Social Media? Nah…moving on!

A couple of months back, we read this article in the local newspaper. It suggests that the era of social media is coming to an end. And from the ashes of its demise, messenger apps would take its place. You know, the Whatsapp, Wechat etc of this world. Those using FB would know of its messenger app too.

The premise for the demise of social media is fatigue.

But we extend this beyond social media to blogosphere too. We not sure about you. But we can only post once every two days because we have limited content available. And as in the corporate world when there’s nothing to say, don’t say anything. So can but only post content because it makes sense to.

Even that requires planning (yeah we schedule posts ahead). Because there is so much to do in our daily lives – like going to work, doing the chores, fixing things around home etc… and for those with kids… need we say more?

Some nuggets from the article we find familiar. Have you not thought there is a lot of clutter on social media? Even in WP, it is challenging to sift through the many thousands of posts that appears every second. The search function is rather rudimentary (ie not Google level) and turns up such a disparate result when you are too generic in your search term. And don’t even get started on instagram and FB. If there is a de-cluttering tool, we are all for it!

Actually, the article pointed out that such predictions were already made years back. This example suggests that while people might still be on social media, it is social circles that’s become more important. That means rather than mass sharing, it is back to sharing with a group. Exclusivity. Yes this will probably be a gradual thing. But it may happen faster than we all predict and a trend in motion stays in motion?

We’ve become a lot more active on messenger apps these days. How about you? Oh no! Will you shut down your social media accounts and abandon all your online followers?

We interrupt this broadcast…

No. We are not trumpeting any flight upgrade or that sort of thing. It’s just that after 7 days of no wordpress, we feel that we ought to summarize how it has been. Both on the road trip and also about being offline. So before we fly off from the city of Angels, we are sending off this post. So how did we feel?

The word to describe it : emancipated.

Yep. That’s really how it felt.

You probably know we schedule our posts ahead. So coming up with posts wasn’t the issue. It was not having the “strain” of thinking about the blog, responding to comments or reading the posts of others, from which we felt a freedom that we did not experience for some time. Incredible to realize this isn’t it?

Sometimes we simply put ourselves through too much pressure to read all the posts out there. And we really shouldn’t. Because if what we said is true : ie that time is but the only commodity that cannot be stored, then we ought to live our lives first and worry about the blog later. Don’t you agree?

Anyway.

The road trip has been more than fabulous. We are already so full of ideas as to what to share with you in the journalog and handprint stories… And Mel was soooo wrong. The Queen of shopping DID find quite some places and not a few things to buy. All utilitarian around the house of course!

And now, back to your regular programme of scheduled posts.

Imperial Capital 北京

Empires.

You’ve read about them. Might have watched documentaries about how they rose and fell. One common thread of these huge political entities is the grandeur of their capital. And Beijing is one such example.

Not capital till the early 1400s, the city was a ‘mere’ provincial town on the northern reaches of the Chinese empire. While it was ‘capital’ of regional kingdoms and fiefdoms, it was only because of Chu-Ti’s ascension to the throne that got the city into the limelight. Not wanting to remain in Nanjing where the founder of the Ming dynasty (his father) domiciled, he preferred his own base in the north where he had previously been the feudal prince.

Thus an imperial capital was born.

And it has continued growing ever since, gaining weight (we mean size) and transforming into a city with so much to see and do. Because it is filled with such a diverse array of relics and imperial wonders. You have to know we are all privileged. During the imperial era, no commoner would easily ever set their eyes on what you now take for granted to visit and see. Unless you became either an eunuch, a soldier or a palace maid.

The city is a must to visit and we cannot profess to provide a guide. But we’ve compiled a few stories on Beijing. Starting from the cover here, we dive further sharing with you what we saw with our eyes (umm…camera). Enjoy!

Have you been to Beijing? Does it put you in awe?

Alternate travel experiences

You might have played this before at some corporate event. You know – being trapped in a room where you have to search for clues leading you to the numbers that open a lock or a door to escape. But this seems to be getting to a new level. Would you go for being trapped in a real basement? The article suggests that Hungary is the where you can experience this intensity of the game.

The point of our post is, does each journey you embark on build you memories? Because sometimes alternate travel experiences do. But do you need that?

We’ve been writing about journeys with a purpose (here & here). What we referred to were journeys in which you built memories. You know, something you can recall. Not the ones where you’ve been and its like “wow what did we do there?”… and in some cases, alternate travel experiences might hold the key to keeping those journeys memorable. But that’s for one to decide upon.

Have you ever wondered, as you looked through the photos you’ve taken that they seem similar? That sandy white beach could have been on the Maldives, Mauritius or the Philippines (or Caribbean, list goes on). If you hadn’t sorted them out, how’d you know? What would be the spark that helps you recall that journey?

We aim to put a story or a topic of discussion in our postings. And we try utmost to do the same in our handprint stories to help us remember (heheh getting old perhaps). And of course the game we referred to does not have to be a claustophic one. One could try ‘escaping’ from the city. Justine did exactly that (read here). Would you play an escape game in every city you get to?

Brings new meaning to getting away on an ‘escape’ doesn’t it?

Off to Hua Hin!

Yaay! We are going on our road trip to this coastal resort town approximately 200km south of the city of Angels. Even as you read this we would have touched down in Bangkok and picked up the rental car to make the drive to the timeshare apartment. Yesterday… Yep this is a scheduled post so note the past tense.

Well, not quite.

For first we spent the first night not far from the airport, as we stock up on necessities and made a stab at Rod Fai night market. Heard of this one? Well look out for the journalog where more will be shared.

Only after that in the following morning (like now) will it will be a 200km+ drive. And we expect to take more than the 3 hours Google suggested since we will most likely sidetrack:

What will we be doing? For one thing when one have their own set of wheels, the road is open! Can you hear the music or our bad singing? Heheh… Suan has crafted out the following that we must do:

  • Vineyards (huh? Yep there are quite a few)
  • Royal retreats (Definitely see the rail station)
  • Night markets (For the food only)

No shopping? Yep. In this parts, there is nothing for even the Queen of shopping to identify for a browse. But mostly in between we shall be taking it easy. So no wordpress for a whole week. We’re suppose to be on vacation right? Hence our advanced apologies if it seemed we’ve ditched reading your posts… we are busy… heheh

Wish you are here! A journalog cometh. Watch this space and TTYL.

Food tour of 张家界

Since we are on a roll here with food posts, here’s one that also happens to be a handprint story.

Perhaps you’ve not read our journalogs (two parts) on the journeys we made to the “avatar” inspiring landscape of Zhang Jia Jie (张家界) here. And so we tell you, you’ve missed out! LOL. But today’s post is not about the beautiful landscapes that you missed because misty days made us miss some too.

Rather, we want to share with you the incredible food journey we experienced while journeying through the misty lands that seem to be forever (at least when we went) shrouded in mystery…

Really you ask? What can there be in them mountains?

From strange looking edible fungi to tuber that is medicinally sought after, such are the wonders that nature produces. Could this be the reason that the sages of yore went to the mountains to seek out the meaning elixir of life? Perhaps. But more important is that the loss of such habitats is irreversible. Which is why we are advocates of conservation and a limit to development. Through land use intensification coupled with adequate infrastructure for living and playing, we can save these bastions of natural pharmacies alive!

Such were some of the meals that infused these local ingredients into both a feast to the eyes and the stomach. Because eventhough there were only two of us, we still got the usual many course meals. It was hearty indeed for every day we are surprised.

Take a read here and whet your appetite to make the same food journey. Wouldn’t you like to visit the land of the avatars?