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 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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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).
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
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:
Second one, Long exposure, not Tripod. Was quite surprised it turned out ok. (not very good though)
I love to travel.
Was lucky enough to travel in Cambodia for one week, from the temples of Angkor Wat to the bustling city of Phnom Penh.
Highly recommended as can be seen in my flickr album: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/telyas/sets/72157644441900660/
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?
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?
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:
Hitachi ad in the Airport bus:
Shibuya 109 (Sorry for quality, taken while in Taxi):
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:
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: