Introspection when cell phones gone with the wind.

Smartphone-less-ness for perhaps just half a day was such an experience even though I was able to access Internet to some extent.

A **unfortunate negligence** in a regular Friday morning results in losing my two cell phones – personal and work one – in a large area of wet brushwood, chest-high tussock, thick growth of grass with tons of mosquitoes.

Impossible to have them back. Frustration doesn’t stop there, of course.

You don’t really need a PhD degree to understand how lifeline is as if cut for a cell-phone-less in his 30s: the discomfort, if not anxiety, level began to escalate.

To clarify, I’m a relatively low-tech tablet-less person.

Still, after a while, I was sort of panicking over:

  1. no daily usual cell phone-base activity;
  2. having got no time (when not wearing a watch);
  3. emails and landline phone calls as basic communication media at work never enough;
  4. feeling disconnected to everything.

On top of the above, I drove no car in most of the day in Calgary, a city where public transit isn’t convenient enough when travelling in and out non-downtown and surrounding areas.

During that day or less, never did I seem to miss an important phone call, an unmissable email or even a causal notification from Facebook that opened in web browser via my desktop. I’ve realized the now disappeared little portable device is more than a communication technology but works like a water and bread to someone’s life.

Advantageous unsecured living style.

But I did not die without that pocket-sized gadget.

This experience is quite different from a getaway or an out-town trip when phone signal or wifi is simply dead.

The very first thing in mind when my cell phones were gone was to rescue them as soon as possible. The second thing I did was to inform some close friends in private messages and ironically to post a status in Facebook. And the third thing, quite predictably, is to find a way out to back to “normal”. All three are aimed at keeping re-connected.

What is our normalcy?

Without a cellphone around, we may have to give up instant Google search for an address, a price check of certain things, immediate response to/from someone, on-the-spot Instagram photo(s) before meal, or efficiency that is helped from new tech.

By the same token, we may gain some. Learn to be patient for all things, enjoy the real world from a more in-depth perspective, communicate with others in more direct way, arrange ahead to organize a bit our daily schedule, and slow down with deep breathe.

Fair enough.

Summarize in this way: while we sometimes forget we are free-will human being, we are in charge of our own lifestyle(s).

Actually, not always the case.

Discernment is the hardest part.

**Long story short: I dropped my car off for a service; a shuttle driver gave me ride to office 2 hours before work; I decided to walk for breakfast but took a short cut instead; after I walked across a soccer field size of grassland, my phones were gone; I searched twice but could not find them.

Beers…in 3 central european cities

During my Central Europe trip, no single day is alcohol free. (To clarify, I am never an alcoholic.)

The currency in Czech Republic is indeed beer.

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Finishing beer was one of the task during the two weeks in central Europe.

Beer lovers would love and hate this country. Having a chance to try as many beers as possible, you would never manage to remember all tastes.

I tired perhaps 20 different (new-to-me) beers in Prague, capital city of Czech Republic, alone. There were couple beers tasting in Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary. No single ones, in “soft count”, is repeated.

Probably missing some local goodies, having more than 2 glasses (500ml) of beer per day in average, excluding wine and other liquor, is a personal record.

The very big issue now: I unlikely can re-taste the beers that I like unless travelling Europe again.

Here is a short list (bare with the error; BOLD=what I like):

  1. Břevnovský Benedict Světlý Ležák @ Pivovarský klub, Prague
  2. Stout (Pivovar Bobr,Zadní Třebaň) @ Pivovarský klub, Prague

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    Pivovar Bobr (Stout) is one of the best draught dark beers I have drank in Prague.
  3. Klaster @Beer Museum, Prague
  4. Svijany Máz @Beer Museum, Prague
  5. Merlin @Beer Museum, Prague
  6. Kocour Visen (Chery) @Beer Museum, Prague
  7. Masopustni Special @Beer Museum, Prague
  8. Zatec Baronka @Beer Museum, Prague
  9. Two Tales (Bohemian Ales) @Beer Museum, Prague
  10. Matuska @Beer Museum,Prague
  11. Real Deal Ale @Beer Museum, Prague
  12. D’este @Beer Museum, Prague
  13. Arany Ászok @ Flea Market, Petofi Csarnok, Budapest
  14. Velkopopovícký Kozel dark 1874 canned (Czech Republican)
  15. Karlskrone Radler (German)
  16. Karlskrone Alkoholfree (German)
  17. Sixtusbräu Schankbier (Austrian)
  18. Kühles Blondes Bier (Austrian)
  19. Berg König Märzen (Austrian)
  20. Hofbräu München Grapefruit (German)
  21. Szüretlen vörös (unfiltered red) @ Kaltenberg Sörház és Étterem – Budapest
  22. Borsodi Sör @Kazimir Bisztro (Hungarian beer)
  23. Borsodi Barna @Szimpla Kert (Hungarian brewery, German style dark)
  24. Velkopopovícký Kozel dark draught (Czech Republican)
  25. Meantime London Pale Ale @Huxleys Restaurant, Heathrow (England)
  26. Pilsner Urquell (draught) @Mama Lucy
  27. Dreher Classic @R14 Bisztro
  28. Krügel @Reinthaler’s Beisl
  29. The Salm Bräu Weizen (mixed beer) @Salm Bräu

