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.

羅大佑與音樂瘋子的傳奇派對

週3聚樂部─羅大佑與音樂瘋子的傳奇派對

住在台北的老同學早前在面書上分享了羅大佑與音樂瘋子的傳奇派對音樂會。這個由羅大佑和王治平携手合作的Live Show,除了讓大家回味他過往的作品外,也提供一個平台給年輕樂團和樂手作表演。音樂會安排在每月最後的一個星期三晚上。

碰巧十二月份的表演日子,我和其他舊同學一行三人仍在台北,當然不想錯過這難得的機會。

Running Wahoo ELEMNT in Route / Sim Mode

Fixing the Wahoo ELEMNT Route Mode Support?

Early this year, I have kick-started cycle training with my newly installed CycleOps Magnus smart trainer. One of the simplest and cost-effective setups that I had discussed was using the built-in Planned Workout feature of my Wahoo ELEMNT bike computer.

At that time, I had observed that the “Route” mode of trainer control provided by the Wahoo ELEMNT was not functioning. The trainer resistance did not reflect the actual elevation profile of the loaded route.

The case was reported to Wahoo and I finally received their reply in mid-July on fixing the error.

Sounded great !

Miho Museum

Gem in the Hidden Mountain of Shigaraki

Miho Museum (美秀美術館) is a private museum managed by the religious group Shinji Shumeikai (神慈秀明会). It is named after the founder of the group, Mrs. Mihoko Koyama and initially housed the vast collection of tea ceremony utensils and Asian antiquities collected by her. The collection was subsequently grew into a vision of an art museum, aligning with Koyama’s vision of promoting beauty, peace and joy through art.

The museum is a place that I have been longing for a visit.

Yes, for a very long time.

In fact, I had been there before but not exactly visited the museum. Why?

Fully assembled Road Bikes - BMC

Bike Shops Tour in Osaka

Doing window shopping is one of my favourite activities when having overseas visits. In my latest Osaka / Biwako tour in end August, I had included optional visit to some of the bike shops in my plan.

Right before the day I returned to Hong Kong, I have spared some time to visit these shops.

Shiga Biwako Poster - Courtesy of Shiga Tourism Official Website

Summer Holiday 2018 – Shiga, Japan

My wife and I are not those die-hard Japanophiles who always visit Japan as a kind of worship. Instead, it is the excellent culture and the friendliness of Japanese that make us not tired of visiting Japan.

For this summer holidays, we continued to explore other parts of Japan – The Biwako area in the Shiga Prefecture.

This was a downshifting journey for us to enjoy the beauty of the Lake Biwa, the country life and the cultural side of the Shiga Prefecture.

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.