Relax Mode

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/3.6, 1/120 sec, ISO640
“Lantern View” Cedar Park, 2021

The past few evenings, my main mode of relaxation is to light my Dietz lantern, and watch soothing Japanese and Korean camping videos. The campsite setups are really cool, the views are often amazing, and the food looks absolutely delicious! It’s a little different from the normal camping in the States – the lack of picnic tables is notable – but I love to see the gear that people use. A lot of it is very おしゃれ (fashionable) and expensive, but really elevates the experience from basic camping to glamping.

I really enjoy camping, and have shifted towards a more minimalist and lightweight gear set up. This is essential if you are carrying everything on your back for miles before you get to the campsite. But for car-camping, why not splurge and bring the heavy gear, larger stoves, full cooler, and extra lanterns and string lights? 😄

Here are a few of the channels I have been enjoying:

I hope you had a nice day! またね~

Chuto Hanpa TP

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 25.4mm, f/3.2, 1/50 sec, ISO800
“中途 半端” Cedar Park, 2021

“Chuto Hanpa” (中途 半端) is a Japanese phrase which means “doing something halfway”, in other words, starting something but not finishing it or leaving it incomplete.

In my house, I’m able to take the photo above often as it seems that no one besides me is willing to put the toilet paper roll on the holder. And I always think, “Chuto Hanpa” and chuckle to myself before putting the roll in the holder.

Besides that task, I’m also the “lights-turner-offer” and “cabinet-door-closer”. I used to get annoyed and complain but now I find it funny and satisfying to do this little bit of tidying up. (can turning off lights be considered tidying up?)


HEB Curbside

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/6400 sec, ISO32
“Curbside” Cedar Park, 2021

I’ve come to really love HEB’s curbside service. It has been free during the pandemic, and HEB decided to remove any service charge permanently. It’s so convenient just to shop online, then have the bags delivered to the trunk of the car. And I’ve been satisfied with the choices that the employees have made when it comes to picking out the fresh food, like veggies and meats.

I’ll still shop in-person most of the time, so I can use my own reusable shopping bags, browse for interesting new items, and look for any bargains, but curbside is a wonderful option. It’s an especially great option for buying cat litter and food for the pets!