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  2. kotmj

    The Denim (contrast) Thread

    It took me 1.5 days to adjust the Merrow machine to produce these shell stitches. We shall start using these on jeans.
  3. Last week
  4. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    Ambrosi is convening an extraordinary board meeting with participation from their department heads to find ways to address this new threat
  5. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    Can't wait to show you guys the trousers my intern is sewing. Coming along nicely.
  6. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    Wanted to take pics of this before I send it out to Australia. Here we did this strange and gratuitously elaborate method of securing the cuff. Trousers are in a cotton by Officine Paladino.
  7. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    The back of a trousers as sewn by my intern on her second day of internship. Ambrosi Inc. is now closely monitoring this new threat from the Far East.
  8. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    I have trousers by Brioni and Isaia to dissect with her.
  9. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    I have a new intern starting on Wednesday. From Raffles (near KLCC). I'm thinking of making her specialise in trousers for the entire 3 months of her internship. At the end, even Ambrosi should be afraid of her.
  10. kotmj

    What did you eat just now?

    If I am in the mood, I may make a more complex one. I could accentuate the fruitiness by adding kaffir lime leaves, lemon zest, or even whole kumquat. For more flavours, I could add ginger and turmeric. Some sugar would really bring it into the fruity realm.
  11. kotmj

    What did you eat just now?

    It's a Khind oven. I bought one just large enough to accomodate a Le Creuset pot. Some sort of generic wholemeal bread flour. I was messaging with a friend about the shocking amounts of oil used in preparing food. Sambal, as most of us know it, is 90% cooking oil with bits of solids floating in and permeated by it. No other species of primate consumes oil like homo sapiens. Even when we eat vegetables, each surface of the vegetable is coated in oil. The vegetable sits in a puddle of oil. If you believe we are evolutionarily close to monkeys, you should recognise that our food is extremely atypical to that of primates. Now, of course, it is the mastery of fire, and hence cooked foods, that made humans human. Otherwise, such an energy-intensive brain would not be possible. But the oil thing is a new development that came about only through the industrialisation of farming. This oil is the cause of insulin resistance. This reminded me of a very curious sambal I had at a Peranakan restaurant. It was completely oil-free. It tasted fresh, and fruity. I googled to see if the Peranakans have a different take on the sambal, and indeed, discovered their sambal belacan. It is different from other sambals in two fundamental ways. First, it is more like a salsa in that it isn't cooked. Second, it contains no oil. You blend fresh chillies, with toasted belacan. Squeeze in some lime or calamansi. That's it. The Peranakans see this as a refreshing salsa. You should be able to eat this by itself. Therefore, do not make it too spicy by adding cili padi to it. Also, the belacan is used sparingly; to give it some salinity and umami, but no more. The goal is a fruity salsa, not a musty, salty one. I just made a batch and I love it.
  12. Earlier
  13. kotmj

    The watch appreciation thread

    UMNO robber baron with a white ceramic Big Bang
  14. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    It's not my jacket, BTW. A customer's.
  15. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    The sleeves have to be reset. The basket has to be redone.
  16. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    My case against Celcom will be heard in September. Apparently the courts are very behind on their workload. Celcom refused to give us Syed Sadid's IC and address. I asked my lawyer if this is normal. She said only recently, since data privacy became a trending topic in Malaysia. In the past they had no problem giving out the info. Syed probably thinks it has all died out. Hahaha, I'm so suing that MF.
  17. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    I can't recall. Need to check.
  18. Nabilalif

