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

LA One Food Map

A Bite of Fine Dining in Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung, the third biggest city of Taiwan, is not only famous for its port, night markets, food, prettiest metro stations and enormous public artwork, but also the emerging scene of fine dining.

During our bike ride in Kaohsiung in late March, we had a chance to be the guests of our closed friends, at one of the great restaurants, the LA ONE Kitchen & Bakery.

VirtuGO Beta

A Glimpse of the VirtuGO Beta

After months of waiting, I finally received the welcome email on the VirtuGO Beta Testing Program in early April 2018.

For those not aware of VirtuGO, it is a virtual training platform that has been opened for beta during the Tour Down Under 2018.

Given this software platform is still in its development cycle, issues encountered during trial are inevitable.

Short Baguette

Baguette is one of the most difficult breads to make and ongoing practice is a must for beginners like me.

My oven is a small one which can’t handle the usual length of 65 cm, so I am going to make a short Baguette instead.

Fresh Figs - Courtesy of VegUp.org

Simple Fig Bread

I love fig, especially those dried figs.They are delicious and rich in dietary fibre.

Back in the good old days when I was young, I like eating Fig Rolls – a sweet biscuit filled with fig paste in the middle.

To fill my dream of eating fig, I decided to bake a fig bread today.

How to Keep Kit

Cycling for Fitness

When looking for ways to get ride of one’s fats and reclaim the once slim body figure, people usually consider having some vigorous exercise like running, swimming, going to gym plus taking up one of those energy conscious diets.

In fact, fat burning does not necessary required vigorous exercise. Cycling for longer distance at a suitable intensity can also help to get the same result.

The old Sai Kung Public School next to Tin Hau Temple

Tin Hau Festival Celebration at Sai Kung

The 23rd of March of the Lunar Calendar is the birthday of Tin Hau (or Mazu in Taiwan). According to informal historical recording, she was born in China around the 10th century and was later became the Goddess of the Sea.

This year, the Tin Hau birthday (or Tin Hau Festival) was on 8 May 2018. There are various celebration activities held by local communities in Yuen Long, Tuen Mun and several traditional fishing villages.

On last Saturday, my family and I visited Sai Kung, an old fishing village in Hong Kong, and had a glimpse into one of the local celebration events.

Learn from Master - Domoto Bakery

Learn from the Master – Chen Fu Guang 陳撫洸 – Black Tea Bread with Raisins

While writing my last post on Red Wine and Dried-Fruit Bread, I have talked about Wu Pao-Chun and his Fermented Glutinous Rice and Dried Longan Bread. Someone who closely related to Wu Pao-Chun is Chen Fu Guang (陳撫洸) – the legendary bread master who is the mentor of Wu Pao-Chun and the one who lead him to explore the wonderful world of tastes.

I have come across his book “堂本麵包店  小巷𥚃的味蕾奇蹟” (ISBN 978-986-93284-4-9) and would like to learn from the master by following some of the recipes and tips shared by him.

Enabling BLE and ANT+ under macOS

Getting Your Old iMac to Speak ANT+ and BLE

Tired of running your bike training and virtual cycling system on your smartphone, tablet with tiny screens?

Constrained by the limited connectivity options and/or processing power of those smart devices?

If yes,  how about using your good old desktop platform or notebook to drive the bike trainer and connect to virtual cycling systems like Zwift or Golden Cheetah?

Taekwondo Master

My Little Taekwondo Master

My little boy attended his Taekwondo examination yesterday evening. The examination was quite short and lasting not more than 15 minutes. However, it covered many aspects of his past learning like patterns execution, physical fitness, breaking of wooden board as well as sparring and self-defense. To my surprise, […]