As I promised yesterday, I have restarted a chronicle of my French escapade with my mom.

After leaving behind the dynamic backdrop of Sisteron, we headed to our next destination, Lyon, which was about 260km away.

As you can see from the satellite map, the area we drove through was very close to French Alps and the landscape was mainly occupied by forests and boulders.

Amazing, huh?
I wished if I knew more about geology…

At Laragne-Montéglin, we came across this…

Winking apple!

The area was famous for their delicious apples – Vita-Pom, Saint Pétrus and Altess. Mum and I were especially cheered by the apple because our hometown, Nagano, was also famous for being one of the largest producers of the fruit too. ‘I would have love to taste their apples if the season was right!’, mum uttered.

We also agreed their apple tree blossoming must have been a beautiful sight to behold.

Beautiful Parc National des Écrins. Hope to see you again!

At Monestier-de-Clermont, we took A51 and sped towards Lyon…

Tech pitfalls

Hmmm, things are never straightforward, are they? I sighed as I took silicone ear pads off from my newly acquired AirPods because the lid of the charger / case didn’t close properly if the ear pads were on. The fit of AirPods was designed so precisely and snugly, it didn’t  allow even a wafer-thin silicone membrane to come between them!

I ordered those ear pads because my earpiece fell out more than a few times while I was adjusting a scarf around my neck. What will happen if I lose them on a busy underground platform while I’m standing in a gust caused by an approaching tube train? Especially, I will be walking with Bella the Handful, and she can be a distraction too. I really need something to secure the earpieces in my ears, I pondered. Is there any product which will alleviate my tech anxiety? I googled “AirPods inear secure” as keywords. The search threw up a few suggestions, and I bought two different type of ear pads through Amazon Prime.

The cheapest ones were a pair of silicone tips which were to be placed over the earpieces like socks. With them on, the headphones felt less loose in my ears, and I quite liked the simplicity of the design. However, I was hugely disappointed when I found the lid of the charger didn’t shut if the tips were left on. What a deal-breaker!!

Slightly more expensive ones were Earhoox. Again, they were made from soft silicone. The difference was the fin which protruded from the rim. The shape was like a tropical fish’s and it helped the headphone to be wedged securely.

So which one I liked better? I chose Earhoox. I found them less fiddly to handle and much harder to dislodge them even if I shook my head like Angus Young!

Buying AirPods meant to simplify my life – no more untangling cables, etc. However, I have found it was not so straightforward. I ended up carrying them in a storage case so they would be in the same place for easy use…

The case in the pic is one of four pieces I bought from Amazon. The size is almost same as Louis Vuitton’s round coin purse…

I only needed one but it came as a set of four for £6.99, and each of them came with a carabiner. Hubbie wants the black one for a memory cards storage, and I can swap between three colours depending on which hue goes well with my outfit. So it has turns out all fine and dandy in the end…

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Is finally with me!!

Hubbie must be very happy to get me out of his hair. Awwww, I’m so happy!

Inside of the cardboard box. Behold the Apple logo. How I longed for this moment…


Last week, Apple let us know that the date of delivery would be brought forward to 9th from the original estimate of 16th. So, I was rubbing my hands, quivering with excitement. Now, the earphones are finally here with me!

The case / battery looks exactly like a dental floss container. Well, it has been pointed out in CNET already…

Open sesame!

Pairing them with my iPhone 7 was dead easy. It goes like this. You bring them both, the handset and the AirPod unit with the lid opened, to side by side, and Voila, it is done!

The case and earphones were charged up to around 60% when I received them. So I popped them in my ears and played some tracks in my iPhone. I left the phone on my desk and went downstairs. I wanted to know the maximum distance I could be away from my phone before losing the signal. So how far was it? The distance I could be apart was pretty impressive. In spite of the floor above being concrete, I could walk beyond more than 2/3 the area of the basement. Ohhh, I love wireless earphones! I no longer have to worry about dangling cables which always get caught by a handle or my arms. Of course, I will keep my Bang & Olufsen earphones for long haul flights, so I won’t have to worry about battery life.

Bella wants to know what is in my ears…

Show me!

No! They are not your toy. THEY ARE MINE! You will be in a big trouble if you chew them up.

Show meee!

Show me! Show me! Show me! SHOW ME!


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Super (wet) Sunday

London is wet. It’s very very wet. Incessant drizzle is drenching everything and everywhere. Amongst all kind of precipitation, drizzle is the worst, isn’t it? The droplets are so tiny, it doesn’t fall vertically like proper rain but it floats like an ultra fine veil and drenches everything and everyone in its path. My umbrella only keeps the very top of my head dry and the rest feels unpleasantly damp. Ugh!

Very wet Regent Street…

Is it still raining? Yes, it was. I sighed and picked up my crumpled brolly from the umbrella rack of my hairdresser. What a miserable weather!

Then, I had an idea. Why don’t I drop in an Apple Store and try AirPods? Conveniently, there was an Apple Store on Regent Street.

Who can ignore the lure of Apple…

Originally, Hubbie ordered a set of AirPods for me as a part of Christmas presents. However, the delivery date is pushed back to mid-February, and I am still waiting. Everyday, I pester Hubbie to check the order status, desperately wishing if they somehow manage to quicken the production and my new earphones are on its way. ‘No, the estimated delivery date hasn’t changed. It’s 16th February!’ Hubbie, who is fed up with my impatience, replies curtly. Damn…

It seems I will have to wait for another month before becoming an owner of the headphones, but there will be no harm in me checking them out at the store, I thought as I climbed up the stairs.

So is this the real McCoy?

A staff, who was manning the area showcasing headphones, brought out AirPods with its charger from the drawer upon my request.

‘Can I try them on?’ The staff handed me the charger, and I opened the lid. ‘They look like peas in a pod!’ I squealed with excitement. I pulled each earphone out of the casing and inserted them carefully in my ears. I had seen a YouTube clip in which a reviewer was test-driving AirPods in everyday situations, such as running up stairs, turning her head left and right (mind you, she wasn’t shaking it though), standing up & down and so on. In the end, she was resonablely impressed with the way the earphones stayed put inside her ears.

Ooh la la, they feel strange! I squealed again. It felt like ear plugs hanging loose. The sensation was so odd, I found myself swiveling my head so carefully, like I was balancing a book on the top of my head or recovering from a whiplash. ‘You will get use to them.’, the staff reassured me with a smile. Then, he played a track for me so I could listen to it through them. How was my verdict on the sound quality? It sounded as good as my B&O headphones. So it was a big thumb up.

Please, please, Apple. Please deliver my AirPods very very soon. Because the earphones are the only thing I am looking forward to recently as the world around me is so depressing with Donald Trump, Brexit and etc…

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iPhone 6, At Last…

As large as a piece of Ryvita! That was my first impression when a new iPhone 6 tumbled out of the box.
First of all, let me give a piece of advise to anyone who is about to open the package with an iPhone in it. Be extra careful when you are unpacking. Because the protective film on the handset is sticky and therefore the phone maybe stuck to the ceiling inside, instead of resting on a plastic tray. When I prised mine open – the casing was annoyingly snug – a handset fell out like a jumping jack and landed on the table top rather heavily. And It gave me a hell of a shock. I laughed at that Aussie guy who became a bit of joke by dropping his iPhone in front of the awaiting TV crew at the Apple Store in Perth but never imagined I could share the same near tragic predicament! So remember to open yours over some soft surfaces, such as a cushion or a rug, never never on a pavement…


In spite of being much larger than my old iPhone (4S,that is), the handset feels good in my relatively small hands. The devise is thinner and all the edges are tapered and therefore feels pleasant to grasp…


Now, about a controversial iOS 8. We’ve heard a lot of bad reviews about 8.01. Regrettably, the 8.02 is no good either. My phone no longer recognises my finger tip ID and the wifi reception can be a bit wobbly time to time. I hope Apple will sort out the glitches pretty soon…

Mr.B is just happy with his rib treat…


He doesn’t see what is all the fuss about human gadgets. He think it’s much ado about nothing…

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