Okinawa, nine years ago today

My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel—it is, before all, to make you see. That—and no more, and it is everything.

– Joseph Conrad

Kaohsiung (高雄)

Home is not where you are born. Home is where all your attempts to escape cease.

– Naguib Mahfouz

A couple of days ago I booked a Genius Bar appointment for this afternoon at the local Apple Store in Taipei to ask them to check my AirPods Pro. I’ve been having intermittent crackling in the right one over the last few weeks, and the noise cancellation just didn’t seem so effective anymore.

The nice man took them off for a while to test, and when he brought them back out he showed me the results from a suite of tests they’d performed, and said they’d both failed. He then produced two small boxes, each containing an individual AirPod, and said they would replace both of them free of charge under the AirPods Pro Service Program.

So I’m pretty stoked to have a new pair for nothing after 18 months of almost-daily use!

One of many new graffiti on the homebound route. Day one, ride one.

A new arrival today from Barma’s Books of Sheffield, UK. Step By Step In Esperanto, eighth edition, 1965. It’s in great condition, and inside I found a cardboard listing of Esperanto books, dated 1974, from Australia. 📖

Huia Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, from our trip to NZ in 2016. It’s been a long time waiting.🍷

Progressing through Assimil’s French With Ease, a lesson each day, remembering bits and pieces from my five years of secondary school French over 25 years ago. 📖

Just came across this photo from 2013, taken with my old Canon EOS 3 (eye-controlled auto-focus!) on Fujifilm 400T movie film. Taipei, Taiwan. 📷🎞

Tongan language materials just arrived. Looking forward to making a start on it, but not yet. 📖

Latest coffee beans from Horsham Coffee Roaster. Have to buy multiple to make shipping worthwhile… at least that’s my excuse. 😆 I hope you got some too, @jsanchez! ☕️


Lunar new year’s day hike. Overlooking Bitan (碧潭).


我爸 → 迷 → 涂

Fourteen days of (vegetarian) lunch boxes, and finally I’m free

Being in enforced quarantine shouldn’t mean putting up with bad coffee ☕️