Nostalgic food from all over

Random food and beverages from my several homes. Growing up in parts of India, you often come across the Jamun tree. The fruit has a purple bitter sweet flesh. This drink from India tries to capture the flavour for urban people who miss jamun picking. Next is a popular rice cake from Hanoi, North Vietnam (thanks to childhood friend Trang for getting it for me). This cake is made by a family business in the Hang Than Street - that had many similar rice cake shops. Nguyen means origin, and Ninh is derived from the name of the hometown (Yen Ninh) of the original owner of the cake shop. Last is a well being/health drink from Indonesia, contains honey and several herbs. You can buy these sachets from convenience stores or small shops across Indonesia.

Will miss these in Musashi-Koyama

I am still not over the loss of Hanoi's Zone 9, and one more of my hangout is falling victim to "development". One station from us is a neighbourhood called Musashi-Koyama. The dozens of unique small shops next to the station - eating places and bars are shutting down, being replaced with a construction project. Perhaps, we should invite the little shops to our Meguro. Japan Times also laments the loss of such community spaces. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2015/11/07/lifestyle/heart-darkness-nostalgic-tokyo-disappearing-amid-construction-boom/#.Vj7cGVSI6Op

Conditions for my home

I am often asked, why I have so many homes? Well, my conditions for accepting a place as home are very simple. As long I can get free food, and if my phone remembers the wifi password, I am home. One additional condition is the presence of a library or a second hand book shop. One such place is my hideout in Phrom Phong. 

Today's readings - a book on the history of Assam published In the 1930s and a book of Vietnamese legends. Now I know that when I see a beautiful girl, I should remark "she is probably from the land of bliss" 

And do you know that my neighbourhood houses a North Korean restaurant. Many years back, there used to be one in another neighbourhood, went out of business around 2007. We used to go there and talk to the staff - girls who used to sing and dance, and spoke good Chinese. Still remember the song "내이름 묻지 마세요"


Finally, a decent swim tracker - Misfit Speedo Shine

I have been looking for swim trackers for a while. I tried the swim.com app on the original Pebble smartwatch - it worked sometimes, but often missed laps. I tried the swim.com app again on the Sony Smartwatch 3 (the only waterproof Android wear device at the moment) and it failed to synchronise the swim data every time.

Earlier this week I bought the new Misfit Speedo Shine device. After three days of trying it out, I can say that this device is perfect.


Back in 2013, Misfit folks gave me the original Shine to try out. I liked using it, until it decided to jump out of the hoop and hide while I was on a Saigon - Hanoi flight.  I like the fact that you don't have to charge this, that is one cable less to carry.