Archive for April, 2010

10-04-29 X-Mini II & X-Mini Max II

Posted: April 28, 2010 in Toys

On the left is the X-Mini Max II, and on the right is X-Mini II. Both pack with big sounds. The Mini Max offers stereo sound and obviously the Mini II doesn’t since it’s only got one speaker. It’s sound quality is pretty good with nice mids. Highs and bass is not too bad consider it’s size and price. It’s compact size is good for people who travels around with a MP3 player, iPod, iPhone, laptop… I think it’s a good buy, especially if you travel around like myself, or you simply just like to share what you’re listening to on your laptop with the people around you at Starbucks…
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左邊這個是Ariel自己買的, 有提供立體聲的X-Mini Max II. 右邊是我買的X-Mini II. 兩個都是好東西. 不要看他size蠻小的, 但是聲音還滿大的. 音質也算還不錯, 中音表現OK, 高音低音都可以接受, 畢竟以他的大小, 價格來說, 這樣的表現很好了~ 如果你有常常出國或者喜歡在Starbucks跟其他人分享你的音樂, 是可以買的~

 

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Here is a sample I just made on it playing with different types of music.
剛剛拍的測試, 加減看.

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I got my X-Mini II today, thanks to Ariel
多謝愛麗兒幫我拿我的新玩具來給我

Dinner was at… umm… I have no idea what the name of the place was…
It’s kinda like a yakitori/izagaya place that offers grilled, fried, stewed stuff. It has been there for a while, but I never tried it before. We were going to try this other place down the alley, but it was closed today, and we didn’t want to walk too far, so we thought we give it a try.
今天的晚餐的餐廳名字, 我完全不曉得… 因為我們本來沒有要去這家的. 我們本來要去的餐廳沒有開, 我們又不想走太遠, 所以就隨便挑了間看起來還可以的地方.

Menu… Like I said, it’s got a variety of stuff to choose from. I just asked the waitress what’s good, and ordered whatever she said. The back side (black) is the wine, sake, shoju, beer, soft drink menu. Ryan and I ordered draft beer while the ladies ordered non-alcoholic beverages.
菜單… 這家有點像是燒鳥/居酒屋/立吞… 有烤的搾的燉的煮的涼拌的… 看起來很多, 其實也還好… 黑的那面是啤酒,清酒,燒酌,沙瓦,汽水等. 雷教官和我點了生啤酒, 女生點了非酒精飲料.

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The fried chicken was not bad, skin was crispy and meat is still juicy.
The grilled pork, matsusaka pork we like to call in Taiwan, it’s from the pig’s neck. It’s not bad either.
The fish was mackerel, pretty good if you like these type of fish.
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炸雞塊還不錯, 那個黃芥末沒有什麼味道, 皮炸得乾乾脆脆, 肉還滿多汁的.
烤松阪豬也還不錯, 只有用鹽調味, 但是也夠了.
烤靖魚也蠻好, 魚肉沒有乾乾的, 不過如果不喜歡吃這種藍皮魚的可以自動跳過.

Grilled amei ebi, is sweet and fresh.
The beef would be better if they add a little bit more salt.
The chicken with green onion is not bad but nothing to get excited about.
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烤甜蝦還蠻新鮮的, 而且真的蠻甜的.
烤牛小排, 鹽我覺得可以多一滴滴, 雖然他們有一小罐鹽在桌子上, 不過算了, 我懶得加…
烤雞肉蔥串, 蔥還算甜, 雞肉也OK.

Fried chicken skin salad. It’s fried but not oily, crispy and dry. With the greens and a bit of dressing, it goes well with beer.
The wakeme salad came late (deducts one point… hehe) most people order this to make up for the guilty feeling of ordering all these fried and meats… I have no such problem.
The beef intestine miso stew was pretty good, again, good with beer.
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炸雞皮沙拉 – 雞皮炸的很乾, 很脆, 配上一些生菜洋蔥還有日式醬汁, 還滿OK的.
海帶沙拉不曉得為什麼很晚才來… 順序不對, 扣分… 很多人會點這個來彌補他們點了那麼多炸的還有肉, 不過我本身並沒有這個問題…
味噌燉牛雜還不錯, 味道夠, 下酒小菜.

The ume onigiri was to complete the meal. They also have yaki onigiri if you prefer.
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最後當然是要來個飯糰來結束這餐. 梅子御飯糰, 也有烤的.

