Matching Couple

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/4, 1/40 sec, ISO6400
“Three Seikos” Cedar Park, 2020

I noticed that my new watchband is the same color as my Traveler’s Notebook. They make a nice couple, don’t they? 😆

Lovely Seikos

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/240 sec, ISO200
“Seikos” Austin, 2019

I saw these lovely Seikos in the case at Macy’s today. The blue watch in the front is kind of my dream watch. It’s a new “Save the Ocean” turtle. I love it! Maybe someday… but for now, I’ll continue to enjoy my SKX007. Speaking of the SKX, the big news is that Seiko has discontinued the model. It’s had a very long run, being introduced in 1996, but it’s finally time to move on. The replacement seems to be the new Seiko 5 Sports series of watches. The cases look just like the SKX, but they come in a variety of colors. However, they do not have the dive specification so they are a little less capable, but still not many actually take the dive watches scuba diving (dive computers are more useful).

If you haven’t seen it yet, I made a little time-lapse of my watches. 😆 Enjoy!

I hope you had a nice day!


Travel Companion on my Wrist

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Travel Companion” Cedar Park, 2019

As you may know, I love watches. I’m not a collector by any means, but I’ve always owned a couple throughout my life, starting with my first digital that I received as a Christmas gift from my parents when I was maybe 8 years old. I still remember wearing that non-waterproof watch in the water at Ho’okipa Park on Maui… and watching it die… luckily after it dried out, it came back to life. Whew!

Anyways, my favorite watch for the past couple years has been my Seiko SKX007 dive watch. What I like about it is that it’s so rugged and simple that I fully expect to keep it for the rest of my life. Maybe it will need servicing at some point, but I’d love to just get it repaired instead of replacing it. And because of this “buy it for life” aspect, I like to take it with me on my travels as a sort of travel companion. We’ll travel the world together forever! 😆 Being a dive watch, I want to dip it in many of the world’s famous bodies of water (and I still need to scuba with it!). Hopefully, the list will keep getting longer, but here’s what we have so far:

  • Yangtze River
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • Caribbean Sea
  • Atlantic Ocean

The one other item that I take traveling and that I absolutely adore is my Fujifilm X100T camera, but that will eventually become obsolete only to be replaced. However, the rugged Seiko watch, with its automatic battery-less movement should stay with me until I die. I kind of like knowing that!

Seiko SKX007 + Black Zulu Strap – Sparking Joy ✨

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/55 sec, ISO6400
“Seiko SKX007” Cedar Park, 2019

I’ve been wearing a green Zulu strap with my beloved Seiko SKX007 watch but decided to put the black Zulu strap back on. However, that strap has a kind of yucky smell although I’ve washed and scrubbed it before. Last night I put it in a jar filled with water and dishwashing soap, and let it soak overnight, and this morning it’s nice and clean-smelling. We’ll see if it stays that way. If that doesn’t work, I’ll try an Oxy-clean soak. Of course, I could just buy the same watch band again for $10, but where’s the fun in that?

I’m currently reading Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up which is a nice follow up to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It’s got more practical information on how to put her methods into practice, including small illustrations on how to fold different types of clothes. But as the title suggests, it talks about how possessions can spark joy, and my Seiko SKX007 definitely does that for me. But pairing it with the black Zulu strap again takes it to another level – the combination just feels so good! I really love it. I plan on keeping it for the rest of my life. 😄


Blue Image and Wandering around Japan

"Blue" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/55 sec, ISO800
“Blue” Austin, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Lately I’ve been watching videos from NIPPON WANDERING TV. They are high-quality stabilized walking/biking videos around Japan, mainly in Tokyo, which I find super-relaxing, especially because there is no soundtrack other than the sounds of the environment. I like to put one of the videos on the TV and go about my business: cooking, folding laundry, or whatever. It puts me in a good mood. 😊

Please check them out when you have a chance! Here’s one that I particularly like:


Today’s photo is of my Seiko SNDA chronograph watch and Jinhao shark fountain pen on my graph paper notebook. I applied a Lightroom preset named “Blue” that I created a while ago for an image that I’ve long forgotten. I thought it gave a nice effect.

I hope you had a nice day!