Thanks A Latte

Trip Start Nov 05, 2010
Trip End Mar 27, 2013

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Jennifer and Raymond's
Jen and Raymond's Music Room

Flag of United States  , Washington
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Seattle reminded me of Vancouver - the similar mountains, rain, the numerous Starbucks cafes and the array of different arts and cultural events going on. But there was something distinctively missing in Seattle that could not and never compare to Vancouver, which was the crisp, fresh and natural air after a sporadic rain fall. Oh, how you can easily smell the difference in the air. Fresh and dewy air compared to a smoggy pure breeze which made it’s way through town from the ocean. Don’t get me wrong, the Seattle air was just as good, if you don’t mind a mix of fossil fuels and fried fish. In any case, it was one of the things that made Seattle stand out.

We had a long and eventful day that could tire any Japanese tourist (minus the picture taking). Like a tourist, we had our trusty Seattle map of all the commercial attractions and camera ready to go snap picture happy. From the Pike fish market to the SAM (Seattle Art Museum), we were determined to take it all in. We explored most of Seattle all in a day, starting from the famous Pike’s fish market where I have been dreaming almost 8 years to visit. You see, this Pike’s fish market and it’s philosophy had left an imprint in my mind ever since I learned about the “Fish Philosophy,” way back when I worked at an international collections agency.

For those of you who don’t what the “F” Philosophy is, let me explain it. Basically, it was a philosophy which started at Pike’s fish market in Seattle, WA that emphasized how any business can become successful if 3 main philosophies are incorporated in the workplace such as:

1- Play: have fun at work and make time to engage with other co-workers to increase employee morale

2- Make Their Day: add that extra touch to customers such as making them smile or giving strong customer service

3- Be There (for customers): give your full attention to customers which means “being present” and focusing at doing the task at hand

3-Choose your attitude: be positive in the way you approach everything; from dealing with customers to working with co-workers

After learning about this philosophy as a newbie working at my first real job, I remembered being inspired about making my workplace a happy and great place to work. Apparently at Pike’s, all of the staff incorporated this philosophy as it was demonstrated by the staff throwing fish to one another, making the customers laugh and choosing to be positive. Seriously, at this fish market, staff woke up at 7am bright and early to butcher fish as a living.

Perhaps Pike’s fish market was having an off day when we visited because we didn’t witness any of the fish flingers having any fun or throwing any fish around. Perhaps it was because there were no orders of fish to be fulfilled or because once in awhile, a philosophy is subjective to interpretation. It was really quiet at the market that day, so we made our way to the first Starbucks coffee store and witnessed the fish philosophy being demonstrated there, only with a tall skinny London fog latte at hand.


We spent two nights in Jennifer and Raymond’s music room, sleeping on two twin air mattresses surrounded by a computer, numerous electronic key boards, and a mannequin with a brown carton box as the head. It was a very cozy room which was located in their basement apartment. Jen and Raymond’s digs were situated in Volunteer Park, near Capitol Hill, walking distance to the city centre. Our hosts were very nice and we enjoyed talking to them about traveling. They gave us helpful tips about hiking the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) as they through hiked the trail in 5 months, starting from the Mexican border all the way to Canada. Before we headed off to Idaho, Jen, Raymond, and SD went to the farmers market and ate some delicious breakfast at Wayward Café, a vegan restaurant. All in all, we were thankful for meeting such a lovely couple and having a fun time in Seattle!

See ya latte,

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