Category: Challenges

Localisation for my bike? 單車也要本土化?

Those two Giant TCR bicycles that delivered to UK were bought through authorised dealer in Hong Kong few years ago.

Being the world’s biggest bicycle manufacturer, Giant bicycles sold in different parts of the world have to conform to local regulations and riding practices. As such, there are variations in the use of components and settings for these bikes across the world.

隨行到英國的兩部 Giant TCR 公路單車,於香港的代理購入已有數年。

基於全球單車第一品牌 Giant Bicycle 產品行銷世界各地,需配合當地的法規及使用習慣,因此無論在設計細節,零件使用或設定亦會有一定的差異。

Do It Yourself 自己的事自己動手做

Since I had published my last post on replacing my road bike tyres, some of my friends living aboard mentioned that DIY is the way to go to save money and possible lead time. I absolutely agreed with them and do believe that mastering DIY skills is another objective to achieve in UK.

居於外地的朋友們對我上一篇自行更換單車軚的網誌,都不約而同提出日常維修工作如果找店家或 Handy man 做,除了費用高外,往往亦要等很久,因此學習自己做 (DIY) 是必然的事。這個我完全同意,亦是移居英國後其中一個學習目標。

Life is just Bits and Pieces 生活就是一些無聊的點滴

Since moving into our new apartment in late May, it seems that I was extremely busy. Spending most of the time tidying up those bits and pieces, moving the furniture around and went shopping household items. I considered myself so exhausted that I didn’t even have the mood to write any post for this blog.

自五月尾搬入新居後,每天總是看似非常忙碌;不是執拾東西,便是把家具移來移去,又或是再添置家居用品,亦因此總提不起勁去寫文章。

Round Trip Ride – London Eye 走一轉系列 – London Eye

Even though I have been living in UK for nearly one year, I still found London’s winter very cold and couldn’t stand the piercing cold wind especially riding outdoor. That explained why I had not go cycling for several months. Anyway, it just happened that I still had a number of cycling trips that I could share with you here.

Comparing with those previous journeys around suburbs or countryside, I attempted some completely different trips across cities. When mentioning city, the first came to mind was definitely our famous cosmopolitan city London. And my destination was central London, the Parliament House, Big Ben and London Eye.

雖然在英國住了差不多一年,倫敦的冬天對於生長於香港的我仍是有點冷,騎單車的話,迎着陣陣刺面寒風更不好過,因此自去年十一月後已有數月沒騎車出外,還好先前尚有多個行程可在此和大家分享。

相比早前走的市郊路線,去年九月尾想過要作不同的嘗試,來個穿越城市之旅。説起城市當然第一時間就想起英國的國際大都會倫敦,而目的地就是倫敦市中心,國會大樓,大笨鐘以及 London Eye。

Riding with my boss 與 Boss 走一轉

Studying in UK is really wonderful, there are so many term breaks throughout the school year. Just like the recent Spring Term Break that began on 1st of April, my little boss started staying at home with nothing to do again. Early Sunday morning, he suggested to go cycling, which I had no reason to turn down despite of the cold and windy weather.

在英國讀書真好,年中 term break 多到難以至信,剛過去的四月一日又是 Spring Term Break 的開始,家中小老闆又再百無聊賴的 hea 在家,星期日早上,難得他提議午後騎車出外走走,雖然天氣非常寒冷,我也無法拒絶。

Round Trip Ride – Putney Heath 走一轉系列 – Putney Heath

For the past cycling trips, I used to take those relatively flat roads and footpaths. In this round of my Round Trip Ride, I would include some bike climbs in my visit to another adjacent district, the Borough of Wandsworth and with Putney Heath as my destination. The return trip would go through Richmond Park and back to the Kingston twon centre. The total distance was estimated to be around 29 Km.

過往的單車路線大多是以較平坦的車路或小徑為主,今次會嘗試加多一點爬坡路段。行程以 Borough of Wandsworth 的 Putney Heath 為目的地,回程會穿越 Richmond Park 返回 Kingston 市中心,行程預計約 29 公里。

Round Trip Ride – East Molesey 走一轉系列 – East Molesey

There are seven Local Government Districts adjacent to Kingston Upon Thames. Wimbledon and Raynes Park that I recently rode to belong to one of these, the London Borough of Merton. In this round of my Round Trip Ride, I will share with you my visit to another district, the Borough of Elmbridge. The destination is East Molesey.

與 Kingston Upon Thames 接壤的地區政府管轄區(Local Government Districts)共有七個,早前往 Wimbledon 及 Raynes Park 時已到訪過其中一個,亦即 London Borough of Merton。今次要介绍的行程會到另一個區 Borough of Elmbridge,目的地是 East Molesey 市。

Round Trip Ride – Wimbledon 走一轉系列 – 温布頓

In my previous posts, I had mentioned that I found it a bit boring cycling in parks within the Kingston. So I changed my mind and planned to visit nearby areas with my bike. Not only served as great exercises for me, but also help me to understand more about the areas nearby.

上一篇提過在 Kingston 市內公園踩單車有點悶,於是改變想法,打算到鄰近地區走走,運動之餘又可熟習其他地方。

Short Ride – Bushy Park 灌木公園單車遊

There are several places near Kingston town centre that are great for walking and cycling. These includes Barge Walk and Hampton Court Home Park that I had visited before as well as Bushy Park that I am going to introduce in this post.

