By , August 9, 2011 6:26 pm

  1. All writers desperately try to sell their ideas and/or stories. Buy the ideas, not their megalomania.
  2. Lots of superheroes fiction disguise as autobiography and self-help
  3. A fair product with darn good marketing may sell better than a good product. Same for books
  4. Sometimes a product sells because of political intends. Same for books
  5. Many clueless media dung beetles, without anything more meaningful to do, try to promote gaming devices (e.g. iPad) as book readers
  6. If you don’t have time and/or money for books, stop watching porns
  7. Don’t believe those who claim you can’t learn from books. They’re either hiding good resources or leading you to doom
  8. A book always sells for a reason, not necessarily a good/relevant cause
  9. A few reclusive writers can’t talk. At all. Read them don’t watch them.
  10. Write on books. Color them. Hi-light them. Books are to use, not to put on display
  11. Many writers are philosophasters
  12. Get-rich-quick almost always sells. As if
  13. Most books are results of the publisher’s editing & marketing teams as much as the original author’s
  14. Authors try to appear deep by quoting randomly at chapters’ beginnings
  15. Introverts spend more time writing, most suck in speaking about what they write
  16. Writers should stink busy writing

Why you should dumb Twitter for Google+

By , August 9, 2011 6:22 pm

Why you should dumb Twitter for Google+

  1. No artificial 140 limit
  2. Rich media
  3. You can edit your posts after posting
  4. More privacy settings
  5. All new Android phones will have Google+ built in
  6. Twitter is hopeless

By the way, my Google+ profile is

Experience of Groupon deals hunting

By , August 9, 2011 6:21 pm
  1. Always check terms and conditions:
    • The branches the voucher applies
    • The items the voucher applies
    • The dates the voucher applies

    • Maximum number of vouchers per bill
    • Takeaway or dine-in
    • Tax inclusive?
    • Receipt issuance?
    • Are there other more interesting promotions running at the stores than this Groupon deal?
    • Travel deals: tickets? tour guides? meals? distance? services?
    • Buffet: time limit?
  2. Ask for menu. Check the normal prices. Plan your usual consumption and buy the right amount of vouchers
  3. Use the comment feature to ask questions
  4. If the comment feature is not provided or unresponsive, call the merchants to ask questions
  5. Search for reviews from other sites
  6. Be aware that products and services are different
  7. Use the voucher as early as you can when the staff are still excited about having customers (via Quyen Ngo)
  8. Don’t believe the photos and the copywriters
  9. Book in advance to make sure they are ready to serve you

Happy deal hunting

inCard – why you wanna use it

By , August 9, 2011 6:21 pm

inCard is the new service offered by (a top Groupon clone in Vietnam).

Here are why you wanna use it:

  1. One card – multiple merchants
  2. Less pressure to use the vouchers. Most vouchers have time limit of 2-3 months. If you’re busy, you may rush to use the 2-month voucher when it expires. The inCard is valid for 1 year and I feel much less pressure in using it. Furthermore, being able to use it in multiple merchants also gives me much less pressure.
  3. One card => less weight, less space in your wallet
  4. Spontaneous. Sometime you hang out without planning ahead. Having a card in your wallet/purse give you multiple options where to go
  5. Status. The card is well-designed and makes you appear VIP when you hand the card to the waitress

Breakeven chart:

Do you spend less than VND1m ($50) per year for hanging out?

Entry for 20/4/2011

By , April 19, 2011 6:33 pm

To sell CTG


VPL looks interesting

Opportunity to buy some real estate following bank inspection

Screenshot from CafeF

Interest rate Q1 2011

By , February 10, 2011 6:40 pm

Vietnam: given current discussions, we can hope interest rate would go down.

Tai's 2011 view

By , January 1, 2011 6:44 pm
  1. USD/VND up
  2. AUD/VND up
  3. USD/RMB down
  4. Gold unpredictable
  5. Worldwide inflation
  6. Currency war, countries deflate
  7. Cost management
  8. Budgeting challenges ~ trade deficit

2011: hot money into Vietnam equity & realty

By , December 9, 2010 6:45 pm

Price-to-book fabulously low compared to any most emerging markets. Q4 2010 might be the trough of VN Index.

Rising concern from debt gives way to equity

Q1-Q2 2010 was the trough of Vietnam real estate market, hot money in 2011 from Indochina Land, Capitaland et al…

Jakarta Composite Index continues to do well

By , November 10, 2010 6:50 pm

Put your money in a Jakarta Composite Index fund, go on vacations, and watch your value double year-to-year

Source: Bloomberg

Week ending 10/10/10 in news

By , October 9, 2010 6:56 pm

Exchange rates


Interest rates


Business models

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