Adventure Tip #2 Choosing Cookset


Outdoor Camping Cookset are very expensive depending on the construction and made. Many have made the wrong choice after a few field trips, most ended getting a Cookset too small or to large and heavy. 
We never narrow our Camping Cookset just for Camping, we use it both for outdoor activities, home or traveling. Our choice of cookset have to very versatile, durable and light. Over the decades I have made some wrong choices but now we are clear on what we are getting into.  

Before we select a cookset, we first have to identify how many people are we cooking for. Simply break down to these groups. Bigger group more than 5 person will not be discussed here as you probably need Kitchen Cookset.

TYPES OF CAMPERS COOKSET

  • Soloist (1 person)
  • Partner (2 person)
  • Family / Group (3 to 4 person)

Fire Maple Ultralight Mini Table FMB-913T

Pack Size: 38 x 15 x 2cm
Unpacked Size: 37 x 25 x 11xm
Wight: 437gm
Cost around USD30


Lake Toba, Samosir Island, Sumatra, Indonesia


21~26 June 2013
Lake Toba is the world biggest volcanic lake located in Sumatra, getting there can prove a challenge.
The people there are called Batak, previously head hunters who now mostly converted to Christians. Their culture are very unique especially the buffalo horn roof top and the food is simply fantastic.

Toko Indonesian Al Fasanur Resturant



Located in Kaohsiung City, NanHua Road just across the old train station.
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Adventure Tips #1






2 person tent fitted us perfectly. Had to use footprint on such rocky terrain 


This article below was taken from http://sectionhiker.com/10-backpacking-gear-myths/

Below are my comments in RED


Sangyang SYM SB300 Big Wolf 三陽 大野狼



Before I write my view on this local production bike, let me share with you my experience. It took me 3 years to get a full motorcycle license in Singapore, it's not I am a slow learner but we have a system. The first year bike license will be limited to 200cc, if no traffic offence after one year next level 400cc and a year later unlimited capacity.

I have been riding for decades from Super Sport Bike speeding at 260km/h till found love on Dual Sport Bike, Aprilla 650 Pegasus and  BMW650GS which brought me 3000km to Thailand and later downgraded to KTM200EXC.  

I have not been riding a clutch bike for a decade, my current Yamaha BWS 125 Scooter all tune to Dual Sport have seen unfortunate event....Losing my buddy of 5.5 years who never fails to join me in any adventure. It was a knife in my heart.

Back to the topic, many locals felt this SB300 Big Wolf is overpriced. My view I have done my research, most parts are local manufactured including the Maxxis Tires. Comparing to Singapore bike price for a 250cc, which cost 1.5 times more. Big Wolf SB300 year 2016 which I paid was 192,000NT, that is less than SGD9000 including 3rd party insurance. 

Reason I decided get it because the price is pretty decent from where I am from and local imported bikes are 80 percent over price due to taxes. Another factor was parts availability. More importantly, I can ride like in Singapore or South East Asia and join in the car lanes. I am not interested in getting a Red Plate bike that is 550cc and above because Taiwan road have little option to full throttle. Age have caught up so it time to slow down. Yeah Taiwan has a wired Biking system....!!

Overall the SB300 felt very comfortable to ride, the suspension both front and back was well tuned for my weight 60kg. The seat height is just right for my partner who is only 164cm tall. Personally anyone above 175cm hight might feel the bike is too low. 

The gearing ratio 15 front and 42 rear was perfect for street riding, it can easily hit 100km/h in 3rd gear. Maker claimed the bike top speed is 147km/h but yet to try it.

There is not many complain about this bike except the color combination was a little odd. I have the Matt Black version but the front and rear fenders are both gloss, there is chrome here and there which I felt was a total miss matched, the handlebar came in silver.....DUH!!

Anyway enjoy my first initial review on this bike. Stay tune as I will revamp this bike to a Camping Tourer Scrambler and add on luggage system from my Bicycle Panniers all with minimum cost.

IF YOU ARE IN TAIWAN RIDE A TAIWANESE BIKE

PS I will provide more technical specification on the bike after I set her up


得恩谷生態民宿 DeenGorge Guesthouse Camp



Last Visited : 22~24 Feb 2016
Location: Moalin, Kaohsing 高雄縣茂林鄉茂林村138號
Contact: 0940270061
Rating: 4.7/5
Price: $600 for a campground, Uphill 14 spaces (not our fav), downhill 18 Spaces where we camped. Guesthouse starts $2500 from 3 to 7 occupancy

Over the years I have camped many spots, this place was my planned camping area 3 years ago until now I have finally fulfilled it. I will rated this as my top 10 camp area, which ran by an aboriginal family. The son BIG HEAD really loves music by still takes order from the mother.

From my understanding this camp site has been in operation for the last 10 years and we can still see today they are improving the camp area. The whole area is well kept and maintained, water supply to the area can be limited during dry season. 



The last time in Maolin was 2009, 88 Typhoon Disaster helping to give the local supplies



秀宜粄條 XiuYi BanTiao (Kway Tiao) Hakka Cusine





Location
Last Visited: 24 Feb 2016

Located in Kaohsing Meinong, the recent epic earthquake center. I have been to this eatery for the third time and always enjoys it. Now I have decided to make a video, you can it below. I really love the food there especially their pork dishes. This store is really popular with the locals and it is one place you cannot miss if you are passing by.





Car Camping Mini Camp Setup (Mini Glamping)



It has been 18 month since we did this and is our third time we have tried mini camping, was much inspired by many Japanese V-Blogger. Mini camping has all the comfort of Glamping, the setup is less tedious and less heavy gears to bring along.

Watch the video below to get a better glimpse.

Main Gears
Main Tent was from Walrus now taken over by MSR
Tarp by DD Hammock
3 different size of take top
Sho's B-6 Grill
Cooler


All our gear in Mini Daihatsu 4x4 Terios


Bring along Trash bags, it protect your gears from getting soiled

笑's Sho's Compact TAKIBI Grill 【B-6 boy】



This is one of our favorite camping gear, we do use it at home for mini BBQ. It is small, compact and do not take up much space. We have used it for BBQ and a mini fire place for camping. 

We like the quality build, size and the fact that we can have a camp fire off the ground and not hurting the environment. Cleaning was very easy, we can BBQ using the Iron Grill Plate or just skewer with the Grill Plate which makes cleaning easier. Our skewers were bought from Daiso. 

We paid for the TAKIBI Grill (SHO-0004) and Iron Grill Plate (SHO-0010) a total of 5832yen, total shipping package weight  1060gm. 

I did not order from them directly because they took a while to reply. I did order from http://www.rakuten.co.jp/shop/ and use Tenso shipping which cost 2800yen.
Yes, the shipping cost is rather expensive but for the whole grill set  was rather reasonable considering the product innovation and built quality. 

Note this item was purchased in March 2015 

笑's Sho's Info
Link to 笑's Sho's Works product http://eng.sho-s.jp/index.html
Link to 笑's Sho's Works product PRICE LISTS  (note this quotation was listed in 2015)
You will need to send them an email for more detail sho-s_global@showapress.jp








Specification from Maker
【B-6 boy】Item number : SHO-0004 ・Ultra-thin compact design, storage thickness 18mm
 ・Weight 500g only, superior carrying characteristics
 ・It is most suitable for touring, mountain climbing, hiking
 Dimensions / Weights
  Storage Dimensions:181×122×18
  Assembly dimensions:215×122×165
  Weight:0.5kg
  Materials:Stainless(t=0.6), Aluminum rivet
  Static weight:10kg 
  Depth grate:7㎝
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