New Phone (Motorola Moto G6)

"Moto G6 and Case" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO400
“Moto G6 and Case” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today I replaced my old phone, a Motorola Moto G4, with a new one. I went with the latest in the Moto G line, the Motorola Moto G6, which was on sale at Costco for a nice price of just $189, unlocked. Three and a half years ago, I bought the Moto G4 for $179, so it’s keeping with the tradition of a nicely-priced mid-range (some would say “budget”) phone. I just can’t see myself spending a ton of money on a phone, even though I know they are huge parts of our lives.

"Old and New" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO1000
“Old and New” Cedar Park, 2018

As you can see from the photo above, the size is about the same, but the screen is slightly taller, and better quality. I ordered another wallet-style case since that is what I prefer – having my drivers license, main credit cards, and a bit of cash with my phone simplifies things for me. I just grab that, my keys, and my camera and I am ready to go! Plus the wallet-case is nice protection for my phone. I don’t need a screen protector for the phone… my G4 doesn’t have any scratches on it. It looks brand new! So hopefully I can sell it for a decent price.

Moving my data from the old phone to the new one was really easy, and only took about 20 minutes. Almost all my old apps were downloaded and installed automatically and settings came across as well. Plus using Lastpass made logging into everything painless. I highly recommend using a password manager!

"Transfer" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/100 sec, ISO500
“Transfer” Cedar Park, 2018

Once everything was installed, I decided to use a different launcher instead of the Motorola Launcher. I mainly don’t like how the folders look with the Motorola version, with the tiny app icons stuffed inside. I went with Nova Launcher, which I used to use with my old Samsung Galaxy S3 several years ago, and since I actually bought the “Prime” version for the S3, it was still available for installation even for the new phone! With Nova Launcher, I now have the extra customization options to change the icons. So far here is what my phone screen looks like. Nice and tidy:

"Tidy" Cedar Park, 2018
“Tidy” Cedar Park, 2018

The folders on the bottom row are (from left to right) chat/messaging/phone, maps/location, music, Instagram/photo-related, and fun stuff like games/Kindle/Netflix. I like the simple look with beautiful illustration as background.

I’m enjoying the speed boost that comes with the upgrade to the Motorola Moto G6. And I am very happy that I was able to get a good deal on a solid phone. 😊

I hope you had a nice day!


Alike (short film)

Thanks to The Wish Factor for sharing this.

Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku (ちはやふる 上の句)

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This evening I watched a movie that I’ve wanted to see for a while now. Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku (ちはやふる 上の句) is the movie version of a manga and anime, and stars Hirose Suzu as a high school student who forms a karuta club. Karuta is a game combining Japanese poems, cards, and quick reflexes. It’s fascinating to watch! Anyways, I was deeply moved by the different aspects of the story, and even felt tears welling up a few times! That was completely unexpected.

Although Suzu Hirose’s character is the main focus, I thought the other characters were even more interesting. I especially liked Kanade who is passionate about traditional Japanese culture and who originally thought that turning the poems into a speed-game was heresy. 😆

This is the first movie in a three-part series, so I am really looking forward to watching the other two.

I hope you had a nice Friday!


New Favorite Show – ふらっとあの街 旅ラン 10キロ

"10km Run" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO500
“10km Run” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today’s photo is from the Japanese tv show ふらっとあの街 旅ラン 10キロ which I have been enjoying lately. It might just be my new favorite program because it combines a two things that I love: traveling and running. In fact, I am so enthusiastic about running when on vacation, that the fact that this show exists has me stoked.

The various hosts are runners, and the show is basically them running in various travel destinations. It’s more of a jog, really, with plenty of stops for photos and food. It’s exactly what I love to do when visiting a new city. It’s so great to be able to cover decent distances on foot in a short amount of time. Definitely worth waking up an hour or two earlier than usual to get that sightseeing in with the sweet morning light.

Check out the program’s website or twitter feed to get a glimpse of the episodes. I think it’s so great!

I hope you had a good day. 😋


Flossie Lewis on Growing Old

言って。- ヨルシカ – 8 bit cover (NES)

I love the original so much (even though the lyrics are heartbreaking) but this 8-bit version is pretty awesome too.

Diva (1981)

"Diva" Austin, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/15 sec, ISO6400
“Diva” Austin, 2018

こんばんは。Tonight Bay and I went to see my all-time favorite movie in the theater. Diva (1981) was showing at the AFS theater so I just had to see it… in fact, this is my first time to see it on the big screen. The first time I watched Diva was probably around 1985 on VHS, and I was immediately captivated by the beautiful visuals, atmospheric soundtrack, and the coolness of Paris. It really made a huge impression on me. The following year, I traveled to Paris with my dad and we visited some of the same places that were in the movie. It was like a dream! ❤️🇫🇷

Watching Diva on the big screen was just as awesome as I thought it would be. Since I have seen the film many times, I didn’t discover any new details, except the subtitles were different from the version I grew up with so a couple of the nuanced jokes had a new angle. But my favorite scenes (sentimental walk, subway chase, and driving to the castle) were amplified by being in extra-large format. It was surreal.

Tonight’s viewing re-affirmed Diva as being my favorite movie of all-time. It was funny, but I overheard the couple behind us after the movie ended, and the woman asked, “Still good?” and her partner said, “Yes, still in the top five.” 👍

Diva is based on the book of the same name, by author Delacorta. He wrote a series of six books featuring the adventures of Gorodish and Alba. I read the first three, which were super-difficult to find in the pre-Internet age, but I enjoyed them quite a bit. I’m going to have to hunt down the entire series now, so I can finish up reading about the two characters. Something to look forward to!

And lastly, for some reason this particular scene is one of my favorites of any movie. It’s just magical! If you haven’t watched Diva yet, please give it a viewing. 😀