Category: Challenges

2018 回顧 Review / 2019 展望 Resolutions

時間比我想像過得更快,2018年尚有不足一小時便成歷史,回望這一年,部份的目標叫作落實了,但也有些尚未開始,更有些事情完全是意料之外; 好的、不如意的,我也會照單全收。 2018 will be leaving us within an hour, looking back at what all those targets that I had established for 2018, seems like some of those had been achieved while the rest are not yet started. In fact, there were other things that came all out of expected. Anyway, this is life and I have to accept them all.

Climbing up to Tatara Bridge

Shimanami Kaido – Wonderful Ride with Trace of Regrets

Today's journey started at the Tatara Shimanami Park in Omishima. Major reasons are availability of bus service from Imabari and the Rent-a-cycle Terminal. Moreover, it is close to Setoda Sunset Beach where we would have our lunch. The only downside is that we have to ride the Tatara Bridge twice just like what we had for the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge in yesterday's ride. It took around one hour to arrive at the Omishima BS. Quickly we picked up our bikes at the Rent-a-cycle Terminal and started our ride towards the Tatara Bridge.

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge

Shimanami Kaido – Goodbye to Noru

When I looked out from the hotel window early in the morning, I just couldn't believe what I had seen. Blue sky, bright sunny day and flock of seagulls. That's completely different from what we had the day before! Weather report stated that typhoon Noru had moved across Honshu, the main island of Japan, towards the Sea of Japan. What an excellent forecast work by JMA (Japan Meteorological Agency)! To allow more time for the ride, we planned to take the 9am local bus to Innoshima/Setoda.

Noru crashed on a breakwater in Aki, Kochi Prefecture. Photo courtesy of Reuter.

Shimanami Kaido – When planned trip turned into an unplanned one

Woke up in the morning after having a good sleep, my wife and I were busy checking the weather report on TV and from the Internet. It was mentioned that typhoon Noru was moving over Shikoku and towards the main island of Japan during the day. Due to the slow pace of Noru that might result in extended periods of heavy rain, evacuation advisories in Shikoku and warning for river flooding, landslides, strong winds and high waves in other affected areas had been issued. 

Shimanami Kaido Cycling

Shimanami Kaido – My Family Challenge

During my Chinese New Year holidays in Hiroshima in early 2017, we had an one-day trip in the city of Onomichi. Fascinated by one of the top cycling courses in the world, Shimanami Kaido, my family and I had an ad-hoc short ride from Onomichi, crossing Mukaishima (向島) and arrived in Innoshima (因島) via the famous Innoshima Bridge (因島大橋). The scenery along the cycling course was stunning. The cycling infrastructure was great and convenient to the cyclists. Together with the friendly drivers we met along the way, Shimanami Kaido gave us a wonderful cycling experience. By the time we arrived at the Innoshima Ohashi Memorial Park, it was already two o'clock in the afternoon. As we had to catch our train back to Hiroshima by the evening, we had no other choice but to head back to the Onomichi station. On the return trip, my boy asked if we could come back again and ride along the Shimanami Kaido from Onomichi to Imabari. Why not! I said. Living up to my promise, I had gathered all the information on Shimanami Kaido, working out the itinerary and making all the necessary reservations. During my boy's summer holidays in 2017, we sat out to conquer the Shimanami Kaido.

Hong Kong Style Egg Tart – My First Attempt

Like a lot of the Hong Kong people, egg-tart is one of my favourite pastries. Here in Hong Kong, we have two different styles of egg-tarts, one comes with a butter pastry (撻皮) base while the other one comes with puff pastry (酥皮) base. Personally, I prefer butter pastry base which is more crispy over the puff pastry base. This week, instead of making bread, I will practise making my first Hong Kong style Egg-tart with butter pastry base. Hong Kong Style

NPGPS STEM Team at Changi International Airport

My boy got his great achievement

Schedule for my boy's Experiential Learning Journey in Singapore is quite tight. Students have to visit a secondary school, attend STEM related training at Singapore Polytechnic, doing programming work and finally present their works.

Featured Image for the STEM Experiential Learning Journey

My boy is having his own overseas trip

My boy is going to Singapore for a 4-Day Experiential Learning Journey. He has never been aboard without the company of us and this is the first time he is on his own along some of his classmates and teachers. A challenge to him as well as to us.

Virtual Ride - Lake Biwa

First ride for 2018 Cycle Life Challenge

Just joined the 2018 Cycle Life Challenge initiated by Cycle365.life. The rules of the game are very simple as highlighted in their site: Cycle Life Challenge Rules Since it’s a Challenge, there are Rules. Since someone has to make up the rules, I appointed myself Goddess to do so. Your Goddess looks forward to seeing ...

Hiking around the Hong Kong Island

Round the Hong Kong Island 徒步環香港島

Two years ago, I took another challenge - Walk around the Hong Kong Island in one day. Shortly after I had completed my round-the-island cycling in Taiwan in late 2015, I felt a little bit desperate and would like to look for another challenge of my life. One day while I was surfing the net, I found a young Taiwan undergraduate who spent over 40 days to walk around Taiwan all by herself. All of a sudden, an idea came to my mind - I could do this as well, of course, just in Hong Kong … 兩年前的今天,我又作出另一個挑戰 - 單日徒步環香港島。 2015年末,我剛完成第一次的臺灣自行車環島,心情有點失落,很想尋找另一個挑戰自我的目標。有一天在網上看到一位二十多歲的臺灣女大學生,用了四十多天的時間,獨自完成她的徒步環島之旅。心想,臺灣那麼大,香港這麼小;她那麼年輕,我這麼成熟,怎麼可以給小女生比下去呢 …