October 29, 2022

The return of Barcampsg

From 2008 to 2017, we ran yearly unconferences in Singapore called Barcamp Singapore. People loved this event where everyone came together to learn from each other.

Thanks to the folks at GeekcampSG, who offered us space at their event, we got a chance to revive the Barcamp after the long gap. We do not have a fixed speakers or schedule. The discussion topics are decided at the venue by the participants. The range of topics is interesting.

Barcamp Singapore 2022 The opening of Geekcamp/Barcamp.

Barcamp Singapore 2022 A discussion on note taking and diagramming tools.

Barcamp Singapore 2022 A discussion on online scams.

Barcamp Singapore 2022 A discussion on Twitch streaming and the life of a live streamer.

Barcamp Singapore 2022 A discussion on why Agile is overrated.

Barcamp Singapore 2022 Discussion on documentation.

Barcamp Singapore 2022 More discussions on online scams.

Barcamp Singapore 2022 Talking about communication between developers and non-technical people in a team.

Barcamp Singapore 2022 A discussion on Notion.

barcamp Singapore
September 30, 2022

For a free giraffe

Some years back Thao invited me to the Pham Viet Chanh neighbourhood assuring free views of giraffe (and other tall animals) from the Saigon zoo across the canal. Now this has become my home. If you are at the zoo, you can see a large dark animal across the canal for free.

Pham Viet Chanh in Saigon

Pham Viet Chanh in Saigon

Pham Viet Chanh in Saigon

Pham Viet Chanh in Saigon

Pham Viet Chanh in Saigon

Pham Viet Chanh in Saigon

International and local food in Pham Viet Chanh

Map of Pham Viet Chanh in Saigon

Saigon
September 21, 2022

Saigon’s Japan Town via iPhone Pro 14

This is the place I often return to when I want to test a new camera.

Saigon’s Japan Town

Saigon’s Japan Town

Saigon’s Japan Town

Saigon’s Japan Town

Saigon’s Japan Town

Saigon’s Japan Town

Saigon’s Japan Town

Saigon’s Japan Town

Saigon’s Japan Town

Saigon’s Japan Town

Saigon’s Japan Town

Saigon Enclaves
September 17, 2022

Yangtze

Can you love another country so much that you dedicate most of your life to it? In the early 1980s, a Japanese musician Sada Masashi visited China on a concert tour and fell in love with Yangtze river. He returned to China to make a documentary on the river and the life along it. It was expensive filming, had to hire People’s Liberation Army Air Force helicopters for the aerial shots. Sada Masashi took out a 3.5 billion Yen loan for the production. It took him 30 years to repay the loan.

The result is a beautiful time capsule of the unique period in China’s modern history. It’s on Youtube with Japanese narration, Chinese subtitles. Don’t worry about the language, just let the visuals speak.

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There are many interesting backstories and trivia about this, remind me when we meet

Yangtze Sada Mashashi returns to China.

Yangtze Sada Mashashi hitchhikes. The documentary is shot very much how vlogs are presented these days. Though in those days, they would have had a crew following the presenter around.

Yangtze Sada Mashashi finds kids floating on a tyre and fishing in the pod with their bare hands.

Yangtze The Buddha or Leshan in Sichuan province.

Yangtze Sada Mashashi is not happy with how the Japanese army destroyed Nanjing.

Yangtze Probably one of the earliest crepe maker in China. 80s was like the spring. Things were getting relaxed in China. People were putting up small business.

China Japan Travel
July 1, 2022

Why I love Saigon

Someone sketched me

A staff at the cafe I was at came by to show me a sketch she made of me. I was drawing something on the iPad. I am already her fan for the full head of hair. I love this city for its spontaneous and happy people.

saigon travel
June 21, 2022

It was good knowing China

China let us in homes, trains and hearts in the coldest North. China fed us and stayed up all night drinking with us in the wildest West. It was nice to know China when it was curious.

https://restofworld.org/2022/china-airbnb-exit-impact/

AirBnB leaving China

Now when I miss China, I go to Cambodia. Parts of Phnom Penh feel like 2000s China.

China in Phnom Penh Fancy houses.

China in Phnom Penh Golden Street. When people from China first started to move to China in early 2000s, they found making money difficult. They used to call Cambodia Qian Bu Zai.” This sounds like the Chinese name for Cambodia (Jian Bu Zhai) but also sound like There is no money.”

China in Phnom Penh

China in Phnom Penh Money changer.

China in Phnom Penh

China in Phnom Penh The smaller alleys have food from all over China.

Smelly Tofu Smelly Tofu.