Category: Life

Anachronism 

Posted by – August 20, 2016

记得年轻的时候一直想要前卫。现在到了中年我决定要做一个落伍的人。具体规定如下

  • 限制看手机屏幕到每天30分钟以内。
  • 重要的消息用手写书信不用email
  • 拔掉电视机插头
  • 每天至少花1个小时发呆或者思考问题
  • 每个周末花至少2个小时读书和写字

南海问题

Posted by – July 14, 2016

不太懂政治,但是现在南海问题对我这个和平主义者来讲就是亚洲文明程度还不够高。

欧洲人二战也不斗得死去活来。现在他们想通了。斗来斗去最后也没什么好处。还不如大家结个盟发展经济,提高生活水平。亚洲各国就是思想还没到达这个境界。

亚洲做到无国界,不是做不到,只要文化经济水平接近,完全可以结成联盟。就像 欧盟虽然是不同国家,但自由通行,比如一个法国人可以去德国工作生活,没有任何限制。一个澳大利亚人一旦坐飞机到纽西兰,立刻有永久居留权。反之也是。

可惜亚洲的文明还没有达到那个境界。本来文化都比较接近,可以互惠结盟,但是就喜欢互相斗。

菠菜青酱意大利面

Posted by – July 10, 2016

This spinach pesto pasta I made for supper is surprisingly tasty!! 

  1. 大蒜,shallot青葱, 一个小辣椒 倒在橄榄油油锅里稍微炒一下。
  2. 放入切好的菠菜,炒一分钟
  3. 最好放入超市里卖的现成的 pesto 酱,微炒
  4. 把煮好的意大利面搅拌在一起

La Grande Bellezza – La Pavoni

Posted by – July 6, 2016

Imported from Itlay, my new coffee machine La Pavoni finally arrived home and married to my Grinder Mazzer mini. And my dream setup as a home barista comes true. La Pavoni + Mazzer Mini = my perfect home-brewed espresso drinks. I just used it make a few espresso and Latte, the result was amazing and impeccable !

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Porn in Singapore 

Posted by – July 4, 2016

Singapore is a quite strict society compared to many western countries, some of the websites are blocked here including porn. 

Today, I saw a brave guy watching porn on his smart phone next to a lady on a reserved seat. 

I can envision that maybe very soon, there will be one more sign on the train, other than. “No Durian, 5000 $ fine ”

“No porn, 10k fine !” Haha

Beautiful sky in Singapore 

Posted by – June 28, 2016

it’s been a long time to see such colourful sky

Oven grilled veggies 

Posted by – June 28, 2016

超级无敌简单。

切好自己喜欢的蔬菜,撒上橄榄油,oregano, pepper , salt 

放入预热好的oven,温度调到200度,20分钟搞定

Fukinshin 不謹慎

Posted by – June 27, 2016

Japan is a nation where people are trained to be extremely considerate at all time from young. During my ten years in Japan, from time to time, I felt suffocated when these invisible accusation towards me. It is easy for a foreigner got caught when do something which is inconsiderate by Japanese standard.

Fukinshin means inconsiderate, now I just discovered that there is whole website dedicated for attacking people being “Fukinshin” on the Internet! They clearly take this into another level. 

In the most recent earthquake in Kumamoto, some celebrities made donations of rather large sums of money and they mentioned that on Twitter. They became subject to attacks for “flaunting their wealth.”

Another celebrity wished misfortune to cease by posting a prayer on Twitter. Again, they were attacked for “suggesting that the earthquake was an act of god (and therefore suggesting that the people of Kumamoto somehow deserved what was happening to them. )

Being considerate to others is certainly a good trait, however even any good habit or instinct can cause great pressure when it becomes extreme. 

BMW Z4 in Singapore

Posted by – June 21, 2016

Randomly, I saw a car magazine,  during my haircut time, advertising the BMW Z 4  roadster , it costs eye-watering 250k $ here . I used to drive this car in Tokyo for which I bought at about 50k. 

This completely wiped out my once-in-a-while idea of having a car here. It is competely stupid. 

Unfriendly customer service with politeness 

Posted by – June 15, 2016

There are so many different kinds of snack in Singapore . It is wonderful ! But as I foreigner here, I have little idea of what are those snacks and cookies are made of! So here is the funny little story. 

In general, people are polite here, so I stopped by a bakery and intrigued by all these different local cookies and biscuits. As I was bewildering at what is inside it and which one to buy:


I asked the staff, a middle-aged women selling her biscuits , “what’s the difference between this one and that one ?” , pointing two different “Piah” She explained it, then I asked what is the difference between “pong Piah” and “Lau Poh Piah”. 

She replied , to my surprise , “it would be very tiring for me to explain differences among all of my biscuits. As I have so many kinds. !” 

I laughed, ” okay , I will buy this one that I have no idea what is in it” . But it could be a surprise ! 🙂

Outgoing and smart 

Posted by – June 12, 2016

Today, I went shopping with my Airbnb guest in the supermarket. She liked ice cream and asked me which brand of the ice cream is the best in Singapore. I told her that I have no idea about ice cream. 

She then picked up a Haagen Dazs, I told her that you picked up the most famous one . That’s the only brand I know! She didn’t know the brand ! She is from a small city northern Russian by the way .

Anyway, when we approached the cashier, there was another women lining behind us, she said to us, “can we buy these ice cream together, as they are in promotion, we get 50 percent off if we buy together! ” It came to me as a bit surprise, but my guest replied smiled and naturally replied,” why not ?” 

So she gave my guest some cash and both of them get 50 percent off of the ice cream. Brilliant! 

I will have to say this women is smart and outgoing. This kind of thing just won’t happen in Japan, where women is shyer and reluctant to talk to strangers ! This is one of things that I love about Singapore !  

Singapore’s world-class public transportation 

Posted by – June 10, 2016

My colleague was telling me once you have kids, you better to have a car in Singapore despite its ridiculous price tag. 

I have to admit that you need a car in Singapore here if you want to be convenient. Singapore’s public transportation, as I am writing now in 2016, is still far less developed than Tokyo. 

 My experience tells me that if I go from a place to another place where MRT is nearby in the city centre , taking a taxi or driving is still twice or sometimes three times faster than taking MRT, thanks to the road that is designed for car owners , the rich people. There are not many traffic lights and crossing for pedastrain . 

I think the Singapore government should build more MRTs, seriously.