Overall, it’s not a place for a proper meal. It’s just a appetizer beer place before a real meal, or maybe after working overtime at the office you can come here for a drink or two. Service was ok, food decent enough. Don’t expect anything spectacular and you should be satisfied with this place
總結, 這家其實不是給你來吃正餐的地方, 比較像是加班到晚上然後跟同事一起去小酌的地方, 或者先來喝杯啤酒吃個兩串然後再去吃飯的地方. 服務還OK, 食物還不錯, 不過沒有到非吃不可的地步. 只要你對他的期待不要太大, 那應該是個可以去的地方.

There are flights that you have to request, or you’ll never see them on your schedule…
有些班不申請還真是飛不到…

Being a freighter pilot, I deliver goods all over the world. This time, I requested to go to Singapore to deliver this water filter, so that Vivian and Frank won’t go bald…

This was my first meal in Singapore, Laksa with lemon juice. It’s actually not lemon, it’s kumquat, all citrus… The laksa was pretty good, has cockles in it along with squid and.. something else I can’t remember.. haha~ I like it better than the ones in Penang.
中餐吃的是叻沙加檸檬汁. 說是說檸檬汁, 其實它是金桔汁. 叻沙裡面有血蛤, 花枝… 其他的忘了…. 好吃~ 我比較喜歡吃這裡的叻沙… 檳城的… 我不喜歡…
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Then we went to the zoo. Yes, the zoo… It’s like 31 degrees and forecasted to have thunderstorm in the afternoon. But we went anyway. It’s actually very interesting, because instead of cages, they use deep drops, moats, so it looked as if there are no barriers between the visitors and the animals~
下午我們去了動物園. 31度的高溫, 溼度應該有80%以上, 然後還下了一個多小時的雷雨… 不過, 這個動物園跟其他的不一樣的是, 他們的動物都不是關在籠子裏面的~ 他們都是用深坑, 或者小河, 把動物跟人隔離, 但是看起來很像你就走在他們旁邊咧~
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After walking around in the zoo, we rested for about an hour… actually we stood around for an hour, to wait for the Night Safari to open. We first walked around the trails and paths, then took the tram around the park. I dozed off on the tram… The Night Safari is also set up the same way as the zoo, obviously, they have more noctornal animals, and the paths are narrower, trees everywhere, a few lamps here and there but the lights are mostly blocked by the trees, can’t really see the sky, it really felt like you are walking in the jungle, at night.
The fruit bat and flying squirrel were actually caged in, so they don’t fly off, but, you get to walk into the cage… and you see them right next to you! You are not allowed to touch them though, not that I would, because fruit bats, or any bat, are just giant rats with wings!!! Gave me goose bumps seeing them flying around me… good thing they have excellent night vision (I think), so they don’t fly into you…
動物園逛完之後, 我們又繼續去了
夜間動物園. 跟日間的很像, 不過夜行動物比較多, 然後人走的地方更窄, 然後樹更多幾乎看不到天空, 感覺真的就像是在森林裡面走路, 黑漆漆的, 有零零散散的燈, 不過都被樹葉遮住, 但是可以勉強看到路…
大部分的動物跟日間動物園一樣, 是沒有柵欄的, 除了飛鼠還有蝙蝠之外…. 不過… 你可以走進去… 然後你就會看到你旁邊的樹上掛著蝙蝠… 入口的地方有個牌子寫著禁止觸摸… 但是.. 誰要摸他們啊!!! 蝙蝠根本就是有翅膀的超級大老鼠!!! 超噁的~~~ 然後他們還在你的頭上, 前面, 後面, 左邊, 右邊, 飛來飛去!!! 還好他們的眼睛好… 不然他們如果撞到我, 我肯定會挫屎….

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After walking around all day, we went to the East Coast, where there are a bunch of seafood restaurants with outdoor seating next to the beach, and had dinner. The egg tofu was good, the stir-fry rice noodles were good, and the chili crab was good~ All good, except next time I’m gonna order pepper crabs, cuz the chili sauce is just messy!!! but it was finger lickin’ good~
走完一整天的路之後, 我們去了東海岸的一個地方吃飯. 那邊有好多家餐廳連在一起, 然後都有戶外的位子. 因為就在海邊, 所以”感覺”沒有那麼熱… 那個玉子豆腐好吃, 那個古法乾炒河粉好吃, 那個辣椒螃蟹, 好吃~ 都好吃, 不過下次我要點胡椒螃蟹, 因為那個辣椒的sauce雖然好吃, 但是會吃的髒兮兮的…

