Something you mightn't know is that Perth Western Australia has the most expensive coffee in Australia and I travel a lot - I have been to the US, UK, ME, Europe, Africa and Asia in the last 5 years - I can reliably inform you that the price of coffee in Perth is it right up there with the most expensive in the world.
For example, when coffee is on special in Perth, the sign often says "Melbourne prices." I get coffee in Kent Street, Sydney and for what I currently pay $4.35 in Macca's Morley I pay just $3.50.
So what reaction should reasonable when I tried a coffee at a Macca's not more than 3 kms from my normal place, and it's coffee is cheaper... which means like my local they didn't put prices up. They charged me $4.20!
I think it sucks... and I am going to say something about it... and send an email to the price gorging owners and tell them it sucks. Will anything change?? probably not but the coffee might taste better with the rant off my chest.
Jeez I hate the term... "I am over 50 and my life is over!"
I could give you the normal Kentucky Fried story of Colonel Sanders but as baby boomers reach and pass retirement age, what I would rather do is bring you a hundred ways to excel when you reach the stage [ not the age ] where you can choose what you do for the next 20 to 30 years..
Stories like Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach who at 71 has a 25 year plan involving a new book every 90 days - that means he will publish 100 books before he resets his goals... and if they only made $10 a week each that will be AT LEAST $1000 a week forever - that will pay for many holidays in Penang - Joanne and I are just back from a week in the luxury Park Royal Penang and all up it was less than $4000 including airfares, accommodation and shopping!!
I am calling this journey Rebootology the science of what to do when you can do anything you like.
The news yesterday was flooded with the Turnbull Government out Gonski 2.0 for education.
Our system was designed in 1850 for 1850 factory work... not the coming driverless cars and robot assembly lines in cars and medicine.
Should we be thinking about 2020 and not 1900?? I heard Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach talking about how bad his education was in 1950 but he did learn to read... a fair trade off but surely we can do better??
I need dental work... and I know people who have had work done overseas. Apparently medical tourism is a growth industry. Where did those people go? Thailand [ the biggie ] India or the Philippines
I am having a working week off in Penang, Malaysia - their growing industry - Dental for tourists. So, I got a quote in Australia for what I thought I needed and spent a few hours yesterday visit two dentists here in Penang to see what their practices were like and what they would recommend.
Australian quote: minimum of $AUD 18,000
Full top teeth implant
Dentist 1: Wow what an operation. Clinically clean reception area, two mature clerical workers behind the front desk, check efficient and professional.
Come appointed time... Dentist welcomes me, takes me to his "room" where he has 5 assistants and screen everywhere which he later used to give me a very graphic example of the work he does.
I brought xrays from Australia which he looked at but said he had the latest 3D equipment on site which allowed a much better examination of my teeth and jaw.
After about 40 minutes I was left with three options:
Preferred option: Partial denture and implants, over 3 visits to Penang a 1 week, a 3 week and a 2 day visit, RM35,000 about $AUD 12,000 plus 3 trips and accommodation.
Option 2: Full extraction, full denture, still three visits RM25,000 which is $AUD 8,000
Option 3: Top jaw of implants - Hollywood perfect teeth MR77,000 which is $AUD 22,000 and of course the visits but I would need 4 to allow healing and adjustments.
Australia was looking OK a this stage and I knew how he could afford 5 assistants in his room, the latest gear and a amazing set up - he said people who wanted perfect teeth pay the most but are the most demanding where as I represented a good option for him as we wanted good teeth but pefection wasn't demanded but was appreciated.
Dentist 2: New modern but reception was part of the assistants duties so I need to be buzzed in to an unattended reception area, The forms and other stuff was handled efficiently not with flourish.
The dentist was a young female professional, and immediately had a more caring nature. All her equipment was new but not over the top. After a brief examination, she asked me some questions like, you have two crowns do you want to keep them and we make your top jaw function with 3 implants... and do extension preservation work on your bottom jaw.
You will need three visits - one to have bone implants to rebuild your jaw - we use a professor from KL university who visits monthly and is the best - "He teaches others the latest techniques " He maybe be able to insert the implant posts in that operation but won't be able to tell until the operation is in progress - this won't change the price but is about healing. If they can't be done then you will need a longer visit on one of the subsequent trips to Penang.
She said... I think altogether maybe MR15,000 and 3 visits.
And here is where the healing kicked in. "Would you like me to do a cleaning and descale now?" I said yes, we discussed how much what she was doing would be in Australia - she had friends thee in Dentistry, and then proceed to clean my teeth. The bill for the examination, and clean RM 140 about $AUD 45
Now I would choose her if I proceed in Penang but the Australian options are looking attractive because of the added need to visit Penang 3 or 4 times for a total of a month to allow healing etc.
It is day 3 of my break in Penang Malaysia - and the world couldn't be further away. The Gruen Transfer was the only Australian TV program showing at the Park Royal and it still had Todd Sampson on and Donald Trump wasn't US president yet...
And yesterday was a public holiday here for the new king - who knew Malaysia had a king - it swaps every 5 years and seems to keep everyone happy.
And I am shielded from my West Coast Eagles losing to Hawthorne. Three more days!!
What is a Gruen Transfer:
In shopping mall design, the Gruen transfer (also known as the Gruen effect) is the moment when consumers enter a shopping mall and, surrounded by an intentionally confusing layout, lose track of their original intentions, making consumers more susceptible to make impulse buys.