22 April 2012
When K I S H closed down in GB3 I challenged myself to open a store bigger than 365 sqm (GB3) and in less than 7 years, from 22 sqm it is now over 400 sqm. I’ve been running my company all by myself. There is the retail division; I do all the buying and visual merchandising. There’s the design division, I get involved in projects that range from designing a condo to a planter plus the administrative staff that handles accounting and purchasing. Recently added was product development of our own furniture and decor line of my designs for K I S H and export. I don’t have managers to handle each division. I look at my numbers and check the figures if prices are right or if we can get a better deal. I decide every little detail of every project that we do. There are days that I get this feeling that I am a doctor because in a day, I have to make a lot of decisions about so many different things. When everyone is out for lunch I stay behind to open and answer all my emails. Most days, by 3pm (office is 10-7) I am dead tired and want to go home and just sleep. Not a simple life at all.
K I S H
Current project at Serendra
This morning I was looking at my almost 1,000 collection of CD’s. I have downloaded some of them to my Bose system but have not played any of them for the longest time. I was getting tired looking at them. When you have so much in your hands, you tend to lose the opportunity to calm down and appreciate the simplicity of life. I was looking back and been asking if I needed most of this? That applies to almost everything about how we live our lives. It could have been simple if I decided to just buy Ella Fitzgerald CDs. The first CD I bought in 1989 was The Wonderful World of Ella Fitzgerald. I heard her sing I got you under my skin and I fell inlove with her. So I bought the CD at Greenhills Unimart. The player came 4 months after that. I should have sticked to collecting Ella CDs. I have 17 of her albums and that’s simple pleasure.
My CD collection
The great Ella
I was in Bangkok recently to experience Songkran and I realized while riding a tuk tuk and being splashed with water in every corner we passed by that people look so happy and wet with no worries about life at all. I was screaming and laughing every time water hit me even though I’m already wet anyway. That was a very easy way to be happy.
Songkran 2012 (sorry the pictures are all blurred because the camera was inside a plastic for protection)
Water and happiness in every corner waiting for me
Tuk Tuk water ambush! So much fun
I got this ginger lemongrass home scent from the Bangkok airport. When I opened it up here at home, the scent was so good that it calmed me down. No music or massage but just the smell and the feeling was so wonderful. I wish I am in that state of mind most of the time. It’s a very easy way to calm down.
My niece Ella. Young, innocent and happy
A simple life that makes you happy is possible. It is out there.