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These were taken with my iPhone, crap quality, cuz I left the camera in the car…
This was lunch the next day. We went to Santouka Ramen, at Clarke Quay. I have had this before, in San Diego, and it was very good. However, I don’t think the ones in the states has the pig cheek they have here. It was yummy~~~ Frank and I had the same thing, Viv only had gyoza and fried chicken. All were excellent~
下面的照片是用iPhone照的… 因為我的相機掉在車上…
第二天的中餐是去Clarke Quay那邊吃火頭山拉麵~ 我在美國吃過, 好吃~ 不過美國沒有我這次叫的臉頰肉~ 很嫩很好吃~~~ 煎餃跟炸雞也好吃~

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Clarke Quay is a river front shopping/dinning area. There are boat tours and river taxies. There are a bunch of restaurants, bars, lounges along the river, nice place to bar hop. The Clinic C, is a hospital themed bar, you sit in wheelchairs with those operation room light over your head, interesting~ but they only open at nights… so maybe next time~
這個Clarke Quay就是那條河, 然後兩岸都是餐廳, 商店, 酒吧. 腕上比較熱鬧. 河上還有導覽船跟水上計程車. 中間那個Clinic C, 是一家醫院主題的酒吧, 那個燈就很像那個手術房的燈, 然後客人會坐在輪椅上喝酒~ 不過因為他晚上才開, 所以下次吧~
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In the distance, the three building connect on the top with what looks like a big freighter, is the new Sands casino and hotel. The platform on top of the building is suppose to be a garden or something… I guess we’ll find out soon, when it opens in June.
遠遠的那三棟大樓, 就是6月要開幕的新賭場. 樓頂上面有個像是貨輪的平台把三棟大樓連接在一起, Frank說好像會是個空中花園. 至於還有什麼, 就等他開了去看看就知道囉~
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That’s all I have now, for the rest of the pictures, check out the full album via the link below~
就這樣, 其他照片, 點下面的連結看囉~~

Leaving for ANC-ATL-DFW for a week tonight…
今天晚上, 明天一早要去ANC-ATL-DFW一個禮拜…

This is a new ramen shop that opened last month. It’s the second overseas branch of the ramen shop in Japan, the first one is actually in Brazil, yes, Brazil… who would’ve guessed? They actually started as a makers of miso in Japan, and opened up their first ramen shop 6 years ago, so of course, their specialty is the miso soup base. Hokkaido miso is the strongest in flavor, rich and salty, then comes the Shinshu miso, it’s a still a rich and heavy flavored soup, but not as salty on your taste buds. Lastly, there’s the Kyushu miso,  it’s a sweet miso. Didn’t try this one today.
這家是新開的拉麵店, 這是田所商店在海外開的第二家分店 (第一家在巴西… 對, 巴西.) 這間店的特色從他的招牌就看得出來了, 味噌 (招牌也做得像是裝味噌的木桶). 因為其實田所是做味噌起家的. 他們的湯底主要分為三種, 北海道味增, 九州味噌, 信州味噌. 其中又以北海道的味噌味道最濃, 也最鹹, 再來是信州的, 味道也是屬於濃的, 然後就是九州屬於比較偏甜的味噌.

The appearance of the restaurant is Japanese, of course… and they have this big miso bucket as their banner~ I was there around 1:30 in the afternoon, only a couple of customers in it, if they open one up around my house, i’m sure they’ll have better business during the off peak hours.
店的外觀就還滿日本的, 雖然名字是旺味, 不過跟旺旺集團沒有關係… 我去的時候已經一點半了, 所以沒有什麼人. 我想, 如果他們開在我家附近的話, 人應該會更多一點. 所以.. 拜託… 來我家附近開!!!
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The inside is… well, it’s a ramen place. Got a open kitchen, and that’s about it.
裡面就還滿… 拉麵店的… 有個開放式的廚房, 大概就這樣…
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There are a few condiments on the table, chili powder, chili oil, and something else I can’t remember… There’s also a small tub of spicy miso, IMO, it ain’t spicy at all…
桌上有七味粉, 辣油, 還有一個是… 什麼我忘了… 然後還有一小碗辣味噌. 我個人是認為, 不辣…
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You get a small bowl of salad before your noodles. It’s a miso based dressing, kinda salty. I added the red spicy miso paste, made it even more salty… haha~ (ok, turns out, it’s actually thousand island dressing… I guess I’ve added a wee bit too much of the miso…)
每個人都會附上一小碗沙拉, 上面是味噌沙拉醬, 有點鹹, 紅色的就是辣味噌, 自己加的. (結果搞了半天那個是千島醬, 我可能加太多味噌了…)
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I ordered a side order of chashu rice. It’s not a big bowl of rice, but turns out, I had to pack it to go… There are three slices of chashu, and some fried spring onion bits. Their chashu was marinated in miso first, and after it’s cooked, they grill it to give it a smoky bbq flavor. I like it. Oh, and it’s thick, it’s close to 1 cm thick.
我有另外點一碗叉燒飯, 沒有很大, 裡面有炸的蔥酥還有三片叉燒… 不過後來事實證明, 我根本吃不完…

