Selfie Stick

Don’t get it.

Why would people walk on the beach with a selfie stick, taking a video of themselves.

Doesn’t it seems to them too staged? What do they plan to with this video? A memory? Show their Friends?

I do take photos, but seldom of myself. A photo or a video is a good way to remind me of an encounter, a specific event. But I never considered documenting myself walking on the beach.

Generation gap, or generation vanity ?

Guam Onigiri Seven

Guam is great, but the food is American.

More than 8 years in Japan and it seems my tastes and stomach are not in favor of fat greasy food.
So, you can imagine what a great relief I found in Onigiri Seven, a Japanese food stand which serves tasty and reasonable Japanese food. From Onigiri to Udon, Gyudon and more.

Highly recommended.

 

 

Stories

I enjoy hearing people telling their stories. In Cafe, restaurants, Bar.

Even during business travel, one can have a chance to meet people and hear the stories.

Everyone have a story. Some are standard, some boring, some interesting and some exciting. It is many times not about the story, but how people tell their own story. Humbly, boastful, facts or spicing it with fiction.

A few stories I heard recently.

  1. A girl who lived one year in Vancouver, had to go back home and have two jobs to help support her family. One standard marketing day job (a bit boring), another working in a bar.
    Story told in English, humbly, facts, not from pain or frustration, not apologizing , a strong woman
  2. The owner of the bar (in Korea), which can speak Japanese, proudly explained why she can speak Japanese (but cannot speak English), story told in a boastful over the top manner, proud face.
  3. Woman during lunch talking with a man, explaining how she ended up working in a translation section of a big foreign company. How she has always been a “freelance” employee, never a formal employee a company. She taught English and then scouted to work as translator. Was this a date ? Were they work colleagues? Could not figure it out. Her story was humble, facts with hidden pride. “I am different”; “I look Japanese, but not really”.  Green shirt, magnificent colorful nails (with green again).

 

 

 

 

Energy Monitor – Mac OS

Available from Mavericks, but just “found” it.

As I work outside the office VERY often, this may be the most important monitoring tab for me. Not only the applications which consume a lot of CPU time in a certain time, but the ones which consistently drain my battery.

Google Chrome and Outlook look the main culprits while Apple application are better

Energy Monitor

Photography

I find it quite difficult taking photos while on family trips.

No time to relax, to set the camera as I want to, to wait for the right light, right moment.

 

Nevertheless, two photos from the weekend:

Bridge

 

 

Second one, Long exposure, not Tripod. Was quite surprised it turned out ok. (not very good though)

Camp-3

Moral issue?

During my trip in Cambodia, I hesitated with a minor moral issue.

Convenience store personnel was obviously cheating me, charging about half a dollar more than actual price.

I ignored it, decided not to create a on argument, but after I left the store I felt really bad.
I know 50 cents are huge for him and not that significant to me, but it still made me angry.

What would you do?

Some Kindle Books Are Not Available in Japan

I love my Kindle.

I read more, especially on business trips. I do all I can to carry less when I travel, so carrying a book always seems to me like a burden. With Kindle, I could eliminate the problem. Fixed (rather small) size and weight and can carry many books.

Yesterday, I was surprised to find that not all Kindle Books are available to me, since my kindle is associated to  my Japanese address. I am thinking very hard, but still can’t find a reason.

If I can purchase the book (Hardcover) from Amazon and ship it to Japan, how come I can’t buy the Kindle version and receive it over a Wireless connection?

Amazon Kindle Japan Fail

Japanese Companies/Brands in China

During my (short) trip I have noticed that there is noticeable presence of Japanese companies in China:

Kirin and Suntory in an Airport vending machine:

Kirin Suntory China

Hitachi ad in the Airport bus:

Hitachi Ad China

Shibuya 109 (Sorry for quality, taken while in Taxi):

Shibuya 109 China

Sharp :

Sharp Nanjing

The Long Way to Nanjing

No, I didn’t walk to Nanjing, I flew… but it took a while:

Since there aren’t daily flights from Narita (Tokyo) to Nanjing, I had to connect in Shanghai.

Air China service is reasonable, but the meal… less than reasonable:

Air China Meal

The connection involved going through immigration, getting my luggage and then take a bus to another terminal (told you it was long). The good part was the small Embraer plane:

Shanghai to Nanjing Plane