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Oh my God, that water!! If the chance presents itself for me to go there, I really badly want to. I think I'd get along quite well with a Mediterranean lifestyle.

You would love it :)

 

In the whole Mediterranean region, probably Greece has the best islands, beaches and sea (and in the Mediterranean sea there are no sharks, strong undertows or other dangers like in the ocean). However, visiting a place and living in a place is a whole different experience. Totally different parameters to consider. I am sure there are many beautiful places in the Mediterranean region but if I had to recommend some places based on quality of life, climate,landscapes, jobs opportunities, salaries and culture it would be the following places:

 

1)Southern France. As a French Canadian I bet you would love it there and you would mesh well. Marseille seems the best option ever.

2)Northwest Italy. The "best" of Italy.

3)French part of Switzerland. To put it simply, civilized people. Beautiful nature, only drawback there is no sea (so technically they are not Mediterraneans but they are on the line between Mediterranean climate and northern climate)

3)Cyprus (the Greek part). Tax haven, corporate tax ranges from 4% to 12%, the lowest in Europe. Many international companies, strong ties with the UK (former British colony), tax haven for rich people around the world and offshore companies, Russian oligarchs launder their money (if you learn Russian, there is secure employment for life with very good money*), very relaxed way of life

4)Malta. Not exactly tax haven but something similar with Cyprus, more international though.

5)Tel Aviv (Israel). I have consistently heard very good reviews. Israel is right next to Cyprus but on the mainland. It could be considered middle east geographically but most Jews are of European descent. They have strong ties with the US and a very high tech scene, probably the best after Silicon valley. I know many people don't like Jews (without any reason) but I personally got along great with the ones I have met in my life.

 

Now bear in mind I haven’t visited all these exact places myself (aside from Switzerland) but I form these opinions based on family and friends who have lived there. I also know the culture more or less in these places.

 

* Maybe this is my ticket, a hot Russian heiress lol mobile apps and nonsense, foolproof way haha

 

I love boating and yachting, but yes, I'll have to accumulate more wealth before even thinking of buying one of my own! Huge money pits!!

A few years ago now, after my mom passed, I needed fast cash and so got what was a 3rd job for a summer. Weekends I was bartending for a yacht club - rinky dink compared to some, but still a lot of money rolling through that private little piece of heaven. It was honestly super fun, even though I was mostly working. I did get invited several times on the boats, got to learn a lot, and had some really really fun nights off there.

I grew up... very working class. Here were people who thought nothing of putting out thousands for a little day trip, hundreds on booze every day, and it was just wild.

Meh, working class, middle class, potayto potahto.... if you are not rich you are poor. Actually the only people who enjoy money are the kids of wealthy families, if you are self-made you don't have time to enjoy it and you have a completely different mentality.

You'd love it lol. Just tip your bartender well when you get there:)
I have as many chances to get there as winning the lottery lol. But I always tips generously good looking bartenders in my dreams :friendly_wink:
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I find the best colour is the one you get when you are swimming in the sea. You get the sexy surfer's tan, i love it. I did the same things all these days, workout for about an hour and a half in the morning, go to the sea for 3-4 hours and swim an hour, walk/jog for 3-4 hours and do some calisthenics at the end, then meet some friends in the evening. That's it. I pretty much exercised all day, mom's food has countless calories anyway lol. I am at the best shape i have ever been and with the military haircut and the short sleeve white t-shirt I am only missing the cool sunglasses and a couple of tattoos for the complete navy SEAL look. It's my favourite look lol.

 

My plane for liverpool is in a few hours. It was a nice break, time to revert back to execution mode.

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In one of the many pubs I visited to pitch the app, there was a cute bartender, she was a tad chubby, not the typical hot bartender who looks at you like a peasant so I thought why not.

 

(After pitching the app)

Me: One more thing, can I have your phone number? Not for the app, for me (she looked baffled)

Her: What do you mean for you?

Me: So I can call you and ask you for a coffee

 

She paused for a second, I expected the typical answer I get in these cases which is “I have a boyfriend” but to my surprise she said “yeah, you know… I am gay”. I replied no worries with a smile and left. What I really wanted to say though was “Even better, we have the same taste” but I refrained because as we all know I am a gentleman lol.