Kingston 市中心附近有數個適合漫步或騎單車的著名景點,包括早前我去過的 Barge Walk,漢普敦公園及今次要介紹的灌木公園(Bushy Park)。

Hampton Court Park and River Thames Ride 漫遊漢普敦公園、泰晤士河

Stepping into September, the temperature had slightly dropped to around 15 or 16 ℃. A little bit cool but not that cold. Just as my son had back to school, my wife and I went our for cycling in nearby areas. Some exercise for both of us as well as to search for new cycling routes.

Last week, I rode with my son along Barge Walk. This time, my wife and I would go cycling in the Hampton Court Park.

踏入九月,早上氣溫已降至大約十五、十六度,雖有一點點的涼意,但又未至於寒冷。兒子悠長的暑假剛結束,再重返校園,既然閒著便與太太到附近踩單車,順便找尋新的路線。

上次去了 Barge Walk,今次嘗試往漢普敦公園(Hampton Court Park)走走。

My Boy’s New MTB 兒子的全新攀山單車

In my previous post, I had talked about getting a new bike for my son. This not only allowed him to ride with me during holidays but also help to reduce playing online games at home. After several rounds of product research and shop visits, I finally got his new bike last Saturday.

早前提過要為兒子買單車,除了放假時能與他出外遊玩,亦可盡量減少他留在家中玩 online games,經歷數輪資料搜集及實體店舖拜訪,上星期六終於收到新車。

First Ride in UK 英倫踩單車:落地篇

It has been almost three weeks after my bikes were delivered. Nevertheless, I lack the motivation to go for a ride.

I did not sleep well last night and could not fall asleep again after waking up early in the morning, so I decided to go for a ride.

我的單車回到身邊差不多有三個星期,但不知何故,總是欠點動力出去走一敞。

昨晚睡得不太好,晨早起來又沒法再入睡,決定出去走走。

Self Isolation 自我隔離

We’ve been to UK for two months and most of the times were spent on arranging those bits and pieces of living here. Quite a lot of the works could only be done one at a time and not much shortcut are available for speeding up. With the amount of planning and arrangement, I didn’t have much spare time and couldn’t afford to timely update my blog.

Given that most of the works needed to be done had been settled recently, let me resume the sharing of my UK immigration.

到了英國有兩個多月,大部分時間都花在租屋,搬遷,日常生活及孩子找學校的安排,很多事都要一步一步做,沒有太多㨗徑可走,閒著的時間不多,更提不起勁去更新自己的網誌。

最近要辦的事也完成了七七八八,終於可停下來繼續寫我的移居體驗了!

A Sun Never Set Journey 日不落的旅程

Taking long haul flight is definitely not my cup of tea and the only times were those trips to Europe. Due to time zones difference, most of these flights leave Hong Kong in midnight. Passengers normally went to sleep shortly after the take-off and rushed to the immigration upon arrival next morning.

In consideration of the adverse impact brought about by covid-19, our mid-night flight to UK was rescheduled by BA to the afternoon.

過往甚少乘搭長途機,記憶中只有飛歐洲的數次,通常都是夜機,而大部份乘客一上機就抱頭大睡,早上醒來便匆匆下機。

今次飛英國的航班亦可能在疫情影響下,由深夜提早至同日下午。

Times Up! 夠鐘啦!

If you are fond of photography and used to surf the internet for latest information, you should be aware of DigitalRev TV, Kai as well as Lok. DigitalRev TV was once an extremely popular YouTube channel with around 1.9 Million subscribers and total page views exceeding 430 Million in its glorious days.

如果你對攝影有興趣,閒時會瀏覽網上最新資訊,相信對 DigitalRev TV,Kai 同 Lok 也會有一定的認識。當年這個 YouTube 频道及這對好拍檔極受一眾攝影愛好者所追捧。全盛時期,頻道有190萬的訂戶,瀏覽率亦超過4億。

ABRSM Performance Grade Exam – Final Stage 英國皇家音樂學院表演評級考試 – 終結篇

Once the booking of the ABRSM Performance Grade Examination has been made, candidate or his/her guardian has to upload the performance examination recording to the ABRSM Portal.

完成了 ABRSM Performance Grade Examination (英國皇家音樂學院表演評級術科考試) 的預約後,考生需要於選定的限期內呈交錄影到 ABRSM 的考試網站。

2020 Review 回顧 / 2021 Resolutions 展望

Back in early 2020, I had not written any review post for year 2019 or resolutions for the coming year. Partly because I was very busy running my own takeaway shop, but the major reason was that I was feeling down at that time, couldn’t charge up to work out any plan for myself.

2020 年初,我沒有為已過去一年埋數,更沒有訂下新的一年目標,除了是忙於食店的事務外,主要是因心情低落,提不起勁去思考來年的方向。

Starting Advertisement in My Blog 賣廣告

When my blog has accumulated 50000 pageviews, I had written a milestone post to mark this little achievement of my blogger journey. Other than this, I had also started taking Advertisement.

十一月中在我的網誌完成了50000次瀏覽的目標後,我寫了一篇里程碑的文章,作為我博客人生上的一個小小標記。除此之外我還做了一件事,就是為我這個網誌開啟賣廣告之門。