Experiencing China

It has been now over six months since our last holiday in China. It was a great trip and we are already planning for next years holiday session in the Middle Empire. I have mentioned it countless of times that for so many years we never really managed it to go anywhere besides Xi’an. This year was different as we had that wonderful week in Japan (Tokyo, Thomas Land and Osaka) and we are kind of planning on having next year a week-long trip in Thailand. This is not set in stone especially when taking into consideration that we should have been already to Korea, Taiwan, Bali, the Maldives and so forth. Main problem was always that my wife turns into a complete couch potato once we arrive at her home in China.

Some temple somwhere in Sichuan

Anyhow even in case we won’t manage it to Thailand I am still looking forward to visiting China again. For one it is of course the food and I think I don’t need to touch that subject again as writing about it and sharing pictures makes too many people hungry. It is for me more like the whole experience in China. Even though I have seen so little so far it has been always such an interesting experience especially as each region or even parts of the city are so different. I have been mostly only to Xi’an but already there each section of the city has its own vibe. It goes as far as each “block” can be so different compared to the next one. For example the area where my in-laws are living looks to many people (like my parents) like a city shortly after an air raid while as the next block is a complete different matter as everything is relative clean and nice looking. However between those blocks the feeling is already different as in the older parts everywhere you have those wonderful street kitchens which are more rare or even non-existent in richer areas.

Music in the streets

It feels sometimes to surreal to drive on some roads passing by mountains which look like just from paintings. To have old temples and other historical buildings right next to some huge shopping centres. Just going a bit outside the cities you even encounter traditional clay brick buildings and even cave houses. Of course there are always downsides to the whole experience especially due to pollution or overcrowded tourist spots but it does not really bother me that much. For me each holiday in China is unique as even in Xi’an I find new interesting thing which each visit. For next year we have another novelty as we kind of have to decide where we want to stay: Either in MIL’s new apartment in the middle of nowhere or in the old one where FIL is staying right in the city center with all the best food around. Guess this decision is a no-brainer.

Do you have already plans for holidays in 2019?

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Wasting time on computer games

In the last blog article I warned you already that I might write something about my computer upgrading stuff. In case you have no interest in such things you better stop reading now as it will be just so boring. Do not fear, I do no expect any likes or comments on this article as it has nothing to do with my normal topics or the general theme of this blog. In case you are still reading this, good luck.

The more RGB the better the performance!

Being around personal computers is something normal for me ever since my early childhood. Back in the day when I was still in kindergarten by big brother was already in university working on his diploma involving all kind of programming and whatnot all.  So he had this super expensive (back in the day) computer and he even had a couple of games he played from time to time. I got my own computer a couple of years after big brother moved out, I think it was in 1994-1995. I was so proud of that machine and it got even 110 MHz. Just to note that I never got into programming unlike my brother. For me everything was about gaming! I never had a console or a Gameboy, it has been always computer gaming. My first games were Lemmings (from 1993), Wing Commander III, Dune II, Command & Conquer, Settlers and many more.

RGB!

As you might see I really loved only the gaming part when it came to computers. Everything developed very quickly in the computer world and by 1999 I had my first 500 MHz Pentium III and already by 2000 Counter Strike, Diablo and Starcraft happened to me  and held me in their firm grip. Around that time we also got our DSL connection (256 kbit/s) so the times of slow ISDN (or even slower back in the middle 1990s) and high costs were over. I frequented LAN Partys and in general everyone in my entire circle of friends was into computer gaming. Of course my grades suffered immensely and I had a though time getting somehow through school. Anyhow the years went on, other games peaked my interest such as Morrowind, Lord of the Rings Online and so forth and I actually graduated with rather good grades from High School.

Graphics!

So fast forward to 2018, I am 31 years old and still love computer gaming. Sure the playing time dropped over the years especially ever since we have two kids and are running our own business. I am the proud owner of a gaming PC which can tackle probably any task or torture you might imagine available. To my current system (or part of it) I got through Ebay where someone sold a new system for half the price. No, I do not want to question now how on earth that person got the hardware/ paid for it as it was all still packed in their original boxes and I even got the original bill with the package stating that everything was just purchased a week prior to me buying it from eBay.

Here you can also see my Ducky Shine 6, Razer Naga and the Noble Chair (part of it)

In case you follow me on social media such as Instagram you might have seen my recent upgrading madness. I got a new graphic card and changed the CPU cooling from air to water/ changing all the case fans at the same time to RGB. I do not have the best over-the-top system you can get but it has actually too much power which I will probably never really need.

My current specs are:

  • I7-4790K OC to 5GHz
  • Maximus VII Hero
  • 32GB G.Skill TridentX DDR3-2400
  • GeForce RTX 2080TI Founder Edition
  • Corsair RM650i PSU
  • Corsair H115i PRO RGB
  • Corsair Carbride Air 540
  • + mutiple SSDs from various brands, two old Samsung HDs for storage, multiple Corsair LL Fans and a terrible mess of cables in the hidden section of the case -> cable management is not my thing

So here you go. I do wonder if anyone actually reached till this last section of this boring blog post! Anyhow this was something I really wanted to write about for some time. Not that I actually planned on what to write or anything like it  (actually wrote everything in 15 min) but it is a topic I am really interested in and my computer is part of my refuge. Oh, and in case someone reached this part of the article and has Steam, feel free to add me “Ananrael”.

Are you into computer gaming?

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Enjoying the colorful autumn

Today we had finally time to enjoy a wonderful autumn day. This year is a strange one as the incredible hot and dry summer has shown already. Also this autumn is a very warm one and I could even wear shorts and t-shirt until a week ago. Now that we have at least today a bit more time we took the kids and our puppy out for a nice walk through the nearby park. Last time I wrote about such walk was back in 2015!

Some of the old houses

The street we live in is an old one full of historical buildings. It is always nice to walk by them as they have such a different feeling to them compared to what has been built here since WWII. Nearly all of them have some interesting story attached to them such as the family who built them or that one even has been moved to its current location by a kilometer over a hundred years ago to make space for a much bigger mansion. Sometimes I envy those people who live in those buildings but then again I remember how much work it takes (and money) to maintain those old houses not to speak about the terrible insulation they often have.

Mushrooms!

Our main goal today was the park just five minutes away from our home. Autumn turns the entire forest to a colorful place from some fairytale. Not only did our children enjoyed running around the park but also our puppy Haruki. Usually I always need a leash for him as he wants to play with everyone we pass by so going to the park was a perfect opportunity to let him run freely around.  He never ran far and was very happy that he had no restriction and perhaps also because he felt that we trust him (more or less, he is a crazy one). Shibas are a bit different and many of them never really experience to run around without a leash as they have their own mind and decide on their own when to listen to their “master”.  For now Haruki still listens to us but we still have over 1 1/2 years till he is more or less grown up and a lot can happen.

Haruki the Shiba

 

It is nice to have sometimes a bit less to do and have more time for the family. The walk was really refreshing and it felt like I had more energy after it. The entire week was a bit wild with lots of work, helping a friend renovating and moving and going crazy with my computer (there might a post about my computer upgrading stuff even though I know that 99% of my readership does not have any interest in such things).

Are you enjoying walks through parks/ forests on sunny autumn days?

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My crazy Chinese Family I married into…

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