 

 

 

The incident made me smile but it was not enough to make my day. I feel somewhat apathetic these days. Maybe it’s the sudden change, on Tuesday I was out all day working out and having fun and on Wednesday I am trapped in a room in front of a pc all day long with a permanent overcast weather outside. It will take a week to revert back to my British version. Moreover, it does not seem we are going back to the office this year, on one hand it’s good because I am more flexible, on the other hand I miss chatting with my colleagues.

 

Today it was my annual review and I was described as an exemplary employee. Nice words but I didn’t get the promotion and the company postponed salary reviews for 6 months due to Covid. What they did was pretty f*cked up, they found Covid now to lay off people and cancel pay raises. I heard the annual pay raise is between 2% and 5%. I am like w*t*f people, in my first job I got 40% raise after 6 months, in my second job I got 40% raise after 9 months and I thought it was not good enough, I wanted at least 70%-80%. Percentages sound good, but the net salary at the end of the month does not significantly change. Now they say it is 2%-5% after 1 year and a half? Are you kidding me? 2% of ZERO is ZERO people, come on. I thought they were not serious but I asked around and it seems to be the truth. Better say from the beginning there is no pay raise, it’s more decent.

 

I don’t know….. Also, there are not enough restaurants and pubs in Liverpool as I thought. They seem countless at first glance but when you need to visit 100 to get one client, they are not enough. I thought I could stay for the app only but now I am not so sure. I contacted local investors that help local start-ups to make connections but to no avail. Absolutely no career progression and no app potential on the side, it does not sound good to me. Maybe I have to hit the road again….?

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Does it have to be pubs? How about retailers, household services, bigger brands rather than the mom and pop shop.

 

Also, what does the thumb down button really do for your app? Consider that business owners are already jaded from Yelp and battling bad reviews and negative ratings - so something simple as thumb down might stop them from using your app as yet another bs negative reviews place they might have to deal with. Food for thought.

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Does it have to be pubs? How about retailers, household services, bigger brands rather than the mom and pop shop.

 

Also, what does the thumb down button really do for your app? Consider that business owners are already jaded from Yelp and battling bad reviews and negative ratings - so something simple as thumb down might stop them from using your app as yet another bs negative reviews place they might have to deal with. Food for thought.

 

It has to be pubs, bars and restaurants first. People are more likely to use an app which has deals for food and drinks. It has to be about products which are part of people's everyday life. The problems with the bigger brands and retail chains are:

1) I can't reach out to the decision makers most of the time. I try both bottom-up(pitching the app at the shops myself) and top-down (sending emails and cold calling the marketing departments) approaches. It's very difficult to find the right person and there is a lot of serendipity involved. And man, everyone is a manager, from the bouncer to the CEO, everyone calls himself a manager. There are so many "managers" in this world, is there anyone doing the actual work? Go figure....

2) Even when I find the right people, they are either not interested or they have developed an app themselves already

 

So my initial perception was right, the best potential clients are the mom and pop shops which care about expanding. Although most mom and pop shops are not as small as you would imagine, they are equally big and expensive as their fellow bigger brands shops.

 

I have considered removing the thumbs-down button, I thought Youtube has it so I left it. Maybe I will remove it in the next version. But I haven't reached to the point where people actually use the app so much they think about these details. Most people say they love it, especially after adding the new features it has become a lot more professional. Still not easy to make people give a sh*t. I hustled a lot on the weekend, I have pretty much visited all the stores in Liverpool, maybe I can find a couple of clients more but then i will have to expand my expeditions to the outskirts which makes things a lot more difficult and time-consuming.

 

I am starting to really enjoy hustling though :)))))))

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My manager told me my performance rating was moderated from "above" because nobody can be that good (which is very easy in this company anyway). Don't forget people, we always have to follow the normal distribution hahahahahahahaha I so much love the corporate world, it's like communism hahahahahaha

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The British girl I like got the promotion, at least it's a person I like.

 

However, no promotion, no pay raise, hmmm I am not the type of person who waits. The first CVs have been sent. I will never make money in the corporate world, I have come to terms with this but I will use it as a medium to see as many places and countries as I can.

