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  2. kotmj

    The suiting thread

    Lowyat kopitiam style "upah" :
  3. kotmj

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    I was in Sunway just now to get something. Sunway is really not my area. I'm almost never there. As I was leaving that area, I drove past Sunway Medical Center. It was all new to me. Right opposite is a mall of sorts. Lots of F&B outlets in that mall. Burger King, etc. People get fed through these F&B outlets, I thought to myself. They get a daily necessity, food, through businesses laden with the absolute highest operating costs. Who says nobody likes to pay retail? Jeremy, you are objectively wrong. Retail works. The proof is right here. It occurred to me JT should be in this mall. Not 2 seconds later, I looked up and saw Cayman Tailor.
  4. kotmj

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    ^Late night listening I am puzzled why people seem to like earbuds and headphones. There's nothing like great big speakers. The majesty, the scale, the fidelity, the resolution. My brother is very enamoured with his top-of-the-line Sony noise cancelling headphones. I tried it in his house. It is indeed very good. But only for headphones. They are nothing like real speakers. Which reminds me of a time when I was in a Sennheiser shop in KLCC. I needed earphones. The salesman let me try several top-of-the-line models. I honestly couldn't tell a sonic difference between them. They were sharply expensive, and weren't immediately impressive compared to my recently deceased Mi earphones. I looked around, and while I had no intention of using headphones, thought I'd try one. Since I'm already there, you know. I asked to try an entry level model. It fucking blew away all and every earphone I have tried, even their most expensive ones. I learnt that day that a better way of increasing performance of a device or system is not through one with higher level spec. It is to GO UP IN FORMAT. To go from earphones to headphones. To go from Bluetooth speakers to hifi.
  5. Cyborg

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    There are so many bottlenecks to audio enjoyment, and some audiophiles seem to take minimizing those (perceived) bottlenecks to an extreme. The main one I find people underestimate is the crap audio compression formats of default Spotify/YouTube etc, which makes a lot of audio lose clarity. Bluetooth connection is fine for non-lossless audio formats provided the source is decent (I.e. 256-320kbps and above).
  6. Last week
  7. "6"

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    ^ Although no knock on audiophiles. Like many enthusiast pursuits, its driven by passion and emotion. They love the hobby so they go deep. Why lust over a Lange when your phone can tell the time? Many sane people may ask.
  8. "6"

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    I have a five piece wireless setup from Sonos - so fair to say its pretty far removed from what an audiophile would even consider a real hifi system. Compared to the single bluetooth speaker I typically use (or just direct from TV/ laptop), it is probably a 100x improvement, mostly in how much enjoyment I get personally. If I think use case; I rent an apartment with an open space plan - wires are my enemy. I have little interest in investing hours to find the right kit - the current system is self contained; no need for amps, no worries about matching/compatible components. This system also allows me to pack up my five piece system easily and quickly when I move apartments.
  9. kotmj

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    Previously, I drafted this for the website: "In the area of fit, we aim for near perfect front and back vertical balances. This is a requirement for the hourglass silhouette to fully manifest itself, and for the fronts of the jacket to hang close to the body when unbuttoned, as opposed to splaying open. This goal for each jacket we cut by itself makes us unique among Malaysian tailors." I knew that I needed to revisit that copy to tighten things up. Here's the better version: "In the area of fit, we aim for near perfect front and back vertical balances. Only so can the hourglass silhouette fully manifest itself. The other advantage: the fronts of the jacket hang close to the body when unbuttoned, as opposed to splaying open. This goal by itself makes us unique among Malaysian tailors."
  10. kotmj

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    Actually, now that I think of it, the EPF under such management is actually an income tax.
  11. kotmj

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    Whatever money you have in your epf will buy you very little in the future.
  12. kotmj

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    Let's look back 11 months. https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/covid19-malaysias-daily-cases-jump-103-new-cluster-emerges Today, we have between 30-40x as many daily infections. ICU wards are full. We've only vaccinated 1.5% of the population, but are out of vaccine. The government couldn't print money quickly enough for its own expenses. Parliament has been suspended, indefinitely, as far the administration is concerned. People are being fined 5-figure sums left and right. Life goes on.
  13. kotmj

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    I don't have an audiophile's temperament. Actually a lot of what they do is silly and superstitious.
  14. kotmj

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    I find that I am not an audiophile. Audiophiles have dedicated listening rooms, which have been acoustically treated with bass traps etc. They have a megabucks system. They have a "throne" (listening armchair/sofa). They listen to vinyl or stream in high bitrates. Me, when I am preparing and consuming food and drinks in the kitchen, would sometimes like to listen to something. When in the living room, would also like to have sound reproduction capabilities. When in my bedroom, would sometimes like to fall asleep listening to audiobooks. When at work, making patterns or cutting cloth, would sometimes appreciate some music. The only source is YouTube or Audible or Netflix on my phone, streaming via, get this, Bluetooth. So I have 4 hifi systems. None conform to an audiophile's idea of a real system.
  15. kotmj

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    It's kinda bizarre to have a full sized studio monitor introduced in 1974 and which weighs 31kg per box in a kitchen. With amplifiers and all that. One of the benefits of not having a wife.
  16. kotmj

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    Yamaha NS1000M and Eureka coffee grinder. Two of the best things in my kitchen.
  17. kotmj

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    For the purposes of this forum, I shall call my new staff the Mayang boy. Because he was born, and basically spent his whole life within a small radius from Taman Mayang, PJ where he lives. Working with him taught me how a native of the PJ urban jungle, unadulterated by living abroad, actually behaves. Quite interesting, his mannerisms. I am also tempted to call him The Lovely Boy, because he is. So much so he was sexually harassed by a previous employer, also a tailor. JT is the third tailoring business he has worked in. He applied to JT for a job several years ago, but did not get in. I have of course been milking him for information about how his previous employers operated their businesses. Vendors, financials, marketing, staffing, etc. I want to know everything.
  18. kotmj