這裡的叉燒有比較不一樣, 第一 它比較厚, 大約有一公分. 第二, 他是塗上味噌鹽漬後再烤過, 我猜應該是上桌前烤的, 有點烤過的香味. 第三, 他比較紮實, 沒有入口即化. 需要咬, 不過不會柴. 還算可以.
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Alright, the noodles, or ramen. This is the Hokkaido spicy miso veggie ramen. It ain’t vegetarian, cuz it’s got a big slice of chashu on top~ The egg is not standard issue, 30 nt per egg, not cheap, it’s also marinated with miso. I like it too.
There’s also some ground pork, marinated in miso of course, and a couple chunks of potatoes. Yup, potatoes! Hokkaido is famous for their potatoes, so you shouldn’t be surprised~
The little bottle of liquid is not sake, it’s actually soup stock. It’s for the non-ramen-lovers, people who want to have “Taiwanese-Japanese Ramen” to add into their bowl to make their ramen bland… I hope they will keep their soup rich and salty, just like they do it in Japan, and don’t give in to the Taiwanese-Japanese-Ramen people!!!!
OK, 麵. 這碗是北海道辣味噌蔬菜拉麵. 雖然說是蔬菜, 但是裡面還是有附上一片叉燒. 湯是濃濃的味噌的味道, 不辣, 辣油是噱頭而已~ 那顆糖心蛋是另外叫的, 一顆30… 有點貴… 不過他是味噌醃漬的, 味道比較重, 滿好吃的.
然後比較特別的地方就是這碗麵裡面還有放馬鈴薯. 畢竟, 北海道是男爵馬鈴薯的故鄉… 不過, 這個我覺得這裡應該是用國產的…
旁邊那一小瓶不是sake喔, 是高湯, 怕有客人不習慣日本拉麵的重口味, 所以可以自己加入他們的碗裡面調整. 我覺得這個才對嘛~~ 就是要忠於原味! 他們的湯頭跟日本當地的鹹度一樣, 就是鹹~ 但是這樣才是原味啊~ 不然我幹嘛吃”日本”拉麵… 希望他們可以堅持下去, 不要去調整他們的湯頭, 不要像其他的拉麵店一樣做出”符合國人口味”的台式拉麵…

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This is Shinshu spicy scallion ramen. The thinly sliced scallions were tossed with chili oil, and underneath it, it’s a bunch of Japanese pickeled veggies and fungi. I would think it’s cuz Shinshu is famous for it, just like the potatoes in the Hokkaido ramen.
The noodles, are medium thick curly noodles imported from Japan. I think if I have to be picky, they could shorten the cooking time for the noodles a bit, so it’s has a bit more bite, and won’t get too soft towards the end (if you are a slow eater that is…)
這碗是信州辣細蔥拉麵. 蛋也是另外加的. 上面那一堆是拌過辣油的蔥絲, 好吃~ 然後也是有一大片叉燒, 然後下面還有一種日本的醬菜… 就是… 那個有綠色脆脆的菜還有菇蕈的那種醬菜啦… 喔, 還有麵, 這個麵是中粗捲麵, 比較粗, 較容易附著湯汁, 是從日本進口的咧~ 真的要挑的話, 我覺得他們可以把麵煮的再硬一點, 這樣會更Q, 然後吃得比較慢的人, 不會到後來麵都軟掉了.  不過他們煮的還是算很OK, 不會像有些台式日式拉麵店把麵煮的過頭, 拉麵就是要吃它的Q阿~ 煮的爛爛的我去銀翼吃蔥開煨麵就好啦!!! 所以我也希望他們不要同流合污囉~ 拜託!!
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Overall, I think this is a great place to have a bowl of ramen, especially if you like miso soup based ramen. This is probably the best miso ramen I’ve had in Taipei so far~ However, if you do go, PLEASE don’t complain their soup is too salty, because that’s the way it’s suppose to be!!!
結論, 這家大概是我在台北吃過最好吃的味噌拉麵, 所以如果你喜歡味噌拉麵, 一定要來試試看~ 不過… 請拜託不要跟店家說他們的湯頭太鹹, 因為這樣才是原味啦!!!!