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I used to think the people posting on ENA are like the people I know/see in my everyday life like colleagues, friends, roommates etc... Normal people. It seems most posters are like the people on Judge Judy's show. My opinions are so vastly different because I personally don't know/hang out/converse with this sort of people. When I meet people I don't like/understand I just go the opposite way. I guess everyone is living in his own bubble, makes sense if you see it that way.

 

Why so many people converse and spend time with people they don't like is beyond any comprehension. Personally, if I meet an as*hole I try to avoid him/her as much as I can. Even if I have no choice but to spend time with him/her I try to stay as neutral as possible. Most as*holes are easily recognizable within minutes of talking. I remember a few years back where I was with a friend and we met someone we didn't know before, I told my friend "he seems like an as*hole" (after the other guy left), he agreed but he kept hanging out with him. A few months later he told me "yes he is an as*hole. I don't give people the benefit of the doubt in this case. Maybe I am 80% correct but it is still a quite good percentage. Just don't keep people you don't like in your life. Is it that difficult?

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There is something that always surprises me no matter how many times it happens. So there are times when I walk in a store and the manager looks so negative at first glance I think “oh boy”. But when you talk to him/her he/she is actually very polite and he/she takes the time to listen to you. It’s not unusual to see a guy looking like an angry miserable bulldog that someone stole his bone or a woman with a resting b*tch face like she is having 5 periods all together to respond so politely when you start talking to them. On the other extreme, we have the smiley people who stop you in the middle of your first sentence or crease your flyer in front of you. It happened today, it was a smiley guy, looked polite and forthcoming at first glance, he started creasing the flyer as soon as I gave it to him whilst I was pitching the app. It really surprised me. At least wait till I am gone….

 

You can’t judge a book by its cover indeed, you need to open it and read a few pages before you decide.

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Hmmm... No other restaurants and pubs/bars left in Liverpool. On the outskirts, they simply don't care about technology, they work with local people, makes sense. There are four places, a Greek restaurant, a Middle Eastern restaurant and 2 pubs, they looked very promising, they said they want to use it, they have downloaded the app and they promised me to post deals but they just don't do it. I have visited all of them multiple times and they all say "I promise you, I will post the deals tonight" and they never do. I asked them to give me the deals to post them myself but they wanted to do it themselves.... When you have visited them multiple times and they still keep promising you to do something that takes 30 seconds and does not cost anything, you know it's never going to happen.... and since I am not a chick to believe in promises and words, I am not begging them anymore. So, 3 restaurants out of 200 or so. I knew it would be difficult but I expected at least something like 10 out of 200. Reality didn't even match my lowest expectations.

 

So now what? Now I am sending CVs everywhere in the UK and Europe. Let's see if something comes up. Good thing, the app works everywhere the same with some minor modifications. Who knows, maybe in another place I will have more success. Not that I care much anymore.

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Do tell.....

 

My problem is I will never be satisfied, I will never stand still, I will never be relaxed, I will never be content. I went for lunch with my colleagues on Thursday and they were talking about houses and mortgages. They have bought/thinking of buying a flat/house. It's not like they are making money, they make the same meager salary as me. I am talking about money all the time but it's not about the money at the end of the day that is bothering me (or the lack of it to be more precise). It's about meaning, I can't live without meaning, I am very miserable when I don't have long term goals. I really wish I was like everybody else, you know, settle down, find a girlfriend, go to pubs with friends or whatever and just enjoy life. It's just doesn't work for me, I don't get joy from these things. I have a HUGE need for meaning, I need to have something to look forward to, something to anticipate, if I don't have the carrot in front of me I am just freakin miserable. I hoped the app would have a better response, it gave me something to look forward to. Maybe in another place in another time, honestly no idea.

 

Again though, it's about meaning. Now that I don't see any future at work and the app is not going anywhere I am having a mental breakdown. My way to cope is to take the first plane and just go somewhere far away. I've done it so many times it's like the only way I know on how to cope when I am feeling like sh*t. I was on the verge of taking the first plane to South America last week. It's my adrenaline rush. It is really fun, this is how I traveled to Ireland, USA and came to the UK in the first place. But it doesn't solve the problem, it's a temporary distraction. I need a meaning and I can't find it.

