Arrived in LijiangWe took a flight from Shenzhen to Kunming, then a bus to Dali City and a motor-rickshaw to Dali Old Town, stayed there for a few days and cycled to Heqin and Lijiang. Lijiang is almost like a "hometown" of Pazu, so many friends and so much to see, it worths yet some few days to linger around.
Back to Kunming today
My aunt helped me to buy the air tickets from Shenzhen yesterday, Y980 per person including tax already. We are going to Kunming this afternoon. It's always strange to leave, but I still miss the cycling trip so much, Oat said his life would be shorter if he continued to stay in Hong Kong because he was born to ride... a stupid joke, from him, again. Electronic air tickets bought in Shenzhen
Old photos from an abandoned notebook PC.
My sister's notebook PC was broken many years ago and for sure she didn't know how to retrieve the old data back, so Oat and I dissembled it, getting the hard disk out (only 3GB!) and copied some old files (and viruses) back to the new computer.
We found some really old pics (taken by my first digital camera, an PhotoPC 700 Color), there're times that we almost forgot we had taken these shots, something quite distantly remembered, but now resurfaced in front of our eyes. Perhaps it's fun to bury all old memories in a hard disk for ten years and dig them up to see what you think.
My two cousins, once very cute, now very fat:
- This is my younger cousin.
- I forgot why but my elder cousin had tonnes of photos posing like this, I think somebody told him to make a pair of glasses around his eyes or what.
- Tortured by an egg.
- Because my younger cousin was so cute and funny when he was tortured, we always tried to find some way to tease him. :P
- He seems to be very curious about the number lock, I still carry it around while travelling.
- Both very curious about the pump, but the elder bro seemed to be cleverer not to suck it.
- Making a sushi roll.
I remember back in the time when I was about 4 years old, my grandma bought me a watch which could be transformed into a robot, I lost that robot-watch on the same day she bought it, in a taxi. I was quite sad, my grandma promised to buy me another one, but soon after that we both forgot it.
I came across a robot camera on the internet, it can really take photos!
- Click on the image to see more photos.
In case you also miss Transformers, go to Youtube.
It was my birthday yesterday and this is my gift, from mom, sister and aunt, a Leica Ultravid BR 25.
Long long time ago I had a pair of cheap binoculars and I used to think it was insane to pay so much for the Leica one, until one day when I was trekking in Nepal, met an American traveller and tried his Leica, in 2001, five years ago. I couldn't even remember the name of that American guy but I couldn't forget the crispy sharp image through the Leica lens, the mountains were all in front of my eyes, it was so real, so stunning that I decided not to buy any binoculars except a Leica one.
And nothing can be better that this is a birthday gift! Haha!
Here it is, Leica Ultravid BR 25.
- The Leica Ultravid BR 25.
- The package of the whole binoculars.
- This is the Leica specialist, Stanley Street, Hong Kong.
Yulan, the Hungry Ghost Festival
Once upon a time there was a follower of Lord Buddha named Mahamaudgalyagana (目連), whose mother was a bad woman and in turn became a Hungry Ghost after dead. Mahamaudgalyagana visited the Hell and wanted to feed his mom, but it was so hot there that the food was burnt before reaching her mouth. Lord Buddha suggested Mahamaudgalyagana that he should feed other hungry spirits during the 15th day of the Seventh Month and help her mom to save some good karma, then she could be free from suffering. Mahamaudgalyagana did so, and her mom's bad deed was forgiven and she succeedingly became a protector of Ksitigarbha (地藏王).
This should be the original story from what I've heard, but there's another twist, that traditionally Chinese think that the Gate of the Ghost World would open every year during the Seventh Month of the Lunar Calander, which falls between 25 July to 23 August 2006. During this time one should be aware of the hungry spirits lingering around the Human Boundary.
There are lots of ceremonies for the whole month but I don't understand much, I went with my family to Moreton, Causeway Bay and took some pictures.
- Traditional opera performed in Teochiu Chinese, I've heard that the first day of the performance was done for the spirits, no human should watch.
- Oat seemed to be quite enjoying this festival.
- A Chinese doll?
And, if you keep updating to the tech news, you may have heard that Chinese made a human-looking robot recently. Spot the similarity?
(The Chinese Robot which can speak Sichuanese!)