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    The Salm Bräu Weizen, a 60% wheat malt and 40% barley mixed beer, an old bavarian recipe, is perhaps the best one during my whole tip.
  30. Rauchbier (smoky dark beer) @7 Sternbräu, Vienna
  31. HANF @7 Sternbräu, Vienna
  32. Flekovský Tmavý Ležák 13° @U Fleku, Prague
  33. Hofbräu München Original (draught) @ Great Market Hall, Budapest
  34. Krusovice tmavé @U Sedmi Svabu
  35. ottaKringer helles (draught) @ hostel, Vienna
  36. Fóti Zwickl @hostel, Budapest

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This is bound to be an exciting trip. Solo traveller in trio central/eastern European countries that with three languages and currencies for two weeks. Barely accessible Internet means a long prayer walk. Architectures and churches but perhaps way too many beers. Exploring new horizon in vintage places. Words cannot describe the excitement and the hidden anxiety. Oh well, I have been trying.

I didn’t know I took this #Tokyo #nightphotography picture until now, after tidying up my photo album in cell phone.

Yes, it’s a photo by one of my smart phones #Nexus5 .

The quality is amazingly good on screen with just a bit noise.

Too bad, the phone’s camera function is defeated; I can only selfie with that phone.

Overall, left over

#tokyocameraclub #TedTravelTaskforce #skytree #skyline #nightimage #cityscape #urban #urbancity #lovetravel #lonelyplanet #tripadvisor #reportagespotlight #有種旅行叫日本 #Japan

藝術就係咁。

相中人,叫澤田知子(Tomoko Sawada),一位當代藝術攝影師。

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Tomoko

成名作,係用自己做實驗室老鼠,用四年時間紀實,為自己拍低一張又一張嘅影樓式單人肖像照,每張同一背景,同一燈光,同一設定,不同的,是她本人的表情,肥瘦,衣飾,服裝,妝效。

佢只係一個肥妹仔,樣子不討好,卻勇於「用自己的方式」,展示自己,為表現出身分這大命題。

每個人總有身分,不必他人套入,不必道歉,不必怯於情勢,本是多麼珍貴。在華人社會,民族包袱太重,身分認同愈來愈難。

我不抗拒身為中國人,但當我稱自己為香港人時,煩請切勿強加成「中國香港人」;又我選擇成為加拿大人,若無必要,也不必每每用「加國華人」的稱呼。

這叫自由,有些人總不懂。

沒有一個人更清楚自己是誰。

#TedTravelTaskforce
#立心筆良

Brownie Vintage Cameras

Have just bought this vintage Brownie film cameras in a bundle. Always love old cameras that work well although I’m not sure whether I can buy film to fit them.

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A Brownie Hawkeye flash model (top), Brownie Junior six-16 (bottom left) and a Brownie Target six-16

The Canadian kodak and/or French made trios have been discontinued for more than 50 years. But metal body, meniscus lens, rotary shutter, 120 roll (620) film mode, top and side viewfinders all are goodies.

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Even though there may be no way to get proper film for them, it would still be a great home decor.

By the way, the Hawkeye square-shape one on top is a flash model.

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#bakelite #boxcamera #art #decor #browniejunior #brownietarget #six16

一閃一閃__那星

唔好睇少吳亮X(又名「吳X星」、「X亮星」嗱,我無爆佢名),老奸巨滑。
佢利用立法會議員嘅「豁免權」(parliamentary privilege),利用「老朋友」讀出「洗頭艇」嘅WhatsApp謠言,令親中傳媒可以肆無忌憚(或者「童子軍跳彈床」)咁「引述」佢段說話,從而令所有引述者避開唔駛畀人告之餘,更令一眾唔會經常接觸最前線網上消息嘅大叔阿伯三姑四姨七嬸,因新聞報導而係坊間亂咁傳,令每個人「上一輩」都信以為真。
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non-shining star (livestream’s screen capture)
呢招以訛傳訛,係舊年一眾中坑都中過伏。例如果啲阿乜水「又關佔中事」所以見唔到老母最後一面嘅假消息,好快就fake咗唔識用腦分真偽嘅豬兜。
不過,招「豁免權」都試過做「好事」。2011年傑斯有外遇單案,雖然已經係twitter指名導姓,蘇格蘭因屬另一司法地域而唔受影響,但傑斯就申請禁制令唔畀英國傳媒爆名。實情全世界都知係乜水,英國國會議員John Hemming睇唔過眼,係國會開佢名,就係咁樣全世界都可以因引述John哥仔而開傑斯名。
當然,亦有反對者認為John哥仔濫用呢個權力。七個月之後,傑斯自己放棄繼續打禁制令嘅官司。
講番那星,擺明親中,卻係利用咗一個英國政治制度留低嘅權力,幫自己大佬個爺爺做「李乜」,都咪話幾咁諷刺。
#立心筆良

PS. 作者只係一個路過嘅小小小記者,毋須搵我,我坐洗頭艇去咗外國十幾年。