 

When you are 18 and you have big dreams it's nice. When you are almost 29 and your past indicates you are just average it's time to come to terms with the fact you are average. I don't care much about the corporate sh*thole, I am disappointed because I always wanted to have a successful business and it seems I don't have the competence. There would have been at least an indication of success the past 10 years if I could do something significant. I know I am average but I can't accept, the thought of being average drives me nuts and I haven't managed to do something to fix it.

 

I want to quit, I quit but in one month I would be grinding again for some sh*t that came to my mind. It's just my horrible DNA. I am playing roulette with my meaningless hypothetical career. I have an interview for a Pre-Sales job in London on Monday, an interview for an engineering job in Slovakia on Tuesday, an interview for a data analyst job in Czech on Wednesday and another one in London (still waiting to confirm the date). I applied to Ernst&Young for an engineering role in Athens because my brother has a childhood friend who is the team leader in the data engineering department and he was so certain that the guy would help....as you can imagine the guy never replied. Bro breaks my balls for not making connections but his "connections" never helped him or me. F*ck connections, f*ck acquaintances, f*ck everybody.

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I think I understand. I have often cursed myself for being the way that I am. Why can't I be normal? Why can't I just settle down and have 'normal' ambitions?

 

Well, I just can't. It's not for me.

 

But I'm not always down on myself. I often feel very thankful for being the way that I am. It got me to where I am today, which is in a happy place.

 

For you, I don't think it's a matter of competence. I think it's a combination of things, including proper identification of a need in a given market and the timing of your solution.

 

There's a saying, "Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity." I think this is really the case for you. All of these seemingly fruitless exercises that you are going through now are helping to prepare you for opportunity in the future.

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"Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity." True. However I just don't want it to happen a few days before I join the fellows in the cemetery. Or even worse never happen. I have experimented, I have tried, I have taken unconventional paths, something should have happened by now.......................

 

I've been extremely busy with interviews and technical tests this week, damn, it's so difficult to find a good job. You can always find a mediocre job but it's really difficult to find a good job, notably when you don't have someone inside to push your CV.

 

Anyway, I took some photos today.

 

Albert Dock

50335120597_708ebae614_o.jpgAlbert Dock by Apostolos Konstantinos Athanasiou, on Flickr

 

50334967366_97b2998240_o.jpgAlbert Dock at night by Apostolos Konstantinos Athanasiou, on Flickr

 

And me at the waterfront

50334279298_1a7efe4102.jpg20200912_141939 by Apostolos Konstantinos Athanasiou, on Flickr

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Guys guys they used it. They didn't write my name probably because I didn't claim the copyright of the photo in the first place. I take photos for my own pleasure, I like capturing beauty and magical moments of everyday life. Never thought a newspaper would use it. I am really hyped up!

 

50379385241_52229880a7_k.jpg20200924_170623 by Apostolos Konstantinos Athanasiou, on Flickr

 

There are more good news. I got an email few days ago, the manager of three big pubs wanted to use the app. We registered 3 pubs and posted deals for one of them today. Interesting stuff out of nowhere. Super hyped up today.

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That's really awesome!! As they say: When it rains, it pours.

 

I still think the paper should have used your name, but whatevs.

 

Thanks Jib :) It was a good day for sure.

 

Yes I didn't like that they didn't mention my name. All the other landscape photos had names and mine was the largest landscape photo in the newspaper. I know for the next time now.

 

Yes, I am pretty happy about the app. It's not only about the 3 pubs, the most important thing is that it sparked the interest of a manager without me "pushing". I pitched the app almost 1 month ago but I didn't visit this pub again. She took the initiative to contact me which means 1) there is a need for advertising for bars which do not have strong online/mobile presence 2)the app is catchy enough to draw attention.

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Wow. That's great news! Pretty incredible actually. Hard work, perserverance paid off!

 

Thank you reinvent, really appreciate it :) I don't consider photography hard work hahaha I just take photos for pleasure.

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