Sunday, 27 March 2011


My sister Megumi will be performing for the Japan Crisis Appeal Concert on Thursday 14th April 2011 at 7:30pm. The venue is St John's Smith square, London.

Megumi will be performing two Rachmaninov Preludes:
Op.32 No.12 in G#minor
Op.23 No.4 in D major

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Christmas in Paris

Here is a photo from Christmas eve in Paris - approaching midnight at Notre Dame Cathedral:

A department store:

Paris visit can't be complete without Eiffel Tower! :

Paris was cold, but beautiful!

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Christmas in London

My sister Arisa & I were in London yesterday, and enjoyed the Christmas atmosphere, and some shopping!

Here's a photo of the Christmas lights in Regent street:

And a department store window:

Friday, 4 May 2007

Saturday, 24 March 2007

iPAQ - No.3

I wonder why iPAQ is named iPAQ? It used to be from Compaq, so the PAQ bit could be from there, but why iPAQ? It's so similar to ipod! I'm sure imac came before iPAQ, but where does ipod fit in? I think it was after iPAQ. Chronologically, imac - ipaq -ipod???

Anyway, my ipaq can double as ipod! It has 1GB storage space, so it can store music and movies! It can store even more via SD memory cards.
It came with a headphone, but this headphone has a built-in mic as well! (Better than ipod?). It has a mic on it's body as well, so I can use it as a voice recorder without the headphones...

iPAQ is a lot more than a 'simple' music player ofcourse, with email and web browsing capabilities via bluetooth and wifi. I was on GNER train the other day, it said it has onboard wifi, so I took a peek. The GNER website was free to browse. Not bad. But other than that, not much of an entertainment. For me, it only costs few pence to send/receive email via my mobile & Bluetooth on my ipaq, so I didn't go for the couple of pounds per 30 mins option!

So as my ipaq might say - i'm PAQed with features!?

Sunday, 18 February 2007

Corn Cakes

Let me introduce you to Corn Cakes. Something new for me this year.
The thing which made me buy it was the words "0.4g Fat". It tastes like unsalted/unsweetened popcorn, shaped into a round cake.
I haven't lost any weight yet, but am very optimistic(?). I have since bought slightly salted rice cakes as well, similar, but more tastly. Just to give more variety to my otherwise boring snack...
I am begining to think what I eat with it may make more difference to the calories...

Thursday, 8 February 2007

UK mobile phones

Here are some of my UK mobile phone sims. Don't worry, it is all pay as you go (not contract) sims!
SIMs are the soul of mobile phones, so it contains its identity - in this case, mobile phone number and its credit (if any).

Here is the list of what makes each SIMs special!?

Good points
If you top up by a certain amount, you get lots of texts free (£10 = 300texts).
Has cheap Europe roaming bolt on, 35p/min to make/receive calls.
With international bolt on, only 20p/min for UK - Japan call.
Bad points
No GPRS internet/email via PC/iPAQ for pay as you go.
Video calls to Japan costs £1.50/min! Other networks only charge 50p/min.

Virgin Mobile
Good points
15p/min for calls in UK to normal phones.
If you sign up for direct debit, international roaming is good value.
GPRS costs is the same in the UK while roaming. (ie cheap!)
Full internet/email GPRS for PC & iPAQs
Bad points
No smtp setting for sending emails. You can sign up to pay as you go, and use that smtp: (have to dial up once in a while to keep it active)

Good points
Pay as you go GPRS capped at £1/day.
Full internet/email via GPRS/3G.
Has PAYG WiFi at T-mobile hotspots. 75p/10mins.
Bad points
Coverage is patchy
No video calling on pay as you go.

Good points
Can send 30 texts/month free from Orange website.
Full internet/email GPRS.
International roaming GPRS not bad.
Bad points
Network coverage not good at my house...

Good points
Very good coverage.
Vodafone stop the clock = Evening & weekends, pay for 3mins, talk for 1 hr.
Vodafone passport = Pay 75p/call, then the call cost is the same as in UK.
Bad points
Call charges are more expensive than most.