September 29, 2018

Using this phone for five years

Apple is oft-criticized for selling expensive devices. I find that their devices have a much longer life — both in build quality (less prone to falling apart) and software life. This is a hand me down iPhone 5s from 2013 that I have been using as my second phone - I slot local SIM cards in this phone when I travel. I just updated it to run iOS 12. Everything works well.

iPhone 5s running iOS 12

I think the longevity works in Apple’s favour. Many of these older devices find their way to people who may not buy a new phone in a hurry. This helps in cultivating future customers.

Late night phone shops in Phnom Penh

Another hack, when you travel, drop in a local phone shop and check the resale value for popular phones. In particular, I will recommend the phone shops in Phnom Penh — they are open till early morning and are a surreal slight.

Tech Apple
September 20, 2018

Hostel culture and travels in South East Asia

Podcast South East Asia
September 15, 2018

The gent from India and the curries

Curry shop in Osaka

I like the logo of the Indian Curry cafe in Osaka.

Curry shop in Osaka

Curry man on an Osaka curry shop

In Saigon too, next to the place I often stay is a Japanese run Indian Curry shop called Cari Vidu. They also have such an Indian man logo.

Curry man on a Japanese curry shop in Saigon

The mysterious Indian man also appears on some Vietnamese sauce.

Curry man on Vietnamese sauce

Food Japan Vietnam
September 2, 2018

The Indonesian diversity

Indonesia is fascinating, maybe because it always reminds me of India with its diversity, spicy food, and the omnipresence of fairness creams.

Pekanbaru

Pekanbaru

Pekanbaru

Pekanbaru

Pekanbaru

Pekanbaru

From a book that I am reading.

Indonesia: Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth Pisani

https://www.amazon.com/Indonesia-Etc-Exploring-Improbable-Nation/dp/0393351270

Indonesia Books
August 30, 2018

The dolls of Awashima Jinja

In our Japan, many believe that dolls and figurines have souls. We should be more careful when we discard them or else their souls will keep haunting us. Many people bring their dolls to Awashima Jinja where they are placed neatly all over the shrine. The priests here will calm their souls and safely let them sink into the ocean in an annual ceremony.

Awashima jinja

Awashima jinja

Awashima jinja

Japan
August 20, 2018

Vada Pav, a street snack from Bombay

When I was a kid, I lived in Bombay. Vada Pav was a popular snack in our school canteen. Pav is the bread and Vada is the potato fritter inside.

Vada Pav, a Bombay street snack

Vada Pav, a Bombay street snack

Thanks to Cookiee for showing me this place. I got to try Vada Pav after almost 25 years. It is said that the stimulation of a certain part of the brain brings back connected memories. As I bit into the Vada Pav and tasted the tangy chutney, Pet Shop Boys music filled my brain. I remembered POKE 53280,0” — the code I used to punch into my computer to change the screen colour.

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