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.
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.
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.
September 20, 2018
Hostel culture and travels in South East Asia
South East Asia
September 15, 2018
The gent from India and the curries
I like the logo of the Indian Curry cafe in Osaka.
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.
The mysterious Indian man also appears on some Vietnamese sauce.
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.
From a book that I am reading.
Indonesia: Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth Pisani
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.
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.
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.