually suspect they are using drugs.
  • For her country and fellow citizen, support her and cheer for her. She is the pride and brings honor to the country you reply on.

Lian Xiang & the Badminton Team

  • The athletes have done their best and tried all means to win the medal to make the country pride and celebrate.
  • So stop criticizing their spirit or decisions, there is a rule (fair or biased) behind. It makes them choose what they have done.  They had won medals and contributed to the country. Have you?

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Physical Taobao

This is a very innovative retail shop at least for me. It is like the motor and brick Taobao and ebay.

Instead of filling the whole shop with owner’s items, they rent out the shelve space to smaller business. The shop also provide administrative stuff to maintain and sell items for them. For a stand-alone shop of this size, the monthly rental can easily go over 7k. While top level box in this shop costs only $70 and box in the middle which is the most expensive ones cost about $130.

It provides a really good solutions for part-time sellers who don’t have the time and risk appetite to open their own shops in a crowded shopping mall.

However, I think the cost allocated to boxes located at different levels are highly misplaced. The middle level boxes worth much more than the top level ones, even much higher than the 2nd top level ones. The lower 2 levels should also cost more than the upper 2 levels.

Based on my observation, customers are mainly looking for items in the middle. As this is the most comfortable position for them. At this level, they do not need to put a lot of efforts to raise their heads up, stand on their tiptoe, or bend their knees. At this level they can stand close to the window and slight lower their head to searching for items attract them. Only a few taller male customers bother to raise their head and take a look at items above them. I tried myself (1.78m). I just manage to scan items near the window on 2nd top level. For items that located deep inside the box, I will have to make some effort and raise my toe. Top level? No way.

Interesting enough, the lower 2 levels attract some attentions. As they moving around the shop, they keep lower their heads. In some cases, they may spot some interesting items with peripheral vision. They will then look closer by bending their knees and waist. It works especially well with kids, as some of them even put their needs on the floor when they find something at the bottom level. But top level, no one bothers.

Another fact affect the customers movement is the shells stand in the middle. It is position to the right hand side of the door. As a result, customers unconsciously choose to explore the more spacious left side of the shelves. Hence, I think boxes on the left should cost more than the ones on the right.

Shelves on the far behind? Logically it should be the 2nd wall to be explored by customers and cost more than those on the right. But those shelves are higher than the floor of the shelves. In order to stand close, customer need to step up a few stairs. Of course, those additional efforts drive them direct to the shelves on the right (they do make a quick scan through, but quickly lose interest to stand closer).

One last thoughts about the shop. It attracts a lot more customers compare to neighbors. I think mainly attribute to 2 factors. First, items displayed are cheep. Eg an iPhone protector cost only $10 in the shop compare to more than $20 in other stand-alone booth. Second, people like the feeling to searching for some great deals for their decorative, replaceable stuff. As the shop is selling items from a variety of sellers, customers would tell themselves ‘let’s check whether there are something new and cheap coming’.

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Sales in FoodCourt

This is Really Good For You While I was having breakfast down stairs this morning, I met this gentleman who tried to connivence me that I need to remove my mole in order to live a better life.

First I dont really buy what Fung Sui says and second I dont trust him can do a good job in removing my mole. But he is very persistant, and open a picture that shows the “meaning” of all the moles in human’s face. He then pointed at one of the mole in my face and try to convenience me it represents back luck and poverty.

I said thank you and started to eat my breakfast. The gentleman didn’t just leave even I had shown absolutely no interest. He told me his clinic is just down the street, it takes only 20mins to remove the mole, it cost only $$(didn’t even hear clearly). I said thank you again and mentioned to him I dont really need it. However, he didn’t seem to hear me, and repeated the same speech several times. Each time I have to make my tone stronger “No thank you. I really dont need this” I can’t remember exactly how many times we repeated this cycle. Finally he gave up and walked away.

Just when I prepared to eat, I noticed him walked to another person at the next table and started the same pitch. Initially, I thought he approached me because I do have an obvious mole right under my mandible (a big potential customer of course). As he approached people having breakfast in the same foodcourt one after another, I realized he was targeting everyone. Though I couldn’t hear all his pitches, his gestures shown they were the same. No surprise, he didn’t get any customer after about half an hour. I doubt he even get any listener who at least remember what his clinic name is and where it is. Well, I guess, he didn’t even tell us. It was just down the street?

I started to this blog in order to learn something and record my thoughts based on my everyday experience. So here is what I get:

Do not shy about making your pitch, there are always people listen.
Do prepare your pitch, people will lose interest a few seconds you open your month.
Make consistant trial, but dont always use the same method.

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