Monthly Archives: May 2011

Off to India…

It was the choice of either going to China or India. However with both countries I need a visa – yet I did not have a Chinese visa and ran out of time to get one.

So that means the default choice is India.

Been a few months or more since I have been to Delhi and Bangalore.

Let’s see if anything has changed.

I will also shoot some more with my new Zumi 2 as well.

Laterz…

Playing with my new toy…

Picked this up today at this place in Singapore –

http://peek-ture.com/

36 Armenian Street – cool little alternative photo place. They even carry the new Impossible polaroid film.

More info on this camera is here –

http://www.superheadz.com/digi2triple/

I was looking at those polaroid mini-s cameras but I felt I should not add to the world’s pollution by actually making prints at random. So this looked more fun in that it is digital, super simple, small and uses weird filters.

I just uploaded to flickr and then used their share tool to post to my blog – that was cool!

http://www.nokpis.com/2011/05/22/zumi-2/

 

Red Bull Story

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I always find it fascinating reading about the Red Bull drink – since there is Thai folklore, rags to riches and just an incredible story of an unlikely product that makes a ton of money.

I think a can is made for like 5 cents and sells for many times that. The Thai family behind it is one of the richest in Asia and here you can read about the Austrian who made it all happen:

Little known outside of his native Austria, Dietrich Mateschitz is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our age, a man who single-handedly changed the landscape of the beverage industry by creating not just a new brand but a whole new category: the energy drink. As the visionary who brought the world Red Bull, affectionately known as “speed in a can” or even “liquid cocaine,” Mateschitz, 67, has been a patron saint for more than two decades to late-night partiers, exam-week undergrads, long-haul truckers, and, above all, extreme-sports athletes everywhere.

In return for his sickly sweet innovation, the world has made him very, very rich. Last year the privately held company, also named Red Bull, says it sold 4.2 billion cans of its drink, including more than a billion in the U.S. alone. That represents a 7.9 percent increase over the year before, and revenues jumped 15.8 percent to $5.175 billion. Mateschitz runs an efficient enterprise that has yet to trip on its rapid growth: At the end of 2004, he had just 2,605 employees; in 2010, Red Bull employed 7,758 people—which works out to more than $667,000 in revenue per person.

I am no language expert but pretty sure the name in Thai simply means “red bull“:

A chance trip to Thailand in 1982 would prove to be the turning point in Mateschitz’s life. Curious to know what attracted the locals to an uncarbonated “tonic” called Krating Daeng (Thai for “water buffalo”), he tried some himself and found that it instantly cured his jet lag. Not long after, while sitting in the bar at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, he read in a magazine that the top corporate taxpayer in Japan that year was a maker of such tonics. Suddenly, the idea hit him: he would sell the stuff in the West.

I also love how honest this guy is :

He’s close to some of Austria’s most prominent people, though Mateschitz says he doesn’t place a premium on collecting friends or socializing: “I don’t believe in 50 friends. I believe in a smaller number. Nor do I care about society events. It’s the most senseless use of time. When I do go out, from time to time, it’s just to convince myself again that I’m not missing a lot.” On those rare occasions, however, he invariably arrives with an attractive woman on his arm. “It’s just that I’m not old and wise enough to be married yet,” he says. “But is it necessary that you write about this?”

Impressive dude:

Despite the fact that he’s approaching 70, Mateschitz maintains quite a clip. He still moves like an athlete, rides horses, pilots planes, and last year competed in an off-road motorcycle race. He has, however, installed a board of directors at Red Bull to work on broader strategic issues. Red Bull now has hundreds of competitors (the latest entrant: Tiger Blood energy potion, an homage to Charlie Sheen). For a time, there were rumors that Coca-Cola had offered to buy the company, but those have died down. Mateschitz has long insisted that he has no plans to sell or take Red Bull public. “It’s not a question of money,” he says. “It’s a question of fun. Not only that, can you imagine me in a shareholders’ meeting?”

Impressive story…

Bummed about Manny…

I am a big Manny fan and frankly I was never too keen on him going into politics since I think he might be able to do more good on the outside but alas he is a politician and I wish him the best but definitely let down by this article:

Aquino believes couples should be educated on birth control and should be free to choose the method they deem most appropriate, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. Pacquiao, on the other glove, opposes contraception and paraphrased Genesis to defend his stance.

God said, ‘Go forth and multiply.’ He did not say, ‘Go and have just one or two children,’” the People’s Champ said, according the paper.

Totally agree with Aquino on this one. The Catholic Church has had their hand in this for far too long and all it takes is a trip to the Philippines to see the poverty and the disparity between the have and have nots.

Manny may have used to be a have not but he is a legend now and has more money than bottom capita of all the people in the Philippines combined. He should have used this opportunity to support contraception and the right to choose. It would help make the country a better place in the long.