August 13, 2019

From AirPods to Sony WF-1000XM3

After almost three years, the Airpod’s battery started complaining much too often. I spotted this Sony and decided to get it.

Physical size-wise, Sony WF-1000XM3 is twice the size of AirPods. The device run a lot longer on a single charge. Sony WF-1000XM3, almost twice the size of AirPods

It charges via an USB C port. Sony WF-1000XM3, almost twice the size of the AirPods

The noise cancellation feature is not as good as the elder brother, Sony WH-1000XM3. Sony WF-1000XM3

I like the accessibility features. The L and R marking are colour-coded and there is a tiny bump on the L earplugs. Sony WF-1000XM3 accessibility markings

Travel Gadgets Apple Sony
August 3, 2019

The eyes have it all

The eyes have it all - As I move through different lands, one observation I have is about eye contact. Almost always, eye contact, or the lack of it, is directly proportional to the affluence of the place. In richer places, I find that strangers do not make eye contact unless they are in a defined space and it is considered alright to talk - for example an event or a meetup. In less affluent places, people easily make eye contact.

The eyes have it all

Whenever I see a striking pair of eyes, I remember a story by Ruskin Bond called The eyes have it”. The story is about a blind man who briefly meets a girl on an empty Himalayan train coach. He tries to hide his blindness by making small talk about the scenery. As the girl leaves the train a few stations later, a new passenger arrives. In author’s words:

The man who had entered the compartment broke into my reverie. You must be disappointed’ he said. I’m not nearly as attractive a travelling companion as the one who just left.’

She was an interesting girl’ I said. Can you tell me—did she keep her hair long or short?’

I don’t remember’ he said sounding puzzled. It was her eyes I noticed, not her hair. She had beautiful eyes but they were of no use to her. She was completely blind. Didn’t you notice?

Travel Vietnam Cambodia
July 28, 2019

Understanding a city via what people read

My favourite culture-hack to understand a city is to have a book meet. You learn so much via the discussions on near and far authors from the perspective of participant’s own lived experiences.

July 2019 book meet

July 2019 book meet

July 2019 book meet

July 2019 book meet

July 2019 book meet

July 2019 book meet

July 2019 book meet

July 2019 book meet

Books Vietnam
May 15, 2019

Vijaya

In QuyNhon, the site of the ancient Cham city of Vijaya. Many sites and ruins still remain.

Vijaya

Vijaya

Travel Vietnam
May 11, 2019

Water by the street

As it gets hotter in our Burma, some kind folks place water by the street. You welcome to help yourself for a drink. When I was a kid, I lived in Rajasthan. In the summer months, some local residents would fund building a small hut shaped water kiosk. They would hire local women to dispense water via a small opening in the shed. They used a copper vessel with a long spout to dispense the water. You didn’t need a cup or glass to drink. All you have to do is bend a little, cup your hand in front of your mouth and then take a drink. Back then they used earthen pots to cool the water before transferring it into the coppor vessel. The water had a distinct earthy taste. Now they use plastic containers; the water feels boring.

Water by the street

Myanmar Yangon
April 30, 2019

Cine Lux and the Ahp

Ciné Lux built in the late 1930s has closed down. I used to cross the busy intersection here to reach my home at street 172. They always showed Thai or Khmer horror movie - I learnt about the Ahp (a South East Asian ghost in the shape of a floating woman’s head with internal organs trailing behind, also knows as Krasue in Thailand) via the posters here. It could be an excellent location to shoot a horror film now. Maybe there is an Ahp inside.

Cine Lux in Phnom Penh

Cambodia Phnom Penh Movies