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  • Posted On: June 9th 2019 at 10:50 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Food, Overseas, Personal life, Pictures, Talks, Technology, Travel, Work

    I’m back from Beijing. Hehe, I went Beijng for a work trip for 9 days. It was kind of rushed, hence didn’t blog about it.

    I went to Defcon Beijing 1.0 (yes, the first Defcon in Beijing after last year’s beta version). It was quite exciting since it was my first time going to Defcon. Well, the main one in Las Vegas is too expensive – flight tickets, hotel and event ticket combined. Hence, I went for the one in Beijing. I paid for my own event ticket while the company paid for my flights and hotel stay. :smile: Then I stayed on to work in Beijing office and was helping my Beijing colleague at work too. :grin:

    Defcon Beijing is mostly bling (lots of loud and nice decorations) and not many people went for it. Well, it’s not cheap – US$170. But the talks and workshops aren’t that technical. Not as technical as the one in Las Vegas, according to my colleague who went with me.

    The location of the event is really old. Like rusty and stuff. Then they hid it by decorating it with lots of photos but they didn’t decorate it every single part… It was also located at a remote location. It was not near train station or bus stop. Not exactly easy to find unless you take DiDi. Oh, DiDi in Beijing is really bad. The air is already so polluted and most DiDi drivers just open the car windows to air the car. Well, I get that they want to save money for aircon but still… sigh.

    It was near an arts district (751 D.Park) so we went to explore after the event. It was pretty rundown and had a rustic feeling to it. I guess that’s part of the distinctive feel of the place.

    I also saw an old Uber stand/booth while on the way to 751 D.Park.

    It was my first time to Beijing so it was an eye opening experience. The air is really polluted. Will I go back there again? Yes. Will I stay for more than a week? For the sake of my health, no. Will I go to Defcon Beijing again? No if it is at the same location.

    There are really a lot of people working in Beijing. The traffic was really bad, but at least the cars are moving very slowly and not stuck and not move at all. We need to queue up to get into the train station during rush hour. We can’t take DiDi during rush hour or we will be stuck in traffic jams. There were bag checks at every entrance of the train platform.

    Ignoring the air pollution and bad traffic conditions, Beijing really have lots of nice bubble tea shops and food. Lots of cheap food around too. I had a great time eating and drinking bubble tea. :oops: Really need to work out more after the trip now… I am also having a phobia of bubble tea after 9 days of bubble tea.

    Oh, we went to Quan Ju De, the famous Peking Duck restaurant but didn’t order any duck meat. Haha, my colleague didn’t want duck meat again since we had it at another restaurant. I had soy sauce chicken instead which turns out to be extremely salty. Will I go there again? Nah. I will go to the peking duck restaurant that my Beijing colleague brought us instead. It’s “Liu Lin Kao Ya Dian” if you are interested to visit.

    I had the best soup dumplings in Beijing – Yi Pin Xiao Bao. I highly recommended there. I had 2 meals there. The one on the left in the following photo is the usual pork soup dumplings while the one on the right is spicy pork dumplings – which was really awesome!

    I also went to Forbidden City, Tiananmen Gate and also Summer Palace (Yi He Yuan). I will blog about them in future when I am free. Hehe.


    Posted On: March 6th 2018 at 9:16 pm | 4 Comments
    Categories: Overseas, Personal life, Rants, School life, Travel, Work

    I’m back from my business trip at San Francisco. I probably won’t have time to blog about my trip until I am done with graduate school. I have an upcoming makeup test and another assignment due this week. Sigh.

    I wish I am less busy with school work and have more time for myself… Oh well…

    In fact, I have to bring my personal laptop to San Francisco because I have 1 assignment due in the middle of my business trip and I was not able to finish it before my trip. It kind of sucks but oh well. Life as a student with full time job can be sucky at times.


    Posted On: September 9th 2017 at 4:12 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Articles, Japanese related, Overseas, Personal life, Travel

    I finally finished blogging about my Japan trip back in June 2017. It’s my first time travelling in Japan, although it is not my first time landing in Japan. I took a transit flight in Narita Airport when I was flying to SFO back in 2015.

    I didn’t blog all the places we visited because I didn’t upload those photos. I also visited Uniqlo near the Ramen Town as well, and of course Sapporo too. Sadly, I didn’t really take much photos because I was really tired in the trip (I fell sick for 1 month after I came back from the trip too!) and my camera body was spoilt too. :sad: 

    This probably is my shortest compilation of an overseas trip. I promise to be more hardworking in future. Haha. :grin: 

    Iwazamiza Town

    Furano

    Asahikawa

    Other attractions


    Posted On: September 9th 2017 at 3:58 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Food, Friendship, Japanese related, Overseas, Personal life, Pictures, Travel, With my NEX

    I only managed to visit a curry don place because Xiao Wei can’t take spicy food. Nevertheless, I am still thankful that I managed to visit Yuiga Doxon. It’s one of the famous curry don place in Furano, Hokkaido, Japan.

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/164177762108/awesome-japanese-curry-japanese-food

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/164177716448/please-do-not-ask-for-hot-water-hmmm-sign

    I highly recommend you guys to visit there if you are visiting Hokkaido!

    Address: 11-8 Hinodemachi Furano 076-0025, Hokkaido
    Phone Number: +81 167-23-4784

    On a random note, since it was a road trip for us in the trip and weXiao Wei have to drive through several mountainous areas where we lost GPS signal and also see random road signs to warn us of seeing wild deers, bears, etc. It was pretty exciting now that I think about it. Hmm…

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/163715446293/the-road-signs-in-hokkaido-look-at-the-watch-out

    I got my first breakfast from Mister Donut too!

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/162626595588/mister-donut-for-breakfast-taken-by-sony-nex-5r


    Posted On: September 3rd 2017 at 6:03 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Food, Friendship, Japanese related, Overseas, Personal life, Pictures, Travel, With my NEX

    We went to Asahikawa Zoo one of the days and whoa, it’s probably one of our favourite places. :smile: I took many nice photos and I get to see my favourite penguin! Hehe. Shall let the photos do the talking this time round (cause I’m getting lazier to blog in detailed…)

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/163863927359/swimming-my-way-to-the-bottom-of-the-sea-taken

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/163903645404/im-the-king-of-penguins-taken-by-sony-nex-5r

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/163943037555/welcome-to-the-penguin-resort-taken-by-sony

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/163981919139/the-polar-bears-taken-by-sony-nex-5r-with-kits

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/164020327046/hmph-i-shall-embark-on-a-journey-for-myself

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/164366056868/selfie-with-the-peacock-nofilter-hellokitty

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/164365931043/lunch-at-asahikawa-zoo-ramen-udon-yakidon

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/164330263758/that-backpack-is-not-his-girlfriend-i-inferred-it

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/164400818018/meet-the-sleeping-owl-haha-owl-sleeping

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/164400831408/the-howling-wolves-wolves-howling-zoo

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/164407485293/selfie-with-the-owl-hellokitty

    https://foto-amore.tumblr.com/post/164445982283/ice-cream-again-icecream-food-icecreamstall