    The suiting thread

    4 1/2 inch lapel?
  19. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    Some birds left to go, and the balloon basket. The entire embroidery is covered by the lapel.
  20. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    GIN
  21. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    I've been hearing a lot lately about how the world will never be the same post-pandemic, in particular how the demand for office space will shrink as some staff permanently work from home, and how business travel will never rise to pre-pandemic levels because people will use Zoom instead. So much nonsense. If you're in sales and you do not visit your client in Togo, but your competitor flies out 3X a year to woo that client in Togo, eventually you will have no client in Togo. If there is an annual fair in Hanover that all your competitors exhibit at, but you don't, thinking your Zoom sessions are so hot...well, bye bye to you. If your semi-retarded employees work from home, but your competitors' semi-retarded employees work in cubicles under the supervision of a non-retarded manager, your competitors will pull ahead of you over time. Centralised office spaces and business travel, as well as business suits really, have always been about a matter of competitiveness. Those who do it, exist. Those who don't, you do not hear from them anymore.
  22. asrat

    The suiting thread

    I would suggest maybe we should have a thread on investment or financial related stuff. Would be interesting to hear opinions from people here.
  23. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    So a very senior central banker came just now to pick up some stuff and to order another jeans; the one we previously made for him, he says, has become his daily driver. I'm not actually sure which bank he works for. As we all know, there are so many central banks around. Several in every mall. Of course I had to ask if there will be another big stimulus package. I said the US is really printing the money. Malaysia has mostly used other people's money, and not even that much of it. He didn't look at all optimistic. He told me why. But I can't tell you why. He liked to talk about the abuses of the current assiatance package. I said what about the airlines? Will there be assistance? You leave Tony to hang in the wind, or what? I'm not sure if I should say what he said. We talked about graduate unemployment, which he says is 3X higher than unemployment in general. Half a million graduates become available for hire every year. This is very worrying to those in power. Nobody really knows what to do. Talked about the compounding interest for the HP loan moratorium fiasco, which he said affected him personally. Talked about Singapore's response, and how our response is hampered due to Muhyiddin's extreme reluctance to face Parliament.
  24. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    I saw a heart surgeon this morning for a fitting. We chatted a little about covid. My exposure to the medical fraternity is quite limited (and long may it remain so). In particular, I never want to be the customer of a heart surgeon. They mostly just cut open your ribcage. I realised after a while that he's really quite smart. It's a very specific kind of intelligence. I mean, I also have repeated exposure to, say, people who produce news media like producers and editors, but they always struck me as little parrots. They have no original thought. This surgeon has a very specific way of thinking. He does quite a bit more thinking than most people. He communicates the result of his thinking short and well. I should try to be more specific. He has a wandering mind. Most people, when they "think" of a topic, call to mind only what they have read, or were told. A person with a wandering mind looks at a topic from many perspectives, and he encircles a topic from increasingly larger radii. He looks to history for precedent. He looks for analogous situations. He generates many "what if" scenarios. He challenges his own ideas in his own head. Very few people do any of these.
  25. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    I have only ONE DAY off in the WHOLE WEEK: Monday. I was so looking forward to coming Monday, but have to meet with the lawyer. She said Tuesday cannot. "Mr Jeremy would it be possible to affirm it on Monday? As the CFO and our despatch are operating in limited hours due to CMCO & fasting month. We will try to serve the affidavit to Court and opponent on Tuesday morning itself." BTW, I always thought it's either Jeremy, or Mr Tok. Mr Jeremy is not supposed to be correct? The only consolation is the lawyer is cute. Today, I was with a coatmaker I was in the process of firing. He has worked for me 4 years. Why fire now? If he was good enough for the last four years, what has changed? That's the problem. Not enough has changed. I realised that lodged deep in my brain is the expectation that things must improve over time. Quality, efficiency, creativity must all go up over time. Threading water is not acceptable. We CANNOT be making the same product the same way year after year. We must make an increasingly more sophisticated product with greater efficiency over time. So a worker who is good enough today, may be perceived by me as deficient if he merely remains the same. So I gave him one last chance. If he wants to continue working for me, he has to do so in the shop, not from home. He will still be paid by the piece, but that piece must be made in the shop. By being under my constant supervision, I hope he will improve. He immediately agreed. I just changed the name of the business in Google. It's now called Jeremy Tok Tailoring Workshop.
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