Japanese traditional house centre Tokyo

Posted by – October 14, 2016

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.

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A weekend trip to Saigon

Posted by – October 5, 2016

A weekend trip to Saigon , September 2016

Ho Chi Minh city does not have subways but it is the home to about 8 million people as of 2016. According to a signage on the street, It seems that Japan is helping it to build its subway, and the famous Japanese department store Takashimaya also has its branch, where you will see lots of Japanese and international food and products.

Once again, I saw another southern east country that is under heavy influence of Japan. No wonder that I stumbled into many Japanese wives of expat(駐在員)

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Through a conversation with a local, I heard some interesting anecdote about the men’s mentality towards women’s sexual experiences. For example, many Vietnamese guys prefer to marry a virgin , they will be upset if they discover that the bride is not virgin. So many girls here thrive to keep their virginity.

I didn’t know that Vietnam is one of the biggest coffee bean producers until I hit the famous Bến Thành Market and found myself surrounded by numerous coffee bean stalls. I bought a few Vietnamese coffee beans in the market, and I will try them out with my Mazzer machine in Singapore.

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I discovered some new fruit that might be unique to Vietnam. For example, Sapoche smoothie, and Mia Lau tea and a lime smoothie which is very tasty and refreshing!

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And for the first time, I learnt how a papaya tree look like in Vietnam

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Since, there are currently no subway. The scoot-like motorbikes are like streams on the street , they are ubiquitous, rampant and never stop even in the middle of the night. Check out this video below:

Vietnamese cuisine is amazing. I fell in love with it . The food is affordable, healthy and tasty, compared to the food in Singapore anyway. Meals usually include fresh herbs and veggies. Apart from the famous Vietnamese phô , which can be found in other countries. I tried many dishes that I have never seen in my life before

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This is a desert. It may look not as sophisticated and pretty as western desert, but it is simple, primitive but yummy and healthy. It suits my Asian tongue well.

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Miss food in Japan

Posted by – October 5, 2016

Having been in Singapore for almost 8 months,  partaking spicy, oily or salty food (of course, tasty) here, I ,sometimes, miss the food in Japan. Sadly, I could not find any affordable yet delicious authentic Japanese food with fresh ingredients in Singapore , like the picture showed below. Anyone knows good place?

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Mid Autumn Festival (中秋节)

Posted by – October 3, 2016

每逢佳节倍思亲。王菲的《但愿人长久》是我的最爱。
感谢宋朝的苏轼写下了这首千古传唱的词。以下是日文翻译

明月幾時有   明月幾時よりか有る
把酒問青天   酒を把って青天に問ふ
不知天上宮闕  知らず天上の宮闕
今夕是何年   今夕は是何れの年ぞ
我欲乘風歸去  我風に乘って歸り去らんと欲す
又恐瓊樓玉宇  又恐る瓊樓の玉宇
高處不勝寒   高き處寒さに勝へざらんことを
起舞弄清影   起舞して清影を弄ぶ
何似在人間   何ぞ似たる人間に在るに

轉朱閣     朱閣に轉じ
低綺戸     綺戸に低(た)れ
照無眠     無眠を照らす
不應有恨    應に恨み有るべからざるに
何事長向別時圓 何事ぞ長へに別時に向って圓なる

人有悲歡離合  人に悲歡離合有り
月有陰晴圓缺  月に陰晴圓缺有り
此事古難全   此の事古より全くなり難し
但願人長久   但だ願はくは人長久に
千里共嬋娟   千里 嬋娟を共にせんことを

 

Food in Vietnam

Posted by – September 27, 2016

Despite that I have to give up my vegetarian diet for 3 days, food in Saigon is cheap and incrediblely tasty and pleasant for my tongue. I tried so many tasty food that I never had in my life.

The broth they made is very tasty.  I gave up 3 days of my vegetarian diet to try the local food, I still do not like the meat in it. Actually, I got a bit “drunk” – some strange reaction from my body, radish on my skin (maybe allergy). Nevertheless, I recovered from that in an hour or so. I especially loved the spring roll with vegetables.

 

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buy coffee beans in Saigon

Posted by – September 25, 2016

As one of the main coffee bean producers in the world, Vietnam has its unique coffee style. I went to the famous Bến Thành Market, to scout some good coffee beans. I found some interesting roasting method. Almost all the beans were roasted with some sort of butter, which gives the beans a oily and shining coat together with sweet and caramel smell. 

Famous beans like “blue moutain” are incredulous cheap, costing about 5-6 SGD per 100g. I am curious how this buttery roast will affect the taste of I use these beans to make my espresso at home, so I bought some. I will report the taste after I try it out with my La Pavoni.  

Lift operator in Japan

Posted by – September 22, 2016

The below pictures was taken by me in Takashimaya Tokyo, one of the oldest and most famous Japanese department stores. This is an epitome of Japan’s human redundancies, which you can see almost everywhere you go. It seems that people enjoy spending valuable time doing things that don’t need to be done. Well, at least, I believe most of the people can press the buttons in the lift and know which floor they want to go to.

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She is cute and polite, and I assume the Japanese customers enjoy this kind of services and her hospitality.

How long I will live

Posted by – September 1, 2016

If I am lucky enough that I am going die peacefully without fatal disease such as cancel or heart attck, I may only have about 150,000 hours left to live consciously. 

So I will try to walk as much as I possible before I wont be able to. 

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

emacs 注册经常访问文件

Posted by – July 19, 2016

如果你也像我那样经常用emacs访问相同的文件的话,用emacs的Register来注册你经常访问的文件,就可以用快捷键来访问他们了。不用每次都Ctrl+x Ctrl+F 找文件了。

(set-register r '(file . name))
(set-register ?e (cons 'file "~/.emacs"))
打开~/.emacs 就可以用命令 Ctrl+x r j e

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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。

无花果色拉

Posted by – July 13, 2016

材料

  • 无花果
  • Baby Leaves mixes
  • 坚果
  • 小番茄
  • 橄榄油,盐,胡椒,醋

无花果切半,放在绿叶上,加入小番茄,撒上新鲜磨的海盐和醋

2分钟就可以搞定!