There is a camping site called “白岩渓流園” near Chichibu of Saitama, about 1 hour half drive from Tokyo. It’s been more than ten years since I last went camping. While being carried away in the absolute tranquility, lush green, and soothing sound of forest creek, I swiftly forgot about the time with my thoughts drifting away.
With lack of showering facilities, one of the highlights of this camping trip was that all the guys took a bath in the mountain stream next to our camp and scream for the chill temperature of the water in the stream – a rather rare experience for us city dwellers. Luckily, we have camp fires to make us warm again and continue our conversations.
While we sit along the bank of forest stream, our conversation dived deeper.
Some of us are going through different crisis of life, and some of us is just recovering from it, however, I consider myself one of the luckiest man in the planet. I appreciate what I have – abundant food, a tent to sleep, and Mother Nature that created such a beautiful place for me to enjoy with my friends. I once truly fell in love with a woman and not everyone in this world is lucky enough to experience that feeling. I am glad that Chibikano could listen to the song “Pretender” and say “goodbye” and accept his romance with K-chan is how life goes and he knew it would never last. Nothing lasts forever, as much as we wish with our diamond rings to our lovers. I am sure this challenging time for Eric will be his career life change point. Things will only go better from here and most importantly, he has his beautiful family at his back to go through this together.
Thanks to Daisuke-san’s hospitality which made our stay in Kyoto such a unique and magical experience. Thanks to S-san’s meticulous planning which made every spot we visit is well worth visiting and every meal that we had is a luxury for our taste buds.
Thanks to our professional video/photo director chibi, I would have nostalgic moments when I look at these photos again.
Until James, one of my friends from the UK told me that I can actually book and stay in one of the colleges in Oxford University, I did not know that I can experience students lives in one of the most famous universities in the world. Thanks to him, not only I experienced the student life there, but I also get to go to many Oxford colleges for free as he works for Oxford University.
This shop in Somerset allows you to make 抹茶 (Japanese green tea ) by yourself, which is rarely seen in Japan. It was quite a good deal as well (4 SGD) for a sweet and tea set.
People here in Singapore love self-service including making your own tea. Except that I am not quite sure whether people here know how to make the proper maccha. Well, don’t forget to pay the 17% tax and service charge as well as making yourself a couple of tea:-)
I came across a furniture shop at Buona Vista and loved some of the craftsman furniture there. A further research on the Internet led me to order a desk with the solid teak wood. It is a very durable wood type that is native to South East Asia and is beloved by many early European colonist.
This is my first big investment in furniture, as I have been moving to different countries for the last a few years and always hesitated to buy cheap ones and sell them when I leave the country. I have been always hesitated to buy a serious furniture that probably can last a lifetime. However, as I grow older, I felt it is time to make some of my belongs permanent.
The furniture shop showed me a few samples from his brochures, but I didn’t like any of them. So with some of the inspiration from the Internet, I started to design this piece. After a few email and prototype exchange of the desk with the furniture shop owner, we finally agreed upon a design that I like. It was a long wait, more than three months until I received the final work. I am quite happy with the final product except for some minor issues near the handler inside the drawer. But I am not living in Japan anymore. So I understand I should not expect a perfect product. It was a long wait, more than three months until I received the final work. He didn’t disappoint me. I am quite happy with the final product except for some minor issues near the handler inside the drawer. But I am not living in Japan anymore. So I should not be fussy and picky like the Japanese customers and not expect a perfect product.
Here it is, a solid teak writing desk made in Singapore.
One of the things I don’t like about develop on Mac / iOS, is that you have to spend tremendous amount of time to maintain your project to deal with Apple’s fast yet messy language and library update.
It is so exciting that Swift 3 has released! But hold on. Here is the screenshot of my prject after pressing this magic and powerful “Convert to Swift3 syntax” button! What a nonsense, it is just a nightmare!
If you have been to Tokyo for a while, you must have heard of the fashion street near Shibuya called Daikanyama, where you can find a spate of indie fashion designer shops for furniture and clothing. However, little knows there is a hidden traditional Japanese house in this neighbourhood, which was built almost a hundred years ago. The name is called Kyu Asakura House. If you Search it in Google Maps, then you will find that it is just off on a side street next to the crossing of Daikanyama koban-mae. I like its lovely garden especially.
It is definitely a worth visiting after a long and tiring shopping near the Daikanyama station.