Ice ice Babaaaay!

After a couple of weeks working on this, the journalog for our Harbin journey is finally ready…And thanks to all who provided feedback on which format is preferred on our last publish of the journalog to Busan (here).

You know the thing they say about walking on thin ice. Well, we were sort of doing that with the really low temperatures of between -15°C to -27°C, walking about trying to take photos with our mobile phones. Yes, we have decided to totally abandon the digital camera. Just like we did the film camera a decade++ ago, the digital camera has become bulky and a device that is un-connected.

Recall the film camera. You buy film. You take photo. You send it to be developed. Perhaps you share the pictures when friends come over – in an album. These are separate activities and could well be many days apart. Today with the mobile phone you can upload the picture to social media and share with thousands of people or send it via bluetooth to a printer. Of course you can photo edit the picture before doing all of that. So it’s over for the standalone digital camera. Go join the horse buggy. Period.

And why would we be “walking on thin ice” using mobile phones to take pictures? Because the biting cold could freeze it up or drain battery life faster than you can say “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dogs”…(we used this sentence to learn typing in the past, the waaay past).

Or so we assumed.

It did not happen – ie battery did not get drained faster than normal, nor did the phones seize up. Perhaps these newer Samsungs and iPhones’ lithium batteries are hardier. Or maybe that hand held heat pad in the pocket did the trick. We tried so many things that it is now hard to know which ones were impactful. Perhaps they all were. But the end result is the same : we got them pictures we wanted of the snow and ice!

And now without further ado, we present you the link to our journalog of ice and fire snow. The show begins with part I – here.

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

12 thoughts on “Ice ice Babaaaay!”

  1. And here I am thinking of getting a digital camera so I am not taking pics only with iPhone and Samsung.. I heard there are those that are connected. You only need the WiFi and I do walk around with a WiFi modem anyway. Hahaha. But I guess having another thing to carry is an unnecessary extra. I’ll leave it to my father to carry around his big Nikon, complete with a tripod. Haha.
    I will have to check the Travelogue tonight as I’m sneaking a quick catch up while at work but just really quick. *shh*

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    1. Oh yeah you can rent one cheaply these days – the wifi modem we mean. But then it is cumbersome to upload from the camera even if it is connected! No worries, we don’t think our blog will be read by your boss! LOL

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  2. If you like to see an interesting sight with snow and ice, I recommend Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido in early February. It’s in grand scale with amazing snow and ice sculptures. I went there when I was a small child, and the festival has grown in scale since then…

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