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    Still without finishing, but damn does it look good
  19. vrp

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    Such a drastic difference, on the one hand you have parent enabled kids who get to choose from an abundance of choices in life, probably without having to sacrifice much; on the other, young adults who do not have much to choose from, cannot afford to take risk, as there is simply no margin for error. Such big gap... Would be interesting to see how each of them progress in life, although that would mean a longitudinal study.
  20. kotmj

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    So, perhaps an update on the staffing situation. 1. The Malay Boy He freaked out when news of MCO 2.0 broke. He lost his job with his previous employer with the imposition of MCO 1.0, and was afraid of experiencing the same with MCO 2.0. He encouraged me to continue operating. It actually made no sense for me to, due to the complete lack of demand. It was even illegal. But, he needed the salary, so I had to continue operating. I did however encourage the intern (the Lasalle girl) to stay home. Sometime during MCO 2.0, the Malay boy's wife lost her job. His wife drives a Myvi. The Malay boy would sometimes come to work in the Myvi if his motorcycle has problems. This will soon be relevant. Generally, I got on really well with the Malay boy. He is pretty good at the tasks I gave him. He did not take much for granted, unlike my previous two employees. He seemed so grateful for everything. Only after working with the Malay boy, did I realise just how entitled my two previous employees were. They behaved like princes and princesses. Very early in his employment, his bike had an engine problem, so he came to work in his wife's Myvi. I then learnt he doesn't have a car driving license. He said it is RM2700 to repair the bike, so it will not be repaired anytime soon. I thought about this, and offered to advance him RM2700, to be deducted from his salary at a rate of RM150/month. He took the offer. Things went well, then one day, during lunch time, he met with an accident. He was injured, though not particularly badly (mild fracture of shoulder bone, bashed-up face requiring several stitches). His bike was totalled. I asked him the cause for the accident. He said he drove too fast and skidded. (I appreciate the honesty.) He lacked the means to come to work. I asked about his wife's Myvi. He said it actually belonged to his wife's uncle, and now that the wife no longer has to drive to work (being unemployed), the uncle took back the Myvi. He asked for a substantial advance to fix the bike. (In the most respectful way possible.) I asked for details of his plan to fix the bike. It sounded like a poor plan, and it was expensive. We would have sunk into his decrepit bike an amount similar to a new second-hand bike if we went ahead. Also, his methodology for fixing the bike seemed unworkable to me. I considered other options, like buying a company bike and loaning it to him for use expressly to get to work. But this was in the middle of MCO 2.0, and there was just no way I was making any capital expenditure in the face of unprojectable future cashflow. I had to defend JT's cash position. Also, I could not find a way to restrict the use of the company bike (if I purchased one) to only work purposes. Moreover, I have no motorcycle license so could not manage that asset myself if necessary. Ultimately, he took a job within walking distance from his house. Therefore, he ceased to work for JT. If he asks to work for JT again, he will definitely be hired. 2. The Lasalle girl After many weeks of her hibernating at home, Muhyiddin announced a loosening of MCO 2.0, allowing "boutiques" to operate. She asked to return to work. I said yes, because I could not say no. The Lasalle girl was in JT as an intern, though she had actually graduated. I found her unrealistic in her expectations, ignorant in the ways of the world, lacking in curiosity, and towards the end when she bared her real self, to be truly a horrific creature. This is not a good person. As expected, she lives in a lakeside bungalow at Bayrocks, Sunway South Quay. When she realised her expectations cannot be realised within JT, she terminated her internship early simply by no longer showing up. But only after showing me how disagreeable and truly disrespectful she can be. She is a massive failure of parenting.
  21. kotmj

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    New staff
  22. Earlier
  23. kotmj

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    Listening to the Berkshire Hathaway AGM live through Harbeth HL-P3s. I am so fortunate.
  24. kotmj

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    He has another suit in queue that I think is very interesting. Definitely will show you once done and before I send them off. There is an inaugural ghurka trousers in the works that I can't wait to show.
  25. kotmj

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    Plush luxury
  26. kotmj

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    ^Handphone pic. IG-appropriate pics once hand finishing applied.
  27. kotmj

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    Just collected this moments ago. Sherry Tweed for an English customer in the UK.
  28. kotmj

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    New version: Jeremy Tok and his associates focus their entire energies on delivering a superlative fit and silhouette, crafting suits of beauty and integrity in the time-honoured tradition of bespoke tailoring. Instead of being organised for maximum revenue through maximum visibility in a mall or busy commercial center, we are organised to allow tailoring to be done as a craft in a quiet, low volume, low overhead operation. Your order is given personal attention by people for whom tailoring is both a career and a passion. Your personal patterns are drafted either by Jeremy Tok himself, or under his direct supervision. A substantial amount of tailoring takes place on-site. Unlike others who produce almost only jackets in the half-canvassed construction, which is a low-cost and compromised product, Jeremy Tok produces predominantly fully canvassed jackets, having done so since the beginning of his career. In the area of fit, we aim for near perfect front and back vertical balances. This is a requirement for the hourglass silhouette to fully manifest itself, and for the fronts of the jacket to hang close to the body when unbuttoned, as opposed to splaying open. This goal for each jacket we cut by itself makes us unique amongst Malaysian tailors. In the area of construction, we have a deep understanding of the fully canvassed construction method. This is how jackets used to be made before the use of synthetic glues which allowed an abbreviated construction method called the half canvassed construction, now the default in SE Asia. Serious tailors in Europe and Japan have always to this day made fully canvassed jackets as a matter of course."
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