How did I hear about Epica ? Well, I worked in California some years ago; my son from Michigan U, Ann Arbor also spent time working in Silicon Valley not too long ago. My daughter, also from Michigan U, has been to most parts of the United States. We have many friends all the way north (Canada) and down to North Carolina. Epica was a topic of discussion that cropped up every now and then, mainly from those who had the good fortune to receive as gifts Epica albums and journals. They do make wonderful gifts.
In this part of the world (Asia), many are widely traveled and have retained fond memories of the time they spent, the products they bought and the service received. On a per capita basis, Singaporeans (living on an island of some four million people) are the most widely travelled among Asians. Many have lived, studied and worked in the United States and Europe. They bring home a fairly sophisticated knowledge of the world and an enduring interest in the history, culture and economies of the places visited.
I was for some two decades a partner in a big-four CPA firm but now retired; presently, I am a consultant with the same firm. I also have interests in other businesses, and as hobbies indulge in travel photgraphy, dabble in landscape painting, collect fountain pens and look after a maltese pup when the wife's away.
The shipment I've ordered does seem large for a single individual. However, some of these are meant as gifts for friends and business associates residing in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and Philippines. They have not traveled as much as I have, but they do know a good product when they see one.